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APR 2012

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Nos. 105-115: Horse books. the 1875 Derby's winning trainer and former slave Ansel Williamson by name, a fact Renau had uncovered in her own research. (For years, the winning trainer of the first Derby was identified in the Churchill Downs media guide as Andy Anderson.) Reed's vocation as a writer leads him to suggest Tis Was Racing (1953), by Joe Palmer, as "a must-read for aspiring turf writ- ers, not only to get a sense of the sport but to be exposed to Palmer's wonderful prose." Reed also notes that Headless Horsemen: A Tale of Chemical Colts, Subprime Sales Agents, and the Last Kentucky Derby (2010), by former Chicago Tribune editor and Torough- bred breeder Jim Squires, does "a great job of discussing the industry's problems." Everyone in Louisville seems to have a favor- ite Derby story — a celebrity sighting or an outrageous method of sneaking booze into the Infield — but both Reed and Byrne recom- mend Kentucky Derby Stories (1998), by the late Courier-Journal racing aficionado Jim Bolus, for an insider's anecdotes on everything from the horses and trainers to celebrities and track personalities. Or, as Byrne notes, "every- thing that is Derby." For even more recent stories about Derby characters, she also likes Kentucky Derby (2007), by John Asher, the vice president of communications at Churchill. Finally, the question that's on everyone's mind: How do I cash a winning ticket? Like many experts, Byrne's handicapping strategies are her own. In fact, she confesses that, "as for handicapping books, I have not personally read any of them start to finish." But she suggests three books to help the novice evaluate a racing form and bet like a pro: Against the Odds: Riding for My Life (2005), by Hall of Fame jockey and two- time Derby winner Jerry Bailey; Betting on Myself: Adventures of a Horseplayer and Publisher (2003), by Steven Crist, publisher of the Daily Racing Form, who also "tells a fun story about his life in the industry"; and Betting Toroughbreds (1997), by Steven Davidowitz, "a good book about the basics as well as details of handicap- ping and wagering." — Lynnell Edwards WWW.LAMKINWEALTH.COM WWW.HAASJEWELERS.COM WWW.YEWDELLGARDENS.ORG 4.12 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE [59]

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