Most Skillful Of Colored Trainers.: Incidents in the Careers of Crack Racers Prepared by Raleigh Colston., Daily Racing Form, 1908-04-30


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MOST SKILLFUL OF COLORED TRAINERS Incidents in the Careers of Crack Racers Prepared by Raleigh Colston ColstonNew New York April 28 In the good days of rac ¬ ing in Chicago during the existence of Washington Park and witli Hawthorne and Harlem in full swing race horses trained by Raleigh Colston more than held their own The horses ran under the name of the Kentucky Stable and the old Jordan Stable and Colonel Jack Chinn Morgan Chinn Kit Chiiiu and George W Morgan were ail more or less identified with them They won many good races including the 1S 4 Worlds Fair Stakes for two yearolds with Lissak which beat the length of my hand the Californian Rey del Caredes afterward destined to achieve fame as Aincricns when racing In England for Richard Croker and to become the re of many good racers in Ireland where he is now after a sojourn of brief duration in Italy ItalyTlios Tlios were great days for all the Chinn family and the famous white and scarlet with slight varia ¬ tions are dally seen in evidence now here at Aqueduct where Phil Chiiiu is winning a fair share of races with a modest stable But Raleigh Colston is not with Chinn now lie is however with Frederick A Forsythe a tall Kentuckian whoso sister married Kit Chlmi Brother and sister main ¬ tain at Ilarrodshurg Ky a stock farm where for many years has stood that grandlybred horse Odd ¬ fellow by Barcaldine out of Geheimniss a stallion whose real excellence can best be shown by the realization that the good horses which he has sired have been out of different mares of little class and hence Oddfellow has really made the reputation of the mares To me the Forsythe horses have always been interesting because they have always looked like good doers that Is they appear to have constitution and hence appear to be able to with ¬ stand the effects of campaigning They all look well physically and all run well wellRaleigh Raleigh Colston is now not quite fortyseven years old having been born on July 28 1851 He is how ¬ ever still a young man both in physique and men ¬ tality It Is always a pleasure to listen to a first class horseman relate incidents of his exciting career Colston insists that Ingomar should never have been beaten In the race won by Joe Blackburn three days before the Sheridan Stakes of 1S1 which Ingomar won running the mile and a quarter In 210 Johnny Reagan was the jockey who rode In ¬ gomar for the rare In which he was beaten but old man Charley Thorpe rode him in the Sheridan Colston Insisting to the last ditch that Reagan could not give the gelding a competent ride based upon what he thought he saw in the Joe Blackburn race The jockeys were therefore changed in the last few minutes There was of course a good deal of weight in Ingomars favor he carrying 112 pounds to 115 on Tyro and 125 on Clifford Six others ran ranMany Many other triumphs have been achieved by this able negro trainer who as a boy nibbed the great LeonatiiK which was never beaten as a threeyear old and which ibroke down a short time after Col ¬ onel Jack had refused a fortune for him offered by Plunger Walton John McGinty was the trainer of Leoiiatus The first good horse trained hy me was Ban Fox said Colston yesterday in a conver ¬ sation recalling some of the great days of the past Ban Fox was sold by Chinn and partner to J B Haggin for 20000 About nine years ago Colston took service with Mr Forsythe and lias been with him since then He also trained for W F Schulte of Louisville LouisvilleWith With Oddfellow now twentyone years old Pes arra and Out of Reach the Harrodsburg stud Is well equipped Mr Forsythe insists that Out ot Reach a son of Persimmon was a great horse when owned by Mr Keene and trained in England by Matt Allen The horse was very unfortunate how ¬ ever We In America only recall Out of Reach as a handsome brown apparently a sulker Ills feet were always bothering him Mr Forsythe says The Kentuckian has at the end of his tongue all the firstclass pedigrees In the stud hook and It is plain to he seen that breeding good horses Is to him not an accident but the result of thought thoughtvWhen vWhen the Gloucester N J track was In exist ¬ ence Frank D Weir who now trains Roseben was the most successful horseman there For years Ills ability developed under the late John W Rog ¬ ers caused him to dominate the turf at Gloucester He had one mare Flattery which won for him I dont know how many races Weirs chief reliance then was on ids jockey Pfannkuchen Pancake who In the course of his connection with the track rode about 2000 races tfor Weir The latter said yesterday that no truer more honest jockey ever lived than Pfannkuclien This youth is now a daily visitor at the tracks He is a tall man and It seems odd to Imagine him as a jockey for a term ot years The young man Is engaged In manufac ¬ turing cigars and Weir says lie is happy and con ¬ tented Continued jm sixth page MOST SKILLFUL OF COLORED TRAINERS Continued from first page One day at Brighton Beach about three years ago the rolt Arkllrta finished first but was dis ¬ qualified for a plain case of foul Dave Johnson stood to win about X0 0 on him While some small fry bettors were denouncing the stewards Johnson said Why it was 1 foul wasnt it How can you expect to win on a foul And he walked away to the clubhouse to cool off offJimmy Jimmy McCormick took great pleasure yester ¬ day in informing the press that the 0500 Sir Navarre halfbrother to Snlvidcre which Charley Ellison had actually named Governor Hughes but who changed the name upon a hint from turf head ¬ quarters Is now pulling a fruit wagon in Havana having been sold for 50 J J Burke

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