An Old Turfman's Case., Daily Racing Form, 1898-07-03


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John Rodegap Bodega is a turfman Truman of renown and will by the public be remembered as the trainer of Spokane the Derby hoi so of Noah Armstrong that lowered the colors of Kentuckys Kentucky pride Sam Bryants Bryant Proctor Knott Knot Mr Rode ¬ gap bad fair success for the years prior to 1896 and amassed a competence but to the regret of all well wishers of honest trainers ihe he past three years have brought disaster to him and as a sample of his bad Juck Jack witness his story of the happenings of Thursday last when he started The Elector in the first race and Her Favor in the Englewood stakes Kitley Kirtle rode The Elec Elect ¬ tor tore said he and somehow or other got tangled up on the first turn I cannot see how it happened for the horse is a free going fellow At any rate his chance was settled I landed here with my horses fit and Captain Tilles Tiles the owner ex ¬ pected petted to win heavily on The Elector and then play Her Favor for the stake But what differ ¬ ence fence as to Kitleys Kirtles ride when Caywood Cawed acted so incompetently in the other race There was Her Favor just galloping along in second posi posit ¬ tion ion to Afamada Alameda when at the far turn up came an outsider Graziella Grazie and bumped into Her Favor knocking her down but luckily not cut ¬ ting her legs off Now why Cay wood did not let my filly go along and get out of the way I cannot say but once getting her on her legs again the jockey sent her flying thiough though the stretch although hopelessly beaten 1 tell you when a a an gets to going on the down grade every ¬ thing runs awry I am through with stake entries from this out and will only try for the purses In the spring of 1895 I bought twelve of as fine yearlings as any one man ever owned and it only took one of them to break me up in busi bus ¬ ness This was Bishop Reed a colt by Bishop out of a Long Taw mare My but wasui was he a sweet pne pane His trials in the fall at inxtor into were simply marvelous With wei weir i lii ii pounds he stepped a quarter in 23i rn v ir the three furlongs over the hill in 3 i Tio Trio next spring at Memphis he did all I asked of him and worked a quarter in 224 seconds so I knew I had a grand racehorse racehorseThe racehorse The winter before I had entered Bishop Reed in all the big stakes both for 1896 and 1897 and I expected with the colt to make a fortune We shipped to St Louis where was to be his first start nnd nd tbe tube morning before the race the boys could scarcely get my pet out of t e stall so stiff was he The veterinary sad that his temperature was 106 and that ue hid some prevailing form of fever It is only this spring that I got him to a race and now t will never be better than a cheap selling plat r The dose I got paying 2500 last year it for feits feints is enough for John Rodegap Bodega who h n 3 forth will let yearlings and stake entries ik

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