The Right Horse

The Right Horse

Winning More, Losing Less, and Having A Great Time at the Racetrack

Book - 1997 | 1st ed
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Red Smith, the late great sportswriter for "The New York Times," once observed that whenever he was at a loss on how to fill his daily column, all he had to do was visit a racetrack and he'd come away with a dozen good scenes for a story.


Each chapter of "The Right Horse" contains anecdotes and sayings, bits of lore and track wisdom that will serve to illuminate the world of horseracing. William Murray takes the reader on a tour of the track, introducing them to the game and its players. Not only the horses, but also the people whose lives are bound up with them, front and backside: owners, trainers, jockeys, touts, tipsters and hustlers. The reader will gain a knowledge of how this world works--what it looks, what it smells like, tastes like--and how much fun it can be.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385483537
0385483538
Branch Call Number: 798.401 MUR 1997
Characteristics: x, 196 p. ; 22 cm

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GlenAbbeyWarrior
Apr 03, 2016

If you plan on going to the races this year and know nothing about the sport, read this book! By using actual racing forms, author William Murray walks you through the complex statistics that are incredibly confusing to the casual observer. What medications is the horse taking and why does it matter? What does the Beyer score mean? And how does the weather influence the race? All these questions and more are answered in an easy-to-understand guide full of personal anecdotes that the author has accumulated after decades of seeing the ponies.

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