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Top 5 Horse Racing Books

Top 5 Horse Racing Books

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  1. Seabiscuit
  2. Horse of a Different Color
  3. The Horse God Built
  4. Wild Ride
  5. Horseplayers: Life at the Track

1. Seabiscuit

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Seabiscuit, by Laura Hillenbrand, is one of the best horse racing books ever written. This story is about a great race horse with three men making an era in horse racing history through many victories. In this book, readers will learn a lot about horse racing in general while following the great story of this amazing horse. This book has a lot of character development and the writing is very descriptive making the reader feel they are actually watching a horse race in person.

2. Horse of a Different Color

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Horse of a Different Color by Ralph Moody is a great horse racing book written by a horse thoroughbred breeder telling the story behind the Kentucky Derby. The book follows the story of an animal dealer named Moody in Kansas. The book shows you a lot about the business of horse racing learning about breeders, buyers, sellers, owners and even horse trainers. The book contains many love stories but it also has a lot of humor and readers become captivated by the author's writing. The book describes sales and transactions so it's good for people who want to learn about the business operations behind horse racing.

3. The Horse God Built

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This book is written about the horse Secretariat who has one of the most famous stories in all of horse racing history. The Horse God Built, The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World's Greatest Racehorse by Lawrence Scanlan, is a story about Eddie " Shorty" Sweat and his role in the development of the horse Secretariat before and during many of the horse's amazing race victories. Shorty is loyal and the best friend of the horse and knows him very well, and in this book, readers will learn about this important relationship. This book honors the people who work behind the scenes in the horse racing community and is the perfect book for horse lovers.

4. Wild Ride

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Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty by Ann Hagedorn Auerbach is a fascinating story that has readers never wanting to put the book down. At number 4, this book describes the investigation by Ann Hagedorn Auerbach of the billion dollar thoroughbred horse breeding industry's collapse. This book addresses a lot of time in history, going through 4 generations of many unique characters. This book is described by the excitement readers get when reading it and the story warns readers of the power of greed. The book presents insightful knowledge that has been carefully examined and researched.

5. Horseplayers: Life at the Track

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Horseplayers: Life at the Track by Ted McClelland is an awesome book that describes a new perspective in the personal wins and losses of many people in the horse racing gambling industry. The author goes through various gambling strategies that are used throughout horse race gambling. This book follows many behind the scenes looks at how horse racing gambling is carried out. There are many awesome characters throughout this book such as Mary Schoenfeldt, who donates all her gambling winnings to charity. The book is humorous, and tells the awesome story of a fan who becomes a racing expert.



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