Racing Through the Century: The Story of Thoroughbred Racing in America

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Horse racing in the twentieth century was filled with excitement, wonderment, disappointment, riches, and speed. Until now, no other book has captured the thrills and defeats, the culture, and the business of Throughbred racing during this time.

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Horse racing in the twentieth century embraced excitement, wonder, disappointment, riches, and speed. The Sport of Kings reflected the changing times, mirroring the economic and political climate of the United States. The story of racing is as much about the people who habit the sport as it is about the horses. Mary Simon’s rich narrative chronicles the history of racing and its relationship to a changing America. Until now, no other book has captured the thrills and defeats, the culture and the business of Thoroughbred racing over the past one hundred years. Filled with dramatic historical photographs capturing the sport’s greatest moments, this book will catapult you into the fast-paced and exciting world of racing.

About the Author:

Mary Simon won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Magazine Writing for her series in the Thoroughbred Times that inspired this book. She grew up in Southern California, an enthralled middle class fan of racing, and small time participant-her family bred a foal or two each spring on a grassless half-acre lot, 25 miles and a world away from the glamorous Santa Anita Park. Their dream was that of everyone else in the business—to win the Kentucky derby—but there would be no fairy tale ending for them. Instead, Mary took her fascination with racing and turned to journalism and writing.

She is the author of the book The History of the Thoroughbred in California and was the associate editor for Thoroughbred of California magazine. She is currently a contributing editor for the Thoroughbred Times in Lexington, Kentucky. She is married to Mark Simon, editor of the Thoroughbred Times.

They have two daughters, Nora and Rachel.

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