History of the Saratoga Racecourse

History of the Saratoga Racecourse

by Kimberly Gatto
     
 

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In the early 1800s, Saratoga Springs was a destination for its natural mineral waters and their healing powers. But that changed in 1863 with the opening of the Saratoga Race Course. From then on, summers in the Spa City came alive with the excitement of the "sport of kings." Since the victory of the great horse Kentucky in the introductory Travers Stakes, the

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In the early 1800s, Saratoga Springs was a destination for its natural mineral waters and their healing powers. But that changed in 1863 with the opening of the Saratoga Race Course. From then on, summers in the Spa City came alive with the excitement of the "sport of kings." Since the victory of the great horse Kentucky in the introductory Travers Stakes, the racecourse has showcased the sport's greatest champions. Otherwise seemingly uncatchable thoroughbreds--including Man o' War and Secretariat--faced unexpected defeat on its turf, earning Saratoga the nickname the "Graveyard of Champions." Author Kimberly Gatto chronicles the story of the oldest thoroughbred racetrack in the country, with tales of the famous people and horses that contributed to its illustrious history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609491048
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
05/07/2011
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
859,978
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Kimberly Gatto is a professional writer specializing in equestrian and sports books. Her published works to date include four horse-related titles and several athlete biographies. Kim's work has been included in various publications, including the Blood-Horse, the Chronicle of the Horse, the Equine Journal and Chicken Soup for the Horse Lover's Soul. Gatto is an honors graduate of Boston Latin School and Wheaton College. A lifelong rider and horsewoman, she is the proud owner of a lovely off-the-track thoroughbred.

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