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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
Publisher: Bison Books:
ISBN Number: 0803271700
ISBN Number 13: 9780803271708
Book Condition: Very Good
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: Z0803271700Z2
Description: 0803271700 Crisp, clean, unread paperback with light shelfwear to the covers and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!