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This fun and witty expose 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 horseplayer as he gambles with his book advance using various betting and handicapping strategies along the way. A colourful cast of characters is introduced, including the intensely disciplined Scott McMannis, "The Professor," a one-time 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 realistic look at gamblers, gambling, and life at the track.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781556526756
ISBN-10: 155652675X
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Chicago Review Press
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ted McClelland

Ted McClelland has contributed to Mother Jones, Salon.com, and the Chicago Reader, where he wrote a popular column called "At the Track" featuring stories from the racetrack. He is currently the senior editor for Lake and writes the "Cheap Bachelor" feature for the Chicago Tribune.

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