Views Of A Veteran Trainer., Daily Racing Form, 1907-04-23


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VIEWS OF A VETERAN TRAINER. •Ti wooM he bard to name tlie best horse I have seen during an experience of 23 years. Conditions are different now from what they were IS or 20 rears ago," BaM Mm Y. Rogers, tbe veteran trainer of the Whitm-v stable to a turf reporter in New ,i ork i lew d n s ago. "flames are bred differently, run differently and tracks are different from what they were in the old Bays. Tracks are taster and distances are shorter. It is no longer customary to run one, two and even three i ii 1 1 - - races. A mile and a quarter dash is the limit almost, these da; boar hard it is to compare the records of today with those of 13 or 20 | eai s ago "Anil the build of the rare borae is changing. We no longer see sn] of the powerful, long, maaalre cheated runners of tbe old days, of course, if yon trace the genealogy of tbe racers of today yon will and thai neatly all of them run into that old powerful i.ce.i ,. 20 or more years ago. These of today are as fast, or faster, but If they were raced "ti the ,-ld style track for two Of three miles I dont believe many would stand it. "Is the race borae degenerating! 1 dont know. All over tin intry laws are b log formed to restrl i and eren to prohibit child labor. Dont you think the same restrictions should be applied to the borae 1 The race borae of today plays out too early. I believe the race horse should he carefully nurtured when young, worked moderately after the second Tear, and so on. Bo, you See, il is hard t - e pantile horses ■ •! today with those of a decade or more ago." 1nliUe many with theories, m,. Rogers endeaTors to manage the Whitney horses on the lines laid down in his remarks snore quoted. While early two-year-old raring baa many opponents, others equally able say thai some I wi, j ear olds might ju--t a- well be raced early 18 late, for they would never he of giinl class later. I.itt in the main tbe views of Mr. Rogers will andonbtedly lad strong support in the minds of men who ate really hint upon the Improvement of the borae •■mi not ids utilization as a ape cola tire medium.

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