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Local doctor writes racetrack thriller

DeLuke credits his early schooling at The Albany Academy with inspiring an interest in fiction writing.

"I did continue writing in college, but after that point, my writing was mostly business and scientific," said DeLuke. "For me it is always a certain sense of accomplishment and fulfillment to complete any writing assignment."

In high school, DeLuke was a farm hand on his father's Upstate farm, Assunta Louis. DeLuke also has a history with thoroughbred horses. Currently, he is a partner with Dogwood Stables in Aiken, S.C., and he owns a share in Brother Bird, which is half-brother to the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Recently, Brother Bird won a race at Saratoga on Aug. 7.

A portion of his book sales is being donated to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, which protects horses at the end of their racing careers from being neglected, abused or slaughtered.

"It's cause I have always contributed to personally, and it is a cause I believe in," said DeLuke. "It is a dollar of each book sold. It may seem like a small amount, but it is probably close to a third of what I get from every book."

When he isn't writing or working at his dental office, DeLuke said he likes to be around horses.

"I enjoy the peace and tranquility of the training center in the morning, so I spend some time in Saratoga in that way," said DeLuke.

There will be book signing for "Shedrow" at The Open Door Book Store in Schenectady Saturday, Sept. 25, from 1-2:30 p.m.

For information on DeLuke and "Shedrow" go to www.shedrow1.com.""

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