Dandelion at the Top of His Form: Story of a Good Breadwinner in F. R. Hitchcocks Stable-His Engagements, Daily Racing Form, 1907-07-28


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DANDELION AT THE TOP OF HIS FORM. Story of a Good Breadwinner in F. R. Hitchcocks Stable His Engagements. Dandelion, winner of the Seashore Handicap at Brighton Beach yesterday, Is t the top of his form right now, and it would be well to give him serious consideration for his August engagements. They are the Invincible Handicap, which is to be run at Brighton Beach next Thursday: the Saratoga Handicap, August 25; the Merchants and Citizens Handicap, August 20, and the Champlaln Handicap, August 20, the last named three being at Saratoga. In three of these races, the Invincible, the Saratoga and the Champlaln Dandelion was victorious hist year. The majority of his victories have been achieved at Brighton Beach and Saratoga. There Is no doubt that he likes these courses better than any over which he has raced, and the Saratoga track seems to suit him even better than that at Brighton. He is a late summer and early fall Itorse, racing best in August and September. Dandelion is a live-year-old chestnut horse by Hamburg Iansy, by St. Blaise, and was bred by l- K. Hitchcock, who still owns him and whose colors he has carried in all of his lifty-one races. John 13. Madden, at whose farm in Kentucky Dandelion was foaled, has been his trainer since he was broken as a yearling in the fall of 100.?. Dandelion is a well-finished horse ot medium size, and in head and markings resembles his sire closely, having a blaze face and both hind legs white. His height is alHuit fifteen hands three inches, and in racing condition his weight approximates 1,000 pounds. He never gets high in tlesh and few horses sue more easily conditioned for a race. A great deal of work is necessary to put him on edge. He has a perfect disposition; is gentle and tractable and never fretful. The only time lie has ever been known to exhibit any nervousness was the night following his fall in the Commonwealth Handicap at Sheepshead Bay, July 7, WOO. He walked his stall that night and refused to eat, but the next day he had quieted down. There is no oddity or eccentricity in his makeup. flandelion is a courageous horse, and the use of the whip is not necessary to make him put forth his best efTorts. This season he has not extended himself as generously in the early stages of his races as was a trait witii him the previous three years. This may be because he is more staid and Is iiecoihing wiser with his advancing years. There has never been anything the matter with his feet. He races in the regulation plates and has a long, free stride. While lie has won over a heavy track and in the slop, he runs best on a fast track. Dandelions lirst victory came in his third start, which was in a race for maiden two-year-olds at Brighton Beach July i, 1!M1. He ran the live and a half furlongs in 1:07s, beating Broadcloth, Dreamer and others. After ten defeats he won a condition race at Brighton Bench September 1, live and a half furlongs in 1:07. This was followed by four defeats and then came his victory in the licmscu Handicap at Jamaica, November 2, live and a half furlongs in 1:00$, with Gamarn and Iasadcna next behind Iiini. He was shipped to Bcniiiug to make his next and last start of the year in the Crand Consolation Stakes November 1!, which ho won from Oxford, Camara and rasadena, running the seven-eighths of a mile in 1 :l!T. He was defeated eight limes as a three-year-old before lie won the Travels Stakes at Saratoga, running the mile and a quarter in 2:08, with 111 pounds, up. Next lie was unplaced in the Great l!e-public ami closed his season by winning the Sara-nac Handicap, a mile and an eighth in 1:KJ with 110 pounds. He won his second start as a four-year-old, it being a handicap at one mile and a sixteenth .it Belmont Dark, May 15. His weight was ll.l pounds and the time l:lij. Tills was followed by four defeats, including his fall in the Commonwealth Handicap, and next he took the Invincible Handicap, one mile and a quarter, over a heavy track at Brighton Beach August 2, in 2:00ii, defeating Coy Maid, Coderstrome, Callavaut. Tokalon and others. He nlade t four straight victories by winning the Saratoga Handicap, August 0; the Delaware Handicap, August 11, and the Champlaiii Handicap, August :!0. In the Saratoga Handicap he was collided with Tangle and she finished second to hiin, the time for the mile and a quarter being 2:oii. a new track record. In that race Dandelion carried III! pounds. In the Delaware he had up 120 jdiiiiids and ran the mile in 1 :".$. In the Champlain he carried 120 pounds and ran the mile and an eighth in 1 :254. He was unplaced in the Twin City Handicap at Sheepshead Bay, but on September 10, won an overnight condition race for three-year-olds and upward, in which be carried 120 pounds and beat Ostrich, Peter Sterling, Wcs and others a mile and an eighth in 1 :r"i. After this he was defeated in two races at Gravesend and went into winter quarters. The lirst was an all age handicap, in which he was second to Coy Maid, and the other was the Occidental Handicap, also won by Coy Maid, in which he was unplaced. His victory yesterday was his second for this year out of live starts. The record of Dandelions performances and winnings is as follows: Year. Age. Sts. 1st. 2d. lid. Unp. Won. 1001 2 20 -I H 4 7 $ 8,000 itior. u 2 1 2 ;t i:;,ioo I.mo 4 14 0 1 0 4 2Jo,t::o 1007 25 0 2 0 1 :: -1,100 Totals r.i 11 i:: 7 17 ;,::so pionship and seven other races, in which she defeated, among others, such good horses of her age as Colonel White, Princess Orna, Bed Leaf, Violin, All Black, Gay Adelaide, Limerick Girl and Monaco Maid. In 1005 Dishabille was handled by C. A. Mul-holland, who continued as her trainer until he severed his connection with the Bennett stable this spring. She won the Inaugural Handicap on the opening day at Delmar Park, Little Scout, her stable mate, finishing second to her in that event. Third to Jake Sanders and Invincible was the best Dishabille could do in the running ofl the Memorial Handicap, and was shortly afterward shipped to Buffalo, where she won the Ontario Handicap, and was second to Preen in the International. She won thirteen of her twenty starts In 1005. Her most important stake engagements last year were the Cataract, Myrtle, Long Island, Islip, Municipal, Twin City, Albemarle, Bronx Highweight, Fordliam and the Pierrepont, the first five of which she won. She was second to Dr. Gardner in the Bronx and to Belniere in the Pierrepont, and third in botli the Twin City and Albemarle. Her last race of the year was in the Soulhold Handicap at Jamaica in the fall, where she was fourth to Coy Maid, Dolly Spanker and Oxford. Following is a tabulation of Dishabilles races and the amount of money won: Year. Age. Sts. 1st. 2d. 3d. Unp. Won 1004 2 17 S 0 2 1 ,410 1005 20 i:: a l 3 7,oco 1000 4 24 10 3 4 7 10,120 1007 5 1 0 0 0 1 Total 02 31 12 7 12 2,400

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