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Worked at Woodbine Racetrack from 1967 to 1972 for Gardiner Farms and Lou Cavalaris. Worked with Jim Bannon, Laughing George Regal, Ernie the Swiss Gerber and many more characters. I'm going to order this book to bring back memories of the good old days.


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Bill Galvin’s creativity and writing genius is beautifully showcased in his book, “Ballads of the Turf”. The book provides a personal look at the machinations of the horse racing industry. The characters, places, and events carried me into a mysterious world. Laughter, wonder, and sadness were some of my emotions that Galvin’s characters and events elicited.

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Bill has put together a gem of a book, with stories that take me back to a time long since gone, a simpler and I think better time.

The stories remind me so much of my youth on the racetracks of Vancouver, a time when horsemanship was not a lost art but rather a staple for survival, when the trainer and not the vet ran the shed. Skulduggery? Without doubt, but more of an honor among thieves. Men understood how to train and, once fit, horses ran every 7 days rather than 7 weeks. Entire families called the backstretch home, working as one to a common goal. It was an era of the "gyp," vagrant-like men with 2 or 3 horse stables struggling to to pay the feed man, secretly praying for that one magical, big horse that would change their lives forever.

It gives much comfort to know that "Ballads" is with me on my bookshelf and that I need only open Bill's great book to be transported back to an era when the horse was revered and horse racing was still king.


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Thanks from one who has had a lifetime love affair with horses; your sensitivity and humour are greatly valued.
Ballads of the Turf is a perfect gift!!


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I haven't read the book yet but have heard great things about it. way-to-go Bill

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Love the ballats of Hank The Gyp.

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