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State Trooper Parvin Stryker came through the gathering crowd, puzzling over a pink accident form. "Make or model?" he asked.
"It was a free balloon when we left Valley Forge," I said.
"It's a convertible," someone suggested.
While I waited for the others to return, a Mr. William Hazleton asked me if I would like to have my picture taken. In another hour the crowd dispersed and cars no longer stopped to ask if a balloon had fallen. By one o'clock there were only Mr. Hazleton and I sitting by the road swapping stories on a slow Sunday afternoon.
DOWN IN THE DUST OF JAMAICA
Coming around the last turn in a $3,500 claiming race at Jamaica, John W. Nizlek's Precession was leading by a head. He had won a race only four days earlier. This was his fourth start in 11 days, his 148th in a nine-year career in which he had won $107,710. He had been retired to stud twice; but, said his owner, "He wanted to run."
A hundred feet from home, the 10-year-old stallion?Bobby Stovall up?faded to third. Suddenly, as the excerpts from Jamaica's film patrol (right) show, Precession crashed to the ground, the cannon bone of his right foreleg unaccountably broken.
Stovall plunged on the track and was nearly trampled as New Liberty stumbled over the fallen horse. Luckily he got away with only his wind knocked out. Sidney Cole on New Liberty, who kept his horse up long enough to take third money, walked off. Then the ambulance pulled between Precession and the grandstand. The horse was made to lie down, and the veterinarian shot him through the head.