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Ainslie's Complete Guide to Harness Racing, Ainslie, Tom
1 Ainslie, Tom Ainslie's Complete Guide to Harness Racing
NY Simon & Schuster 1970 0671270656 / 9780671270650 Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Remainder 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Photographs & Charts 
480 pages. Very Good 6th printing hardcover in tan paper boards with cloth back strip. Slight rubs to corners, light surface wear on boards, small black remainder mark on foot of page block, else crisp and bright. A must have reference for any racing enthusiast including flat race fans, steeplechase folks as well as harness racing fanatics. Includes: Preface: A Game of Prediction / Arming the Handicapper / Know Your Track / The Arithmetic of Winning / The Breeding Factor / Standardbred Conformation / The Beatable Race / The Time Factor / The Class Factor / The Fitness Factor / The Post-Position Factor / The Driver Factor / The Warm-Ups / Handicapping Summarized / Liberty Bell, April 12, 1969 / Roosevelt Raceway, April 17, / Sportsman's Park, June 11, 1969 / Yonkers Raceway, June 25th 1969 / Hollywood Park, November 3, 1969 / Rules and Regulations of the United States Trotting Association. 
Price: 5.00 USD
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A Sire Line Chart of The Derby, The St. Leger, The Prix Du Jockey Club, The Grand Prix de Paris 1890-1964, Allen, Major G.R.D.
2 Allen, Major G.R.D. A Sire Line Chart of The Derby, The St. Leger, The Prix Du Jockey Club, The Grand Prix de Paris 1890-1964
GRDA FECIT 1964 Paperback Near Fine No Jacket Book Atlas Folio - over 23" - 25" tall 
Very rare fold out chart in near fine condition with negligible wear at extremities from storage. One micro 1/2 in tear at far right center seam. No chips or marks. 39-1/2" x 24" when open. Folds to 12" x 8". Traces in tail mate descent all winners since 1890, the years shown being those which the races were won. Winning male ancestors are shown, as are various other winners prior to 1890 which are all included in the Index of winners. The St. Leger was named as such in 1778 but the race originated two years earlier. Measures approx 24 x 39 inches when opened. Blank on rear save for panel w/title. Certainly a worthwhile candidate for framing, rare racing ephemera more than suitable for gift giving or the racing enthusiasts library. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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The Principles of Combination Handicapping  Methods of Isolating Superior & Inferior Racehorse Performance, Andersen, J.B.
3 Andersen, J.B. The Principles of Combination Handicapping Methods of Isolating Superior & Inferior Racehorse Performance
MD TBS Publishing 1996 1st Edition Pictorial Paperback Very Good + No Jacket Book 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall No Illustrations 
Hunter green & dark blue striping with yellow/gold writing paperback has a bit of curling along front edge, tips are have been lightly bumped and there is a tiny ding on upper edge from a hard bump otherwise shows well. 214 pages are tight with crisp text and no tears or writing. Over a five year period the author meticulously constructs and analyzes various combinations of handicapping factors from five broad categories: final time, pace, position, workouts and trainers. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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A Touch of Greatness, Anderson, C. W.
4 Anderson, C. W. A Touch of Greatness
NY The Macmillan Co. 1945 First Edition Hardcover Very Good + Very Good Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Illustrated 
First edition hardcover in beige boards with bumped spine ends. Unclipped illustrated dust jacket is a professional reproduction and shows some color loss and small rubs at tips but displays well in new mylar. 96 pp crisp and unmarked. Landscape format 8.75 x 11.5. An important book for horse lovers of all ages, presenting ten well-known thoroughbreds who, although not among the greatest of all horses, have at least "a touch of greatness." 
Price: 22.00 USD
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Thoroughbreds, Anderson, C. W.
5 Anderson, C. W. Thoroughbreds
NY Macmillan 1942 First Edition Hardcover Very Good No Jacket Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Illustrated 
First Edition in beige paper covered boards with brushed tips and rubbed spine ends with tiny chips. Rear hinge cracked but page block holding fine. Book now in protective mylar, internally tight and bright. 72 pp. A book of conformation information, jumping styles, racing tips and much more. Reflection on the mylar cover is not present on the book. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Tomorrow's Champion, Anderson, C. W.
6 Anderson, C. W. Tomorrow's Champion
NY The Macmillan Co. 1946 First Edition Hardcover Very Good + Very Good Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Anderson, C. W. 
