1886 Racehorse Tremont Race Program
Tremont was described by famous jockey, James McLaughlin as the best two-year-old he ever rode; however, is not in the Hall of Fame. Possibly, it is a result of the horse's career ran from May 29, 1886 through August 7 of the same year representing thirteen races. In that short span, Tremont won all its races, an the remarkable fact was that they were all stakes! Like many owners and trainers in those beginning days of the sport, racehorses had only a few days of rest, sometimes racing twice on the same day. The Dwyer Brothers were no exception and Tremont, and after winning each race by an average of a half dozen lengths, was retired early.Offered is a CIJC program dated June 30, 1886. In addition to Tremont winning the Good Bye Stakes by two lengths at 1-10 on closing day of the June meet, other famous racehorses competed in other races. In the first event, the Farewell Stakes, the 1885 Kentucky Derby winner, Joe Cotton was victorious. In the Spindrift Stakes, "The Bard" finished in a dead heat with Dew Drop (McLaughlin); however, the Dwyer Bros. refused a run-off & The Bard galloped over the course. In the Vendors' Stakes, a rarity in racing occurred, especially rare when caused by a top rider. Owner McMahon's entry ran one-two, but McLaughlin on favored Swift let the stablemate win on sufference by a neck. While Swift could have won it was prevented from doing so. The reason might have been to win a wager, or that he favored it to win if it could. This is the only time known that the famed rider agreed to hold back his mount. At Saratoga, Isaac Murphy did the same in finishing second and was roundly booed. In that race, there was separate betting and Murphy rode the prohibitive favorite.The only marks are very minor pencil marks to note the first 2-3 finishers, and two scratches. In addition, there is some minor discoloration to a portion of the reverse, not affecting any official lettering. The program is in excellent condition overall with a beautiful lithograph illustrating a race and layout of the track.
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