Welsh Prefers High Standing Horses, Daily Racing Form, 1908-02-05


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WELSH PREFERS HIGH STANDING HORSES. Thomas Welsh, pari owner and trainer of the Newcastle stable, is pronounced in his partiality to leggy horses. He takes issue with the average horseman who prefers the. short-legged colt for racing purposes. "I would not buy a colt that was not a trifle leggy," says Welsh. "To thy -way of thinking a horse should have length of leg. And I don" i like thein ribbed up too closely either. The short-legged racer, ribbed up closely, lacks that freedom of movement which a good horse must have. Blues. Africander. Kinley Mack, Rose-ben, Golden Maxim and— according to pictures I have seen in English and American papers — the big English money winner of last season. Lally, were all leggy. "There was no better liorse in his time lhan Kinley Mack, and Blues, when lie wanted to run, was high class. Roseben is the best sprinter we have had hereabouts in many seasons ami no person who knows anything of racing will attempt to deny-that both Golden Maxim and Africander were great colts. They finished one. two, a nose apart, in the iasi.st Lawrence Realization ever run. "The only really high-class, short legged longdistance runner I- ever saw was Hermis. He was a great horse. But because of his shortness of leg I was unwitting to concede his overwhelming superiority over his contemporaries until I saw him take the leggy Blues in the Fjrst Special of 1902 and make him look like the proverbial thirty cents. I cannot forget the First Special of 1902. Blues had just won the Century at STieepshead. and I sent him to the post as fit as a horse could be. He got away from the post flying and beat Hermis by two or three lengths to the first turn. Tsually when Blues started that way he was unconquerable. But he had not got to the half mile post in the backstretch before the little red liorse had cauuht him and licked him so thoroughly he did not finish in the money. And this same short legged horse confirmed the high opinion I formed of him in the First Special, when, after skinning the outside feme coming iuto the homestretch at Morris Park, he ran from hehind old Advance Guard and beat him in the Mamaroneck Handicap."

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