Horseplayers

Horseplayers
Horseplayers

Horseplayers

Life at the Track
By Ted McClelland

SPORTS & RECREATION

272 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $34.95)

ISBN 9781556525674

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (May 2005)

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Overview

One man's fascinating experience with the world of horse racing
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.

Reviews

"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

Author Biography

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.