Successful Trainer Abandons Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1908-01-18


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" SUCCESSFUL TRAINER ABANDONS RACING. Lexington. Ky.. January 17.--"I am done with racing for keeps as an owner or trainer. said S-ott Hudson to a group of friends in The lobby of the Phoenix Hotel a uiuht or two ago iln I son came into the turf world some fifteen or eighteen years ago as the owner and driver of a couple of mediocre trotters. He had ploughed up the best field -in his fathers farm in Garrard County, that he might construct a half-mile track, and there he trained the horses with which he made his debut at the Richmond fair. It was an auspicious debut, for he won the first time ut. From that beginning he advanced until his winnigs on the Orand Circuit some years aggregated .ioO to $]tK.00O. About four years ago his eyes got bad and he quit the trotters for the thoroughbreds with the reputation of being one of the best drivers and tsainers who ever sat in a sulky. Two years as an owner and trainer of thoroughbreds sufficed. He sold out and opened up a big livery and boarding stable in Atlanta. On., and 1 leased a section of the stockyards in that city sufficient to quarter 300 mules at a time. That is his game now. "And," he says, "let me tell you it lieats the other shoes to plates. Its 1 surer money, boys. and. though it may not come so fas" at times, the getting of it is not so strenuous. It would take a mighty big chunk of money, and that cash in advance, to induce me to train 1 another string of horses. "W:iy. when the days were bad and the track ; muddy, I used to do more stall-walking than any racer that ever looked through a bridle. Inless 1 you have been through the game as I have, you 1 have io idea of the worry and solicitation that attends the handling of fifteen or twenty or more horses during the campaign. I never was one of the s«rt who could train horses from a hotel. I wanted to know them like the teacher knows his book and the only way I could do that was to get in the sulky and ride the miles behind them myself. ,,r if it was a string of thoroughbreds I had I wauled to he there when they went out and came in wauled to see every step they took and everything they ate. It is the only way. but it does not pay."

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