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Author: John Christgau
ISBN: 0803211228
Pages: 254 pages
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 2007)
Language: English
Category: Americas
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e-Book The Gambler and the Bug Boy: 1939 Los Angeles and the Untold Story of a Horse Racing Fix epub download

by John Christgau



John Christgau tells how Big Mooney manipulated this promising rider and how Siler tried to escape the gambler's criminal grip without ruining his career.

John Christgau tells how Big Mooney manipulated this promising rider and how Siler tried to escape the gambler's criminal grip without ruining his career. Christgau's book gives all the harrowing details of the unraveling plot andthe botched court case that followed which riveted the attention of the nation. Told in full for the first time, this story brings to light a little-known but important horse racing scandal.

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 . 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.

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The story follows a bipartite structure that first lays out the crime (a horse racing fix in 1930s Los Angeles) and . Christgau also chronicles the history of Albert Siler, the promising young rider who was drawn into Mooney's jockeys ring.

The story follows a bipartite structure that first lays out the crime (a horse racing fix in 1930s Los Angeles) and then proceeds to the courtroom for its resolution. The book's title points to the other dualism that fuels the story-the contrast between the smooth but corrupt "gambler of consequence," Bernard "Big" Mooney, and the diminutive and deferential, apprentice rider, or bug boy, Albert Siler.

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Scandal on the Turf!" the Los Angeles Times proclaimed. 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. At its center is Bernard "Big" Mooney, a flashy . bookmaker who began his seedy career by threatening young jockeys with death if they didn't "pull" their horses. The Gambler and the Bug Boy: 1939 Los Angeles and the Untold Story of a Horse Racing Fix. by John Christgau.

“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 L.A. 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. John Christgau tells how Big Mooney manipulated this promising rider and how Siler tried to escape the gambler’s criminal grip without ruining his career. Christgau's book gives all the harrowing details of the unraveling plot and the botched court case that followed which riveted the attention of the nation. Told in full for the first time, this story brings to light a little-known but important horse racing scandal.
Fenrikasa
In what could be described as devastating a blow to the Thoroughbred industry as the Black Sox was to pro baseball, six jockeys admitted that races were being fixed in a West Coast scandal nearly 70 years ago which became a national sensation.

And as with the Black Sox, the turf scheme features a flamboyant wise guy, naive athletes and a fumbling, bumbling judicial system that seemingly could not clearly remove fact from fiction.

Author John Christgau delivers a solid stretch drive to blow the dust off a forgotten chapter in "The Sport of Kings," with the action focused on Los Angeles-based bookmaker Bernard "Big" Mooney and his reluctant partner, Albert Siler.

Siler fits the profile Mooney is looking for in a patsy: a teen-age, apprentice jockey, who can be easily manipulated through threats of death. Mooney would demand that jockeys like Siler "pull" their horses during a fixed race; which is holding the runners back from doing their best, while making it appear the equine athlete and jockey are trying as hard as they can for the win.

Siler tries to extricate from the web of deceit without destroying his professional career, which was the longest shot in this oftentimes complicated tote board of criminals, characters and creeps who all wanted a piece of the action, until the plot unravels to a shocking conclusion.

This is a slice of American History during an era when Seabiscuit reigned supreme, while other talented racers were reined in from chasing turf immortality through immoral ways.
Modred
This story has it all - racing, Hollywood, gangsters, gambling cheats and the hard, hard life of jockeys. The writing is solid and well-paced, with an occasional lovely passage. The author employs a kind of dramatic journalism that makes the tale flow like a novel, but astonishingly, it is all true. I don't now why this was not made into a film, the story is exciting and quite suspenseful and a real part of California and racing history.