VG 1st edition hardcover in medium brown cloth has wear at tips. Boards shaken. Unclipped professionally reproduced color illustrated dj has chips missing from head & foot of spine, lower tip has a 1 1/2" open tear, lower edge has two 1/2" closed tears and there is color fading along spine, upper & front edges. Unpaginated with crisp text and stunning lithographs. No tears, writing or soil. No matter how brilliant the performance of a fine horse may be, that is only part of the story. What bloodlines produced the speed and stamina, and what was the training that brought out the honesty and consistency, may well prove the most fascinating part of the story. Here C. W. Anderson tells that story from the beginning - a young colt stands a little shaky and uncertain and grows to be the thoroughbred champion on the track. 
Price: 28.00 USD
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Horse Sense and Humor in Kentucky  SIGNED, Asbury, Eslie Signed by Author
7 Asbury, Eslie Signed by Author Horse Sense and Humor in Kentucky SIGNED
KY The Thoroughbred Press 1981 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Fair Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author(s)
Near fine 1st edition in fair jacket with SIGNED bookplate on front end paper: Best wishes, Eslie Asbury 10/16/81. Black hardcover slick boards with green cloth back strip is in excellent condition. Unclipped dust jacket has color loss and open chip at foot of rear panel taking some of the text on back dj with it. Displays well in mylar from the front and on the shelf. This is a collection of humorous stories and personal experiences. Dr. Asbury trained at the Mayo Clinic and worked in Kentucky as a country doctor. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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Over The Sticks. The Sport of National Hunt Racing, Ayres, Michael; and Gary Newbon. Foreword by Lord Wigg
8 Ayres, Michael; and Gary Newbon. Foreword by Lord Wigg Over The Sticks. The Sport of National Hunt Racing
England Great Albion Books 1971 0715353918 / 9780715353912 1st Edition Hardcover Fine Near Fine Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Near fine/near fine dj. 216 pp text as new save for light curl to top of front dj panel. DJ not price clipped. Green hardcover boards straight and sharp. Includes a directory of National Hunt Organizations, a list of winners of major races, a chart of official scale of weight-for-age in rear. An exhaustive work on the sport of steeplechasing. After tracing the stormy history of steeplechasing from the first race over jumps - a three-horse event in Leicestershire in 1792 - to its gradual development into the spectacular attraction that it is today, the book takes the reader behind the scenes at the racecourse, explaining the duties of officials such as stewards, clerks of the course, handicappers, starters and others, and showing how the sport is controlled and administered. It describes how courses are laid out, how fences are built and explains the differences between the various types of races, as well as dealing the comparative merits of betting with bookmakers or on the Tote. Methods of training are examined, with an insight into the daily life of a busy trainer, and there is much about that 'hardy breed', the jump jockeys, the strenuous life they lead and the risks they take for comparatively meager rewards. For the world-be owner, there is advice on how to set about it, either alone or as a member of a syndicate, details on what it costs to keep a jumper in the manner to which it will have become accustomed - roughly equivalent to the charges of a two-star hotel!, and a frank assessment of the rewards and tribulations to be expected of ownership. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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The World Atlas of Horse Racing, Bedford, Julian
9 Bedford, Julian The World Atlas of Horse Racing
NY Mallard Press 1989 1st Edition Hardcover Fine Near Fine Book 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Ceney, Brian; McKivragan, Terry 
Book in fine condition, unclipped dj in new mylar slightly yellowed at periphery, no chips or tears. No ex-lib. Displays beautifully in new mylar. 224 pp. Filled with photographs of famous races, here is an overview of the sport that is chock-full of information on the tracks, horses, famous races and racers. A stunning coffee table, over sized portrayal of "The Sport of Kings". 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Across The Board. Behind the Scenes of Racing Life, Betts, Toney
10 Betts, Toney Across The Board. Behind the Scenes of Racing Life
NY The Citadel Press 1956 First Edition Hardcover Very Good + Good + Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Photogaphs 
Pale green & grey quarter bound hardcover has light age toning at board edges, corners lightly bumped and rubbed. Unclipped professionally reproduced dj has a 4" closed tear at foot of spine, few chips and light color loss from storage but shows well in new mylar. 320 pages are tight and bright, no names, tears or soil. Pounded out in fast-moving, colorful newspaper language by one of the most famous racing writers in America. A man who loves racing and hates the hypocrites who rule the Game. Across The Board pulls no punches. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Beyer on Speed, Beyer, Andrew
11 Beyer, Andrew Beyer on Speed
MA Houghton Mifflin 1993 0395673909 / 9780395673904 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Illustrated 
Collectible, 1st edition with negligible color loss to dj tips, no tears or loss. 239 pages. Beyer identifies the situations where speed figures yield the greatest profits, explores the effect of a race's early pace on horses' performances and shows readers how to calculate their own pace figures and much more. Follow up to his previous work: Picking Winners. Both are foundation volumes for any race-goers library. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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A Hundred Grand Nationals, Bird, T.H.
