Racing My Father: Growing Up with a Riding Legend

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Eclipse Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 376 pages
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Becoming a steeplechase jockey takes great courage, especially when following in the footsteps of a legendary father. Growing up, Patrick Smithwick idolized his father, A.P. Smithwick, considered the greatest steeplechase jockey in America at the time. In this compelling memoir, Patrick Smithwick recalls how his father's success shaped his own ambitions and dreams. Despite witnessing the pinnacle of the sport, the younger Smithwick started his own journey without a leg up. He mucked stalls and lived in tack rooms, learning the sport from the bottom up. After his father was severely injured in a racing accident, young Patrick did not sway from pursuing his dream. Though he may not have reached the career heights of his father, Patrick Smithwick succeeded in carving his own niche as a top steeplechase rider.

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About the author (2006)

Patrick Smithwick has been working with horses all of his life. As a youth he began riding for his father, A. P. "Paddy" Smithwick, the legendary steeplechase jockey. He worked his way through college by exercising thoroughbreds and riding steeplechase races at major East Coast racetracks and riding at hunt meets such as

the Maryland Hunt Cup and the Grand National. His earlier book, Racing My Father, is an exploration of the realities inside the fast-paced world of American racing. Today he lives with his wife Ansley on the horse farm where he was raised in Monkton, Maryland.

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