Video: A glimpse at history, the 1904 Brooklyn Handicap

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It’s not often one gets a chance to see actual footage of a horse race conducted more than 100 years ago, particularly one as big as the Brooklyn Handicap. A YouTube upload by TigerRocket of the 1904 running of that race at Gravesend, Coney Island, Brooklyn provides a glimpse into history.

Surprisingly clear for its age, the American Biograph & Mutoscope film clip is reminiscent of an early D.W. Griffith production. Particularly interesting is the beginning scene, where throngs of people pour out onto and across the racetrack at the start of the post parade.

The actual racing segment lasts two minutes, and the race was won by The Picket, trained by Carroll B. Reid and owned by Waldeck Stable.

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  • Ron Hale

    Wow!!!

  • Ron Hale

    Wow!!!

  • Watcher

    Fantastic! You’re right, the quality of the video is remarkable. And what a dust storm the horses created!

    Imagine if race videos of Man o’War, Regret, Exterminator, etc. could be found and made available on Youtube, too. 

  • Watcher

    Fantastic! You’re right, the quality of the video is remarkable. And what a dust storm the horses created!

    Imagine if race videos of Man o’War, Regret, Exterminator, etc. could be found and made available on Youtube, too.

  • SteveG

    That’s a treasure.  Thanks.

  • SteveG

    That’s a treasure.  Thanks.

  • Greg Jones

    That was truly amazing, thank you!

  • Greg Jones

    That was truly amazing, thank you!

  • howard zucker

    This is great. Would like to see more of this type of historical piece.

  • howard zucker

    This is great. Would like to see more of this type of historical piece.

  • Tressa Mack

    And we thought we had gate problems…

  • Tressa Mack

    And we thought we had gate problems…

  • LongTimeEconomist

    How did they ever manage without lead ponies? Probably didn’t use any Salix either.

    And when was the last time you saw a field that big in a major race for four year olds and up?

  • LongTimeEconomist

    How did they ever manage without lead ponies? Probably didn’t use any Salix either.

    And when was the last time you saw a field that big in a major race for four year olds and up?

  • Cindy D

    So cool. . . And it’s fun to go to the New York Times archives and read the actual account of the race. The Library of Congress also put the video of the same race on YouTube and I think the quality is a bit better. So much fun to see this (and what LARGE fields they had!)

  • Cindy D

    So cool. . . And it’s fun to go to the New York Times archives and read the actual account of the race. The Library of Congress also put the video of the same race on YouTube and I think the quality is a bit better. So much fun to see this (and what LARGE fields they had!)

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