Surname: AMSDEN, COLESCOTTS & MAPLE Shelby Volunteer Shelbyville, Shelby, Indiana 2 July 1863 Page 3
TRIAL of SPEED On Saturday last there was a match race betweenCol. COLESCOTT’S horse “Tobe” (run by Lee AMSDEN) and Jack MAPLE’S mare “Fannie,” a couple of miles from this city. The horses were rode by Master Charlie AMSDEN and the mare by Master Dave MAPLE. The distance run was 600 yards. The mare lead the horse by one or two lengths for the first 400 yards, when the horse passed her and came in about fifth (sic) feet ahead. This result was entirely unexpected, as the mare was the favorite “nag” and bets of two to one were freely offered on her previous to the match.
There was a large number in attendance, but the utmost order prevailed, there being neither fighting or wrangling of any kind. It is said several hundred dollars were changed hands among the spectators.
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