Harness Racing in New York State: A History of Trotters, Tracks and Horsemen

Harness Racing in New York State: A History of Trotters, Tracks and Horsemen

by Dean Hoffman

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Harness Racing in New York State: A History of Trotters, Tracks and Horsemen by Dean Hoffman


Since the eager stallion Messenger trotted off a boat from Europe in 1788, harness racing in America has been a popular sport, and nowhere is this truer than New York State. In the nineteenth century, harness racing attracted spectators from all walks of life. An 1823 race was so popular that businesses adjourned for the day to watch it. The sport reached its peak when the spectacular Roosevelt Raceway opened in 1957. Dean Hoffman offers an in-depth history of the sport's evolution in the Empire State, from the drivers and breeding to betting, legislation and accounts of the most exciting races. Join Hoffman as he sheds light on one of New York's most venerable sports traditions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609496043
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/14/2012
Series: Sports History
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,248,217
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Dean Hoffman is a journalist in harness racing media. For more than 20 years he was the executive editor of Hoof Beats, the publication for the US Trotting Association. He has written 4 books on harness racing.

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