August 1899: Wayward goat wreaks havoc at Sheepshead Bay


The New York Times, 08/27/1899

Sheepshead Bay, 08/26/1899: “In the second race, when the fillies had run about a quarter of a mile, a goat ran through the inside rail to the track. He dodged Smoke, but nearly knocked down Lady Massey and four others. This gave Smoke a commanding lead, and enabled him to beat Lady Massey. Lady Massey was heavily backed. It was one of the most remarkable occurrences ever witnessed on a racetrack. Nearly everybody in the grand stand believed the offending animal a dog, until the patrol judge reported a goat. After having been struck by several horses, the goat ran away, apparently unhurt.”
(Chicago Daily Tribune, 08/27/1899)


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