Virginians loved horse-racing and did so as a fashionable sport. Gentlemen oftentimes were their own jockey. They were bold and even reckless, always ready to mount their own steeds for a heat. In nearby York County, James Bullock, a tailor, was fined 100 pds. Of tobacco for wagering a bet of 2000 lbs. of tobacco on a horse belonging to Mr. Mathew Slader, in 1673. Jamestown was also a popular place for races during festivals.