Photographer

Guy Kendall

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Creation Date

10-9-1935

Sex of the horse

Gelding

Sire

Braden Direct

Dam

Gilded Lady by Peter William

Stable/ Owner

Vergery Carson

Stable/Owner Location

Lewis, New York

Driver Name

Vergery Carson

Race

2.17 Pace

Description

Black and white photo of Gilded Braden, owner/driver, 19-year-old Vergery Carson up for the Tondreu Bros., Groceries 2.17 Pace at the Topsham Fair, Topsham, Maine, Wednesday, October 9, 1935. The horse was misidentified in the race program as "Gilden Braden."

Although Kendall does not make note of the accident, the fourth race of the day ended with a pile up reported in The Bath Independent on Thursday, October 17, 1935:

"A serious accident marred the racing program, when in the fourth race four horses piled up with their drivers, including Miss Vergery Carson, New England's only women driver who suffered a couple broken ribs and lacerations about the head. The pile-up occurred when Zymri, driven by Bill Donnelly and in the lead, stumbled and fell. Viking, driven by [Frank] Colburn; Gilded Braden, driven by Miss Carson and Senator Superb, driven by Knights, all smashed Into the Donnelly rig, Donnelly was tossed 30 feet and suffered chest and head injuries while Colburn escaped with a bruised hip. Knights was uninjured. It was necessary to shoot Viking as the horse sustained a broken ankle."

A report in the April 9, 1936 Lewiston Daily Sun noting the death of Frank Colburn indicates the injuries sustained in the wreck ended his racing career.

Keywords

Standardbred horses, American Standardbred racehorses, New England harness racing, Maine harness racing, horse racing, Sulky racing, Trotting races, Female harness race drivers, Women harness race drivers, 1935c album

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