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Racing for AmericaThe Horse Race of the Century and the Redemption of a Sport$
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James C. Nicholson

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780813180649

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813180649.001.0001

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Racing for America

James C. Nicholson

University Press of Kentucky

Chapter two explains the shutdown of racing in New York following the passage of a series of anti-gambling laws pushed by governor Charles Evans Hughes amid a national wave of Progressive Era reform. With racing banned in all but a few American jurisdictions in the early twentieth century, leading owners sent their stock to Europe. Jockeys and trainers followed. The glut of American horses flooding Great Britain sewed animosity between horsemen of the two nations. With the onset of World War I, American equestrians began a mass exodus back to the states, though resentments remained. Upon the war's conclusion, American racing would enjoy a period of rebirth as the political pendulum moved away from the Progressive spirit that had dominated American politics in the first two decades of the twentieth century and back toward a laissez-faire ethos.

Keywords:   World War I, Charles Evans Hughes, anti-gambling, reform, laissez-faire, New York, horseracing, America, Europe

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