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The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime: Horse Racing Politics and Organized Crime in New York 1865 ­- 1913 [Audiobook]

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The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime: Horse Racing Politics and Organized Crime in New York 1865 ­-  1913 [Audiobook]

The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime: Horse Racing Politics and Organized Crime in New York 1865­-1913 [Audiobook] by Steven Riess
English | August 9, 2018 | ASIN: B07G8LVQT6 | MP3@64 kbps | 17h 19m | 476 MB
Narrator: Emil N. Gallina

Thoroughbred racing was one of the first major sports in early America. Horse racing thrived because it was a high-status sport that attracted the interest of both old and new money. It grew because spectators enjoyed the pageantry, the exciting races, and, most of all, the gambling.

As the sport became a national industry, the New York metropolitan area, along with the resort towns of Saratoga Springs (New York) and Long Branch (New Jersey), remained at the center of horse racing with the most outstanding race courses, the largest purses, and the finest thoroughbreds.

The sport's survival depended upon the racetrack being the nexus between politicians and organized crime. The powerful alliance between urban machine politics and track owners enabled racing in New York to flourish. Racetracks became a key connection between the underworld and Tammany Hall, enabling illegal poolrooms and off-course bookies to operate. Organized crime worked in close cooperation with machine politicians and local police officers to protect these illegal operations. In The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime, Riess fills a long-neglected gap in sports history, offering a richly detailed and fascinating chronicle of thoroughbred racing's heyday.