Keeneland's Ted Bassett

My Life

Author: James E. "Ted" Bassett,Bill Mooney

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813159903

Category: Bibles

Page: 440

View: 2251

In the December 30, 1967, edition of the weekly Thoroughbred trade publication, the Blood-Horse, was an announcement that took up one inch of space -- James E. "Ted" Bassett III had been named assistant to the president of the Keeneland Association. It was sandwiched between equally short news items about a handicapping seminar at an East Coast racetrack and a California vacation trip by a horse-owning couple. Bassett's new job, in his own words, "was not earthshaking news." More than four decades later, Ted Bassett is one of the most respected figures within the global Thoroughbred industry. He has served as Keeneland's president, chairman of the board, and trustee, playing a critical role in its ascendency as a premier Thoroughbred track and auction house. Bassett was also president of Breeders' Cup Limited during its greatest period of growth and has been a key architect in the development of the Sport of Kings as we know it today. Written in collaboration with two-time Eclipse Award--winning journalist Bill Mooney, Keeneland's Ted Bassett: My Life recounts Bassett's extraordinary journey, including his days at Kent School and Yale University, through his U.S. Marine Corps service in the Pacific theater during World War II, and as director of the Kentucky State Police during the turbulent 1960s. He helped found the College of Justice & Safety at Eastern Kentucky University, and his continuing service to the Marine Corps has gained him the highest honors accorded to a civilian. During his forty-plus years with Keeneland, Bassett has hobnobbed with hot walkers in the track kitchen, hosted the first visit by Queen Elizabeth II to a United States track, and participated in many of the most important events in the modern history of horse racing. With self-effacing humor, characteristic charm, and candor, Bassett describes his association with historic figures such as J. Edgar Hoover and Kentucky governors Albert B. "Happy" Chandler, Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt, and John Y. Brown; and his friendships with racing personalities D. Wayne Lukas, Nick Zito, Ron McAnally, Pat Day, and Joe Hirsch. Bassett shares details about difficult corporate decisions and great racing events that only he can supply, and about the formation of Equibase, the premier data collection agency within the Thoroughbred industry. He tells about his role as an international ambassador for racing, which has made him a highly influential figure on six continents. Bassett often describes his life as a fascinating blur. That "blur" and all its unique components are brought into sharp focus in a book that is as wide-ranging as it is personal, filled with a gold mine of firsthand stories and historical details. In addition to highlighting Keeneland's reputation as the jewel of the Thoroughbred industry, Bassett chronicles the business of racing and accomplishments of many prominent people in the horse world, and elsewhere, during the twentieth century.
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Kentucky Horse Country

Images of the Bluegrass

Author: James Archambeault

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780813125053

Category: Photography

Page: 172

View: 5627

This pictorial portrait of the natural beauty of Kentucky's Bluegrass region, and the thriving thoroughbred industry for which it is famous, contains more than 150 full-color images ranging from tender scenes of mares and foals grazing, to the excitement of race day at Keeneland.
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D is for Derby: A Kentucky Derby Alphabet

A Kentucy Derby Alphabet

Author: Helen L. Wilbur

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press

ISBN: 1627537260

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 9446

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuous sporting event in the United States. But don't call it just a horse race. This annual May event, known as "the most exciting two minutes in sports," is steeped in tradition and pageantry far beyond what happens on the track. Following the alphabet, D is for Derby: A Kentucky Derby Alphabet uses poetry and expository text to explain this world-famous event. Topics include famous jockeys, legendary horses, fabled Bluegrass farms and owners, as well as offering a behind-the scenes view of thoroughbred breeding and racing. Readers young and old, along with horse enthusiasts and diehard Derby fans, will enjoy this celebration of one of the most prestigious sporting and cultural events in our country.
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Never Say Die

A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry

Author: James C. Nicholson

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813141672

Category: History

Page: 218

View: 9282

A quarter of a million people braved miserable conditions at Epsom Downs on June 2, 1954, to see the 175th running of the prestigious Derby Stakes. Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Winston Churchill were in attendance, along with thousands of Britons who were all convinced of the unfailing superiority of English bloodstock and eager to see a British colt take the victory. They were shocked when a Kentucky-born chestnut named Never Say Die galloped to a two-length triumph at odds of 33--1, winning Britain's greatest race and beginning an important shift in the world of Thoroughbred racing. Never Say Die traces the history of this extraordinary colt, beginning with his foaling in Lexington, Kentucky, when a shot of bourbon whiskey revived him and earned him his name. Author James C. Nicholson also tells the stories of the influential individuals brought together by the horse and his victory -- from the heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune to the Aga Khan. Most fascinating is the tale of Mona Best of Liverpool, England, whose well-placed bet on the long-shot Derby contender allowed her to open the Casbah Coffee Club. There, her son met musicians John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison and later joined their band. Featuring a foreword by the original drummer for the Beatles, Pete Best, this remarkable book reveals how an underdog's surprise victory played a part in the formation of the most successful and influential rock band in history and made the Bluegrass region of Kentucky the center of the international Thoroughbred industry.
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Sgt. Reckless

