Delawares Breeding Bureau, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-04


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DELAWARES BREEDING BUREAU. Wilmington, Del., December 3. The Delaware Turf Club, the first organization of the kind ever formed in this state, has formally opened headquarters in the buildiug at 1000 King street this city. The club Is composed of about 150 practical horsemen and breeders and William B. Austin, of Wilmington, has been selected as the first president. The object of the new organization is to improve the breeding industry in this state along the lines pursued by the Jockey Club of New York in fostering a breeding bureau in the agricultural districts of that state. The noticeable improvement of the horses in Kent and Sussex counties, which arc distinguishable for superiority in comparison witli horses of Newcastle county is due to the infusion of thoroughbred blood by the sire Clematis, which stood as a public stallion in Kent and Sussex counties fifteen years-ago, having been presented to the farmers in that part of the state by the late Thomas F. Bayard. Mr. Bayard had in a conversation with the elder August Belmont suggested the plan, whereupon Mr. Belmont presented him with the chestnut stallion Clematis, by Kentucky Fleur des Champs, which was bred by Mr. Belmont at Nursery Stud. There has been no thoroughbred stallions doing stud duty in Delaware since Clematis, and the new organization has been formed to till that want.

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