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The Training Game


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The Training Game
An Inside Look at American Racing's Top Trainers
By Karen M. Johnson
Your Price: $24.95
Publisher: DRF Press-April 2009
Hardcover, 208 pages

This wonderful collection includes complete profiles of eight of America’s most accomplished and active Thoroughbred trainers: Steve Asmussen, Richard Dutrow, Bobby Frankel, Neil Howard, Allen Jerkens, Carl Nafzger, Todd Pletcher, and Nick Zito. These top-notch outfits have clearly separated themselves from the thousands of others struggling in this competitive business. What's their secret? What do they all have in common? Author Karen M. Johnson gives each conditioner a complete chapter of their own, and tells each of their stories by identifying a unique aspect of their successful stable operation. Each trainer candidly reveals their systems and techniques, which is sure to offer a mountain of handicapping information and tidbits for racing fans.

"The Training Game" is as real and inside as it gets.  I’ve been around most of these guys for over 20 years and even I hadn’t heard a few of the stories.  I couldn’t stop reading it!
- Jerry Bailey, Hall of Fame jockey and ESPN racing analyst


Karen M. Johnson is a freelance racing journalist who previously worked as a New York-based reporter for Daily Racing Form. She began her career working in the New York Racing Association’s press office, and followed as a staff writer for The Racing Times. She is a frequent contributor to The Blood-Horse, The Saratoga Special, The Special at Keeneland, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s web site.

She is the daughter of Hall of Fame trainer P. G. Johnson, who bred and trained the family-owned Volponi, winner of the 2002 Breeders’ Cup Classic. She lives on Long Island in New York.