05/15/2014 11:39AM

DRF Press releases Hovdey anthology 'Long Rein'

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Daily Racing Form Press on Thursday released Jay Hovdey’s, “Long Rein: Tales from the World of Horse Racing.” The hardback book is the first anthology from Hovdey, the executive columnist of Daily Racing Form , since he joined the company in 1998.

In “Long Rein,” Hovdey has selected 81 pieces from the more than 2,500 columns and features he has written for Daily Racing Form . Included in the anthology are stories covering Thoroughbreds and racing personalities including Smarty Jones, Cigar, Barbaro, Tiznow, John Henry, Affirmed, Charlie Whittingham, Gary Stevens, Rosie Napravnik, Pat Day, Chris Antley, and Bobby Frankel.

"Daily Racing Form takes pride in telling the stories of Thoroughbred racing and there is no better storyteller than Jay Hovdey,” said John Hartig, Chairman and CEO, Daily Racing Form . “Racing’s colorful characters in this anthology and the Thoroughbreds that capture our imagination help us to understand why we all love this great sport. I’m grateful to Jay for sharing his literary gifts both in this book and with our readers every week.”

”There are some stories that stay with a writer long after the writing,” Hovdey said. “It’s my hope a collection like this finds its way into the hands of fans of all ages, and for years to come.”

“Long Rein” retails for $22.95 and can be ordered at www.drf.com or by calling 800-306-FORM.

:: Click here to purchase a copy of “Long Rein: Tales from the World of Horse Racing,” a collection of columns and features by Jay Hovdey