Thoroughbred Racing's Greatest Day: The Breeders' Cup 20th Anniversary Celebration


The year 2003 marks the 20th anniversary of the Breeder's Cup and veteran horse racing authorponying up with hefty nomination payments. It is the ultimate example of putting your money where your mouth is. Lefko details a comprehensive history of the event with insight on the major players who shape it year after year.
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The year 2003 marks the 20th anniversary of the Breeder's Cup and veteran horse racing authorponying up with hefty nomination payments. It is the ultimate example of putting your money where your mouth is. Lefko details a comprehensive history of the event with insight on the major players who shape it year after year.
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Editorial Reviews

Las Vegas Review Journal
A fine book
Up close and personal look at superstar trainers jockeys, owners and other personalities form just one layer of this book that will appeal to fans of thoroughbreds.
This is an excellent book for all fans of racing. Those who have followed the Breeders' Cup since its inception will enjoy reliving the memories of the last twenty years, while new fans will quickly earn a appreciation of how important the Cup is to racing and learn a few stories about the human and equine greats that make the sport what it is today.
Thoroughbred Daily News - Bill Finley
...stands alone as the most definitive book on the Breeders' Cup.
Winnepeg Free Press - Paul Wiecek
It's an event that's a magnet for controversy. It brings together a unique mix of the ultra-rich and the dirt poor, highly educated aristocracy and toothless grade school dropouts. Its very existence defies long odds - - and yet it somehow continues to gallop along, a showcase for the majesty and grace of its competitors. Lefko's book takes the reader inside a day of racing that annually brings together the best horses from around the world.
In and Around Horse Country - Lauren Giannini
Perry Lefko pens this "20th Anniversary Celebration" with style, insight, and enthusiasm, beginnging with a history of how the Breeder's Cup came into existence. Lefko covers the gamut of what it takes to bring a horse to the Breeder's Cup from its inaugural running in California to the 2002 meeting.
Vancouver Province - Tom Wolski
A great read is Thoroughbred Racing's Greatest Day by Perry Lefko, who writes about 25 of the most interesting stories from Breeders' Cup history.
Racing Post
Lefko has produced a history of the meetng that will have equal appeal on both sides of the Atlantic
Las Cruces Sun - Felix Chavez
Lefko goes into great detail about the history of the Breeder's Cup and gives readers a distinctive look into some of the sport's personalities. Lefko's work is a worthwhile book for all racing fans and for those even simply intrigued by the sport.
Library Journal
Horse racing fans will welcome this history of the Breeders' Cup by Lefko, a longtime horse racing writer for the Toronto Sun and winner of three Sovereign Awards. The annual October Breeders' Cup, established in 1984, is the grand finale of the horse racing season. Its eight events include races for young horses, mature horses, mares, geldings, and stallions as well as races for international horses: the best horses from around the world. John Gaines, whose wish was ultimately to reverse the negative publicity surrounding thoroughbred racing at the time, conceived the plan for the Breeders' Cup. Many stories are told here, some familiar and some new to the reader: the rise and tragic demise of Go for Wand, the frightfully underqualified entry; the tale of Rick's Natural Star, whose owner was so poorly prepared he did not bring a saddle for his horse; and many others. This book should join two other recent titles, Elizabeth Mitchell's Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing and Joe Drape's Race for the Triple Crown: Horses, High Stakes and Eternal Hope, on the library shelf. Recommended for all racing collections.-Patsy Gray, Huntsville P.L., AL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589790131
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/15/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,436,709
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Perry Lefko has been with theToronto Sun since 1985 and has covered thoroughbred horse racing since 1986. He has won three Canadian Sovereign Awards for articles on horse racing. He is the author ofThe Greatest Show on Turf: A History of the Breeders' Cup (0-9648493-3-X). He lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
1 How It All Began: The Birth of the Breeders' Cup 1
2 California Dreamin': The First-Ever Breeders' Cup 13
3 Blowing into the Windy City: The 2002 Breeders' Cup 23
4 A World of Difference: The 2001 Breeders' Cup 49
5 Coming to a New Country: The 1996 Breeders' Cup 59
6 The Maple Leaf Forever: Canadian Horses 79
7 The Drought Is Over: Bobby Frankel 93
8 Cool Hand Lukas: D. Wayne Lukas 113
9 The Kentucky Kid: Shug McGaughey 139
10 The Classic Trainer: Jack Van Berg 149
11 The Lord of the Longshots: Andre Fabre 159
12 Flying High: Frankie Dettori 169
13 Divine Intervention: Pat Day 193
14 The Showman Must Go On: Angel Cordero 209
15 Oh, Brother: Budroyale and Tiznow 219
16 From Triumph to Tragedy: Go for Wand 239
17 Fleet Feet: Arazi 249
18 Smokin': Cigar 259
19 The Blunder Horse: Ricks Natural Star 273
20 That's the Ticket: The Pick 6 Score 299
21 The Fix Six: The Pick 6 Scandal 317
22 The First Family of Racing: The Paulsons 337
23 Heard around the Rail: Twenty Interesting Stories 349
24 The Best of the Best: The Greatest Races 363
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