America's War Horse

Author: Robin Hutton

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1621572757

Category: Pets

Page: 368

View: 3336

A New York Times Bestseller! From the racetrack to the battlefield—dauntless, fearless, and exemplar of Semper Fi—she was Reckless, "pride of the Marines." A Mongolian mare who was bred to be a racehorse, Ah-Chim-Hai, or Flame-of-the-Morning, belonged to a young boy named Kim-Huk-Moon. In order to pay for a prosthetic leg for his sister, Kim made the difficult decision to sell his beloved companion. Lieutenant Eric Pedersen purchased the bodacious mare and renamed her Reckless, for the Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines she’d be joining. The four-legged equine braved minefields and hailing shrapnel to deliver ammunition to her division on the frontlines. In one day alone, performing fifty-one trips up and down treacherous terrain, covering a distance of over thirty-five miles, and rescuing wounded comrades-in-arms, Reckless demonstrated her steadfast devotion to the Marines who had become her herd. Despite only measuring about thirteen hands high, this pint-sized equine became an American hero. Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts for her valor and was officially promoted to staff sergeant twice, a distinction never bestowed upon an animal before or since. Author Robin Hutton has reignited excitement about this nearly forgotten legend, realizing the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, completed in July 2013, and now spurring the creation of a second memorial at Camp Pendleton, California, where Reckless lived out the rest of her days. The paperback edition includes a new foreword by General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. It will appeal to fans of Laura Hillenbrand's Seabiscuit, Elizabeth Letts' The Eighty Dollar Champion, and the feature film War Horse.
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The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing

Author: Bill Mooney,George Ennor,Graeme Kelly,Chris Hawkes

Publisher: Carlton Books

ISBN: 9781787391277

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 3710

Now in its seventh edition, The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing is an authoritative and comprehensive illustrated work of reference. The book tells the story of the "sport of kings" from its earliest inceptions to the present day. It provides essential information on all the top jockeys and the leading owners and trainers and the famous horses. Every personality (human and equine), event and issue of importance in the history of both flat racing and steeplechasing will be referred to somewhere in the book. In addition, the off-track world of racing will be explored through the chapters dealing with gambling, scandals and disasters, social and cultural aspects, media coverage and the business of the racing. Written by two acknowledged authorities on the racing scene, this book is the definitive work on "the horses", with every page a visually exciting and information-packed celebration of the sport. Revised and updated to include the latest crop of superstars, including US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne, this book continues to be as invaluable to the fan who follows racing on television as it will be for the serious student, administrator and the media.
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Virtual Afterlives

Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century

Author: Candi K. Cann

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813145422

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

View: 7188

For millennia, the rituals of death and remembrance have been fixed by time and location, but in the twenty-first century, grieving has become a virtual phenomenon. Today, the dead live on through social media profiles, memorial websites, and saved voicemails that can be accessed at any time. This dramatic cultural shift has made the physical presence of death secondary to the psychological experience of mourning. Virtual Afterlives investigates emerging popular bereavement traditions. Author Candi K. Cann examines new forms of grieving and evaluates how religion and the funeral industry have both contributed to mourning rituals despite their limited ability to remedy grief. As grieving traditions and locations shift, people are discovering new ways to memorialize their loved ones. Bodiless and spontaneous memorials like those at the sites of the shootings in Aurora and Newtown and the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as roadside memorials, car decals, and tattoos are contributing to a new bereavement language that crosses national boundaries and culture-specific perceptions of death. Examining mourning practices in the United States in comparison to the broader background of practices in Asia and Latin America, Virtual Afterlives seeks to resituate death as a part of life and mourning as a unifying process that helps to create identities and narratives for communities. As technology changes the ways in which we experience death, this engaging study explores the culture of bereavement and the ways in which it, too, is being significantly transformed.
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Anne Bancroft

