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Rascals and Racehorses: A Sporting Man’s Life

Lexington, KY (July 22, 2002) Gangsters and gin drinkers, midgets and touts, mysterious clockers and champion Thoroughbreds race through the pages of W. Cothran Campbell’s newest tribute to the Sport of Kings RASCALS AND RACEHORSES: A SPORTING MAN’S LIFE.

With a Runyonesque flavor, Campbell spins tales of old-time horsemen such as trainers Ben and Jimmy Jones, Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro, and Spendthrift Farm master Leslie Combs. Campbell also weaves witty and candid stories of his own experiences and escapades. He tells of being a chubby boy showing horses before jeering spectators; enlisting his drinking buddies’ help in finding three cars “misplaced” within thirty-six hours during his pre-Alcoholics Anonymous days; and being among a gentrified racing crowd that witnessed a wolfhound show his amour for a Russian ambassador’s fur coat.

Campbell manages to unearth the humor and foibles both of himself and of an industry few people experience behind the scenes.

Nearly four decades ago, Campbell partnered with some friends and acquired his first Thoroughbred racehorse. From that early venture, Campbell developed Dogwood Stable, the pioneer of racing partnerships. Campbell and his Dogwood partners have won some of America’s most prestigious races from the Preakness Stakes with Summer Squall to the Breeders’ Cup with Storm Song. He has invested and managed more than $100 million in horses throughout his career. In RASCALS AND RACEHORSES: A SPORTING MAN’S LIFE, Campbell shares with readers an intimate collection of stories about his life and the sport he loves Thoroughbred horse racing.

Daily Racing Form executive columnist Joe Hirsch declares, “If you love racing, you’re sure to enjoy RASCALS AND RACEHORSES. It’s a sure winner.”

Published by Eclipse Press, September 2002.
ISBN: 1-58150-085-8
Photos: 35 color
Pages: 200; Bound Size: 6 x 9
Retail price: $24.95 Hardcover

Will be available at your local bookstore or from Exclusively Equine
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