Wink by Ed HotalingWink by Ed Hotaling


byEd Hotaling

Paperback | March 3, 2006

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May be the most fascinating untold sports story in American history.--Charles Osgood, anchor, CBS News Sunday Morning

Winkfield's story is so incredible you'll find yourself wondering why you've never heard it before.--MSNBC

Winkfield's life (is) an unbelievable ride.--ESPN

For once, a book's breathless subtitle is accurate.--The Washington Post

This is the stuff of great nonfiction.--Douglas Brinkley, author of Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War

In 1904, at age twenty-three, two-time Kentucky Derby-winner Jimmy Winkfield was forced from American horseracing by a virulent combination of racism and hard times. Wink left his beloved Kentucky, bought a steamer ticket for Europe, and made the world his racetrack.

There he embarked on a decades-long odyssey, rising to superstardom and winning and losing two fortunes. Driven at gunpoint from Russia by the Bolshevik Army and from France by Nazi occupiers, the 105-pound jockey proved himself the most resilient, courageous athlete of the twentieth century. In 2005, Winkfield was inducted into America's horse racing Hall of Fame.

Winkfield achieved a human greatness that transcends the limits of sport. In Wink, Ed Hotaling tells this wonderful story--this American story--in all its rich and vibrant power.

Ed Hotaling is the nation's preeminent authority on early American horseracing. A recent Emmy-winning reporter for the NBC television station in Washington, D.C., he is the author of They're Off! Horse Racing at Saratoga and The Great Black Jockeys.
Title:WinkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1 inPublished:March 3, 2006Publisher:McGraw-HillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071467564

ISBN - 13:9780071467568

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Table of Contents



One: Bluegrass Boy

Two: A Race War Is On

Three: Winnie's Diamond

Four: Winkfield's Dead!

Five: Win the Futurity, and . . .

Six: Winkfield, I Don't Like to Be Double-crossed!

Seven: Invading Russia

Eight: Edna or a Life

Nine: James and Alexandra

Ten: Wink's World War I

Eleven: The Odyssey

Twelve: An American in Paris

Thirteen: Kings, Queens, and Wink

Fourteen: Marriage and Divorce

Fifteen: Josephine and Friends

Sixteen: Winkfield Shot; Winkfield Stabbed

Seventeen: Chickens, Rabbits, and Nazis

Eighteen: The Nazis versus Wink

Nineteen: The Backstretch

Twenty: You Can't Come In


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