Teresa Genaro

Reflections on the history of horse racing in Coney Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

Teresa Genaro
Interview Date:
September 17, 2017


A resident of Brooklyn and a high school English teacher, Teresa Genaro grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York, where her family raced horses and going to the racetrack was an intrinsic part of her childhood.  The interview was recorded on the ten year anniversary of Brooklyn Backstretch, a blog featuring her reports and reflections on New York racing, past and present. Through her research on the sport, Teresa learned that from the 1880s until around 1910 Coney Island was home to three racetracks - in Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach and Gravesend - that made New York City the center of horse racing in the United States at that time. "I learned so much about the social, cultural and political history of New York," she says, "more than I did from any history course I ever took." Teresa writes about horse racing for Forbes.com, New York Breeder, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, The Blood-Horse, The Racing Biz, Hello Race Fans!, Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, and The Saratogian.