The Gambler and the Bug Boy: 1939 Los Angeles and the Untold Story of a Horse Racing Fix

By: Christgau, John

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"Scandal on the Turf " the "Los Angeles Times" proclaimed. It was October 1940, a mere few months after Seabiscuit had won the Santa Anita Derby, and now this bombshell: "Six Jockeys Admit Horse Races Fixed."

"The Gambler and the Bug Boy" recounts this dark chapter in horse racing history. At its center is Bernard "Big" Mooney, a flashy LA bookmaker who began his seedy career by threatening young jockeys with death if they didn't "pull" their horses. His unwilling partner is Albert Siler, a callow eighteen-year-old apprentice rider (a so-called bug boy) from eastern Oregon. Big Mooney manipulates this promising rider, while Siler tries to escape the gambler's criminal grip without ruining his career. The harrowing details of the unraveling plot and the botched court case that followed riveted the attention of the nation. Told in full for the first time, this story brings to light a little-known but fascinating horse racing scandal.

Title: The Gambler and the Bug Boy: 1939 Los Angeles and the Untold Story of a Horse Racing Fix

Author Name: Christgau, John

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Bison Books:

ISBN Number: 0803271700

ISBN Number 13: 9780803271708

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0803271700Z2

Description: 0803271700 Crisp, clean, unread paperback with light shelfwear to the covers and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!