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on June 10, 2011
I enjoyed this book as I collect thoroughbred books of all kinds. This particular book is an accumulation of short "news" stories that were written at the time of various significant past races, primarily triple crown races. It is a bit disjointed due to this style of writing so if you are looking for a "flowing" type story this one is not for you but if you are curious as to what sports writers wrote years ago surrounding the racing scene, you will enjoy this one.
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on May 21, 2008
Joe Drape is an accomplished turf writer, he has won the prestigious Eclipse Award for outstanding achievement in horse racing writing.

But in this volume of 130 years of the best writing on the sport from The New York Times, Drape enters the starting gate as editor and guides this outstanding history to the winner's circle. To bolster the original stories, there are new essays and a number of classic photographs.

And it is all about chasing dreams, no matter what the odds, as explained by the legendary Red Smith in one column: "More often than not," he writes, "a few owners show up so eager to see their colors in the Derby that they will tear their pants getting up entry and starting fees. The fact that the bettors rated A Dragon Killer no better than a 294 to 1 chance didn't discourage that noble creature's owner in 1958, and the same field included Chance It Tony at 243 to 1."
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on January 17, 2013
I love this subject matter however there are editing/proof reading issues and I think the chapters and content could have been better arranged. Still not a bad read though if you have knowledge of the subject and recognize the mistakes
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on May 26, 2013
A very dear 87 year youngster borrowed it, and loves it! He was blessed to live thru most of the Real Races by these Great Horses! I'm jealous....(-: mob
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on May 25, 2013
Well written and researched. Very interestingly told and a must have for any lover of thoroughbred race horses and their wonderfully, fascinating history!
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on January 31, 2015
A compendium of newspaper articles that were interesting, but there were lots of redundancies in here. Did I mention there were redundancies?
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on October 30, 2014
Love it
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