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

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Macmillan, Aug 4, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 249 pages
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A pointed and irreverent critique of thoroughbred racing’s breakdown, by a prominent journalist turned horse breeder

Jim Squires was in trouble. He had gone from one business seemingly intent on committing suicide to another, both led over the cliff by visionless leaders. First it was the newspaper bean-counters’ blind adherence to the demands of Wall Street. Then in horse racing it was a clannish group called “the Dinnies” refusing to share power and unable to see that vast overproduction and unbridled greed had created a subprime-like bubble in the market. Overpriced animals of dubious quality and drug-enhanced performance on the track were undermining the integrity of competition and ultimately the very breed itself. With its economic model broken, its tawdry sales practices under attack, and its public image in tatters after a series of televised fatal breakdowns by horses in famous races, the sport was overdue for a reckoning.

Headless Horsemen is Squires’s comic but poignant critique of what is happening to the sport and the animals he loves, as he and a small group of unlikely heroes agitate for a return to fair dealing. For anyone who cares about the soul and survival of horse racing, this book is an impassioned call to arms.

  

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Review: Headless Horsemen: A Tale of Chemical Colts, Subprime Sales Agents, and the Last Kentucky Derby on Steroids

User Review  - Chris Porter - Goodreads

Ouch. Or in /Muppet Treasure Island/ speak: "Jimmy Jim Jimmy JimJim Jim JIM!" Mr. Squires, what were you doing? There are too many numbers, too many names, too many horse names. Your last couple of ... Read full review

Review: Headless Horsemen: A Tale of Chemical Colts, Subprime Sales Agents, and the Last Kentucky Derby on Steroids

User Review  - Alyse - Goodreads

Facts were very interesting but for being a newspaper editor I thought it was very poorly written. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
RUMBLINGS
7
A Lily for the Departed
9
The Last Steroid Derby
22
RATIONAL BAD BEHAVIOR
43
The Dinnies
45
The Sale Horse
66
Shenanigans
86
The Vets
129
THE RECKONING
145
River of Stones
147
The Righteous Brothers
163
The Sweet Potato Defense
184
Collapse
202
All About the Horses
220
Epilogue
242

Subprime Salesmanship
100

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About the author (2009)

Jim Squires has been breeding and raising horses in Kentucky since 1990, following a career in journalism that culminated in a decade as editor of the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of three previous books, including Horse of a Different Color, his account of his wild ride as the breeder of Monarchos, the winner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby. Squires lives with his wife at Two Bucks Farm in Versailles, Kentucky.

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