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"From Grit to Glory" by Chris Kotulak
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"From Grit to Glory" by Chris Kotulak


The real life drama and stories of a genuine American Legend and horse racing icon. This is a heart-wrenching, artful and often humorous account of the hardscrabble roots of the Van Berg family. The book paints the paths of the colorful careers of Marion H. Van Berg, and his son Jack Van Berg; both led to horse racing's highest honor - The Kentucky Derby. There are detailed descriptions and anecdotes of the countless devoted Van Berg employees (Bill Mott, Wayne Catalano, Frankie Brothers, etc...), who went on to achieve tremendous success themselves. The Van Bergs trained horses but they are both noted for having created men. For decades, Jack has been referred to as being like a John Wayne character. The remarks and recollections told by Jack and others explain why. Tough love, leadership and devotion are all showcased in this jewel of a biography.


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