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Strange Leaf: 1908

Strange Leaf: 1908

May 1, 1908. "Speedway parade. Louis Frank with trotter 'Strange Leaf,' a prize winner." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.


Strange Leaf

Strange Leaf ran in a trotters race at the Speedway on May 10, 1906, against Euchre Prize, Manana, Jabbowok, Teddy K (!), Barbara Smith, and Baron.

I wonder who won?

Which Speedway?

Any possibility that the reference to Speedway may be the one in Manhattan that eventually became part of the FDR Drive?

[The Harlem River Speedway was a 2½-mile dirt trotting track completed in 1898 along the west bank of the river from West 155th Street to West 208th. The stretch from Dyckman to 155th is now a bike trail. - Dave]

Wacky weed?

I wonder what the origin of the name "Strange Leaf" is... although it's no more inscrutible than many modern racehorse names.

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