Jason Liebman, marketing manager for Henry Holt and Company Publishers in New York, is sending me a review copy of Jim Squires’ new book, “Headless Horsemen: A Tale of Chemical Colts, Subprime Sales Agents, and the Last Kentucky Derby on Steroids.” That’s some kinda title, and it promises to be a helluva read!
No doubt, some industry heads will be rolling. Here’s the blurb Jason sent me by email:
“Jim Squires guides us through the carefully guarded world of horseracing and reveals how a clannish group of industry insiders has presided over a subprime-like bubble to rival any Wall Street has ever produced.
“Squires, best known in the industry for breeding 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos, tackles the issues that have plagued thoroughbred racing for years but have most recently come into public focus following the Eight Belles tragedy. He makes inquiries into performance enhancing drugs, the growth of the unstable ‘sales horse,’ corrupt industry business tactics, and the general lack of industry leadership. Along the way, Squires offers his own ideas on how the sport of kings might be saved. It is a must read for anyone discussing the state of thoroughbred racing today.”