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Fred Kray

“Seabiscuit meets In Cold Blood...Animal lawyer tries to solve horse racing’s most infamous cold case The Death of Alydar-Accident or Murder”

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Fred M. Kray is a civil trial attorney who for the last 20 years has limited his practice to animal law. Whether rescuing a stolen Great Dane with a SWAT team or freeing innocent dogs from death row, it has always been his life’s purpose to give animals a voice. He was introduced to horse racing working at a race track in Nebraska while attending law school. He fell in love with a horse named Alydar in Miami, watching him run in the Flamingo Stakes and the Florida Derby. Reintroduced to Alydar’s story when he moved to Gainesville, he spent four years researching, interviewing and writing about Alydar, producing a story that celebrates the horse’s legacy while at the same time exposing the greed and corruption behind the gates of Calumet.

About Broken: The Suspicious Death of Alydar and the End of Horse Racing's Golden Age

November 13, 1990. 9:00 pm. Calumet’s stallion barn holds five of its most valuable horses, including Alydar, who is insured for a total of $41.5 million. Runner up to Affirmed in all three 1978 Triple Crown races, Alydar is the top breeding horse in the country.

Cowboy Kipp, the regular night watchman, is off this night, and Alton Stone has taken his place. Stone checks on Alydar at 9:30 p.m. and all is well. The night watchman starts his rounds of the 762-acre farm, but sensing something wrong, returns to Alydar’s stall at 10:00 p.m. The horse has a broken right rear leg, his coat is steaming, and there is terror in the whites of his eyes. The roller bracket holding the stall door is sheared off and lying in the middle of the floor, but the door is latched closed. Stone panics. How could it have happened? The stall is padded, and the floor is rubber. There are no fresh kick marks on the stall door. Alydar is euthanized two days later. The insurance companies conclude that Alydar accidentally fractured his right leg by kicking his stall door and paid the $41.5 million claim. If only they knew why Cowboy Kipp had taken that night off…..

AWARDS

  • Named One of the “Top 100 Books Of 2023”
  • Kirkus Reviews
  • Winner Independent Book Publisher Award 2024-Best True Crime
  • Winner IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Award 2024-Sport & Recreation
  • Winner IBPA’s Bill Fisher Award 2024-Best New Book-Nonfiction
  • Best Equine Book 2023
  • Taborton Books
  • Winner Feather Quill Award 2024-Animal Adult
  • Finalist Feather Quill Award 2024-Historical


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Fred M. Kray Author. 2,140 likes · 188 talking about this. Author of Broken-The Suspicious Death of Alydar and the End of Horse Racing's Golden Age. Trial Law

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