And They're Off!: My Years as the Voice of Thoroughbred Racing

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Taylor Trade Publications, May 7, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Beloved for his thunderous, commanding voice and affable personality, Phil Georgeff, known as "The Voice of Chicago Racing," holds the world record for calling the most horse races—an astounding 96,131. During his fifty years in the sport, Georgeff brushed shoulders with every great jockey and saw just about every great horse, from 1948 Triple Crown winner Citation to 1973's Secretariat. Part memoir, part historical analysis, and part nostalgic remembrance, this book is the quintessential guide to the history of thoroughbred racing in the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

Glory Days
1
The Thoroughbred Hall of Fame
23
Knights of the Round Table
43
Golden Geldings
61
Here Comes SheSellsSeaShells
87
The Master Eddie Arcaro
93
Bill Silent Shoe Shoemaker
119
Bill Hartack
135
Jockey Shorts
145
The Triple Crown
167
The Art of Race Calling
197
Match Race
219
Of Tracks Trainers and Things
235
Epilogue
249
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About the author (2002)

Phil Georgeff is the most famous man in the Chicago thoroughbred horseracing world. Author of two novels on horseracing, he lives in Fairhope, Alabama. Jim O'Donnell, a staff writer for The Chicago Sun-Times, lives in Chicago, Illinois. Tom Durkin, the "voice" of NBC's annual Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup telecasts, lives in New York.

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