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Keeneland's Ted Bassett: My Life

Keeneland's Ted Bassett: My Life (Hardback)

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Founded in 1935, Keeneland is one of the world's premier racetracks. Its April and October race meetings and its annual thoroughbred auctions lure participants from around the world. James E. 'Ted' Bassett III is the man whose name is most frequently linked with Keeneland's extraordinary history and success. Bassett's involvement with Keeneland began in 1968, after he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was director of the Kentucky State Police during the tumultuous mid-1960s. Bassett has served as Keeneland's president, chairman of the board, and trustee. He was also president of the Breeders' Cup during its greatest period of growth. Bassett has a been a close friend and associate with heads of state and government officials, both domestically and afar - including Queen Elizabeth II, Ronald Reagan, J. Edgar Hoover, and the Maktoum family of Dubai. He has close ties with racing legends such as D. Wayne Lukas, Nick Zito, and Pat Day. Written with two-time Eclipse Award winning journalist Bill Mooney, Keeneland's "Ted Bassett: My Life" is essential reading for fans of the Sport of Kings and a valuable resource for historians.

It chronicles each period of Bassett's life, from prep school to Keeneland and beyond, illuminating the inspiration for his achievements and offering readers an intimate portrait of the man who defined Keeneland and shaped an entire industry.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: sportSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationEquestrian & animal sportsHorse racing Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky Publication Date: 15/04/2009 ISBN-13: 9780813125480  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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James E. "Ted" Bassett III continues to serve as Keeneland's trustee emeritus, and in this capacity he chairs fund-raising drives throughout the Bluegrass region. He lives in Woodford County, Kentucky. Bill Mooney has covered racing for the New York Times, Thoroughbred Record and Blood-Horse, and is currently a contributing editor for Thoroughbred Times. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

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