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Yankee Doodle Dandy : The Life and Times of Tod Sloan
Yankee Doodle Dandy The Life and Times of Tod Sloan
Author: John Dizikes
In the 1890s, when jockey Tod Sloan first assumed a low crouching position over the neck of his horse, he precipitated a revolution in horse racing. This entertaining book recounts the story of the feisty jockey, famed throughout the U.S. and Great Britain at the turn of the century. Award-winning author John Dizikes evokes the turbulent, co...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780300083347
ISBN-10: 0300083343
Publication Date: 9/10/2000
Pages: 240
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Publisher: Yale University Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Solid biography of a forgotten horse racing great. Tod Sloan was the champion jockey of his day, a celebrity whose life was fodder for the press, and had a lasting impact on the sport by popularizing the "forward seat", a riding posture that is now dominant. After controversy ended his career, Sloan quickly faded into obscurity. The book is a decent overview of Sloan's life, but you constantly get the feeling that there's a lot of information missing or being skipped over. Still, the writing is good and the subject matter worthy. A worthwhile read for fans of horse racing and its history.
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