A Day at the Races

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9780871131959: A Day at the Races

A documentary-style, behind-the-scenes look at thoroughbred racing and the extraordinary characters who make their living through hard work, horse sense, and luck.

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These transcribed tapes of talks with various racetrack types are divided into three areas. There is the backside, which involves trainers, grooms, a horse-shoer, exercise riders, jockeys and their agents; the frontside, where the contributors are a groundskeeper, a general manager, clockers, veterinarian, a steward, a pricemaker, starters and a track announcer; and, the grandstand, with a pricemaker, a tout and a professional handicapper. All the interviewees are very caught up in their work, and almost all have been around tracks for much of their lives. Many stress their feeling that horseracing as a sport is somewhat boring and that gambling alone makes it absorbing for spectators. Taken together, these pieces by the author of Jack's Book and Saroyan give a sweeping picture of life in and around the sport of kings, but it is doubtful that the book will interest those not involved in the sport. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Here's a novelist, smitten by the racing bug as a kid, who sets out to discover the real world at the racetrack. In candid interviews, Gifford lets the track workers tell us about their lives. From eloquent to raunchy, the men and women talk about making a living on the backside, frontside, and grandstand. Everyone from jockeys to grooms, from clockers to clerks, from veterinarians to owners, discuss their feelings, pro and con, for the track. This is the gritty reality behind the glitzy facade and carnival-like lure of racing. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.Susan Hamburger, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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