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My Racing Heart: The Passionate World of Thoroughbreds and the Track

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When Nan Mooney was seven years old, she sat in her grandmother May-May's living room to watch her first horse race ... And so began a turbulent romance between a woman and a sport.

Part memoir, part journey into the compelling world of Thoroughbred horse racing, My Racing Heart gallops headlong into the wild culture and fabulous creatures that rise up around a racetrack. N
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by It Books (first published 2002)
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Robert Beveridge
Jan 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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Nan Mooney, My Racing Heart (Harper, 2002)

Nan Mooney loves horses. Specifically, Thoroughbreds, the ones who hit the track, dust it up with six to twelve of their closest friends, and make humans gape in awe at the process. This odd amalgam of personal-memoir-cum-treatise-on-track-life is not an unfamiliar breed to the horse fan; the measuring stick against which all such books are brought is Bill Barich's stunning Laughing in the Hills. I'm sure one day, another book that good in that genre wil
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Lynn
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A book for romantics, not a book for horse lovers. The author researched bloodlines, corruption, and a colorful cast of characters however minimizes the reality of the effects of racing on the young horses themselves. Little was said about the future lives of spent, broken down racehorses, who are not put out to pasture on the clover in Kentucky. The horses deserved a little better balance in her writing.
Lace
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
The most exciting thing about this book is the cover photo.
The book could have been pared down about 100 pages, and the time line bounced around too much to make any sense.
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Mooney is definitelly passionate about racing. But this book is also about her love of her grandmother - who taught her all about horses, racing and betting on the ponies.
Thomas Burchfield
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lovingly written, deeply personal look at thoroughbred horse racing, through the eyes of a genuine horse lover and romantic.
Robin
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Lots of good horsey info.
Rae
Aug 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-related
I didn't want to put this down! The author tells how she came to love horse racing (from her grandmother) and how that love has changed and adapted over the years. She writes about breeding (which I found really fascinating), the jockeys, the trainers, the owners and, of course, the horses. She also covers some of the negative aspects of racing, including addictions to gambling. I loved horses as a young girl and this type of book just feeds the affection. A fun read. ...more
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Took what should have been great and made it boring.
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