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Headless Horsemen A Tale of Chemical Colts, Subprime Sales Agents, and the Last Kentucky Derby on Steroids (Paperback)

Author:  Jim Squires
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0805092471
ISBN-13: 9780805092479
Sku: 212711090
Publish Date: 4/27/2010
Pages:  249
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There have been a number of books detailing the devastating effects of performance enhancing drugs in sports, but until now, there were no known reports of athletes using cobra venom to boost their speed. In this eye-opening examination of the horse-racing industry, Jim Squires, a former editor of the Chicago Tribune, proclaims that the practice of juicing is much worse in the stables than it is in the locker room. Squires, who quit the newspaper business to become a full-time breeder and trainer of Kentucky racehorses, believes that the sport he loves is indelibly controlled by a small group of powerful owners known as "the Dinnies," who have used their extensive influence and a steady diet of bizarre equestrian drugs to create a speculative bubble in the horse market, running up record prices on studs and fillies of questionable quality. Squires's astounding analysis reveals that horses are routinely injected with substances ranging from cocaine and marijuana to (yes) cobra venom in an effort to boost their short-term performance, resulting in absurd bidding wars for horses who have often never won a single race.


"Squires balances the satisfaction of succeeding in the business with his dismay at the corruption of the sport, which leaves one thinking that it's amazing thoroughbred racing has survived....His story rings true and is well-told with a sardonic, self-deprecating tone as opposed to a sermon." - Joe Sullivan 01/24/2010

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Product attributePublisher:   Holt McDougal
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