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The Alabama Stakes is one of the oldest races in the country, and one of the most treasured at historic Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York. This year’s race is expected to draw a talented field of 3-year-old fillies competing for the top prize on Saturday, including a Canadian classic winner and a Breeders’ Cup victress.

It’s a sunny day, and I’m at the track for an exciting afternoon of horse racing. The first race of the day has drawn six horses, with Silly Me favored at 2-1 and Practical Pam the second choice at 4-1. As the horses get ready to run, I ponder my wagering strategy. Having a free bankroll of $500 to work with (more on that in a moment), I decide to spend it all on the first race – I bet $500 to show on Practical Pam.

Featuring America’s Best Racing’s deep roster of talented contributors, including former ESPN SportsCenter weekend anchor now-turned radio personality Bram Weinstein, who serves as the host of “The Winner’s Circle”; Joe Kristufek, paddock analyst at fabled Churchill Downs; reporter Bonnie-Jill Laflin; and Dan Tordjman, “The Winner’s Circle”  presented by SB Nation Radio brings together these most accomplished racing insiders to share their knowledge, tips, insights, and opinions by offering a unique, weekly perspective of our sports landscape.

Today is Book Lovers Day, and Team ABR has taken the opportunity to share some of their go-to horse racing books; contributors Penelope Miller, Mike Curry, and Melissa Bauer-Herzog each listed some of their favorites below. From betting guides to children’s books, histories to mysteries, horse racing is rich fodder for the literary set.

There are so many wonderful tomes out there dedicated to the sport of kings, and we know we can’t list them all! That’s why we want to hear about your favorite racing book in the comments.

Penelope Miller:

The Arlington Million anchors Saturday’s Arlington International Festival of Racing, which is the highlight of the summer at Arlington Park, regularly attracting big crowds and first-class racehorses to the Chicagoland track. With a hefty purse and a spot in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf on the line, it’s easy to see why the Arlington Million is such an important race.

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