Jockey Coles Christmas Gift, Daily Racing Form, 1908-01-03


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JOCKEY COLES CHRISTMAS GIFT. Christmas was a great day for jockey Coles, says the San Francisco Chronicle. It wasnt so much because this dark son of Africa won the third race it Emeryville, as for some other reasons. When ran win and dont know it. and suddenly are awakened to a realization, that, indeed, is the coming true of air castles. It all happened to this little colored midget, and he was so overjoyed that he let about half the audience into the play and they celebrated with him. The little affair that was not down on the program broke loose in the third. Coles had the leg up on Herodotus. It was the closest kind of a finish, and the judges gave it to Herodotus. But Coles wasnt aware of this. As he jogged back to the judges stand he took a peek •it the number board. "Five" was the winner and "5" was his number. That black face, as solemn as a graven image, broke into convulsions. It was like a sunflower opening np to welcome the suns rays, the way Coles broke into smiles, and he demon itrated that it wasnt a smile that would come off by grinning at the race-goers as he walked back to the paddock. The crowd saw the point and cheered with him, so that it was a Merry Christmas all iround.

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