The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told

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Published by: Authority Publishing
Release Date: January 6, 2020
Pages: 182
ISBN13: 978-1-949642-28-5


The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told is an inspiring personal narrative about a filly who broke through the male-dominated world of horseracing and inspired crowds of men and women alike, along with a trio of gamblers who embark on an unforgettable adventure that’s as epic as the historic victory of Winning Colors. It’s Seabiscuit meets Narcos, and the best true-life gambling story ever told.

In the late 1980s, a spectacular 3-year-old female racehorse named Winning Colors was being groomed for success under her famous “Hollywood” trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, and the billionaire owner of the San Diego Chargers pro-football team, Eugene Klein. Meanwhile, three fun-loving gamblers, Miami Paul, Dino Mateo, and Big Bernie believed that Winning Colors could be the unlikely female winner of the 1988 Kentucky Derby.

When the gamblers unknowingly place their longshot bet with members of a suspected drug cartel at a racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico, they must figure out how to claim their prize - without getting killed in the process. In a heart-pounding race of their own across the U.S.-Mexico border, the trio come face-to-face with suspected killers, are arrested by the Border Patrol, and fumble their way through the riskiest bet of their lives.


“How can you resist a true story with the Kentucky Derby, the Cartel, Tijuana Gambling, and a guy named “Miami? You can’t! Prepare yourself for the ride.”
—Brandt Andersen - Executive Producer, “American Made” (2017), “Silence” (2016) and “Lone Survivor” (2013)

"I loved reading The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told and couldn't put it down. It's a wonderfully stylish and entertaining story filled with action, suspense, and a lot of heart."
—Tobias Schliessler – ASC - Cinematographer of “Beauty and the Beast” (2017) “Dreamgirls (2006) and “Lone Survivor” (2013)

“I loved the book and story! I usually don’t like horse racing books because the writers don’t typically understand racing. Mark has recreated the world’s greatest racing event in an accurate, exciting and intense portrayal. It’s like being at the finish line with a million dollars on the line!”
—Aron Wellman, President & Founder, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, 25 Stakes Winners… Winner Belmont Stakes

“An exciting story of a filly battling the males in the Kentucky Derby… and the gamblers that risked their lives on her. I was fascinated by the behind the scenes aspects of thoroughbred racing. A fun, fast and exciting read.”
—Ken Stovitz, Producer of “The Karate Kid”

“My wife read to me The Greatest Gambling Story Ever while I was driving with her from Washington to California. We were glued to story as the miles rolled on and totally immersed in the characters as they shot off the pages with total realism. I felt like I knew the characters personally by the time we were a quarter of the way into the book. These three fun loving buddies discover they placed a bet with the Mexican Cartel. Talk about a life-threatening problem that had us fearing for their lives. Putting the book down was not an option. My god it was intense and provided us with the fastest trip to Los Angeles ever! I wished there was a second book for the trip home. Mark Paul captured the audience and wrote a true page turner.”
—Wallace Williams, author, Stand Down, The Candidates, and soon to be published Pay Back

“I loved the story of the filly taking on the male colts and their chauvinistic trainers! It is incredibly exciting when she runs against them in the Derby. I loved the characters so much and I hated for the story to end.”
—Patrice Scribante, Horse Lover

“These characters bet their lives on a 50 to 1 shot! The book is a fast paced read from cover to cover and the scenes getting out of Mexico scared me to death. These are some crazy gamblers betting on the world’s greatest race. Loved it!”
—Richard Zien, Co-Founder, Mendelson and Zien Advertising

“I have been a Maître D’ at the Santa Anita Turf Club for 42 years, and this wonderful book recreates the glory days of horse racing. I loved re-experiencing the story of the billionaire owners, famous trainers, and bold gamblers as they raced toward and epic Derby.”
—Jimmy O’Hara- Maître D', Santa Anita Racetrack 1977 to Present

“This booked ruined my vacation – because I sat in my room unable to stop reading! I was worried for the characters as they traveled to Mexico and back with millions in cash. I want to see this place in Tijuana, Mexico!”
—Rusty Weber, Wealth Manager

“I have owned horses for 30 years and loved this exciting and true story. The racing scenes will have you on the edge of your chair rooting for the brilliant filly battling the colts!”
—Joel Adelman, Thoroughbred Owner

“A fast, easy read with action that doesn’t stop. I enjoyed the racing scenes as well as watching the foolhardy gamblers try to extract themselves from their predicaments. A thoroughly enjoyable read.”
—Howard Parelskin, Attorney

“A wonderful and suspenseful journey on two guys taking the ultimate long shot bet. No hedges, no fallback, lots of potholes. An easy, fun read.”
—Rick Edwards, Investor

“Three young American wild guys compete with the Mexican drug cartel and escaped with their lives. They have a great time with the ladies and lived to tell how they made a $1,000,000 killing - betting on a filly and avoiding being killed themselves by the Mexican Cartel.”
—Stephen Tow, Financial Advisor