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Stalking the Pace: Thirty-six Years to the Winner's Circle [NOOK Book]

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Lamebrained schemes and losing horses, bankruptcy and busted limbs, showdowns with flat-nosed thugs and one perpetually stressed out spouse turn a dedicated horseman away from racing for fifteen years. Marriage over, kids grown, he looks again for the passion he lost. When Sumatra walks out of the Seattle mist and into the sales ring, he sees his chance and takes it.

In September 2005, this dominating, little black filly runs her heart out at ...
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Stalking the Pace: Thirty-six Years to the Winner's Circle

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Overview

Lamebrained schemes and losing horses, bankruptcy and busted limbs, showdowns with flat-nosed thugs and one perpetually stressed out spouse turn a dedicated horseman away from racing for fifteen years. Marriage over, kids grown, he looks again for the passion he lost. When Sumatra walks out of the Seattle mist and into the sales ring, he sees his chance and takes it.

In September 2005, this dominating, little black filly runs her heart out at Emerald Downs. The only female in a field of bigger, stronger colts, she wins leading wire to wire. This victory is a culmination of an odyssey Jay begins at Chicago’s Washington Park Race Track in 1969. Swept away by the glamour and excitement of Thoroughbred racing as a boy, Jay starts his career shoveling horse manure and works his way up the racing hierarchy from groom to exercise rider to stud manager to trainer. Without an official win, however, Jay cannot call himself a true horseman until the day Sumatra leads him into the winner’s circle.

The book is also the memoir of the short but sweet racing career of the spirited Sumatra whose struggles learning to race teach her trainer what winning is really about. Their adventure shows the reader that Thoroughbred racing today is just as exciting and fun as it was in the days of Seabiscuit and Secretariat.

More than a book, Stalking the Pace is an eBook enhanced with video. As you read of Sumatra’s racing experiences, you can watch the actual patrol films used by the racing stewards at Emerald Downs to police the races. It’s a whole new world of reading and seeing, right in the palm of your hand. Readers whose electronic devices do not have video capability can still see the clips by going to www.stalkingthepace.com.
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Editorial Reviews

R.J. Gilman
Finding success the hard way is the truest watermark of it. Nehf nails it! "Stalking..." is a heartfelt, gut-wrenching journey with heavy cinematic qualities."

"A poignant story which coerces your emotions viscerally down it's chosen path. "Stalking..." has the qualities and feel of films like "Bull Durham," "Rocky," and "Inside Moves."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012290601
  • Publisher: Barn 19
  • Publication date: 2/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Jay Nehf has been racing horses since 1969. His work with Thoroughbreds covers a wide range of activities including breeding, foaling, stallion management, exercise rider and trainer. He is also a licensed MRI technologist. Jay was a key figure in the charitable organization, Whatever Events, which produced the Geoduck Music Festival on Whidbey Island, Wa. A former piper of the Royal Stewart Pipes and Drums bagpipe band in Plantation, Fl., he also plays guitar and harmonica.

L.L. Brumfield's graduate education in storytelling came from working as an assistant on five, new Broadway plays. She was privileged to watch Bob Fosse, Herb Gardner, Gower Champion, Charles Grodin and Neil Simon bring new plays to life.

She spent seven years learning about life in the employ of the legendary Lois W. Smith both in publicity and film production before she decided to become a writer.

Her play, The General's Daughters, was produced at the BoarsHead: Michigan Public Theater, she won a CAPS Grant for fiction writing from the New York Council of the Arts and was one of the first writers chosen for the Disney Writing Fellowship. She wrote two screenplays for Touchstone Pictures and was the writing producer of the English version of the Spanish telenovela ALONDRA for Fox and Televisa.

Recently, LB’s screenplay, THE TOWN CLOWN, was chosen by the Screen Actor’s Guild Conservatory of Austin, Texas for a staged-reading.
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  • Posted May 8, 2011

    An inspiring story

    Although I have been a life long animal lover and advocate, I knew little about horse racing until reading this wonderful book. The author candidly unveils the good and the bad involved as he tells about the people and animals he has met along his journey with the sport. There's something for everyone in "Stalking the Pace"; history, mystery, adventure, humor and inspiration. The best part is that he has convinced me that there are individuals like him who continue to work toward doing what is necessary to improve the lot of animals and people. I want to hear more...sequel please!
    Yvonne

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Highly Recommended -- I wanted to know more!

    "As a writing coach and author myself, when I read a new book, I know it's a good one when I am left with, 'Where's the sequel?' I wanted to know more! The racing and racehorse world was brand new to me, although my life-long love affair with horses was not. I was one of those "horse crazy" little girls but my horse world was with rodeos and ranches, not the more sophisticated world of competitive horse racing. STALKING THE PACE combined the best of reading for me: learning a new world, a compelling story, caring for the characters and wishing it wouldn't end. Reading doesn't get better than that!" Ellen Snortland, author of Beauty Bites Beast, and playwright of Now That She's Gone. Former columnist for The Pasadena Star and The Pasadena Weekly.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I love reading books about horse racing and this one was wonderful. This story is a sweet journey of a man recognizing his skill in horsemanship and his love for a little filly that confirms this skill. I wish this book would become a movie. When I finished the book I wanted it to continue. I wanted to know more. I recommend this book.

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