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Graveyard of Champions: Saratoga's Fallen Favorites
     

Graveyard of Champions: Saratoga's Fallen Favorites

by Bill Heller
 

This book explores the phenomenon of Saratoga Racecourse through the stories of the great horses that have fallen victim there, from Man o' War to Secretariat.

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This book explores the phenomenon of Saratoga Racecourse through the stories of the great horses that have fallen victim there, from Man o' War to Secretariat.

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Library Journal
Why do winners famously lose at the Saratoga Racecourse in Saratoga Springs, NY? A freelance writer for The Backstretch, Thoroughbred Times, and Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred and the author of many horse-racing books, Heller offers a well-researched history of the races that are held for six weeks each summer at the racecourse, a venue that goes back to Civil War days. This history suggests not one but several reasons why this track is called the "graveyard of champions" (losers here include Man o' War and Secretariat). This race comes in the middle of the racing year; might the favorites be overworked? Could it be the altitude or the climate, both slightly different from other tracks? Is there a winning strategy for the Saratoga track known only to the trainers whose horses win? Though a bit dry for the average horse lover, this is nevertheless an informative book for the hardcore racing fan and history buff. Recommended for libraries with racing collections. Patsy E. Gray, Huntsville P.L., AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581500660
Publisher:
Eclipse Press
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.04(d)

Meet the Author

Bill Heller covers the Saratoga meet every summer and also writes a daily Saratoga Journal on his website. As the handicapper for the Schenectady Daily, he finished as the leading public handicapper for the 2000 Saratoga meet. This is his seventeenth book. He profiled Thoroughbred legends Go for Wand, Personal Ensign, and Forego; wrote Graveyard of Champions; and most recently authored Go For the Green, a handicapping book about turf racing. Heller was born in Liberty, New York, and graduated from the University of Albany.

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