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The Fast Track into the Future

Maryjean Wall

in How Kentucky Became Southern

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126050
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135410 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126050.003.0002
The Fast Track into the Future

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Three months after the Civil War, in Saratoga Springs, New York the richest people were joining an eclectic collection of gamblers, horsemen, and social hangers-on in the daily rounds of mineral baths and Thoroughbred racing. People who visited Adirondack resort sought to put all lingering thoughts of the war behind them, while Saratoga visitors quickly turned their thoughts to much more pleasant prospects lying ahead, the most important of which was the showdown between Kentucky and Asteroid. John Clay, the owner of Kentucky, took the horse to the track at Paterson to sell in 1863. Clay had raced and won with Kentucky at the Paterson track. In connection with this, John F. Purdy saw the race and bought the horse for $6000.

Keywords: Saratoga Springs; Asteroid; Kentucky; John Clay; John F. Purdy

Chapter.  14986 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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