Cautious in Making Stake Nominations, Daily Racing Form, 1908-01-25


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CAUTIOUS IN MAKING STAKE NOMINATIONS "Horsemen are exercising more discrimination in making nominations for stakes this year than I hey ever did before." says Secretary John Boden of tlie Brighton Beach Racing Association. "Having had to pay heavy forfeits on bad horse in tin past has apparently taught them that it is essential to apply business methods to the management ol their stables. "While the nominations for our stakes are only J seventy -two per cent, of the aggregate of last -ca-son. eighteen more nominators have made entries luan did then. Jn races in which Harry Payne Whitney made njue or ten nominations las; season, he makes but five or six this season. James It. Kecne nominates four or live as against eight or nine for last year, August Belmont from three to fcvc as against from six to eight, Uichard T. Wil son. Jr.. one or two as against four or five, and ni on down the line. This is in no sense due to a scarcity of horses. "It is not on record that the breeding farms hav sought to curtail their output because of the shut ting up of the great western tracks. On the con trmry the nominations for the great produce race-of Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay. the Futur ity ami the Brighton Produce, which closed recently, arc more numerous than ever before. "I do not know of a good horse of last -cason which is not in t lio imiĀ»orlaiit races, barring Ietei Ban. And Peter Pan has been retired to t a-tlcton .stud to t.ik. the place of his celebrated daddy. Commando. Apparently horsemen are going to pay more attention hereafter to purse racing. Horses which in more extravagant times would have been named for stakes, will Ik- reserved for overnight events. To my mind this will hi a profitable business. The purse races have been raised all round. The ordinary overnight purse of today i-indeed as w II worth winning as the stake ol a ow ataaaaa back used to lie."

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