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19th Century Harness Racing Famous Races & Horses (5)

19th Century Harness Racing Famous Races & Horses (5)

1) Unmarked program for 1869 at Narragansett. The New York Times on January 31, 1870, page 2, reviewed the trotting season of 1869. They stated: "At the fall meeting at Narragansett Park, which commenced October 7, there was the finest exhibition of trotting ever witnessed in America." The article said the great event of it was the $5,000 purse (very high for that era) with Lady Thorn defeating Goldsmith Maid, Lucy and American Girl. 2-3). Unmarked program for 1870 Narragansett meeting. The feature saw champion Goldsmith Maid win over American Girl and Lucy. Included is the 43-page book, Record of Races 1870. Published by Narragansett Park Assn., it shows the order of finish of all races run that year with records made at the track for both thoroughbreds and standardbreds. General Duke, winner of the 1868 Belmont, is shown holding three long distance records. (4-5). Charter Oak Park program dated August 30, 1899. Hall of Famer, Joe Patchen, won the Pioneer Stakes. In the race preceding, another Hall of Fame horse, Cresceus, competed. Included is the 213-page 1902 book, Cresceus, by McCartney featuring the great horse. This specific race is covered in detail on pages 54 and 55. All NM, except for notations on the Charter Oak program (EX).

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