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The Ghost Horse: A True Story of Love, Death, and Redemption [Kindle Edition]

Joe Layden
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Book Description

In The Ghost Horse, Joe Layden tells the inspiring true tale of a one-eyed, club-footed thoroughbred racehorse and a journeyman trainer, Tim Snyder, who scraped together every penny he had to purchase the broken and unwanted filly. Snyder helped the horse overcome its deficiencies, eventually naming her in part after his deceased wife, Lisa, the great and only love of his life--a bright and sweet-tempered woman whose gentle demeanor seemed eerily reflected in the horse. The trainer (and now owner) was by nature a crusty and combative sort, the yin to his wife's yang, a racetrack lifer not easily moved by new-age mysticism or sentiment. And yet in those final days back in 2003, when Lisa Snyder lay in bed, her body ravaged by cancer, she reassured her family with a weak smile. "It's okay," she'd say. "I'll see you again. I'm coming back as a horse."

Tim Snyder did not then believe in reincarnation. But he acknowledged the strangeness of this journey, the series of coincidences that brought them together, and the undeniable similarities between the horse and his late wife. And so did those who knew the couple well, and who could now only marvel at the story of the filly, Lisa's Booby Trap, and the down-on-his-luck trainer who apparently had been given a new lease on life.

The Ghost Horse is a powerful horseracing story of underdogs and second chances.

Editorial Reviews


The Ghost Horse is a heart-warming tale, artfully told, that has all the ingredients of a racing saga—one that braids together, in a single bittersweet drama, the connecting threads of love and loneliness, grief and goodness, and death and despair, with moments of high triumph woven throughout. It is the story of a hard-bitten horseman who lost his wife but found the horse, a beautiful if off-bred filly, who helped carry him out of his place of mourning. Along the way, author Joe Layden vividly portrays life in the lowly bush leagues of American racing, with its hopes and dreams and struggles for survival. He has penned an easy winner here.” 


—William Nack, author of Secretariat and Ruffian: A Racetrack Romance

“I'll make you a little wager: Joe Layden's The Ghost Horse will go down as one of the most irresistible horseracing books ever written. It is a narrative that is by turns wrenchingly sad and staggeringly sweet, all of them skillfully negotiated by Layden, who takes us into the backstretch world with the firm hand and unerring feel of a master jockey.”

—Wayne Coffey, author of the New York Times bestseller The Boys of Winter and co-author (with R.A. Dickey) of the bestseller Wherever I Wind Up: My Search for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball

"This is more than a lovely tale about how a hard luck horseman came to embrace New Age mysticism—it's a rollicking read about how magic and the mystifying thrive at the racetrack.”

—Joe Drape, author of the New York Times bestseller Our Boys

“I have always known that there were great stories at the race track, but as a casual observer I couldn't really find them. They were buried under a culture and language that I didn't understand. So here comes Joe Layden, and he is more than fluent in the language of the track. He not only has found a dandy story, he translates it for the rest of us and makes it sing. This is terrific stuff.”

—Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of At the Altar of Speed, Ted Williams and The Big Bam

About the Author

JOE LAYDEN is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist whose work has been honored by the New York Newspaper Publishers Association, the National Associated Press Sports Editors, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the International Reading Association/Children’s Book Council. Mr. Layden has written or co-written more than thirty books for adults and children.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1836 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost Horse May 10, 2013
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I am extremely impressed with this lovely story that seems to touch so many aspects of life that we all can relate to. It is beautifully written and the author is to be commended for weaving the story and its characters with so much truth and tenderness. The education that Mr. Layden lays out for us about the inner world of The Sport of Kings is American History. I would recommend this book to everyone I know because it's a true story about love and death and the courage it takes to be human. I would reccomend it even if it wasn't about my brother, Tim Snyder. It is and continues to be a great story and anyone interested can check Lisa's Booby Trap's Face Book page and follow her past and present amazing career! Lisa won her first race of 2013 on May 7th the day this book was released after being off for a year! Thanks Lisa, for this incredible ride.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book made you cry, laugh and understand this little part of the horse world - this part of the track and horse racing. It made me WANT to viist the racetracks to see if I could catch a glimpse of this man and his horse.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GHOST HORSE, I LOVED IT!!! June 5, 2013
By John
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I loved this story. Many books do not hold my attention but from the first few pages to the very end I was enthralled by this book. The author not only gives us Insight into the thoroughbred racing world but very honestly shows us the hard, rugged and sometimes very painful lifestyle of a horsemen. I love the real life story of down and out to making something of your life. I felt a great empathy and attatchment to the characters. I have no knowledge of horse racing and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story about a fine four legged animal June 6, 2013
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I picked up this book because I had read about the amazing run of victories this filly/mare had in the racing circuits. Reading the story from the point of view of the trainer, his family and other connections made it a lot more interesting than just reading statistics. Granted, at some points the story may not seem to be 100% truthful, but some artistic license can be granted to authors to convey the message of hard work and success in an interesting way!.

Definitely worth a buy, I will also probably put in a more detailed review on my friend's blog that is titled STOCKGAGE on blogspot.

Disclosure: I did not receive this book free or receive any other compensation to pen this review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story! June 2, 2013
By palmp
I loved this book! The author tells the story in such a way that you really feel like you know the people he is writing about. He gives you a detailed understanding of the gritty, tough, less glamorous side of the sport of horse racing through the eyes of the people who lived it. It is clear that the author had some very tough people to work with, but had the ability to draw out the story from the people involved and write the book in such a way that it really pulls you in. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a great story, but especially to those who know anything about the sport of horse racing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The writer's style, love and respect for his subject, and the wonderful story makes this a book that is hard to put down. Even through tragedy and a hard life, the protagonist manages to carry on, giving himself a new, successful life as well as the dear, unwanted racing filly in whom he puts his trust, hard work, and love. She rewards him handsomely. You don't even have to love horses to love this very uplifting book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ghost horse March 11, 2014
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I just loved this book. If you love horses you will really enjoy reading this book. You just fall in love with the horse and the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy April 7, 2014
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Very inspiring story a must read for horse lovers or anyone who enjoys a good story about life in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love horses? Stories of Human Heartache and Triumph
Just incredible. Love horses? Stories of Human Heartache and Triumph? However, this is a true account. Read it, good stuff!
Published 11 days ago by Tina
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Published 1 month ago by betty
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable horse and a good look at life on The Backside of the...
An intense look at The Backside, the life of the race track behind the scenes. A remarkable horse, a more remarkable trainer.
Published 1 month ago by oldhorseartist
4.0 out of 5 stars It was an excellent read.
It was about a horse no one wanted. It was an excellent read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fascinating story that will keep you turning the pages!!!
Published 2 months ago by sandra piccolo
2.0 out of 5 stars Feeling misled
This book was very disappointing to me. The title and blurb were totally misleading. I am a horse lover, and like stories about them. This story was about the owner. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice story. Highly recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by paint horses
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not quite what I expected but still a very good read.
Published 3 months ago by mscullion
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Wonderful story!
Published 4 months ago by Patricia Tetrault
5.0 out of 5 stars One of th best true stories
Loved this book, it was one of the best true stories I've ever read, hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.
Published 5 months ago by heather stewart
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