Horse People: Thoroughbred Culture in Lexington and Newmarket

Horse People: Thoroughbred Culture in Lexington and Newmarket

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by Rebecca Louise Cassidy
     
 

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The world of Thoroughbred racing is glamorous, secretive, dangerous, and seductive—the sport of kings and the poor man's obsession. While the spectacle of racing stirs the imagination, it belies the ruthless business that lies beneath.

This engaging original study demystifies this complex world by comparing centers of excellence in Britain and North America.

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The world of Thoroughbred racing is glamorous, secretive, dangerous, and seductive—the sport of kings and the poor man's obsession. While the spectacle of racing stirs the imagination, it belies the ruthless business that lies beneath.

This engaging original study demystifies this complex world by comparing centers of excellence in Britain and North America. Drawing from intensive field work in Suffolk's Newmarket and Kentucky's Lexington, Rebecca Cassidy gives us the inside track on all players in the industry—from the elite breeders and owners to the stable boys, racetrack workers, and veterinarians. She leads us through horse farms, breeding barns, and yearling sales; explains rigorous training regimens; and brings us trackside on race day.

But the history of Thoroughbred racing culture is more than a collection of fascinating characters and exciting events. Cassidy's investigation reveals the factors—ethical, cultural, political, and economic—that have shaped the racing tradition.

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Editorial Reviews

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society - Jeff Meyer
Cassidy has created an engaging study that would appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in horse racing.

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Inst. - Margaret Taylor
[A] comprehensive and entertaining book.

Choice
Combining thorough research with an excellent writing style, this volume goes beyond such personal accounts as Jane Smiley's A Year at the Races (2004) and Nan Mooney's My Racing Heart (2002). Not about the sport of horseracing per se, this is an entertaining and enjoyable anthropological study of the relationships between humans and animals.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801887031
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Series:
Animals, History, Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
774,529
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Rebecca Cassidy is a senior lecturer in the anthropology department at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the coeditor of Where the Wild Things Are Now: Domestication Reconsidered.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Horse People: Thoroughbred Culture in Lexington and Newmarket 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is sad .... thought I was getting a book do not buy