Keeneland Magazine

NO4 2013

Keeneland, Investing in Racing's Future since 1936.

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Brooks has worked on "some very obscure books about horse racing" as well as some more familiar volumes. The Compleat Jockey (sic) from 1688. His handiwork also can be seen in The Gentleman's New Pocket Farrier and The History of British Turf (volumes one and two), both from the frst half of the 1800s. "I've worked on some very obscure books about horse racing from the 19th century," he said. "Not titles many people have heard of." In addition to Keeneland, Brooks' work also comes from individuals, people who own books that have been passed down in families from a previous generation, such as a family Bible. The dilemma for a lot of people, though, is spending $300 to restore something that might only be worth $100. "It's a diffcult decision," Brooks acknowledged. He is hoping to raise more awareness of preservation and conservation. "A lot of education goes into people making these choices," he said. "And that's fair. I am asking people to invest their money." In England, historic preservation is part of the economy. History is a cornerstone to the culture, and conservation is vital to keeping it alive. Brooks is glad to see places such as Keeneland recognize its importance, and he hopes businesses, such as the bourbon industry, will want to come to him for help in preserving their storied pasts. "I'm at the point in my life where I need to get serious about building my business," he said. "I dream of one day having my own shop, and I look at vacant lots as I'm walking the dog and think, that would be the perfect spot." 28 KEENELAND WINTER 2013 K

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