>The Race and Louisiana Surnames – Louisiana Researchers

>Louisiana Surnames – Louisiana Researchers
The ever growing list of genealogy in Louisiana may possibly be headed for page 3 very soon. Is it a race? I’ve tried posting the list to Blogger a few times today, but it just won’t GO. So sorry to hear about those Florida horses, today.

Upon searching The New York Times Archives, I found an article about horse racing in Louisiana. I know nothing of horse racing. I didn’t realize that even in 1854 people gambled and placed bets. I make small bets while playing cards, but I don’t bet in on the horses. A few of the ole timers that I used to associate with (have since passed) liked betting on the horses. Rarely, do I gamble these days. I have a friend that I just absolutely REFUSE to bet with as he is a welsher, even on my small $5.00 bets! Nevermind, he’s lost the past three out of four super bowls, either.

THE TURF,: Metairie Jockey Club Meeting


From the New Orleans Picayune April 6

First Day – Although the weather was delightful yesterday, and the track in good order, still the attendance at the race over the Metairie Course was meagre. The race was for a Jockey Club purse of $1,000, three-mile heats, and the entries were Little Flea and Blonde. It being the general opinion among racing people, when the entries were known, that there was suck a disparity between the power and speek of the contestants, that but little sport would ensue, that comparitively few went to the course. So far as the estimate of the great speed of Blonde was concerned, the opinion was well founded, but few persons expected that Little flea could run such a race as they witnessed. Blonde is a large, fine-looking, slashing filly, with an immense stride, and requires a strong rider to hold her steady. Little Flea is, on the contrary, as his name indicates, a diminutive specimen of a race-horses is compactly built, has good action and much speed for his size, being in looks and action very like Mariner, who was formerly in Mr. Bibbon’s stable with Fashion. Blonde was of course the favorite before the start, at the odds of four to one; but little money changed hands, as it was thought to be almost a sure thing, barring an accident. The betting-men were therefore generally forced to amuse themselves by betting on time.

Flea jumped off with the lead in the first heat, but Blonde collared him on the first turn, and they ran locked for more than half a mile. Blonde continued to lead the remainder of the distance, Flea once brushing up to her for a moment, but Blonde shook him off and won the heat by four lengths with case, in 5:30 1/2, having been under a strong but unsteady pull the whole distance.

Much as the spectators were astonished at the excellent performance and fast time made by Flea, at the same time their confidence in Blonde increased, as she had as yet made but little exertion; the betting therefore was very slight and unaltered. IN the second heat, Blonde led the entire distance, being only momentarily lapped int he first mile, and won handily at almost a gallop, in the extraordinary fast time of 5:34! Little Flea holding up just inside of the distance stand.

We have not a complete “Racing Calendar” at hand, but if our memory serves us right, this time has seldom, if ever, been beaten.


First Day April 5, 1854 – Jockey Club, purse $1,000, three mile heasts.

J. S. Hunter’s ch. f. Blonde, by imp, Glencoe, dam by Wagner 3 yo …..11

A. L. Bingaman’s (R. P. Fields) b. h. Little Flea, by Grey Eagle. dam imp., by Acteon 5yo…22

TIME: Firest Heat 1;52 1/2, 1:53 1/2, Total 5:30 1/2

Second Heat 1:52 1/2, 1:51, 1:50 1/2, Total 5:34.

Published April 13, 1854
The New York Times


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I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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