Here, for the first time, is the story of how America's first
national resort gave birth to, then nurtured, its first national
sport, introducing the country to a parade of champions and their
spectacular supporting characters. To experience this adventure is
to see why the Saratoga Race Course, America's oldest major sports
facility remains one of its most beloved and most successful.
They're Off! is as much a social history as it is sports history.
Edward Hotaling opens with a little-known visit by the first famous
tourist, George Washington, who tried to buy the place he called
"the Saratoga Springs". Soon the pursuit of happiness at our
original vacationland helped redefine America. Even at the height
of the Civil War, the country's first organized sport was launched
on a national scale.
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