Horseplayers: Life at the Track

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2007 - 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 horseplayer as he gambles with his book advance using various betting and handicapping strategies along the way. A colourful cast of characters is introduced, including the intensely disciplined Scott McMannis, "The Professor," a one-time 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 realistic 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

Contents

Acknowledgments
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Professor Speed
First Your Money Then Your Clothes
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Large
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The Rebel Enclave
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\Ted McClelland has contributed to Mother Jones, Salon.com, and the Chicago Reader, where he wrote a popular column called "At the Track" featuring stories from the racetrack. He is currently the senior editor for Lake and writes the "Cheap Bachelor" feature for the Chicago Tribune.

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