12 Bird, T.H. A Hundred Grand Nationals
London Country Life 1937 1st Edition Hardcover Good + No Jacket Book 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Illustrated 
Green cloth with white title on cover, gilt title on darkened and marked back strip, cloth lightly rubbed at extremities with a 1 inch split in the cloth at foot of frt gutter and at head and foot of rear spine edge. Solid reading copy, see image. 204 pages, color frontispiece plus 30 other plates (prints & b/w photographs) in text. All pages and plates clean and bright save for bit of foxing on title page and edge of page block. T H Bird describes the confusion surrounding the date the Grand National was supposed to have started, the great horses associated with the race and the many human personalities whose dream it was to win the great race. 
Price: 28.00 USD
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Off To The Races. Horse Sense and Track Logic  SIGNED, Blanche, Ernest E.
13 Blanche, Ernest E. Off To The Races. Horse Sense and Track Logic SIGNED
NY A. S. Barnes & Co. 1947 1st Edition Hardcover Fine Near Fine Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Signed by Author(s)
Presentation copy signed by author on fep: To Mary Farris with kindest remembrances of our pleasant association in the Battle of the Pentagon. Ernest E. Blanche. First edition hardcover in red cloth lightly bumped at spine ends, corners still sharp. Professionally reproduced photo illustrated dj in new mylar displays beautifully with negligible wear at tips. 201 pp. Present-Day Racing/ Types of Races/ Kinds of Horses/ Breeding Thoroughbreds/ The Race Track/ Starting and Finishing/ The Jockey - "Monkey on a Stick"/ The Fundamentals of Betting/ Racing Information and Tip Sheets/ Ways and Means of Cheating/ Famous Horses/ Race Track Tales/ Picking an Occasional Winner/ Glossary - Race Track Terms. 
Price: 28.00 USD
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Isaac Murphy Kentucky's Record Jockey SIGNED with Additional Material Laid In, Borries, Betty Earle
14 Borries, Betty Earle Isaac Murphy Kentucky's Record Jockey SIGNED with Additional Material Laid In
KY Kentucke Imprints 1988 0935680365 / 9780935680362 1st Edition Soft cover Very Good + No Jacket Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Photographs Author's Presentation Copy
Collectible first edition. The history of an astounding athlete record setter and breaker. 133 pp in VG condition with light surface soil and negligible wear to tips from storage, glossy pictorial cover uncreased, no names, tears or soil within, only two now-unfolded dog ears. Presentation copy from author to Stu Hyatt, signed on half title page along with two notes from Betty Borries, one apologizing for the typos in her book and another stating that the four photocopied various newsprint and magazine articles additionally present were sent from the author to Stuart Hyatt. Many consider Isaac Murphy the greatest American jockey of all time. The son of a former slave, Murphy rose to prominence in a field that was dominated by African American jockeys at the time. By his own account Murphy won 44% of his races. Only 34.5% can be verified in chart books from the era, but it's likely that some of Murphy's races were not covered in the chart books. Either way, Murphy set a standard that no other jockey has met. Isaac Murphy won with more than a third of his mounts year after year. Murphy won a record 44 percent of the races he entered in his career. He won the Kentucky Derby three times, the Latonia Derby five times, and four of the first five runnings of the American Derby, once the richest 3-year-old race in America. Not only was Murphy known for his skill on horseback but also for his honesty and loyalty. He once refused to let champion Falsetto lose the 1879 Kenner Stakes, even though gamblers enticed him with bribes. Among others, Murphy rode Emperor of Norfolk, Kingston, Firenze, and Salvator. Aboard Salvator in the 1890 Suburban he defeated Snapper Garrison and Tenney in a historic match. Isaac Murphy also owned and trained horses during his career. He died of pneumonia at age 36 in 1896. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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How to Buy a Race Horse, Bower, Alex
15 Bower, Alex How to Buy a Race Horse
KY Cromwell Bloodstock Agency 1975 Fifth Printing Soft cover Very Good No Jacket Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Photographs 
