MAY THE HORSE BE WITH YOU: Pack at the Track
By Harvey Pack with Peter Thomas Fornatale
Hardcover - Item #B1830 - 176-pages
Publisher: DRF Press
Regular Price: $24.95
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Pub Date: July 2007
In May the Horse Be With You: Pack at the Track, Pack reflects on over a half century of racing’s most memorable people, places, and moments. From his seat in the grandstand as a childhood fan, to his decades of dedicated work behind the microphone and in front of the camera, Pack recalls a lively life at the track amidst millionaires, busted-out bettors, and ever-changing crew of wagering compatriots.
Pack, with the help of author Peter Thomas Fornatale, tells Runyon-esque tales from his seven decades as a racing fan, highlighted by the characters he was fortunate (and unfortunate) enough to meet. In the end it wasn’t the celebrities or racing superstars that Pack connected with best, but the regular racetrack “Joe.”
Whether one finds himself lumped with the hundreds of fans who risk the rent money or just a casual $2 across-the-board bettor, it’s the everlasting comradeship associated with being a horseplayer that Pack and so many others are drawn to day in and day out. This humorous tale is sure to be a classic!
Praise For May The Horse Be With You
“Harvey Pack’s sardonic wit and his love of the racetrack have made him the sport’s most entertaining character. I never tire of listening to Harvey’s stories–even the ones I’ve been hearing for the last 30 years.”
Washington Post columnist
“Pack was and still is the standard for all New York bettors, fans and handicappers. Reading some of these hilarious stories brought back some of my best track memories from hanging out in the Belmont and Saratoga backstretch. His radio and TV show were classic.”
Hall of Fame trainer
“On one of his first days working for NYRA, Pack organized a special day for me at Belmont. I never forgot that experience. Pack was the image of NYRA racing, and the influence he had on the jockeys, bettors, and regular workers was very special. It was a fun ride back then and Pack relives all of those entertaining stories in this book.”
-Angel Cordero Jr.
Hall of Fame jockey
“I haven't been able to put [the book] down, and my wife probably thinks I'm cracking up because I've been laughing out loud at his anecdotes...I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone with even a passing interest in horse racing.
I've met Harvey only a few times, but I used to watch his OTB replay show whenever possible and I sat in on a couple of his Siro's handicapping seminars. Others might remember him for his Breeders' Cup schtick along with Pete Axthelm on the early NBC telecasts. I've always been a fan of his. After this book, now I'm a huge fan.”
ESPN / ABC Sports
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