The Right Blood: America's Aristocrats in Thoroughbred Racing

The Right Blood: America's Aristocrats in Thoroughbred Racing

by Carole Case
     
 

The spectacle of thoroughbred horses dashing powerfully down the track is one of the most exciting of all sporting events. It is a spectacle that has captivated a diverse public for more than a century. Yet despite racing's mass appeal, America's northeastern establishment has dominated and controlled the sport since its inception. The Right Blood tells of the… See more details below

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The spectacle of thoroughbred horses dashing powerfully down the track is one of the most exciting of all sporting events. It is a spectacle that has captivated a diverse public for more than a century. Yet despite racing's mass appeal, America's northeastern establishment has dominated and controlled the sport since its inception. The Right Blood tells of the influence over racing of this select group of financiers, industrialist, diplomats, and philanthropist with family names of Belmont, Phipps, Vanderbilt, Whitney, and Widener. They formed the Jockey Club in New York City in 1894 to promote what was then their leisure pastime and have held onto the reins of thoroughbred racing ever since.

The Right Blood tells of the power of the men, and a few women, of the Jockey Club. Their involvement with thoroughbred racing is a window into their world-how they live their lives, conduct business, and view those outside their social class. Primarily, the have been white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant Republicans who have gone to Yale, played polo, volunteered for military service, and married within their own set. To follow these individuals is to trace corporate and financial America for the last century.

"A fascinating and eye-opening dissection of the small world of big-time racing. I'm surprised it's never been written before." - Stephen Birmingham, author of "Our Crowd": The Great Jewish Families of New York and "The Wrong Kind of Money."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813528403
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.00(d)

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