fortunes Made in Racing Horses: Some Notable Cases Among Big Winners on American Turf, Daily Racing Form, 1907-10-22


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At Washington Park his phe- nomenal race in the Wheeler Handicap, when he went on after the Hying Maid Marian, which covered the first mile of the mile and a quarter in l:3Ss, and caught her after she had at one time a lead twenty lengths, will never be forgotten by those who saw it. Morello was a three-year-old with the physique of a four-year-old. He was never the same after a hurt he received by rearing up and falling backward in the Columbus Stakes at Chicago. He was sent to California and died a lingering death there, after two or throe seasons at the stud. Joe .Ullman became the owner of ltaceland for ?1S7, after a well-known horseman declined to buy him because of an -unsound hock. He won many races, and was sold to the late August Belmont for 7,000. Trained by James" Kowe, Kaceland became one of the best campaigners on the turf, t and at the death of Mr. Belmont, in 1S90, the gelding was sold to M. F. Dwyer at a big price j and for him won many stakes. j Luke Blackburn was bought by the Dwyers as j two-year-old for ,500, and the following year t he became the champion of his age. His defeat s in the Coney Island Cup of 1SS1, won by Glen- Q more, is one of the sensational chapters of the j turf. Up to a short time before the race he was regarded as a certainty. There was a great deal of ante-post betting in those days and James E. Kelly, a bookmaker, stood to pay out a fortune on Luke Blackburn if he won the cup. One day he was told by a "docker" that Luke Blackburn was f lame. He then sent to William Jennings, owner i of Glenmore, and told him he was "on" ,000 f to nothing to start Glenmore, which up that time Jennings had not decided to do, as he regarded Luke Blackburn as a certainty. But when In- j formed of the latters lameness, Jennings at once accepted Kellys offer and Glenmore started and won. ne was a cheap horse, as Jenniugs purchased him as a three-year-old for 50. Glenmores victory yielded a net profit of 7,000 to Kelly and Bliss. They won 1907.sh0,000 in their . future book and 0,000 on the race on their post book at the track. Out of this total of 02,000 they had to deduct only ,000, which they laid against nothing to induce Jennings to train and start his horse. Hamburg, sold for 0,000 as a stallion when the estate of the late William C. Whitney was wound up, had previously been bought for 1907.sh0,000 , at the sale of the Marcus Daly estate, and Mr. Daly had paid 0,000 to John E. Madden for him. Madden paid ,200 for him as a yearling to C. J. Enright. When Hamburg won his first race at Gravesend, in May of 1S97, he opened in the betting at 10 to 1 and was backed down to even money. Sold to .Marcus Daly for 0,000, Mr. Daly declared he would retire Hamburg if he won the Brighton Cup. which he did. Tod Sloan rode. Hermis was sold to E. K. Thomas for 1907.sh0,000 after L. V. Bell paid 5,000 to H. M. Ziegler for him. Zieglers trainer, Charles Hughes, had purchased Hermis as a two-year-old for ,300. Hermis brought ample financial returns to Mr. Thomas, as well as much glory, for he won the Suburban and Brighton Cup, besides many other races. Gold Heels showed in the Suburban and Brighton i Handicaps that ho could take up weight and break away with light weights and sprinters, hold his ; position, go to tlie front when called on, and stay there. Otto Wonderly, who rode him in the Suburban, enthusiastically pronounced him the fastest 1 horse he ever rode. Gold Heels was owned as a l yearling by the late W. C. Whitney, sold by him i to "Dave Sloan," who received from Mcl.ewee and Co. ,500 for him. Gold Heels later on went through several other hands. Tom Hayes said that t he was the only horse he ever had which could take - up 130 pounds and run one-quarter of a mile in i 22 seconds. Endurance .by Right was purchased as a yearling ; by Mr. W. S. Barnes for ,200, and her racing qualities were leased to John W. Schorr. He sold I the mare to the late Mr. Whitney for 3000. Don Alonzo, purchased by M. F. Dwyer for 0,-0 000 at the McLewee sale did not earn this amount t for his new owner. G. W. Johnson, purchased by T the late Dr. Knapp for 7,000, was a failure in his new owners hands. On the other hand, in the same e stable, little Sir Walter, a cheap purchase, won a a fortune in stakes and purses, including the Brooklyn i Handicap of 1891. Dr. Rice, bought from David Gideon for a modc-r rate price, much Jess than would have been taken II but for the fact that the colt bled, won the Brook-" - lyn Handicap of 1S04, defeating, among others, !. Henry of Navarre, a three-year-old. In this race c Clifford was left at the post. He would have won Q a fortune for Leigh and Rose. Clifford, as a two-year-old, was stolen from his s Kentucky home and not discovered until months s afterward. He was a high-class horse, but was s affected by an attack of influenza. Waterboy as a yearling could not elicit a bid. I. j He was an ungainly fellow, and no horseman would take a chance with him. He was returned by y J. B. Haggin, his breeder, and as a three-year-old, when being prepared for the American Derby, dis-ln 3- located his pelvis. This put him in slings for three ic months. At first it was thought necessary to destroy him, but a chance was given him and he lived to he-rs J come one of the best horses in training. When Kinley Mack was a yearling, he ran into io a barbed wire fence. It was thought he would Id never be a racer, but he lived to become the only l horse that ever won the Brooklyn and Suburban Handicaps in the same year, 1000. Yo Tambicn was one of a job lot of horses bought tt by Charles Smith from Theodore Winters for 7,-000. ,- She was a great marc and won countless west-2G t- fcru stakes. Plaudit, raced by John 12. Madden, and sold to l Mr. Whitney for 5,000, did not earn: much when !n he changed hands. Yet he was said by William III Walker to be as good a colt as Hlmyar, his sire, Africander, winner of the Belmont and Suburban m at is tr ni b ti al an it It si Ul F it it g si ti d a c h a i it p t n b a , s t j, in 1903, cost as a yearling, was" sold for 0,000 by Julius FhbchmHnn to Dwyer and Deimel mid afterward was valued at 0,000.

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