Deschutes Public Library News
Author Richard Maturi Shares The Story Of Oregon Horse Jockey
Posted By: Liz Goodrich
Date Posted: 11/13/2004
Author Richard J. Maturi reads from his new book, Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga, From Tragedy to Triumph at the Bend Public Library on Monday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m. The program will be held in the Brooks Room and is free and open to the public.
A respected author of more than 1,200 articles and nineteen books, Maturi first became interested in the Earl Sande story in the 1970’s. While researching another topic, Maturi ran across an article about the jockey and ended up writing several articles about the jockey. “He was honest and had a raw talent with horses,” says Maturi. “But what I admire most about Sande is that he hand rode, barely using a whip.” Sande, who was born in South Dakota, moved to Oregon with his parents in the 1920’s. He is among only ten one of only jockeys to capture horse racing’s most coved jewel, the Triple Crown, and one of only two to win the Triple twice. After suffering severe injuries during a four-house pile up at Saratoga Springs, doctors believed he would never ride again. Sande triumphantly returned to the turf the following spring, winning the Kentucky Derby.
Maturi, who lives with his wife Mary in the Laramie Range of the Wyoming Rockies, served as a corporate controller for several firlms and as a trustee of the Minnesota Teamsters Pension Fund. He is a member of the National Writer’s Union and attended the University of Notre Dame and earned his Bachelor’s degree fro the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He earned his MBA from Oregon State University. His articles on money matters have appeared in Barron’s, The Denver Post, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and The New York Times. Maturi’s books include Diving the Dow, Wall Street Works and The 105 Best Investments for the 21st Century. He has co-authored several books with his wife, including Nevada: Off the Beaten Path, and Wyoming: Off the Beaten Path.
Copies of Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga, From Tragedy to Triumph, will be available for sale following the reading. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.