Death of Alexander Shields, Daily Racing Form, 1907-09-15


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DEATH OF ALEXANDER SHIELDS. A fignre for many years well known on the American turf will be seen on more. Alexander Shields died in his Brooklyn home Friday, failing to withstand an attack of typhoid fever. The dead turfman was sixty-five years old and for thirty or more years had been racing thoroughbreds over the racetracks of the United States and Canada. Few are the tracks in this country that he did not visit with his horses at one time or another, extending Ills operations from Toronto to New Orleans and from New York to San Francisco. Of the many horses lie owned in his long career the great stayer and weight carrier Advance Guard was perhaps best. Go Between and Logan were good horses also. Logan was remarkable for hardihood. In the winter of 1S05-G Logan was raced at New Orleans until well along in December and was shipped from there to" San Francisco. He arrived there in the forenoon of January C, 1S9G and about five hours after his arrival was started in a mile dash at Bay District track. That he had just landed from a long and trying car trip was known to all and it was not supposed lie would cut much figure in the race, so he was a 20 to 1 shot in the betting. But with 119 pounds up he ran the mile in 1;401 and won from Yo el Rey, Lismore, Vinctor and Catchcm, AMncfor being a 1 to 5 favorite. It was this and similar -feats that gave him the sobriquet of the "iron horse." Of late years Shields had confined his racing operations mainly to the New York tracks and became wealthy through the earnings of Advance Guard. Go Between. Hunter Raine. Young nenry and other winners of lesser note. His most notable success was winning the Suburban of 190G with Go Between. This horse got him into trouble last year when an investigation showed he was a stallion, whereas he had been raced as a gelding for some time. This misadventure is said to have preyed on bis mind greatly and may have contributed to his .death.

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