My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings

My Year of the Racehorse: Falling in Love with the Sport of Kings

by Kevin Chong

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Kevin Chong has grand plans. He draws up a to-do list of major milestones that will give him the life he always wanted—and the life that will inspire awe and envy in his friends. Things like settling down and starting a family; learning a foreign language; getting a tattoo. But these grand plans go out the window when Chong makes an unconventional decision: he's going to buy a racehorse. Not the whole thing—he'll become part—owner of the horse. Just don't ask him which part.

Thus Chong meets Blackie, the racehorse that will win his heart, even if she doesn't always win on the track. He meets Randi, the cantankerous and foul-mouthed horse trainer with a heart of gold. He meets an assorted array of characters who work, live and drink at the track—and, one by one, the items on his to-do list are crossed out and replaced with horse-related ambitions. His goals are a bit more humble (cussing like a track worker replaces learning a foreign language), but his life has gained new meaning.

The story is infused with the noise, excitement and faded glamour of the horse-racing world. It is strewn with fascinating tidbits about the history and tradition of this

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781553658405
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 03/02/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Kevin Chong studied at the University of British Columbia and Columbia University, where he received an MFA in writing. He is the author of Neil Young Nation and two novels. Chong lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

1 And He's Off! 1

2 Backside 15

3 Writeoffs 23

4 Making My List 36

5 Find True Love 49

6 Start a Retirement Plan 67

7 Dink-Cleaning Day 78

8 Happy Valley 88

9 Sid Martin, Part One 101

10 Learn Another Language 114

11 The Animal Communicator 129

12 Sid Martin, Part Two 145

13 Get a Tattoo 156

14 See the World 168

15 Auction Day, Part One 182

16 Auction Day, Part Two 194

17 Beware the Mare! 208

18 The Best of Company 213

Author's Note 223

Acknowledgements 224

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From the Publisher

"The vivid, affecting portraits of the people who live on the backstretch will remind readers of the HBO series Luck, just as the hardbitten manner in which Chong’s veteran racetrackers deal with loss will evoke Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule."—Booklist

"…a quirky, fast-paced gallop through the exhilaration, heartbreak, and financial responsibility of owning even a small share in racehorse"—Quill and Quire

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