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History Of Thoroughbred Racing In America, The Hardcover – 1964

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Hardcover, Bonanza/Crown, 1964, no jacket. 621 pages of very useful and helpful information.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 621 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice-Hall; First Printing edition (1964)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1199048445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1199048448
  • ASIN: B000B8NBV6
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9.2 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fran H. Willingham on September 19, 2012
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A great record of U.S. racing, featuring champions of yesteryear...a great addition to a racing library on the great ones, and answered a lot of questions I had concerning the genisis of racing here in the States...very fair price for the book and excellent service from the seller!
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I found this book fascinating especially because of how far back HP Robertson goes to tell the story of organized racing's origins in America. He also covers the evolution of gambling (albeit only in moderate detail), which really reveals some insight into how our current gambling system has come to exist. However, what is truly impressive about this book is the epic sense of scope and span of time this book covers - it highlights many great and often forgotten super horses, as well as connects many of them together with some important figures in American history (namely, several U.S. Presidents) which creates an awe-inducing sense of history. I read this book simply on a whim as someone who has grown more interested in thoroughbred racing history after reading Laura Hillenbrand's "Seabiscuit", and I have come away from it feeling close to an expert in terms of racing history, chronology, and understanding how the sport has grown and changed over the past 300 years. Absolutely a must-read for any true racing history buff.
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By Tonto on April 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Until the 1970's racing was a sport - then it became an "industry' with the businessmen becoming interested in what was the the most popular sporting event (by paid attendance) in the country.. A recent Undercover Boss on TV showed the CEO of Churchill Downs making his first ever visit to the stable area "GEE they have horses here!" I purchased this book when first published and have loaned it many times to explain to the new bunch what racing was. I have been a breeder, trainer, owner and exhibitor (hunter, jumper and stock horse) , and judge of Thoroughbreds for 65 years - so sad to see the horses in the hands of the Bafferts and their kind.
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