How The Belmont Stakes Affected My Writing by Stacy Hoff

The Belmont Stakes is tomorrow. I’m excited! Not only to watch the race, but to relive the excitement I had back in 2015 when American Pharaoh raced for the Triple Crown. How excited was I? Enough to write a novel set in the world of horse racing. A few short months after the Triple Crown was over, I completed the manuscript JOCKEYING FOR YOU. A year later, my novel was published (Soul Mate Publishing, Inc., 2016).

I knew virtually nothing about horse racing before I wrote my book, so I had to learn it all. I spent months doing research. Not just book research, but live research—I went on road trips.

One of my road trips includes going to Queens, New York, to visit Belmont Park. I arrived for an early morning tour where I got to see not only the track, but “behind the scenes” where the stables, and stablehands, reside. (The picture of Belmont Park, above above was taken by me on that tour.)

Inspiration for writing is a wonderful thing. It makes me write the best book I possibly can. I’m thrilled to say JOCKEYING FOR YOU received a nomination from InD’Tale Magazine for their 2017 RONE Award. And it happened all because of an amazing horse race.

Better still, tomorrow I get to watch another one.

What inspires you?

Book blurb for JOCKEYING FOR YOU

Jake Carter is on a mission—to prove his family wrong. He may have bought a troubled horse, but he’s hired Ryder Hannon, a “horse whisperer,” to get his horse back on track. She’s more than just a trainer to him, she’s the woman he’s been looking for.

Ryder Hannon, a thoroughbred horse trainer, has a big problem—fighting her fear of racing again. Her emotional scars run deeper than her physical ones. But her romantic feelings towards handsome, uber-rich, stable owner Jake Carter is a bigger problem. Is Jake truly in love with her or is he using her to get back at his smug family? ­

When Jake’s jockey gets injured, he wants Ryder to race. He knows deep down she wants to live up to her family’s legacy. So why does she keep fighting him—and her destiny—so hard?

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