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Second day of the opening meeting of the 1863 New York racing season sees a record four mile run

English Derby Winning Racehorse "Macaroni", artist's impression
06/25/1863
In the first race on the second day of the first meeting of the New York racing season at the Centreville Racecourse on Long Island, the fastest time set on a northern course for the four mile race was run by the bay mare Idlewild, ridden by Tommy Patton.  She came home in seven minutes and twenty-six seconds, a time only bested only twice before, in Louiville, Kentucky and New Orleans, Louisiana, both in 1855. (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Centreville Course, Running Races, Shortest Time on Record," New York Times, June 26, 1863, p. 8.
J. Russell Manning, Manning's Horse Book, Fully Illustrated (Phildelphia, PA: Hubbard Bros., 1883), 236-237.

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