On Thursday, the 17th instant, the sweepstakes for 3 year olds, two mile heats, was run at New Market
, (near Petersburg
,) it being the only race of the meeting.
By agreement between Messrs. Doswell
, the proceeds of the stake amounting to somewhat less than $1,000, are devoted to the hospitals for our sick and wounded soldiers — The winning colt was bred in North Carolina
, and in consideration of that fact we believe that the funds have been appropriated by Colonels Hare
to the North Carolina
The day was not fine for a race.
The atmosphere was inelastic, and so was the track.
The time- markers almost all put their figures as high as 50; and the result showed that they judged rightly; it was a slow, though a very interesting, race.
The start for the first heat was a good send-off, Doswell
's filly having rather the advantage.
She made the running, leading Hare
's colt, which was trailed by McDaniel
's, more than a mile and three quarters.
At one or two points in the second mile, it was supposed by the spectators that Beauregard
's) was ‘"weakening;"’ but a third of the way down the home-stretch he managed to ‘"slip up"’ on Ninette and pass her, winning the heat by a length, while McDaniel
's colt merely ‘"dropped in."’ Time, 3:57.
For the second heat the start was not so good.
Ninette losing considerably by it — Beauregard
led at an improved pace, McDaniel
's colt running at him very gallantly through nearly the whole heat, and never more than a length or two behind him. Ninette trailed the while, and on coming into the last half-mile of the heat, was six or seven lengths in the rear.
As they neared the home-stretch, McDaniel
fell back, and the filly made a rush and overcame the gap very rapidly.
It was a ‘"close thing"’ all the way down the stretch, and at a few yards from the string the filly was a neck in the lead; but Beauregard
made a terrific burst and won the heat by a few inches.
The following is the summary: Sweepstakes for three year olds, two mile heats--October 17, 1861:
It was a fine race, and we learn that it will be repeated next Friday, at the Fairfield Course
, near this city.
If the day and track are fine, the public may expect a slashing run.