Making the American Thoroughbred: Especially in Tennessee, 1800-1845

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Plimpton Press, 1916 - Horse racing - 300 pages

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Page 222 - I saw young Harry, with his beaver on, His cuisses on his thighs, gallantly arm'd, Rise from the ground like feather'd Mercury, And vaulted with such ease into his seat, As if an angel dropp'd down from the clouds, To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus And witch the world with noble horsemanship.
Page xii - Thou ! whose glory fills the ethereal throne, And all ye deathless powers, protect my son ! Grant him, like me, to purchase just renown, To guard the Trojans, to defend the crown, Against his country's foes the war to wage, And rise the Hector of the future age ! So when triumphant from successful toils Of heroes slain he bears the reeking spoils, Whole hosts may hail him with deserved acclaim, And say, ' This chief transcends his father's fame :* While pleased amidst the general shouts of Troy,...
Page 247 - I will shoot dead the first man who attempts to cross that fence, and as their leader placed his foot on the first step, I raised my arm and closed the box with a click very like the cocking of a pistol (it was so dark they could not distinguish what I held in my hand), and, sir, they scrambled like a flock of deer.
Page 246 - I would not have done that for the world, but Patton did it, and as he won, and treated to a whole barrel of cider and a basket full of ginger cakes, he made it all right.
Page 113 - Grey Eagle, for the first hundred yards, was clearly gaining ; but in another instant Wagner was even with him. Both were out and doing their best. It was anybody's race yet ! Now Wagner, now Grey Eagle, has the advantage. It will be a dead heat ! " See ! Grey Eagle's got him ! "
Page 159 - ... directed by consummate skill, has hitherto failed to accomplish. For Mr. Van Ranst I answer, that he owes it to the association who have so confidently supported him, to the State at large, who have felt and expressed so much interest in his success, and to himself as a man, not totally divested of feeling, never, on any consideration, to risk the life or reputation of the noble animal, whose generous, and almost incredible exertions, have gained for the North so signal a victory, and for himself...
Page 269 - Many years ago I was riding on horseback with Col. Elliott to the Nashville races, and when we reached a point about one mile from the ferry at Nashville, on the Gallatin Road, he observed: "On one occasion Col.
Page 48 - Truxton is a beautiful bay, full of bone and muscle; was got by the imported horse old Diomed, and came out of the thoroughbred mare Nancy Coleman, the property of Maj. John Verrell of Virginia. Truxton is, however, too well known to require minute description. His performances on the turf have surpassed those of any horse of his age that has ever been run in the western country; and, indeed, it might be said with confidence, that he is equal, if not superior, to Mr. Ball's Florizel horse, who was...

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