|Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Winner
The Untold Story of Joe Hernandez
The Voice of Santa Anita
Special Edition with CD
by Rudolph Valier Alvarado
Foreword by Father Frank Hernandez, S.J.
Winner of the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, an award that recognizes Thoroughbred horse racing's
Book of the Year. The coveted award is sponsored by Thoroughbred Times and Castleton Lyons.
This special hardback edition of Rudolph Alvarado's internationally acclaimed and award-
winning biography is beautifully bound in a red cloth cover with gray endsheets. Gold embossed
lettering on the front cover reads, "The Voice of Santa Anita Special Edition." Includes a new
foreword by Hernandez' son, Father Frank Hernandez, a Jesuit priest, who traveled with, and
assisted Alvarado with his research.
This biography captures the unexpected story of Joe Hernandez, a Mexican-American, who
despite his ethnic background became thoroughbred horse racing’s greatest race caller at a
time when most Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were being repatriated to Mexico due to
America’s Great Depression.
Alvarado’s biography uncovers the extent to which Hernandez went to fit into this Anglo-American
dominated world, and reveals that Hernandez’s impact on the sport of Thoroughbred horse
racing went far beyond that of being a race caller. This is the first biography ever written about a
Mexican-American involved in the sport of horse racing and the first to capture the social impact
that a sport played in shaping the life of a Mexican-American.
- Hardback with Dust Jacket
- Includes Audio CD
- 6" x 9"
- 282 pages
- 45 B/W photographs integrated in
- Prompts in the text that refer
readers to specific race calls on
- Extensive bibliography,
appendices, and a book club
reader's guide, as well as a
- Also Available in E-book Format
PRAISE for THE UNTOLD STORY OF JOE HERNANDEZ:
THE VOICE OF SANTA ANITA
“The Untold Story of Joe Hernandez pulled me in like a vacuum. It’s not just a fine piece of racing literature, but an exhaustively researched
historical document that details the origins of West Coast racing, the art of race calling, and one man’s struggle to break through racial barriers at a
time when the odds were stacked mightily against minorities. The meticulously detailed source notes are a valuable inclusion, and the bonus CD
that highlights Joe’s race calls is an extra-nice touch—especially the haunting inclusion of ‘Joe’s Last Call,’ in which a tape recorder was
inadvertently left running to detail Hernandez’s eerie collapse at the microphone during the final race of his career.”
Author of the award winning book
Not By a Long Shot: A Season at a Hard-Luck Horse Track
"One cannot question the passion with which the author approached his subject. The amount of research involved, particularly in regard to the
family history of Joe Hernandez, is very impressive. Hernandez was indeed an enigma, in many respects a maze of contradictions. And the
enigmatic components of his private life constitute the truly compelling aspect of the Hernandez story and of the book itself, outdistancing the
unquestionable talent of Hernandez as a race caller.... This book is a very good read."
A two-time Eclipse Award winner
and author of The Complete Encyclopedia of Horse Racing
"Painstakingly researched over a number of years, this book attempts to bring to flesh and blood a man known mainly through his voice, a man
who kept much of his life shrouded in half-truths. Hernandez created his own 'narrative'--his personal history as he would have wanted it to be--
which he adjusted to fit his needs. The author discovers not only the truth of that life but explores its unique traits, those traits that drove Hernandez
to professional successes even as his personal life suffered."
Two-time Eclipse Award winning broadcaster and first executive director of
Triple Crown Productions
"When I read Dr. Alvarado's inspiring story of Joe Hernandez, a torrent of memories came flooding back to me. He brings the original Voice of
Santa Anita back to life, with all his charisma joined with a personal, deep love for horses and racing born of unique experiences."
Executive Secretary and Registrar,
American Saddlebred Horse Association and Registry
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