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Thirty Tons a Day: The Rough-Riding Education of a Neophyte Racetrack Operator Hardcover – November 17, 1972
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He succeeded in his battles against the government (thanks mainly to the judicial branch) but was finally done in by his own holding company, Realty Equities. The bittersweet final chapter describes the farewell party he threw for his friends who had joined him in his two-year, and ultimately bankrupted racetrack venture.
It was a wild two-year ride and Veeck is a very colorful character, even when he is talking about holding companies and Boston politics. During his tenure at the track, he had the pay toilets and artificial flowers banned from the facility, staged chariot races and livestock giveaways (Brahma bulls and a Thoroughbred). There was also going to be a reenactment of Custer's last stand, which alas was rained out (Veeck didn't have much luck with the weather during his tenure). He also inaugurated what was then the richest turf race in the world, the Yankee Gold Cup, won by the French horse, Jean-Pierre (so there are a few horses mentioned in this book, just not as many as you might be led to believe by the title).Read more ›
The book is about Suffix Downs in Boston or as they called it "Suffern Downs".
Bill Veeck is famous in Baseball, but he got tangled up in horse racing with a job to try to save Suffix Race Course.
The book is at time very funny and at other times you can see that the track is going under and no matter what Veeck did or tried to do the downward spiral was unstoppable.
Where I grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts the Race track called Berkshire Downs closed in 1969 (summer).
With the closing of Boston's Race Track, Horse racing has come to an end in Massachusetts.
For me, the final quarter of the book got bogged down in descriptions of dirty financial and regulatory dealings. If your experience is similar, put the book down, because the final chapter has just been written - Suffolk Downs closed for good in October 2014.
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Veeck is a character, wish I had been around Suffolk Downs when he was running things! It was a wild and crazy time.Published on February 28, 2014 by Margo Palmer
People have to understand that Bill Veeck's skills as a promoter were not confined to the diamond. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by Michael J. Fawcett
Veeck was one of the true great showmen of the 20th century. This book shows you the ins and outs of the racing business in the 1970's. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by W. Walsh