Horseplayers: Life at the Track (Hardcover)

Life at the Track

By Ted McClelland

Chicago Review Press, 9781556525674, 263pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2005



This fun and witty expose of horse racing in America goes behind the scenes at the track, providing a serious gambler's-eye view of the action. Ted McClelland spent a year at tracks and off-track betting facilities in Chicago and across the country, profiling the people who make a career of gambling on horses. This account follows his personal journey of what it means to be a player as he gambles with his book advance using various betting and handicapping strategies along the way. A colorful cast of characters is introduced, including the intensely disciplined Scott McMannis, "The Professor," a onetime college instructor who now teaches a course in handicapping, and Mary Schoenfeldt, a former nun and gifted handicapper who donates all of her winnings to charity. This moving account of wins, losses, and personal turmoil provides a sobering look at gamblers, gambling, and life at the track.

About the Author

Ted McClelland is a staff writer for the "Chicago Reader," where he writes a popular column called "At the Track" featuring his stories from the racetrack.

Praise For Horseplayers: Life at the Track

"Immensely readable account, by a brutally honest writer...a gambler’s book that is well worth a punt"  The Racing Post

"A delightful memoir . . . McClelland details his transformation from casual fan to obsessed racing geek with humor." Railbird