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Posted on October 7, 2011 - by Annie Johnson
“The plate is worth going to see without the race.” – New Orleans Picayune, 22 March 1837
After a week of contests dominated by fillies and colts, Wednesday, Day Six, closing day of the New Orleans Jockey Club’s inaugural spring races over the new Eclipse Course at Carrollton, brought two older horses – six year olds – to the starting line for the two mile.
“These are two of the most celebrated horses that have ever come together in a two mile race,” the New Orleans Picayune announced about the entries: (more…)
Posted on September 23, 2011 - by Annie Johnson
No Rest for the Weary: Day Five’s One-Miler Tests the Mettle of Three Returning Racers [Part IV. – 1837 Races]
“[Col. Bingaman] has won, we believe, when not only his friends but himself thought he must inevitably lose.” – New Orleans Picayune, 23 March 1837
We know that it rained on Monday, Day Four of the New Orleans Jockey Club’s 1837 Spring Races, but fortunately the wet weather didn’t pass through until the evening, after the masses had witnessed the triumph of Fanny Wright over her two filly rivals in the four-mile, $2,000 Jockey Club Purse.
And we know that as a result of the rain, the track at the Eclipse Course was heavy for Tuesday’s contest of one-mile heats, best three in five, between Colonel Adam L. Bingaman’s four-year-old filly Angora, by Leviathan, Captain Oliver’s colt Richard of York, by Star and P.B. Starke’s four-year-old American Citizen, by Marion.
Posted on September 9, 2011 - by Annie Johnson
Thy name, swift nag, shall be enroll’d
On every sporting ground.
– New Orleans Picayune, 21 March 1837
Monday, Day Four of the New Orleans Jockey Club’s inaugural spring races over Captain Oliver’s new Eclipse Course might as well have been promoted as Ladies’ Day at the track.
Posted on August 26, 2011 - by Annie Johnson
“Many persons determined to see the race, were compelled to walk, as they did, under a burning sun, four miles and a half.” — Spirit of the Times, 8 April 1837
At the same time that he was Postmaster of Big Lick in 1831, twenty-one-year-old Yelverton N. Oliver was co-proprietor of the race track at Liberty, Virginia. By 1833, he was serving as treasurer of the newly formed Jockey Club and proprietor of the course at Lynchberg. And the next year Oliver was in Washington, reviving the city’s track.
Posted on August 12, 2011 - by Annie Johnson
“The public may probably never have it in their power again to witness such sport!” Captain Yelverton N. Oliver
It was a landmark day for racing in the United States, for this was a Sunday – and the first occasion for a Jockey Club anywhere to hold a contest on the Sabbath. But this was New Orleans, and Sunday was regarded as a day of recreation; continuing the Jockey Club’s six-day race meeting over this Sunday of March 19, 1837, wasn’t considered indecent in the least.