Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga: Tragedy to Triumph

Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga: Tragedy to Triumph


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Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga: Tragedy to Triumph by Richard J. Maturi

A skinny, too-tall kid from the West arrives on the Eastern tracks only to run circles around the East's best jockeys as an apprentice. Earl Sande rose from the ranks of the leaky-roof circuit to horse racing's top jockey during the Golden Age of Sports in the twenties. Sande ranked as the top money-winning jockey in 1921 and 1923. A severe 1924 accident at Saratoga nearly put an end to his life and racing career. After months of rehabilitation, Sande returned triumphant with a second Kentucky Derby win in 1925. Despite missing some racing due to the illness and death of his young wife, Sande again ranked as the nation's top money winning jockey in 1927. After retirement and a stint as a race horse owner, Sande returns to the track to win the 1930 Triple Crown aboard Gallant Fox. 

     Thousands of jockeys over decades raced America's turf but only ten captured horse racing's coveted jewel, The Triple Crown. Sande's lifetime winning percentages still rank among the best over seventy years later. National turf historian and the leading authority on the history of horse racing, Tom Gilcoyne, captures Sande's importance in the racing world, "Few jockeys were as good as Sande and certainly nobody was ever better."

     Climb aboard for a terrific ride. Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga is filled with adventure, love, tragedy, and triumph. The characters would make a Hollywood casting director envious. Meet Burr Scott, who entices Earl to quit school and join the racing game; Arizona's Doc Pardee, who rode the rodeo circuit with Tom Mix and tutors Sande on the fine points of riding to win; Commander Ross, a Canadian war hero, who invades the American racing world and captures the first Triple Crown and ranks as the leading horse racing owner; Harry Sinclair, owner of Sinclair Oil and the famed Rancocas Stables; sportswriter Damon Runyon, who immortalizes Sande in many poems, noted trainers Sam Hildreth and "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons, Sande friend Will Rogers, and many more interesting characters.

     The book includes original oil painting cover art, a Foreword by Earl Sande's nephew, 100 vintage images capturing the life and racing career of America's top jockey, detailed descriptions of races that make you feel you are in the grandstands cheering Sande along, a handy racing terms glossary, and appendices filled with racing statistics. It's all packed into this handsome, 350-page book.

     Edward Hotaling, author of a number of horse racing books, says, "Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga would make a stupendous film. No sports hero ever had more panache than a handy guy like Sande boootin' a long shot in, but this adventure tale by Richard James Maturi is no long shot. It's a sure fire winner, a movie-in-the-making, the riveting tale of a true hero's hard times and high times...Saddle up and sit tight for one rare ride."
   Don't wait for the movie, pickup a copy today for a thoroughly enjoyable read.      
Sande's accomplishments include:
--World record six consecutive victories in one day
--Dramatic comeback after doctors said he'd never ride again
--The second American Triple Crown, on Gallant Fox
--Lifetime percentage of 26.4% winning mounts
--Lifetime percentage of 60.9% in-the-money mounts
--5 Belmont Stakes
--3 Kentucky Derbys
--1 Preakness
--5 Jockey Club Gold Cups
--4 Withers Stakes
--3 Lawrence Realizations
--3 Suburban Handicaps
--3 Dwyer Stakes
--Hall of Fame inductee with first class
--Winner of 1923 International Match Race aboard Zev vs Papyrus
--Winner of thirty-nine stakes races in 1923, a record that stood for thirty years
--Top Money-Winning Jockey 1921, 1923, 1927
--Top Money-Winning Jockey Record that stood for twenty years
--Riding noted mounts Billy Kelly, Bracadale, Chance Play, Chance Shot,
   Crusader, Flying Ebony, Gallant Fox, Grey Lag, Kai-Sang, Mad Hatter, Mad Play, Man
    o' War, Milkmaid, My Own, Osmond, Sarazen, Sir Barton, and Zev.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780960729852
Publisher: 21ST Century Publishers WY
Publication date: 05/15/2005
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.32(d)

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