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Posted on September 2, 2011 - by Annie Johnson
Dear Readers of the Turf Times: In honor of the upcoming holiday weekend and related celebrations, here’s a tale from the Spirit of the Times archives about the escapades of Jack Ragg, a 19th century English draught horse. Next week’s issue will continue coverage of the New Orleans Jockey Club’s inaugural 1837 spring meeting. — ATT Ed.
“Jack thought on this occasion the pleasures of eating were as nothing compared to the joys of drinking.” – The musings of Jack Ragg, upon his tumble into an ale cellar
On Saturday afternoon, a dense crowd was collected round the Duke of York public house, which forms the junction of Shepherd-street and Union-street, Oxford-street, and from the eagerness of the spectators it was evident that some unusual incident had occurred.