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Great Horse Racing Mysteries: True Tales from the Track
     

Great Horse Racing Mysteries: True Tales from the Track

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by John McEvoy
 

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Examines several unsolved mysteries of the racing world— murder...suicide...arson...fraud....Definitely some of horse racing's strangest, most fascinating tales.

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Examines several unsolved mysteries of the racing world— murder...suicide...arson...fraud....Definitely some of horse racing's strangest, most fascinating tales.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Did the IRA steal Shergar, Europe's most famous racehorse? Is he dead, or living a life of quiet obscurity in the Irish countryside? Did jockey Ron Hansen accused but never found guilty of race fixing jump off the San Mateo bridge, or was he pushed to his death? In Great Horse Racing Mysteries: True Tales from the Track, horse racing reporter John McEvoy explores 12 of the sport's weirder tales, including the poisoning death of legendary Australian racehorse Phar Lap. The book features some shady characters, among them William McCandless, who stole the valuable broodmare Fanfreluche, and more than two decades later, in 1998, was accused of "sponging" horses (inserting sponges in their nostrils to stop their breathing). Racing enthusiasts should love this book, but even those who can barely tell the Kentucky Derby from a hat should find this book an engaging look at a bizarre international subculture. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Ann Hagedorn
Titillating and informative. Well-researched and well written. What more could a reader want?
—author of Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581501032
Publisher:
Eclipse Press
Publication date:
04/01/2004
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.72(d)

Meet the Author

McEvoy is a former newspaper reporter and college english professor. He served as Midwest editor and senior writer for Daily Racing Form.

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Great Horse Racing Mysteries: True Tales from the Track 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. I enjoyed learning mroe about such mysteries as the Holy Bull Derby disaster, as well as Alydar and Phar Lap's strange deaths. I also learned about horse racing mysteries that I was not aware of, such as the disappearnece of Shergar. This is an excellent read for anyone who is tired of reading fictional mysteries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What more could a fan of mysteries and horses want then a book that delivers both in exquisite details. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good book to curl up with and just plain enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable change of pace reading. Great for both horse lovers and those just looking for interesting reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many stories from racing are mysterious and this collection just touches the surface. Fun reading.