Upon hearing that a person theyve just met is in any way connected with horse racing, most people will ask, Ever won the Kentucky Derby? Horse of a Different Color is a lively firsthand account by one of the select few who can actually reply that yes, as a matter of fact ... Within his first decade as a breeder of thoroughbreds, Jim Squires watched one of his babies win the biggest race of all when Monarchos captured the 2001 Run for the Roses in near-record time. The story of how that happened is both entertaining and eye-opening: an inside look at the economics, the personalities, and the politics of the racing game, where huge sums of money are gained or lost in the tick of a stopwatch and almost everyone is infected by the peculiar madness called Derby Fever. And it is told by a man who also happens to have the reporting and storytelling skills of a lifelong newspapermanplus a wry bemusement at the twists and turns of fortune that put him, of all people, in the winners circle at Churchill Downs one glorious first Saturday in May.
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