Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty (Paperback)

Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty By Ann Hagedorn Auerbach Cover Image

Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America's Premier Racing Dynasty (Paperback)

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A Gritty Chronicle of the Horse Racing Empire

With an exploration of the tumultuous world of thoroughbred horse racing, Wild Ride presents an unforgettable narrative that’s as thrilling as the sport itself. This award-winning masterpiece tells the heartbreaking story of the rise and subsequent ruin of one of the legends of horse racing–Calumet Farm.

Once synonymous with unmatched excellence, Calumet Farm was the monument of the American thoroughbred industry, spawning myriad superstar racers over the years. Its decline, however, symbolized the end of a glamorous epoch and the birth of a high-stakes industry fraught with financial intrigues and undesired scandals.

Written with an investigative enthusiasm, Wild Ride takes you on a roller-coaster journey across four generations, juxtaposing the glittery past of the racing industry with its modern era, underpinned by contentious deal-making and industry maneuvers.

As the horse racing spectacle gets wrapped in an unforgiving world of business, the legendary Calumet's demise serves as a stirring metaphor for a fortune lost amidst chaos.

Ann Hagedorn Auerbach is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and has also written for The San Jose Mercury News, The New York Daily News, and The Washington Post. She is the award-winning author of Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., which was a regional bestseller and launched a government investigation. She lives New York City.

Product Details ISBN: 9780805042429
ISBN-10: 0805042423
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Publication Date: December 15th, 1995
Pages: 480
Language: English

"A dramatic story ... [told] exceptionally well. Race fans will love the book, but so will anyone interested in recent cultural history, for Wild Ride is as much about the 1980s greed as it is about horses." -- Chris Goodrich, Los Angeles Times

"Sets the standard for investigative journalism in the sport of horse racing." -- Neil Milbert, Chicago Tribune

"This book blew me away. Behind the white fences and green pastures of a landmark institution, Ann Hagedorn Auerbach has found a tale of intrigue, corruption and family strife worthy of a novelist." -- Thomas Petzinger Jr., author of Oil & Honor: The Texaco-Pennzoil Wars