The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing

The Illustrated Guide to the World of the Thoroughbred

The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing

By:  Mooney, Bill
Ennor, George
Kelly, Graeme

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Carlton Books

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9.0 X 11.0 in
272 pg


Now in its seventh edition, The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing is an authoritative and comprehensive illustrated work of reference. The book tells the story of the "sport of kings" from its earliest inceptions to the present day. It provides essential information on all the top jockeys and the leading owners and trainers and the famous horses. Every personality (human and equine), event and issue of importance in the history of both flat racing and steeplechasing will be referred to somewhere in the book. In addition, the off-track world of racing will be explored through the chapters dealing with gambling, scandals and disasters, social and cultural aspects, media coverage and the business of the racing. Written by two acknowledged authorities on the racing scene, this book is the definitive work on "the horses", with every page a visually exciting and information-packed celebration of the sport. Revised and updated to include the latest crop of superstars, including US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne, this book continues to be as invaluable to the fan who follows racing on television as it will be for the serious student, administrator and the media.

Bill Mooney lives in Lexington, Kentucky. He served as the associate editor of the old Thoroughbred Record for several years, as the associate editor of The Thoroughbred Times for several years, and was a staff writer for Blood-Horse magazine for four years. He has two Eclipse Awards for magazine writing, and has also received honourable mentions in the Eclipse competition on four other occasions.


George Ennor was a racing correspondent for The Sporting Life for almost 40 years and before becoming a regular columnist on the Racing Post. Until his death in late 2005, he was a consultant to the sports agency Racenews. He owned shares in some horses - most notably Pelours (who won in his colours) and Gales Cavalier.


Graeme Kelly has been writing about horse racing in Australia for many years as a journalist and author.