Salvators Most Dangerous Rival: The Story of Tennys Illustrious Career in a Time of Racin Giants, Daily Racing Form, 1907-11-20


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SALVATORS MOST DANGEROUS RIVAL. The Story of Tennys Illustrious Career in a Time of Racing Giants. D. T. Pulsifer introduced to turf devotees in 1SSS the bay colt Tenny, by Rayon dOr Belle of Maywood, well known afterward as the "sway-back." His career as a two-year-old was nothing to enthuse over, as he won but two races in seventeen starts. His two victories were in a purse race at Latonia, where he beat a mediocre band at five and a half furlongs in 1:10, and a few days later at the same track he vanquished such high-class racers as Castaway II., winner of the Brooklyn Handicap two years later, Hludbocraft and Spokane in a three-quarters dash oh a heavy track in 1:17L As a three-year-old the "swayback" had an enviable record, winning ten of his eighteen starts, finishing second in four, third In two and unplaced in two. Starting at Gravesend May 21, 1SS9, he was beaten a short head by Joe Lee after leading to the final strides. Then, after a defeat by that good racer and subsequently good sire, Long-street, he beat Major Domo and other good ones in the Fort Hamilton Handicap at Gravesend and also captured the Volunteer Handicap at Sheepshead Bay. The Realization, was the scene of a gallant struggle between Tenny and Salvator, where the latter beat him a nose after a tierce struggle at the end. Tennys next essay was at Monmouth and resulted In a victory over such high-class thoroughbreds as Madstone, Badge, Volunteer II., Fitz James and Others. The Eatontown Stakes and Choice Stakes at Monmouth, Van Nest and Electric Stakes, and Pelham Bay Handicap at Morris Park, fell to his prowess before he suffered defeat. In the Electric Stakes he disposed of the mighty Hanover, the speedy Geraldine and Madstone, covering the three-quarters of a mile of the Eclipse Course in 1:12. Tenny then succumbed to Volunteer ,11. at Sheepshead Bay in the Speed Stakes and retrieved himself a few days later by winning the Fulton Stakes from such high-class ones as Senorita, Hin.doocraft, Come-to-Taw, Longstreet and Eric. The First Special -was the scene of a great struggle in which Kingston and Raceland iMsliec in front of Tenny. the "swayback" coming with a great burst of speed and losing second place by a head. Tenny also finished third in the Second Special, being beaten by Reporter and Los Angeles,, Reporter winning by three lengths, Los Aflgeles a neck in front of Tenny. The last two starts of the year were in the Oakland Stakes, which he won from Badge, Lavinia Belle, Los Angeles and others, and ihe Tidal Stakes, in which he ran unplaced, both races being at the Morris Park fall meeting. Starting as a four-year-old, Tenny won his first four races, the first being the New York Jockey Club Handicap at a mile and a quarter with 123 pounds up, running the distance In 2:071 and winning in a canter by three lengths. After this two purse races fell to his credit, then came the Westchester Cup, which he won in a canter by twelve lengths from ills solitary opponent, Sorrento, liclng at 1 to 15 in the betting. The Suburban came next for this gallant son of Rayon dOr. In this race he had to be content with third place, Salvator and Cassius taking his measure. Such good racers as Strldeaway, Raceland, Firenze and Prince Royal finished behind him. On June 25, 1S90, the great match race at a mile and a quarter for ,000 a side and ,000 added, was run at Sheepshead Bay between Tenny and Salvator, his old rival. It was truly a battle royal. Salvator came away at the quarter and increased his adavntage as they turned into the homestretch. Here Tenny drew up and, under the vigorous handling of "Snapper" Garrison, just failed to get up, and was beaten a nose in one of the most exciting races ever run on the American turf. The time of the race, 2:05, stood as an American record for several years. Tenny captured the Eatontown Stakes for the second time, defeating that great race mare, Firenze, easily by two lengths at Monmouth August 2. Then Firenze turned the tables and won from Tenny by a neck, running a mile and a half in 2:33J. In the Champion Stakes at Monmouth Park Salvator again demonstrated his superiority when he defeated Tenny by four lengths, running the mile and a half in 2:35, both carrying 122 pounds. Tenny then started in a trial against time at a mile at Brighton Beach, which association offered ,500 if Ten Broecks record of 1:391 was beaten. The swayback" failed In the attempt, making the distance in 1:40, or one second slower. His last race of the year was for the Labor Day "Stakes at Sheepshead Bay, where he was victorious over Firenze, Prince Royal and Rhono. When a five-year-old Tenny duplicated his feat of the year before by winning the New York Jockey Club Handicap. Twenty horses started iu this event, of which the names of Prince Royal, Tea Tray, Banquet, Judge Morrow, Riley, Russell, Castaway II., Santiago and Senorita will be recalled as horses of high class in days gone by. Tristan, carrying 11G pounds to 129 on Tenny, beat him in the Metropolitan Handicap" this year by three-quarters of a length. Tristans time for the mile and an eighth,. 1:51, stood for many years as a record. Tennys next win was in the Ocean Stakes at Monmouth, where he scored over Kingston, his only opponent. Both carried 12-1 pounds. Tenny captured two more races this year, the Flight Stakes at Sheepshead Bay and the First Special at Gravesend. The latter he won iu a canter by fonr lengths. The last, year on the turf of this famous little "swayback" was not productive of much glory or money winnings. His only win was in a purse race at Monmouth, where he vanquished Long Beach, the only other starter. He finished second to Kingston in the Eatontown Stakes, which he had .won twice before. His last race was for a purse on the opening day of the Gravesend fall meeting, in which he ran unplaced. Then came his retirement to the stud. The following is the record of Tenny in races run and money earned: Tenny, b. h." 1886, by Rayon dOr Belle or May-wood. Year. Age. Sts. 1st. 2d. 3d. Unp. Won. 1SSS 2 17 2 4 4 7 ,550 1SS9 3 IS 10 4 2 2 VA;.VU 1S90 4 13 S 4 1 0 22,575 ,1S91 5 9 4 3 1 1 21,!KM 1S92 0 S 1 1 4 2 1.0S0 Totals ...5 65 25 10 12 12 ,025

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