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Off-Track and OnlineThe Networked Spaces of Horse Racing$
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Holly Kruse

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034418

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034418.001.0001

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Racing’s Public Spaces

Racing’s Public Spaces

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Off-Track and Online

Holly Kruse

The MIT Press

This chapter examines embodied, situated practices of horse racing in its uses of public space, starting with an historical overview of how the physical and social structures of contemporary horse racing developed. It focuses in particular on how, historically, racetrack architecture created, reinforced, and responded to received notions of gender, race, and class. In recent years, racetracks have remodeled to accommodate public screens and technologically mediated wagering. The chapter looks in general at how public screen technologies and renovations of commercial sites have helped redefine our public – and thus our private – spaces. In the case of horse racing, many tracks, like PARX in Philadelphia, constructed new facilities devoted to simulcast wagering. This chapter also discusses redesigns of racetracks as premier sports venues and entertainment centers to compete with other leisure options.

Keywords:   horse racing, racetracks, architecture, space, gender, race, class, leisure, sport

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