A Life

Author: Douglass K. Daniel

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813169704

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 408

View: 8441

"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" These famous lines from The Graduate (1967) would forever link Anne Bancroft (1931--2005) to the groundbreaking film and confirm her status as a movie icon. Along with her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in the stage and film drama The Miracle Worker, this role was a highlight of a career that spanned a half-century and brought Bancroft an Oscar, two Tonys, and two Emmy awards. In the first biography to cover the entire scope of Bancroft's life and career, Douglass K. Daniel brings together interviews with dozens of her friends and colleagues, never-before-published family photos, and material from film and theater archives to present a portrait of an artist who raised the standards of acting for all those who followed. Daniel reveals how, from a young age, Bancroft was committed to challenging herself and strengthening her craft. Her talent (and good timing) led to a breakthrough role in Two for the Seesaw, which made her a Broadway star overnight. The role of Helen Keller's devoted teacher in the stage version of The Miracle Worker would follow, and Bancroft also starred in the movie adaption of the play, which earned her an Academy Award. She went on to appear in dozens of film, theater, and television productions, including several movies directed or produced by her husband, Mel Brooks. Anne Bancroft: A Life offers new insights into the life and career of a determined actress who left an indelible mark on the film industry while remaining true to her art.
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Here Comes Exterminator!

The Longshot Horse, the Great War, and the Making of an American Hero

Author: Eliza McGraw

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466872721

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 572

The father of the Kentucky Derby called him “the greatest all-around Thoroughbred in American racing history.” Sportswriter Grantland Rice simply called him “the greatest racehorse.” Now Eliza McGraw tells the story of how a gangling, long-shot Kentucky Derby winner named Exterminator became one of the most beloved racehorses of all time. Here Comes Exterminator! draws readers into the golden age of racing, with all its ups and downs, the ever-involving interplay of horses and people, and the beauty, grace, fear, and hope that are a daily part of life at the track. Caught between his hotheaded millionaire owner and his knowledgeable trainer, Exterminator captured fans’ affection with his personality, consistency, athleticism, and heart. Exterminator’s staggering success would dramatically change the world of horse-racing. He challenged the notion that American horses would never live up to Europe’s meticulously charted bloodlines and became a patriotic icon of the country after World War I. And his longevity established him as one of the public’s most beloved athletes, paving the way for equine celebrities like Seabiscuit and showing Americans they could claim—and love—a famous racehorse as their own.
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Uncle Will of Wildwood

Nineteenth-Century Life in the Bluegrass

Author: Frances Jewell McVey,Robert Berry Jewell

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813191478

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 99

View: 5163

Uncle Will of Wildwood is a warm and humorous memoir of the nineteenth-century Bluegrass that recalls a defining period of Kentucky's past. It was a time of self-sufficient country estates when, as Thomas D. Clark writes in his introduction, "every Bluegrass farm gate was the entryway into a ruggedly independent domain." Wildwood was such a place, ruled by the affable Uncle Will of this classic book. Everything at Wildwood revolved around Will Goddard, who was "a cross between a hurricane and an electric fan." Uncle Will -- with his mad dashes into Harrodsburg for mowing-machine parts, his habit of leaving his stallion Black Joe unhitched, his irrepressible spirit, and his uncanny perception of the potential of a horse -- became a family and community legend. A celebration of Kentucky before the arrival of the modern age, Uncle Will of Wildwood fondly remembers life before the automobile, before radio and television, and before growing cities eroded the quiet and grand way of country life. Though Uncle Will's story is nearly two hundred years old, his lessons of self-sufficiency, community, and eccentricity are still pertinent today. In print for the first time since 1974, Uncle Will of Wildwood captures the riotous spirit of one Kentucky man and the flavor of country life.
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Peter Williams Retrospective

Paintings and People Dear to Me

Author: Fran Taylor

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780988191112

Category:

Page: 176

View: 8571

The paintings of New Zealand artist Peter Williams.
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In You I See Me

Author: Helen Pangle Odenwald

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1491833734

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 108

View: 6723

What does "family" mean to you? Author Helen Odenwald takes you on a very personal journey of discovery to find the family she never knew she had. Beginning woth the family secret, her mother carried for over 20 years. Helen opens up about the path to redemption for sisters separated by the inthinkable.You will laugh, you will cry and you will rediscover hope as you experience the story of three sisters who find their way back to each other- and heal their mother's tears in the process. "In You I See Me" is a powerful expression of love, grace, and honor among women- and the belief that true family always finds a way home...
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The University of Kentucky

A Pictorial History

Author: Carl B. Cone

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813116969

Category: Education

Page: 246

View: 540

The University of Kentucky during its first century has had a colorful and paradoxical history -- a history which reflects the character of the society that forms its milieu. This second volume deals with the University's growth through the administration of three of its presidents -- Henry Stites Barker, Frank L. McVey, and Herman L. Donovan. When Judge Barker assumed office, the institution had been a university in name for only three years; at the close of President Donovan's administration it had become a true university in spirit and in fact. Mr. Talbert here traces the complex developments from 1911 to 1956 that were bringing maturity: he outlines the events of more recent times as the University enters its second century.
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The Ultimate English/Spanish Dictionary for Horsemen

