Headless Horsemen

A Tale of Chemical Colts, Subprime Sales Agents, and the Last Kentucky Derby on Steroids

Jim Squires

St. Martin's Griffin

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"An insider's stunning account of the corrupt practices that threaten both the horses and the game . . . an engrossing read." —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Jim Squires was in trouble. He was in the horse business, an enterprise seemingly intent on committing suicide, led over the cliff by visionless leaders. A clannish group called "the Dinnies" had long refused to share power, as vast overproduction and unbridled greed created a subprime-like bubble in the market. Overpriced animals of dubious quality and drug-enhanced performance on the track were undermining the integrity of competition and ultimately the very breed itself. With its economic model broken, its tawdry sales practices under attack, and its public image in tatters, the sport was overdue for a reckoning.

Headless Horsemen is Squires's critique of what is happening to the sport and the animals he loves, as he and a small group of unlikely heroes agitate for a return to fair dealing. For anyone who cares about the soul and survival of horse racing, this book is an impassioned call to arms.

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Headless Horsemen
PART ONERUMBLINGS1A LILY FOR THE DEPARTEDSomething had definitely gone haywire. Breaking into tears at the realization that Greg Norman had just failed to win the British Open at age fifty-three to become the oldest golfer ever to win a Major Championship is hard evidence of pending emotional collapse. I had never cheered for Norman before in my life, even twenty years earlier when he was the best golfer in the world. He was always too cool and aloof for me. But those were tears running down my face and a real sob being choked back in my throat.

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Jim Squires

Jim Squires is the author of Horse of a Different Color, an account of his wild ride as the breeder of Monarchos, the winner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby. He has been breeding and raising horses since 1977, thoroughbreds in Kentucky since 1990, and was the editor of the Chicago Tribune from 1981 to 1989. He lives in Versailles, Kentucky.

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Headless Horsemen
A Tale of Chemical Colts, Subprime Sales Agents, and the Last Kentucky Derby on Steroids
Jim Squires

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
April 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805092479
ISBN10: 0805092471
5 1/4 x 8 inches, 272 pages, Includes 8 pages of black-and-white photographs
$18.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
April 2010
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ISBN: 9781429985291
ISBN10: 1429985291
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages, Includes eight pages of pictures
$7.99
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