Horseplayers by Ted McClelland
Life at the Track

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This fun and witty exposé of horse racing in America goes behind the scenes at the track, providing a serious gambler's-eye-view of the action. Ted McClelland spent a year at tracks and off-track betting facilities in Chicago and across the country, profiling the people who make a career of gambling on horses. This account follows his personal journey of what it means to be a player as he gambles with his book advance using various betting and handicapping strategies along the way. A colorful cast of characters is introduced, including the intensely disciplined Scott McMannis "The Professor", a onetime college instructor who now teaches a course in handicapping, and Mary Schoenfeldt, a former nun and gifted handicapper who donates all of her winnings to charity. This moving account of wins, losses, and personal turmoil provides a sobering look at gamblers, gambling, and life at the track.

About Ted McClelland

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Ted McClelland is the author of Horseplayers: Life at the Track, a senior editor at Lake magazine, and a writer who has contributed to Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune,,, and Utne Reader.
Published May 1, 2005 by Chicago Review Press. 276 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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