Against the Odds: Riding for My Life

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 232 pages
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A remarkable narrative of failure and redemption, the fiercely candid autobiography of the world's greatest jockey, depicting not only the intense inside story of professional racing but his greatest victory of all-against himself.

I had hit bottom. My descent into alcoholism had been slow, but now I was lying at the bottom of the ocean, searching for a ray of light. I needed to breathe again. I needed to live again. . . . It was up to me.

He is considered the leading rider of his era, one of the greatest jockeys ever to break from the starting gate. He has won every major race there is, and then won it again; set earnings and stakes records; and entered the Racing Hall of Fame. But none of it was possible until he defeated his demons.

Astonishingly frank and vividly detailed, Against the Odds chronicles the making of both a man and a champion: the years of drinking, cruelty, anger, despair; the moment of truth, with the help of his wife, Suzee; the dramatic rise to the top. It takes us into the racing world as only someone who has lived it can-the joys and dangers, the adrenaline highs and controversies, from the stables to the stretch drive. It is a new classic of the literature.

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Review: Against the Odds: Riding for My Life

User Review  - Greg Eldred - Goodreads

Not a bad book. You have to give Bailey credit for fighting his demons and still progressing as of this day. He realized that family is the most important thing in life, even though he had to put his family and himself through hell to figure it out. Good read. Worth the time. Read full review

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User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

Written for a 5th grader or maybe by a 5th grader. You need to be a serious horse racing fan to find it at all interesting. Read full review


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About the author (2005)

Jerry Bailey has won the Eclipse Award as the nation's best jockey seven of the past nine years. He has won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes twice each, has won a record fourteen Breeders' Cup races, and in 1995 was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame.

Tom Pedulla is a sportswriter for USA Today.

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