BOB, Writer, Marcus discussed on Thoroughbred Racing Radio Network
Performers. There's and great performances he was he was in one of the strangest things and one of the things that <hes> <hes> attracted me to Bob. You know I think led to our our meeting and hanging out altogether for thirty years more was was that <hes> he was an academic. We were both refugees. The academic world <hes> he taught mathematics at at <hes> two lane and I think at Washington the state as well and and I found the curious that someone who was a mathematician were so drawn the horse racing with all of its subtleties because we think of mathematics being absolute <hes> but but in the end I realized that he loved horse racing because I was like numbers very pure and <hes> while they were subtleties <hes> the race was an equation and it was a beautiful the equation to see the see the outcome <hes> and and I think he viewed horse racing that way <hes> he he surely as you point out he was an athlete himself but he appreciated horse racing is as much as anybody <hes> that ever lived he absolutely love sport and he knew that we were privileged to be there. When when horses such as Sunday silence and easy goer and Alysheba and all the great horses we saw when they were running we working privilege to be to be around from from a writing perspective he was? I suppose this gets to his mathematic bent but he was. I don't want to call him a technical writer Gary but he was he was a precise writer he he wasn't he wasn't flowery and and you don't you don't think of his work and I suppose we can talk about the book as part of this. You didn't really think of him as a fact Marcus her said this. You didn't really think of him. As a features type. It was more you know spot reporting and deadline headline reporting but yet the book was was very different. It was much more reflective of the craft of of of race right rioting dieting. I mean talked about the that work because it went on for several years. You guys worked on right to win right. We work on for three years and in Bob <hes> did most of the interviews with the EH jockeys and and then he formulated a basically a organization for the book <hes> It was his idea intimacies idea to break the the book doc down into the <hes> the process of riding from getting them out to the post race <hes> situations <hes> and in that that provided the structure the book and and it was wonderful the way it worked out <hes> in that <hes> we got all the all the top jockeys the last thirty years to talk about their greatest rides and the most <hes> momentous races of of of these of these times you know the the <hes> the loss by cigar in the Pacific classic the The Sunday Silence Easy Goer triple crown all all these races are in there and <hes> the jockeys talked about in retrospect and and Bob it see that <hes> once we had all these interviews that they really fell into this organizational pattern and then you turn it over to me and. And we came up with the <hes> the final product <hes> it was <hes> a labor of love because Bob <hes> appreciated junkies..