Owner of Belvidere and Linden: Veteran James Galways Horses-Africander When Best-Vicissitudes of Jockeys, Daily Racing Form, 1907-12-21


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OWNER OF BELVIDERE AND LINDEN. Veteran James Galways Horses Africander When Best Vicissitudes of Jockeys. New York, December IS. It was my good fortune to meet Jairies Galway, long known as the "Master of Preakness," when he was In New York last week. Up to a year or two ago his colors black, yellow sleeves, red cap had been seen regularly on the turf for the past thirty years, and probably were the only colors which had lasted that long. He owned two good korsesin Belvidere and Linden some years ago. The first-named begot, amongst others, Salvl dere, the best two-year-old of 190C. Linden, a typical white-faced Longfellow horse, was not a stud success, but what a stallion he would have made for the breeding bureaus. Snch a wealth of bone Is not orten seen in the really high-class thoroughbred. Mr. Galway, in partnership with W. J. Arkell, owned Ethelbert as a two-year-old. He was sold to Perry Belmont for 2,500, and for him won many high honors. The easiest victory I ever saw a horse achieve was EthellfCrts Metropolitan Handicap at Morris Park in 1900. With "Danny" Mabcr up, the son of Eothen waited in the center of the bunch until sir furlongs were run and then came away at his ease. That same fall lie won the Brighton Cup in the fastest time 3:49 the distance, two and a quarter miles, has ever been run in, and it is also declared by many that it" was only a bad-ride that" lost him the Annual Champion, won by his stable-trained mate. David Garrick. Why Ethelbert has never done better at the stud Is a curious thing, although, of course, as he is yet a young horse, there Is -plenty of time. Ills owner, Perry BelmoHt, intends to race in France, judging from the fact that he has nominated six of EthelberVs yearlings ia jUe fI0,WQ Grand Irix de Paris of 1909. To win this, the greatest race of the world, from a money standpoint, would be a source of extreme satisfaction to Mr. Belmont, who upon his frequent trips abroad has noted the tremendous enthusiasm which greets a successful French horse owner. The president of the Republic publicly congratulates the fortunate owner, and the whole affair is endowed with far more spectacular surroundings than are seen at an American race course when Tin equally important stake is decided. We pride ourselves upon our simplicity and freedom from staid and formal manners upon race courses, but they really add much to the pomp and circumstance of the sport, and help to remove the Impression that a race is merely an opportunity to gamble. I well remember, upon the opening of the Belmont Park race track, three years ago, that almost the only man I saw wearing what In England would be the correct racing apparel at Ascot, was Sydney Paget, an Englishman, who knew the customs of his fellow-eounymen on such occasions. Ascot in England would correspond with Belmont Park In this country, and Mr. Paget wore the regulation high hat, frock coat and light-colored or gray pantaloons, which are to be seen by the hundred on men at the English course. Mr. Paget has not had a good year, Im sorry to say, and is now abroad in accordance with his usual custom at this time of the year. The death of the colt, Water Pearl, In March last was a terrible blow to Messrs. Paget and Thomas who jointly owned his racing qualities. If he had lived the whole three-year-old history of the turf might have been differently written. In a well-deserved tribute to the merits of three good three-year-old colts, a writer speaks of Africanders victory in the Realization of 1903 as a great achievement, which it undoubtedly was, but the most important incident of that memorable race was completely overlooked. The fact is that Africander ran in a pocket for at least half a furlong, his head high up in the air, and Bullman, his rider, unable to find a clear space until the last few strides. Then he shot through with an electric dash which caught the tiring pacemaker, Golden Maxim, unable to respond, especially as his jockey, Harry Cochran, was weak and the race went to the Dwyer-Deimel confederacy. The stake would have helped to save the owner of Golden Maxim from financial disaster. Another remarkable thing connected with the Realization of 1903 was that Savable, one of the three placed colts, had been brought on from Chicago only three or four days before the race, hence was running with the effect of the railroad journey still in him. He never ran a better race than in the Realization. The mile and five furlongs were run in 2:45, 12G pounds up on Africander, which only three weeks before that had won the Suburban on a muddy track, having been the first three-year-Old to win this famous turf classic. In fact. Africander was the three-year-old hero of that summer meeting at Sheepshead Bay. He also defeated Irish Lad, there in the Advance Stakes Looking back over the list of riders who rode in the Realization of 1903, the fleeting fame of a crack jockey is easily seen. Bullman, I last saw at the Bcnning meeting two weeks ago, doing the best he could. Cochran is in the south trying to obtain a foreign engagement. ONeill is part owner of a stable of horses. Odom Is at New Orleans training and bids fair to be a success. Haack is never heard of. Harry Michaels is now in New York after a two-years trip to South America, where he intends to return and Gannon has been riding in Russia the past season. Those who had mounts in the Metropolitan of 1900, won by Ethelbert, have had more fortunate days. Maher, OConnor, Milton Henry, Nash Turner, Mitchell, Jenkins and Spencer all went abroad. The first four were exceptionally well treated by Dame Fortune. Clawson, who rode Imp in the Metropolitan won by Ethelbert, is dead. Jenkins rode abroad with success and returned hero two years ago. J. Slack is the least known of the lot which, on that May day, were heroes for a few brief moments. J. J. Burke.

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