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In Saratoga Stories: Gangsters, Gamblers & Racing Legends Jon Bartels explores the personalities and events that shaped the early history of Saratoga Race Course. The story of the nascent racetrack is largely the story of John Morrissey, a young tough whose fists earned him his earliest notoriety. The social-climbing upstart befriended the likes of multimillionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt and the well-heeled William Travers. The friendships grew into business dealings that led to Morrissey starting a Thoroughbred meet at Saratoga.

In addition to its fascinating characters, Saratoga is famous for legendary racehorses. Saratoga Stories also chronicles the feats of stars such as James R. Keene’s Sysonby and Man o’ War, later crowned the Horse of the Century.
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ISBN: 9781581501582
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