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A fine place to daydream : racehorses, romance, and the Irish, Bill Barich

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A fine place to daydream : racehorses, romance, and the Irish
Title
A fine place to daydream
Title remainder
racehorses, romance, and the Irish
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Bill Barich
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Twenty-five years after Laughing in the Hills, his racetrack classic, Bill Barich gives us anothera̮bout how he fell in love and found a new life in Dublin, where he was soon caught up in the Irish obsession with horses and luck. At venues grand and lowly, Irelands steeplechase season hits its stride in October and reaches a crescendo at Englands Cheltenham Festival in March, when the Irish take on the Brits for bragging rights before a crowd of 50,000. To prepare himself for the fierce rivalry, Barich traveled his adopted country and met the leading trainers and jockeys; such champion jumpers as Florida Pearl and the quirky Moscow Flyer; the beleaguered bookies who work rain or shine; and a host of passionate, like-minded fansf̮rom Father Sean Breen, the R̥acing Priest, ̲to T. P. Reilly, whose peculiar betting system turns on a horses looks. Witty and philosophical, vividly written,it is a paean to the real Ireland, a moving account of a surprise romance, and the thrilling record of a hugely exciting season at the track
  • The Crossing Now through the night come the horses. They come from obscure little villages like Lisaleen and Closutton, Coolagh and Moone, dozing and possibly dreaming on the long, dark ferry ride from Dun Laoghaire across the Irish Sea to Wales. They are Irelands pride, the finest jumpers in a country obsessed with jumping, with grand historical leaps over daunting obstacles, so theyve been prepared for the trip with the utmost care. Some have IV drips to balance their electrolytes, others have been fed exotic Chinese herbs for an energy boost, and almost all have had their lungs checked for infections, their blood tested, and their weight recorded precisely, down to the last ounce, to be sure they have reached a peak of fitness for their annual tilt against the British at the Cheltenham Festival in England
Summary
The author describes how a new life in Dublin led to his involvement with the Irish obsession with horses, racing, and wagers and recounts his encounters with trainers, jockeys, bookies, and a populace fascinated by the world of horse racing
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192619
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
798.4009417
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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adult
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racehorses, romance, and the Irish
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A fine place to daydream : racehorses, romance, and the Irish, Bill Barich
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"Originally published in slightly different form by Collins Willow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, London, 2005"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-228)
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9781400042791
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005044545
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
9781400042791
System control number
  • ocm61458322
  • OCoLC
Label
A fine place to daydream : racehorses, romance, and the Irish, Bill Barich
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Originally published in slightly different form by Collins Willow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, London, 2005"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [227]-228)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
228 pages
Isbn
9781400042791
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005044545
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other control number
9781400042791
System control number
  • ocm61458322
  • OCoLC

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