Free Book Friday: Dancer’s Image

Free Book Friday: Dancer’s Image

Dancer’s Image and exercise rider Ernie Warne. Winants Brothers photo. Courtesy of the Blood-Horse.

Happy Free Book Friday, everybody! With the Kentucky Derby just around the corner, today’s freebie offers the first in-depth look at the only disqualification in Derby history, and how the Run for the Roses was changed forever. Enter to win by commenting on this post by Sunday, May 6 (12 a.m. EST).

Milt Toby’s Dancer’s Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby, has been featured in prominent press such as New York Times, Thoroughbred Times, Courier-Journal and the Paulick Report.

Toby, a veteran turfwriter and noted equine law expert, recently won the sixth annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for his exceptionally researched book. The judging panel included Washington Post-Bloomberg News Service Managing Editor Kay Coyte and award-winning broadcast sports journalist Caton Bredar, who praised Toby’s work in the Thoroughbred Times:

“[Toby] went to heroic lengths in researching the subject and created a very readable and interesting account of a watershed moment in racing history.”

In Dancer’s Image, Toby details how on May 4, 1968, the colt crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs to win the ninety-fourth Kentucky Derby.

Dancer’s Image trailed the field the first time past the stands before pulling ahead to win. Winants Brothers photo. Courtesy of the Blood-Horse.

Yet the jubilation ended three days later for the owner, the jockey and the trainers who propelled the celebrated thoroughbred to victory. Amid a firestorm of controversy, Dancer’s Image was disqualified after blood tests revealed the presence of a widely used anti-inflammatory drug with a dubious legal status.

Peter Fuller’s legal team: Edward S. Bonnie, Arthur Grafton and Stuart Lampe. Courtesy of the Blood-Horse.

Over forty years later, questions still linger over the origins of the substance and the turmoil it created…and the story of Dancer’s Image changes depending on who you ask. Is it the story of zealous racing officials trying to protect the integrity of horse racing, or it is the story of an owner whose Kentucky Derby trophy was stolen through a grand conspiracy? Find out in Milt Toby’s critically acclaimed Dancer’s Image.

To win today’s giveaway, don’t forget to comment on this post by Sunday, May 6 (12 a.m. EST)! As always, we leave you with a free chapter excerpt and a question: Which horse finished second to Dancer’s Image in the 1968 Kentucky Derby?

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  1. avatar Robin O says:

    Forward Pass finished second in 1968.
    Excellent choice–I would love to win a copy of this book!
    Thank you!!

  2. This looks like a great read! I’d love to win this :)

  3. Years ago, I was at a private reception at Churchill Downs in the off-season. It was so interesting to be able to walk through the facility and take it all in without the crowds. Ever since then, when we watch the Kentucky Derby, I relive that fun evening. I hope this book is very successful as it looks like an interesting read.

  4. avatar Peggy Crick says:

    As a horse lover and owner,I love to read about them. And to write about the conflict was not an easy task I’m sure.I remember the race, but forgot a lot about the details.I would love to win this book since it has my favorite subjects,horses and history.

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