Horse racing history! Independence Iowa trade card 1890s Allerton (5-year-old) 

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Seller: kampesker (3,969) 100%, Location: Watertown, South Dakota, Ships to: US, Item: 322935024994 This Victorian trade card has a simple crescent moon and cottage as the image. The fascinating part is the back side, which advertises an upcoming horse race in Independence Iowa. Condition is good, but with some bits of paper loss caused by removal from an 1890s scrapbook. Size is: 4 1/2 x 3 1/4" Here is what it says on the trade card: "The Greatest Race ever Seen. The sovereign Five-year-olds. Allerton, 2:13; Nancy Hanks 2:14 1-2; Margaret s. 2:12 1-2; Navidad 2:22 1-2; and several fast dark ones, at the Great Independence Meeting Thursday August 27. Only time this great field will meet this season. Do not miss it. Nearly a throusand horses will participate in the races of this great meeting among which will be distributed the enormous sum of $90.000..." Allerton is a well documented race horse; perhaps some of the others are also. Interesting research I took the time to find on the internet: For a few years in the late 1880s and early 1890s, Independence was a nationally known horse-racing center, and was sometimes referred to as the "Lexington of the North". This came about as a result of the meteoric financial success of Charles W. Williams. A telegraph operator and creamery owner from nearby Jesup, Iowa, Williams (with no experience in breeding horses) purchased in 1885 two mares, each of which within a year gave birth to a stallion. These two stallions, which Williams named Axtel and Allerton, went on the set world trotting records, with the result that Williams' earnings enabled him to publish a racing newspaper titled The American Trotter, to build a large three-story hotel and ... to construct a figure-eight shaped race track on the west edge of town, on a large section of land called Rush Park, where he also built a magnificent horse barn, his family mansion, and peripheral structures. Condition: Used

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