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Racing for America: The Horse Race of the Century and the Redemption of a Sport

James C. Nicholson


On October 20, 1923, at New York's Belmont Park, Kentucky Derby champion Zev toed the starting line alongside Papyrus, winner of England's greatest horse race, the Epsom Derby. The $100,000 purse for the novel intercontinental showdown was the largest in the history of America's oldest sport and writers across the country were calling it the "Race of the Century." A victory for the American colt in this blockbuster event would change how the nation viewed horse racing forever. In this book, James C. Nicholson exposes the central role of politics, money, and ballyhoo in the Jazz Age resurgence ... More

Keywords: horseracing, Teapot Dome, American Mythology, Progressive era, Roaring Twenties, Golden age of sports, Thoroughbred racing, Harry F. Sinclair, Sportswriters, 1920s America, Epsom Derby, Kentucky Derby, anti-gambling, World War I, Zev (horse), Papyrus (horse)

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780813180649
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813180649.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James C. Nicholson, author

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