Horseplayers: Life at the Track (Hardcover)

Horseplayers: Life at the Track By Ted McClelland Cover Image
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Description


This fun and witty exposé of horse racing in America goes behind the scenes at the track, providing a serious gambler's-eye view of the action. Ted McClelland spent a year at tracks and off-track betting facilities in Chicago and across the country, profiling the people who make a career of gambling on horses. This account follows his personal journey of what it means to be a player as he gambles with his book advance using various betting and handicapping strategies along the way. A colorful cast of characters is introduced, including the intensely disciplined Scott McMannis, "The Professor," a onetime college instructor who now teaches a course in handicapping, and Mary Schoenfeldt, a former nun and gifted handicapper who donates all of her winnings to charity. This moving account of wins, losses, and personal turmoil provides a sobering look at gamblers, gambling, and life at the track.

About the Author


Ted McClelland is a staff writer for the Chicago Reader, where he writes a popular column called "At the Track" featuring his stories from the racetrack.

Praise For…


"Immensely readable account, by a brutally honest writer...a gambler’s book that is well worth a punt"  —The Racing Post
 


"A delightful memoir . . . McClelland details his transformation from casual fan to obsessed racing geek with humor." —Railbird
Product Details
ISBN: 9781556525674
ISBN-10: 1556525672
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2005
Pages: 272
Language: English