The Legendary R.A. "Cowboy Jones" has lost 7 inches in height over his 55 years of racing from injuries, lifestyle and crouching in the saddle. He strives to be the best in everything he does without a complaint. Not only a winning jockey, Cowboy Jones aspired to be the best insurance salesman, tomato farmer, lip synch performer, restaurateur and father who ever walked the streets of Henderson, Kentucky. Did he ever fail? You bet! But when he did, he always returned to the one thing that brought him camaraderie, success and a pay check…Horse Racing.
On the back side of the track, he is respected for his longevity in the sport and his wisdom in the saddle. Young jockeys shake his hand and gather around while he sips black coffee and shares one of his many stories about being Cowboy Jones. He gives advice to a new jockey riding in the first race of his career. They look to him as a father figure; the hero of Ellis Park Race Track. The dedicated people in the racing industry are one big family and Cowboy is a living legend.
This title takes a look at a feisty and fierce competitor who will not be sitting on a porch swing listening to the birds sing any time soon. He will continue to race as long as humanly possible until he wins another day.
Will Cowboy Jones be riding off into the sunset? More than likely, he will be running at a full gallop, with his hat in one hand, reigns in the other with fans cheering him on. He will leave a trail of stardust behind him as he rides into his next big race!
No matter what the future brings for Robert, Bobby, Scratchy, Cowboy Jones…It will surely be filled with excitement, a touch of danger and that famous grin that has gotten him in and out of trouble all his life.
Written by Angie Karcher, this title is a great read for both young adults and young at heart adults as well. Bring history alive for your children as you read about this local legend.