Racing Begins at Norfolk: Jamestown Jockey Club Has Biggest Crowd Ever Seen at Its Course, Daily Racing Form, 1913-11-14


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, . RACING BEGINS AT NORFOLK JAMESTOWN JOCKEY CLUB HAS BIGGEST CROWD EVER SEEN AT ITS COURSE. Winners. Come from Unexpected Quarters Colonel Ashmeade Only Winning Favorite Water Welles-Wins Stake. Norfolk, Va., November 13. The Jamestown Jockey Club offered its patrons a well-balanced program of six races for the opening of its fall meeting at the local track this afternoon and it brought out a record-breaking crowd. The attendance was by far the largest that ever witnessed a race run over this course. Three of the races furnished stirring finishes, in which small margins separated the first two, Form studeiitsappeared to be all at sea and in only one instance did they laud on the right horse when Colonel Ashmeade beat Tactics in the closing dash. Ancon, at 50 to 1, was among the winners and, strange to say, the layers reported support for every winner, whieh. means that their victories were expected by some of the select few who put across a number of "good things" during the recent meetings in Maryland. Maxims Choice, winner of the two-year-old maiden race, was particularly well backed, as was Water Welles. The latter accounted for the Merchants Stakes, the ,000 feature race of the program Water Welles rau one or his good races this afternoon. He carried the odds-on favorite, Besom, along at a fast clip and after disposing of him in the- drive through the homestretch had enough left to withstand a determined challenge from Gold Cap. Nathan put up a good finish on the winner. He also had the mount on Big Dipper, which made a runaway affair of the fifth race, a dash of one mile and seventy yards. Willie Shields saddled Big Dipper and Supreme, which latter won the second race. The latter is the Star Shoot colt that was purchased only recently by the Philadelphia turfman, P. Gallagher, who turned him over to Shields to train. Galaxy, the -lieaten favorite for the second race, changed hands after her defeat. She was claimed by It. Pending Andy Blakeley- is replenishing his string, preparatory to shipping to Charleston. Before leaving Pimlico he purchased the two-year-old Single Ray Irora August Belmont. J. W. Hedrick has arranged to ship a carload of horses from Pimlico to Charleston tomorrow. In the consignment will be several yearlings that he picked up at the fall sales. G. M. Johnson has signed jockey Frank Adams to do his riding during the winter meeting at Charleston. E. W. Heffner and Richard E. Watkins have announced that they will ship their horses from here to Sheepshead Bay at the conclusion of the meeting. John P. Mayberry, who handled the Johnson string of racers so successfully during .the past season, was a visitor here this afternoon. He plans to pick up a few horses and race them at Charleston. May-berry won twenty-four races with the Johnson horses during the season of 1913, including five straight handicaps with Cock o the Walk.

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