Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc (Henry Holt, Hardcover, 1994/ Owl Books, Paperback, 1995) is a saga of greed in 1980s America told through the demise of one of America’s sports legends. The reporting began with a bankruptcy filing and the book instigated two government investigations and two trials, sending two individuals to jail on charges of bank fraud and insurance fraud. Wild Ride is under a film option.
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Praise for Wild Ride:
“Enthrallingly told … it’s one part Dick Francis mystery novel, one part Den of Thieves.” — Fortune
“With relentless skill, Hagedorn traces the tragic story of the fall of a racing giant and the dispersal of a dynastic fortune. It is a tale almost beyond belief.” — The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Straight out of the worlds of Dallas and Jackie Collins. Intrigue. Suspense. Greed.” — The Boston Globe
“A dramatic story .. [told] exceptionally well. Race fans will love the book, but so will anyone interested in recent cultural history, for Wild Ride is as much about 1980s greed as it is about horses.” — Los Angeles Times
“A fascinating tale with a cast of characters worthy of Dickens – or Runyon.” — Business Week