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Off-Track and Online: The Networked Spaces of Horse Racing

Holly Kruse


Horse racing has played a significant role in the development and use of new media technologies and media spaces. With the beginning of modern horse racing in the nineteenth century, racetracks became leisure destinations, with physical spaces that structured and were structured by social and cultural practices. By the late 1800s, in the days before theme parks, tracks served as vacation sites. The invention of an early computer, the totalizator, at the turn of the twentieth century allowed horse racing to help usher in the information age. The totalizator made pari-mutuel wagering, in which r ... More

Keywords: horse racing, networks, space, technology, pari-mutuel, leisure, gambling, Internet, gender, labor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034418
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034418.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly Kruse, author