A Short History of the American Trotting and Pacing Horse ...

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Coates & Company, 1901 - Horse racing - 148 pages
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Page 12 - English Sporting Magazine," writing of the trotting horses at the Hunting Park Course in 1829, mentions Top Gallant first, as follows: "Top Gallant, by Hambletonian, he by Messenger, trotted twelve miles in harness in 38 minutes; and three miles, under saddle, in 8 m. 31 s. He is now nineteen years old, and can trot a mile with one hundred and fifty pounds in 2 m. 45 s.
Page 30 - ... in the third heat, in better than 34s. On the lower turn, he led two lengths. But the mare now gathered herself up for one of her rushes, and closed with him. Up the stretch it was again, close and hot. But she had a little the best of it, and at the very last pinch he broke. She won in 2m.
Page 44 - ... people drowned all else. During the intermission the stallion was the object of the closest scrutiny. So great was the press that it was difficult to obtain breathing room. He appeared fresh, and ate eagerly of the small bunch of hay which was presented to him by his trainer after he had cooled out. It was manifest that the fast work had not destroyed his appetite. The betting now changed. It was seen that the Maid was tired, and her eager backers of an hour ago were anxious to hedge.
Page 25 - whip ' lightning. Time, five minutes. The usual excitement and disputes follow ; the usual time elapses, whack number one is heard — all ready — whack number two ; on they come ; snaffle-bridles — pulling at their horses' mouths as though they would pull the bit right through to the tips of their tails. 'Off!
Page 51 - Earus out on the quarter stretch ; and then when the halt was made in front of the grand stand, Dave would stoop down, and in a flash Jimmy would jump on his back, run up his shoulder, from there leap on the horse's back, and there he would stand, his head high in the air and his tail out stiff behind, barking furiously at the people. He seemed to know that he was as much a part of the show as the horse, and apparently took great delight in attracting attention to himself.
Page 16 - I could not see, in the short intervals between the flashes, the faintest trace of the horse before me ; and then, in the twinkling of an eye, as though the darkness was torn away like a veil by the hand of the Almighty, the whole course, the surrounding country, to the minutest and most distant thing, would be revealed. The spires of the churches and houses of Newark, eight miles off, we could see more plainly than in broad daylight ; and we noticed, that, as the horses faced the howling elements,...
Page 151 - A new edition, with numerous illustrations ; together with a General History of the Horse ; a Dissertation on the American Trotting Horse; how trained and jockeyed; an Account of his Remarkable Performances; and an Essay on the Ass and the Mule.
Page 151 - THE AMERICAN GENTLEMAN'S STABLE GUIDE. Contahiing a Familiar Description of the American Stable ; the most approved Method of Feeding, Grooming, and General Management of Horses; together with Directions for the Care of Carriages, Harness, &c.
Page 14 - The improvement of the trotting horse is engaging the attention of some of the best sporting characters in the country. We believe our state boasts of the best trotters in the Union. New York is nearly as good as our own. It is, in our opinion, a sport which should be encouraged.
Page 24 - under the saddle,' and the long list of competitors which had been announced has dwindled down to the old and far-famed Lady Suffolk and the young and unfamed Tacony. A stir among the 'rowdies' is seen, followed by the appearance of Lady Suffolk. I gazed in wonder as I saw her — a small pony-looking animal, moving her legs as though they were in splints, and as if six miles an hour were far beyond her powers.

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