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Keeneland's Ted Bassett


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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.


"Winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award" --

"Perhaps only in Kentucky can one move effortlessly from serving as Commissioner of State Police to managing one of the world's most unique race tracks and dine with the Queen of England." -- Terry Birdwhistell, Associate Dean of Special Collections and Digital Programs,

""Bassett has been our ambassador for Thoroughbred racing around the world, and has placed his stamp on every aspect of the sport, accomplishing this with the grip of a Marine and the air of a gentleman." --William S. Farish, former U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain and master of Lane's" --

"A valuable portrait of the Sport of Kings for racing aficionados and historians. Documenting the private details that shaped Bassett's public achievements, the autobiography offers a unique insight into the world of horse racing and the shaping of both Keeneland and an entire industry." -- University of Kentucky News

"[The autobiography] richly details Bassett's career in the Thoroughbred industry, at Keeneland, as president of Breeders' Cup Ltd. and through his journeys as an ambassador for racing on six continents." -- Blood Horse

"This is autobiography at its finest -- superbly written, entertaining and engaging." -- Business Lexington

""This is autobiography at its finest -- superbly written, entertaining and engaging." --Business Lexington" --

""Because of its unique presentation, this book is a gold mine of first-hand stories and historic information not only about the racing industry, but about life in Kentucky." --Paintsville Herald" --

""There is something here for everyone who has any affinity at all for horse racing.... The book is well recommended." --Bowling Green Daily News" --

""A delightful ride with a host full of humor and charm." --Yale Alumni Magazine" --

"With self-effacing humor, characteristic charm, and candor...a book that is as wide-ranging as it is personal, filled with a gold mine of firsthand stories and historical details." --

""The book chronicles [Bassett's] life from school boy, Yale University graduate, and U.S. Marine, to a stint as director of the Kentucky State Police, and finally, through his years as one of Thoroughbred racing's best-known and respected ambassadors." --Barbara Livingston, Lancaster Farming" --

"One of those rare racing autobiographies that transcends the sport in which it is largely based. Beautifully written, with humor and endearing self-deprecation, it captured me right out of the gate and kept me riveted around the turn, down the stretch, and across the finish line." -- Thoroughbred Times

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