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The Finest of Turf Writing
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."