Book Review: Taking Shergar tells tale dark side of horse racing

Milton C. Toby’s true mystery novel, Taking Shergar: Thoroughbred Racing’s Most Famous Cold Case, has everything to offer to every level of reader and horse fancier. Loaded with history, suspense, grand theft, mystery, conspiracy, murder, and twisting side stories bound to captivate even the shortest of attention spans. The author takes you to 1980’s Ireland where the thoroughbred industry was experiencing heights never imagined while also coinciding with the most tumultuous and dangerous political period in Ireland’s history known as “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland.

Shergar himself had become the apple of many racing fans’ eyes worldwide. He was owned and bred by prolific global racing enthusiast, His Royal Highness the Aga Khan IV, the Imam of Nizari Ismailism, a denomination of Islam whom your reviewer has met personally. Shergar earned himself the title as one of the greatest racehorses to ever live by winning both the Epsom and Irish Derbies along with the King George VI stakes and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes all in his three year old campaign under the masterful eye of trainer Sir Michael Stoute in emphatic fashion (a feat not achieved by many)…

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Rich Nilsen is an 18-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He cashed on the 2018 NHC Tour with a 19th overall finish. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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