Palmyra Jockey Club Races

Palmyra Missouri Jockey Club Races

Spirit of the Times: A Chronicle of the Turf, Agriculture, Field Sports, Feb 4, 1837


We are indebted to “A Member of the Club” for the annexed report of the Palmyra, Missouri, races. It is imperfect in many particulars, but, as our unknown correspondent remarks, it is better than none, and we are obliged to him for it.


First Day, Sept. 15, 1836 – Purse, $200, Four mile heats

John Frost’s ch. h. Laplander, by Flagellator, out of Medora, by Eclipse, 6 yrs. 118 lbs – 1    1

Mr. Burns’ ch. g. Paul Jones, 6 yrs, 115 lbs – 2    2

R. W. Lane’s, b. h. David Crockett, by Bertrand, 4 yrs, 100 lbs . . . 3 dis

Mr. Price’s ch. h. Pompey 1 yrs, 100 lbs . . . dis

Mr. How’s ch. h. Ventura, by Rob Roy, aged, 124 lbs . . . dis


No time kept, owing to the miserable state of the track which in two places water was so deep that the proprietors were obliged to causeway it by throwing rails across, and the horses ran over them at the risk of breaking their legs. Laplander won both heats with ease.


Second Day, Sept. 15, 1836 – Purse, $150, Two mile heats

Mr. Shaklett’s b. m. Lady Pest, by Carolmian, aged, 121 lbs . . . 1     1

Mr. Price’s b. m. Fanny Kemble, by Mormon, 1 yrs, 97 lbs . . .   2     dis

Mr. Bozel’s b. f. _____, by Trumpeter, 3 yrs. 83 lbs . . . . dis

John Frost’s ch. h. Franklin, by Bertrand, dam by Florizel, 3 yrs, . . . . dis

Race during a heavy shower-track knee deep—no time kept.


Third Day, Sept. 15, 1836 – Purse, $100, Mile heats, best 3 in 5

Mr. Price’s ch. h. Pompey, 1 yrs 100 lbs, 1    1     1

R. W. Lane’s b. h. David Crockett, by Bertrand, 4 yrs, 100 lbs – 2     2     2

Mr. Bozel’s b. c. _____, by Trumpeter, 3 yrs, 83 lbs . . . dis

Notwithstanding Pompey is placed 1st in each heat, the purse was given to David Crockett. On the last heat Pompey fell, when leading, and as he was recovering his legs, he staggered against Crockett, and the judges decided that in as much as Pompey impeded the running of Crockett, it was a case of foul riding, and therefore gave the purse to him. Neither horse or rider was injured and notwithstanding this awkward accident, Pompey recovered the lead, and led Crockett in to the stand. This may be the rule, but Pompey’s was a mighty ___ case.