1867 Jerome Park Program - The First Time A Jockey Is Killed
This program represents the first time a jockey was killed in the Metropolitan New York area when Martin Cassady, on Negrita, died immediately from injuries in the steeplechase. The press attributed this to a lack of training and "inartistic riding." The opening day of the Fall Meeting, it was 12th racing day in the history of the track (1866-1894). Jerome Park was founded by Leonard Jerome who was instrumental in reviving racing in the North with his role in Saratoga, Coney Island Jockey Club, and Morris Park. This is the oldest Jerome Park program we have come across; not only is it unique but also has no writing. This was the first time a disqualification occurred in a race in the area. The handicap was awarded to Enchantress after a foul was committed by Captain Moore. There was to be a race against time featuring the famous horse Kentucky but it was postponed. Undoubtedly, a museum piece. Torn binding, but not separated.
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