"Charismatic, a colt nobody wanted, is ridden by Antley, a jockey everybody doubted. That either could be a mere mile and a half from winning the Triple Crown would be astounding; that the two of them together are so close to racing immortality would be a fantasy...except that it is real". So ran a newspaper story days before jockey Chris Antley and his horse Charismatic attempted to make history by winning the third and final race of the Triple Crown. After bouts with depression and drug and alcohol abuse, Antley had made a stunning comeback by riding the unknown Charismatic to victory at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Antley's success was viewed as symbolic of the new path he was forging in his life, but his story, and his horse's, would not have a fairy-tale ending. In this book Mitchell takes the reader on a journey into horse racing by tracing the intertwined lives of jockey Antley, trainer D. Wayne Lukas, owners Bob and Beverly Lewis, 1999 Derby winner Charismatic and the author herself, who placed a crucial bet on the race. The adventure takes us behind the scenes of the world's racetracks, revealing the history of horse racing, while also exposing its underbelly.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 388
Weight: 764 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 mm
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