"Churchill Downs: America's Most Historic..." by Gatto
In the late eighteenth century in the bustling city streets of Louisville began a tradition of thoroughbred racing that has transcended centuries. Follow Kimberly Gatto as she chronicles the history of the world s most famous racing venue as it revolutionized the Sport of Kings and created the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap races. Fans will enjoy the tales of various horses, from the early triumph of Ten Broeck over Mollie McCarthy to the Derby victory of the heroic Barbaro. Churchill Downs: America's Most Historic Racetrack recounts how financial hardships, the introduction of parimutuel wagering, the construction of the famed twin spires and the age of television transformed Churchill Downs into the majestic track we recognize today.

About the Author
Kimberly Gatto is a professional writer specializing in equestrian and sports books. Her published works to date include two horse-related titles and several athlete biographies. Her work has been included in various publications, including the Blood Horse, the Chronicle of the Horse, the Equine Journal and Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul. Gatto is an honors graduate of Boston Latin School and Wheaton College. A lifelong rider and horsewoman, she is the proud owner of Grace, a lovely off-the-track thoroughbred.

• 160 pages
• 6 x 9 inches
• Paperback
• Published March 2010

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