The power and grace of a thoroughbred racehorse is unmistakable, undeniable. Even those who have watched these remarkable animals for what seems like more than a lifetime never lose the thrill and tingle that a champion can evoke as he glides over the track with an ease that can only come from above. For that is indeed what draws us to the sport, keeps us with the sport, and sees to it that we are lifers. But it all just doesn't happen with that dramatic charge down the homestretch. The journey begins long before that. In the pages that follow, we hope to introduce you to exactly where that journey begins. And while the animals themselves are truly magnificent and beautiful, the world in which they live and the people that come to love them carry a beauty, too. From the image of the single horse galloping into view out of the morning fog to the solitary saddle hanging and waiting, each picture carries a very small piece of the story that is the backstretch of the racetrack. The place where the thoroughbred lives, eats and sleeps before strutting to the paddock ready to test his mettle. What the average racing fan witnesses on race day is only a very small part of a much larger picture. Those few seconds of fame and adulation that come from gathering for a winners' circle picture is simply the culmination of the thoughts and efforts of many who never get their name in a racing program or are the subject of an in-depth spread in a famous publication. In the pictorial work that follows you will meet the people whose life is the backstretch as well as the world in which they live. While the faces are particular to Philadelphia Park Racetrack, faces like theirs can be seen on the backstretch of any racetrack across the country: of the exercise rider enjoying a moment of solitude while returning from a morning gallop. -Keith Jones Philadelphia Race Track Announcer
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Book Description Booksmart Studio, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0976536870