By Kevin Chong
“My Year of the Racehorse is a poignant, unsentimental, zappingly written and regularly side-splitting investigation of what it truly means to care about others, four-legged, and yes, even two.”
The story of a man, a horse, and a foul-mouthed trainer in the (once) glamorous world of horse racing.
Kevin Chong has grand plans. He draws up a to-do list of major milestones that will give him the life he always wanted—and the life that will inspire awe and envy in his friends. Then Chong makes an unconventional decision: he buys a racehorse. He becomes part-owner. Just don’t ask him which part. Thus Chong meets Blackie, the horse that will win his heart, even if she doesn’t always win the race. He meets Rosie, the cantankerous trainer with a heart of gold. He meets assorted characters who work, live, and drink at the track. And, one by one, the items on his to-do list are replaced with horse-related ambitions.
Written with keen observational humour, the story is strewn with fascinating tidbits and infused with the excitement and faded glamour of the horseracing world. Ultimately, it is the moving tale of a young man’s discovery that a meaningful life can arise from the most unexpected of circumstances.
“[W]e feel his joy and pain throughout. And we learn a heck of a lot about the world of racehorses.”
–Quill & Quire
“Chong has a light touch, and is consistently funny.”
-Jane Smiley, The Globe and Mail
Greystone, Canada, April 2012