Three Strides Before the Wire by Elizabeth Mitchell
The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing

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In this meticulously researched and poignantly written narrative, Elizabeth Mitchell goes behind the scenes of one of the largest moneymaking industries in the country: horse racing. Focusing on the 1999 Derby winner Charismatic, Mitchell traces this horses amazing and ultimately tragic story, from the birth of the foal through its surprising rise to fame to its tragic death. Mitchell also follows the major players in Charismatics life, including the family who bred him, the trainer, the owners, and the famed jockey Chris Antley, whose own tragic story matches that of his horse. Through these interlocking stories, a sense of familiarity with key players in the industry evolves, as well as a greater understanding of the heart and soul of a sport that has fascinated human beings for centuries.

About Elizabeth Mitchell

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Mitchell-Exec editor of George, rec'd her B.A. from Brown University
Published June 5, 2002 by Hyperion. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Which is simply that Charisma, Antley up, went on to win the Kentucky Derby, and then the Preakness, before barely missing the Triple Crown at Belmont.

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A contributing editor at Newsweek and author of W: Revenge of the Bush Dynasty, Mitchell was drawn into the sport of horse racing by chance.

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