• The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told

  • A True Tale of Three Gamblers, the Kentucky Derby, and the Mexican Cartel
  • By: Mark Paul
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told is an inspiring personal narrative about a filly who broke through the male-dominated world of horse racing and inspired crowds of men and women alike, along with a trio of gamblers who embark on an unforgettable adventure that's as epic as the history victory of Winning Colors. It's Seabiscuit meets Narcos and the best true-life gambling story ever told.

In the late 1980s, a spectacular three-year-old female racehorse named Winning Colors was being groomed for success under her famous Hollywood trainer D. Wayne Lukas and the billionaire owner of the San Diego Chargers pro-football team Eugene Klein.

Meanwhile, three fun-loving gamblers Miami Paul, Dino Mateo, and Big Bernie believed that Winning Colors could be the unlikely female winner of the 1988 Kentucky Derby. When the gamblers unknowingly place their long shot bet with members of a suspected drug cartel at a racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico, they must figure out how to claim their prize - without getting killed in the process.

In a heart-pounding race of their own across the US-Mexico border, the trio come face-to-face with suspected killers, are arrested by the Border Patrol, and fumble their way through the riskiest bet of their lives.

©2020 Mark Paul (P)2020 Mark Paul

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Exciting & Entertaining Story

Entertaining story well told. Narrated very well on Audible compared to other storytellers I’ve listened to. Recommend if you enjoy gambling.

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  • BJ
  • 08-15-22

Entertaining and fun

As a horseplayer, I loved this book. Even if you aren't a horseplayer, the book does a great job explaining terms and is very easy to follow. The story is excellent and played out well. The only thing I wanted to know more about was Luis and where he ended up.

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Good story. Fun listen.

Good listen. The only thing the book seems to be missing is that a filly won the Derby just 8 years before Winning Colors did. Other than that, I enjoyed it.

Narrator didn’t necessarily need to use the foreign accents.

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Handicapper, I was expecting more handicapping.

Good story. I think it's filled with some embellishments for dramatic effect. Would of liked if they went into handicapping more. They missed an opportunity relating to a pic six winning ticket mentioned.

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Liked the horseplay, but not the writing

The author was one of the characters, so telling his story in the third-person simply failed. For example, the fawning over his girlfriend, while likely an accurate description of his love for the girl, does not work when told by someone else. This is why, I'd suspect, the writing often sounded so juvenile. Plus, I found myself first distracted by and later hating any mention of the romances of the gamblers. Who cares? You have a fairly interesting if somewhat overhyped tale to tell of taking down a huge win on a brilliant futures bet. I could not possibly care less whether you got laid along the way. Better is the cautionary story of making a risky wager in Mexico to get better odds, which proved a bit hairy to cash out. At the end, I wanted to know whether that made sense, given the risks of the drug cartel, the border crossing and whether the Mexican track would even pay off on the win. What if they refused? On balance, should you have just taken a still-gargantuan 50-1 from Caesar's, as opposed to possibly getting whacked or stiffed in Tijuana? More on that fabulous KY Derby would also have helped. It got short shrift, in my view. Looking back, it was both amazing luck and talent that got WC the win, because both Forty Niner and Risen Star got terrible rides, while young Gary Stevens got everything his horse had to offer. Great ride. I really enjoyed the author's insights on horses and trainers, plus it's an excellent case study in playing risky Futures bets, which rarely work out quite this perfectly. In short, the book suffered under the weight of TMI about the author's love life but recovered a bit when he focused on the horses.

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this is got to be a movie

I love this book and the exciting way it drew me in. it is such a great story that could easily be made into a very well done movie.

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  • Ed
  • 07-28-21

Great Story

A great story and told very well in excellent detail. A must if you have been to a racetrack.

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Thrilling Story

Wild story reminiscent of an old Damon Runyon tale. Exciting. Only disappointment is the narration which mimics voices in the story in an irritating way. Ignore that and enjoy the ride.

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Wow! Every horse racing fan needs to read this.

If they make a movie of this it will be the Alydar of stories to "Let It Ride" being as Affirmed. If you understand you're getting ready to read. If you don't, read anyway and don't forget to watch the Richard Dreyfuss movie "Let It Ride" later when you are begging for more. Reader is great too.

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A Great Racing Story

As a horse racing fan since age 4 and a former thoroughbred owner I really enjoyed the book. I have attended several Kentucky Derby’s and the experience is amazing. If you’ve never gone to the track try it once it is one of life’s great experiences.

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  • stuart morris
  • 12-23-20

What a fantastic story

I am a horse racing fan,I even like a bet and this story resonated with me on so many levels.It was exciting, funny and so well written, I never slept all night listening to it.
You dont have to be a racing fan to enjoy it, it's a fantastic story that would make a brilliant film and I hope one day it is
Honestly, loved it

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  • C H.
  • 05-30-22

Very enjoyable

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the book really did it for me.
Fast moving, good narration and a story that could, with more artistic licence be made into a film. Enjoy!

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  • ian aird
  • 01-30-22

Great story

Great narration of a true story.

The horse races were expertly described and narrated also.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-20

Nice easy listen

If you enjoy racing and gambling then this is perfect! It would still be enjoyable if you don't as well, the book has you rooting for the characters in a real life underdog story.