Author: Maria Belknap

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books

ISBN: 1570765715

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 328

View: 6320

Written specifically for horse people, this book covers topics and words that regular English/Spanish dictionaries might not, including horse health care, feeding, grooming, tack and equipment, and breeding terms. With more than 10,000 typically grouped word and phrase entries commonly used in the horse industry, regional variations, and a pronunciation guide.
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Dancer's Image

The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby

Author: Milton C. Toby

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1614231818

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 452

On May 4, 1968, Dancer's Image crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs to win the 94th Kentucky Derby. Yet the jubilation ended three days later for the owner, the jockey and the trainers who propelled the celebrated thoroughbred to victory. Amid a firestorm of controversy, Dancer's Image was disqualified after blood tests revealed the presence of a widely used anti-inflammatory drug with a dubious legal status. Over forty years later, questions still linger over the origins of the substance and the turmoil it created. Veteran turfwriter and noted equine law expert Milt Toby gives the first in-depth look at the only disqualification in Derby history and how the Run for the Roses was changed forever.
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My Century in History

Memoirs

Author: Thomas Clark

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813171385

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 7943

When Thomas D. Clark was hired to teach history at the University of Kentucky in 1931, he began a career that would span nearly three-quarters of a century and would profoundly change not only the history department and the university but the entire Commonwealth. His still-definitive History of Kentucky (1937) was one of more than thirty books he would write or edit that dealt with Kentucky, the South, and the American frontier. In addition to his wide scholarly contributions, Clark devoted his life to the preservation of Kentucky’s historical records. He began this crusade by collecting vast stores of Kentucky’s military records from the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. His efforts resulted in the Commonwealth’s first archival system and the subsequent creation of the Kentucky Library and Archives, the University of Kentucky Special Collections and Archives, the Kentucky Oral History Commission, the Kentucky History Center (recently named for him), and the University Press of Kentucky. Born in 1903 on a cotton farm in Louisville, Mississippi, Thomas Dionysius Clark would follow a long and winding path to find his life’s passion in the study of history. He dropped out of school after seventh grade to work first at a sawmill and then on a canal dredgeboat before resuming his formal education. Clark’s earliest memories—hearing about local lynch-mob violence and witnessing the destruction of virgin forest—are an invaluable window into the national issues of racial injustice and environmental depredation. In many ways, the story of Dr. Clark’s life is the story of America in the twentieth century. In My Century in History, Clark offers vivid memories of his journey, both personal and academic, a journey that took him from Mississippi to Kentucky and North Carolina, to leadership of the nation’s major historical organizations, and to visiting professorships in Austria, England, Greece, and India, as well as in universities throughout the United States. An enormously popular public lecturer and teacher, he touched thousands of lives in Kentucky and around the world. With his characteristic wit and insight, Clark now offers his many admirers one final volume of history—his own.
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Intraoperative Imaging in Neurosurgery

MRI, CT, Ultrasound

Author: R.L. Bernays,H.-G. Imhof,Y. Yonekawa

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 370916043X

Category: Medical

Page: 152

View: 3846

In the continuous effort to further improve neurosurgery, intraoperative information on structure and function of the brain has become an important tool which potentially will result in an improved outcome of neurosurgical procedures. In this book experts from different countries and neurosurgical organizations have collected information on the state-of-the-art of intraoperative imaging, MRI, CT and ultrasound. Various contributions cover the future of neuroimaging, the impact of intraoperative imaging on glioma surgery, technical and neurosurgical aspects of the different imaging modalities and systems, and economical aspects. The present book thus provides a unique and comprehensive source of information on the complex of intraoperative imaging in modern neurosurgery.
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The Kentucky Thoroughbred

Author: Kent Hollingsworth

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813133379

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 3508

Kent Hollingsworth captures the flavor and atmosphere of the Sport of Kings in the dramatic account of the development of the Thoroughbred in Kentucky. Ranging from frontier days, when racing was conducted in open fields as horse-to-horse challenges between proud owners, to the present, when a potential Triple Crown champion may sell for millions of dollars, The Kentucky Thoroughbred considers ten outstanding stallions that dominated the shape of racing in their time as representing the many eras of Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding. No less colorful are his accounts of the owners, breeders, trainers, and jockeys associated with these Thoroughbreds, a group devoted to a sport filled with high adventure and great hazards. First published in 1976, this popular Kentucky classic has been expanded and brought up to date in this new edition.
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