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                               Meet Edie Dickenson, Author, They Call the Horses:                                                              Eleven Race Announcers at American Thoroughbred Tracks



                                                            ABOUT EDIE

Edie Dickenson grew up in Iowa and rode horses every chance she got.  She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno a year before Secretariat captured the Triple Crown.  She married the love of her life, Eric Dickenson, who managed the largest cattle ranch in the state of Nevada.  Ten weeks after their son Michael Charles was born, he was killed in a plane crash. Edie taught second, third, and sixth grades for almost twenty years, with fifteen years off to raise her son. In 2005, she retired early from teaching.  Her new passion has taken her to over sixteen racetracks around the country.  She lives in northeast Nevada with her two dogs, cat, and two horses.

Edie's first book depicts the stories of  today's most prominent race track announcers, giving the reader an inside- the-track glimpse of the men who bring the race alive.Edie rides her 18 year old Morgan mare Lily every chance she has.Edie has one passion even greater than horses, that of being a supportive mom to her son Michael.Afleet Alex sure has the look of eagles!Edie visited Santa Anita when Lava Man won his second Big ‘Cap.
Edie in Seattle with Robert GellerIn between horse trips, Edie enjoys some family time with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren.Enjoying  Clockers' Corner with Larry Collmus and Robert Geller at the 2009 Breeders' CupWhen Edie interviewed Smarty Jones' trainer John Servis at Oaklawn, she was so in awe of him she could barely speak.John Dooley calls at Arlington Park from the best seat in the house.
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Robert Geller, top track announcer, has this to say about Edie:

    “It was very complimentary to be included in the book since Edie in selecting her version of elite announcers in North America, made a distinction between first-class tracks and first-class announcers. I thoroughly enjoyed her from day one and was immediately struck by her new-found love affair, horseracing. If ever there was a pin-up fan, Edie was it. Fueled by her longstanding admiration for the horse itself, it was as recent as 2003 that she was truly bitten by the racing bug, attending the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.
      Rather than coming back down to earth from racing’s biggest day, Edie became even more enamored with the industry. In the spring of 2004, she took herself to Churchill Downs and breeding farms in Lexington, including the Kentucky Horse Park, where she was swept off her feet by the legendary John Henry and Cigar. It was on to Del Mar shortly after that. The following spring break she found herself at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans before heading back to the west coast for the 2005 Hollywood Gold Cup.
      A woman of principle, Edie, an established and well-respected school teacher in Elko, Nevada, could no longer stomach the education system’s obsession with test scores. Feeling that the art of teaching was being sabotaged, she decided to call it quits. With time now on her hands, Edie put her creative juices to good use by launching head-first into preparing a book about a group of professionals she describes as ‘so passionate about what they do,’ announcers.
      Now her cross-country treks involved interviewing announcers in their work setting, an ambitious crusade that began with Kurt Becker at Keeneland. Edie began to piece together the jigsaw puzzle known as the racing industry. She relished the opportunity to experience racetracks she had only read about and deeply respected the heartfelt exchanges that each announcer afforded her.
      Her infectious enthusiasm and endearing openness were the very ingredients needed for the mission she had chosen, bringing fresh eyes to what racing insiders had taken for granted. In her interviews with announcers, Edie shot from the hip, unafraid to ask the tougher questions about the industry as a whole, at the same time seeking out the pivot point around which the announcer’s world revolved, respectful at all times of personal boundaries.
      My hat, or in Edie’s case, visor is off to all those who have tried to capture the essence of true craftsmen since the spoken and written word can only go so far to tap into the genius that is second-nature to them. Announcers really are the channel that brings the magic of live racing to the boil and as a group, we thank you, Edie, for this honor.”

Edie visited Michael Wrona at Bay Meadows which closed later that year.Like all of the top race track announcers, Robert Geller is a perfectionist.Edie gets one of Peppers Pride's shoes.Edie got to see the great  Lost in the Fog run at Golden Gate Fields in 2006. The author visited Trevor Denman the day after his historic call of Zenyatta winning the Classic.It just doesn't get any better than watching  Hirapour race from the rooftop of Saratoga!Edie, with Zenyatta's trainer John Shirreffs, loved being on the backside at Santa Anita.
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Edie often visits her son Michael in Seattle which just happens to be close to Emerald Downs!Edie and the MigZenyatta is perfect in so many ways: 19 wins of  20 starts is an amazing record.  Even her second place finish in her last race of 2010 was full of heart.  No wonder she is called The Queen! And so fitting she was given the title "Horse of the Year" for 2010.Jackpot and Magic are the loyal friends that keep Edie company during her writing times and walking times.