Tight and bright 5th printing soft cover w/lightly discolored cream colored wrappers, Internally crisp and bright w/adhered spine edge of first few pp which does not affect the read. 64 pp. Interesting and nostalgic look at how it went down at the track of yesteryear. Includes: Required Reading, Getting a Trainer (expect to pay from $15 to more than $30 per day!), Finding a Horse, The Screening Process, Conformation of the Race Horse, Race Horse Auctions, The Yearling Sales, The Sales Catalog, The Case of Blue Norther, How Much Will It Cost?, Claiming Races, Stake and Allowance Races, Taxes and Horses, Origin of "Modern" Racing, Administration of Racing, Racing Organizations, Books & Magazines. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Two Minutes to Glory  The Official History of the Kentucky Derby, Brodowsky, Pamela K. And Philbin, Tom
16 Brodowsky, Pamela K. And Philbin, Tom Two Minutes to Glory The Official History of the Kentucky Derby
NY Collins 2007 0061236551 / 9780061236556 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine Book 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Photographs 
Gift quality first edition in cream paper covered boards. Original unclipped dj in new mylar is fine. 340 tight & bright pages are crisp without tears, writing or soil. Only defect is a very small barely perceptible paper pull on white rear paste down. Over sized, too large for the flat rate envelope. From mint juleps to the garland of roses to weeping men and women in the Winner's Circle, Two Minutes to Glory is the official story of the world's greatest horse race - the Kentucky Derby. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Caliente! In Old Mexico. A Rare Portfolio of 4  Horse Racing Illustrations by Paul Brown, Brown, Paul
17 Brown, Paul Caliente! In Old Mexico. A Rare Portfolio of 4 Horse Racing Illustrations by Paul Brown
Privately Printed First Edition Soft cover Very Good Very Good Drawing Folio - over 12" - 15" tall Brown, Paul 
An exceedingly rare offering is this undated, unmarked card folder with four 14 x 11 inch plates with the drawing title and "by Paul Brown" in brown auto-pen in bottom margin of each. They are not hand signed. No tears or former owner's marks, just a trace of soil and foxing on outside of card folder from storage. Plates shown below 1. Parade to Battle drawn by Paul Brown; The Look of Eagles Drawn for Caliente by Paul Brown/ Scramble - drawn for Caliente by Paul Brown/ The Winner drawn for Caliente by Paul Brown. Plates are clean with negligible dents from handling. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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History Of The English Turf 1904-1930 Vol II Only, Browne, Captain T. H.
18 Browne, Captain T. H. History Of The English Turf 1904-1930 Vol II Only
London Virtue & Co. Ltd. 1931 First Edition Hardcover Good No Jacket Book 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Illustrated 
Brown leatherette with bright gilt titles. Some spotting to boards, color loss at tips (no major rubbing). Running pagination Vol II begins with pp 161-355. Heavy stock leaves, aqua end pp sunned at edges, a very presentable copy. Supplementary to History of The English Turf by Sir T. A. Cook. Heavy volume will not fit into a flat rate envelope and will incur extra postage. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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The Hunter - 'Chaser: An Authoritative Guide to Breeding, Making and Training, Brush, Peter, Lieut. Colonel
19 Brush, Peter, Lieut. Colonel The Hunter - 'Chaser: An Authoritative Guide to Breeding, Making and Training
London Hutchinson & Co. Ltd 1948 Reprint Hardcover Very Good + Good Book 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Photographs & Drawings 
Front board has small bit of bleached cloth near lower fore edge. Foxing on title page, age toning on end pps. No names, tears or soil. Professionally reproduced color photo illust DJ shows wear and loss at extremities but displays well in new mylar. 192 pp. A well-written and authoritative book on breeding, making and training of the hunter-'chaser. The sound instruction and information given in this book make it a particularly valuable one for the amateur owner and would-be trainer, for whom primarily it is designed. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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The Kentucky Derby Story, Buchanan, Lamont
20 Buchanan, Lamont The Kentucky Derby Story
NY E. P. Dutton 1953 1st Edition Hardcover Good + No Jacket Book 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall Photographs 
1st edition in green 'tweedy' paper boards with black cloth back strip. Bright gilt titles on frt board, spine titles dull. Board edges worn w/color loss and rubbed tips. Inner hinge paper cracked w/webbing showing, frt board wobbly, binding tight and going nowhere. Illustrated endpps. 159 pp text wobbly but with no loose pages. Profusely illustrated history of this most famous of horse races. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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