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A Day At the Races (SIGNED)

Gifford, Barry

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ISBN 10: 0871131951 / ISBN 13: 9780871131959
Published by Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press, 1989
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED on title page by Barry Gifford. ; Tight, clean and crisp. No inscriptions. No remainder mark. Not price clipped. Not ex-library. An excellent copy protected in a new Mylar cover. ; 9.20 X 6.10 X 1 inches; 189 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 21080

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Title: A Day At the Races (SIGNED)

Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

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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.

From Publishers Weekly:

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.

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