I just posted an old newspaper article reporting that James GAZE, "a respectable merchant of New York," had won a footrace on the "Eclipse" course in New Orleans, Louisiana for a wager of $500. It speculates that he will undertake to race at Bayou Sara for $10,000.
This was scanned from an original issue (NOT microfilm!) of the Newark Daily Advertiser newspaper (Newark, NJ) dated April 22, 1837, and you can see it online here:
I hope it's helpful!
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