Six Of The Most Popular Horse Racing Books

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6) A Year at the Races by Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley, a well renowned, Pulitzer-winning author is most known for titles such as A Thousand Acres and Moo. A Year at the Races, by Jane Smiley, is one of the best books on horseracing. In this book, she highlights her lifelong admiration for horses. She talks about what she finds most fascinating in the field other than the tantalising relations between the owner and the jockey. Jane specifically talks about how she was beguiled by the secrets that lied within the horses.

5) Black Maestro: ‘The Epic life of an American Legend’ by Joe Drape

This non-fiction by Joe Drape talks about the legendary Jimmy Winkfield. Winkfield was the last black jockey to win the prestigious Kentucky Derby.  The celebrated jockey was the seventeenth child of Kentucky sharecroppers. Winkfield survived many disastrous encounters in his life, some of which include the Bolshevik Revolution and the Nazis. He died an affluent landowner in French Chateau. The book also talks about Winkfield’s character and his tumultuous life.

4) Frankie: The Autobiography of Frankie Dettori by Frankie Detorri

Frankie Detorri, in his autobiography, sheds light on his exponential rise from being brought up in the stables to becoming a British jockey champion. The millionaire is a celebrated figure in his homeland, often featuring on talk shows. His alluring life stories never seem insipid. A prominent figure in horseracing, Detorri is also known for his charismatic personality and fashion sense.

3) The Great Match Race: When North Met South in America’s First Sports Spectacle by John Eisenberg

This book by John Eisenberg talks about how a race changed the nature of sporting events in America forever. A fast-paced narrative, The Great Match Race, is set in the 1800s. The book, in detail, discusses some of the very first sporting experiences in the country. Attended by nearly half the population of New York, the race at Union Course in Long Island is said to have changed the entire outlook of sports in the nation. The race was contested between two of the finest horses from North and South. The horses battled it out in three races, which took place in the space of couple hours.

2) Beyer on Speed: New Strategies for Racetrack Betting by Andrew Beyer

This book acts as a guide for those who are genuinely interested in picking up horseracing as a career. Andrew Beyer’s book explains every minute detail involved in the royal sport, from speed figures to pace, track bias”. The author delineates how Beyer’s speed figures should be used as a focal point for the strategies. The book is a must for those who are involved in horse betting or want to be a jockey themselves.

1) Funny Cide: How a Horse, a Trainer, a Jockey, and a Bunch of High School Buddies Took on the Sheiks and the Bluebloods…and Won” by Sally Jenkins

Sally Jenkins’ Funny Cide has been labelled as the “new American classic for the underdog in all of us”. The book is based on a true story after the horse Funny Cide, who against all odds went on to reach the top of the charts. The horse, up against million-dollar horses owned by the Arab Sheiks, won the Triple Crown and became a media sensation in ’03.

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