An Illinois Breeders Thoroughbreds., Daily Racing Form, 1908-06-02


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AN ILLINOIS BREEDERS THOROUGHBREDS Cincinnati O June 1 Mr J S McCullougb state auditor of Illinois stopped over at Churchill Downs on Friday last on bin way to Lexington long enough to sec his Frontenac win a sprint nice in easy fashion At La Belle Farm near Lexington Mr McCullough has two foals One of these by Disguise out of Obscurity by Kingston is highly spoken of as a promising youngster At his farm at Urbana 111 Mr McCullough has some nine foals by Uncommon and Hurst Park This latter horse Is by Kingston out of a full sister to the great English horse Melton He was bred by James K Keene and won races Imth in England and this country before he broke down and had to be retired He Is a halfbrother to Mr Keenes Pope Joan that was second in the Futurity Over a year ago Mr McCullough leased the horse for stud duty but his present and first crop of foals is so promising that it is hardly likely Mr Keene will care to con ¬ tinue the lease another season seasonFor For many years Mr McCullough has been a close student of thoroughbred breeding and at his home he has one of the best libraries relating to the thor ¬ oughbred horse in the country Some eight or ten years ago he began breeding In a small way as a diversion and to test some of his own theories as to the proper combination of blood lines About that time on his annual vacation trips to New York he became acquainted with Mr Keene The two men found a community of interests in the dis ¬ cussion of thoroughbred matters and since then Mr McCullough has replenished his farm with castoft fillies daughters of Mr Keenes highlybred mares that from one cause or another failed to race well enough to keep in training He could scarcely havo adopted a better course as Mr Keene has by all odds the largest and best band of Imported mares ever gotten together in this country Mr McCul ¬ lough thinks well of his present crop of foals and as an encouragement to Illinois breeding it is to be hoped that one or two highClass stake winners may be foipid in the lot lotJames James Griflin who trains and manages Mr Mc Culloughs small stable of horses or who formerly old so but who Is now practically the rjwncr of the horses had a lot of bad luck at Churchill Downs He lost two races with Frontenac that he should have won while the best that Cair and Ben Sand could do was to earn second money A month or more ago Hnsted one of the best of the band broke down and together with some three or four mares was sent back to the farm

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