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Ringers and Rascals

The True Story of Racing's Greatest Con Artists

Ringers and Rascals by David Ashforth
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Peter Christian Barrie had a peculiar skill: he painted horses. Not with oils on canvas but with henna dye on the horses themselves. The King of the Ringers disguised good horses as bad ones and tricked bookmakers out of millions of dollars. Barrie’s nefarious skill made him a sought-after man not only by corrupt contemporaries but by Pinkerton’s detectives and law-enforcement agents who tracked him from Cuba to Chicago, Mexico to Canada. The full, extraordinary tale of the world’s greatest racing fraudster is told here for the first time along with the exploits of Barrie’s disciples in Britain, Australia, and the United States. David Ashforth’s pioneering reporting, based on original extensive research, sheds light on a hidden world of racing skullduggery.
Eclipse Press; May 2004
282 pages; ISBN 9781581502855
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Title: Ringers and Rascals
Author: David Ashforth
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