The year 2003 marks the 20th anniversary of the Breeder's Cup and veteran horse racing author< Perry Lefko, presents the complete history of this unique event on the international horse racing scene. The Breeder's Cup is to horseracing what the Super Bowl is to football, it is the one day each year since 1984 when championships are decided. The breeder's Cup is about horses and courses, places and races and people. It is about dreams and schemes, winners and losers, makers and shakers. Reputations made in a matter of moments by wealthy sheiks from Arab-rich countries; North American industrialists, and breeders from the horse heartland of kentucky. Anyone with a design to prove his or her horse is the best on the one day when all the world is watching can participate by ponying up with hefty nomination payments. It is the ultimate example of putting your money where your mouth is. Lefko details a comprehensive history of the event with insight on the major players who shape it year after year.
Perry Lefko has been with theToronto Sun since 1985 and has covered thoroughbred horse racing since 1986. He has won three Canadian Sovereign Awards for articles on horse racing. He is the author ofThe Greatest Show on Turf: A History of the Breeders' Cup (0-9648493-3-X). He lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children.