Horseplayers: Life at the Track

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Chicago Review Press, 2005 - Games - 263 pages
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This fun and witty expos of horse racing in America goes behind the scenes at the track, providing a serious gambler's-eye view of the action. Ted McClelland spent a year at tracks and off-track betting facilities in Chicago and across the country, profiling the people who make a career of gambling on horses. This account follows his personal journey of what it means to be a player as he gambles with his book advance using various betting and handicapping strategies along the way. A colorful cast of characters is introduced, including the intensely disciplined Scott McMannis, "The Professor," a onetime college instructor who now teaches a course in handicapping, and Mary Schoenfeldt, a former nun and gifted handicapper who donates all of her winnings to charity. This moving account of wins, losses, and personal turmoil provides a sobering look at gamblers, gambling, and life at the track.

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McClelland, who writes a column on horse racing for the Chicago Reader , took a year off to learn about horse racing and gambling. Though he was introduced to the sport as a young boy by his father ... Read full review

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I have no interest in horse racing but a deep interest in abandoned horse racing tracks in Chicago, so I'm looking forward to reading this one. Read full review


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2 If Wishes Were Horses 27
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7 Travels with McChump 107
11 Omar and Lucky 169
12 Men Betting Badly 177
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Page 15 - As difficult as it is, anyone who loves handicapping ought to make at least one attempt in his life to do it seriously. Although handicapping can be wonderfully entertaining as a casual hobby, there is nothing quite so satisfying for a horseplayer as the knowledge that he can make a profit from the game.

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\Ted McClelland is a staff writer for the Chicago Reader, where he writes a popular column called "At the Track" featuring his stories from the racetrack.

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