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Joe Drape


Joe Drape is a reporter for The New York Times who has covered thoroughbred racing for nearly two decades. He is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for outstanding coverage of horse racing. His book, "Black Maestro: The Epic Life of an American Legend," is a biography of Jimmy Winkfield, the last African American jockey to win the Kentucky Derby. It was awarded the inaugural winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, given annually to a work that contributes to the literature surrounding thoroughbreds. In 2012, he co-authored The New York Times series Breakdown: Death & Disarray at American Racetracks that prompted widespread reform in drug rules and penalties and won several prizes for investigative journalism. Its companion documentary was nominated for an Emmy Award. He is the author six books, including he NYT Bestseller "Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen.

Drape is a Kansas City native and a graduate of Southern Methodist University. He previously worked for The Dallas Morning News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He lives with his wife and son in New York City.

"American Pharoah: The Untold Story" is about history being made made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality. Through extensive interviews, Drape explores the making of an exceptional racehorse, chronicling key events en route to history. Covering everything from the flamboyant owner's successful track record, the jockey's earlier heartbreaking losses, and the Hall of Fame trainer's intensity, Drape paints a stirring portrait of a horse for the ages and the people around him.

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Scheduled events:
Unique Women in Sports History
From college basketball in the 1930's to professional baseball in the 1990's to present day thoroughbred horse racing, authors discuss the unique women who have played a part in sports history.

Student Union Tucson (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sports
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Ila Borders, Joe Drape, Lydia Reeder
Moderator: Steve Alley
Writing Lyrically About Sports
Authors who write about sports from horse racing to surfing talk about what is involved to go beyond recounting a sport to writing lyrically about it. An editor offers his insights as well.

UA Mall Tent (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 11, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sports
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Central Mall (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Joe Drape, William Finnegan, Terry McDonell
Moderator: Brett Fera
WORKSHOP: Sportswriting
Veteran New York Times writer, Joe Drape, offers his sportswriting insights and experience.

Integrated Learning Center Room 137 (Seats 60, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sports
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Joe Drape

Books:
American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
Sports
Hachette
April 2016
ISBN 9780316268844
Hardcover, 256 pages
$27.00, INSTORE
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History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. More/less

Black Maestro
Sports
Harper
ISBN 9780061252280
Paperback, 304 pages
$14.99, INSTOCK
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In Black Maestro, Joe Drape meticulously brings to life the drama, adventures, romances, and heartbreaks of an unlikely participant in the greatest historical events of the twentieth century. More/less

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