Collar Filly a Star in Russia, Daily Racing Form, 1908-11-21


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COLLAR FILLY A STAR IN RUSSIA. J Although it is known that there is considerable racing in Russia but little is known in other conn-tries of Its details. But brooding, as they do, from the most fashionable linos, it is more than probable that they haves some very good race horses in action annually. An inkling of this is afforded in a letter from a Russian sportsman to an English writer alKiit Raketa. a three-year-old filly by Collar, out of Rhea Sylvia, bred by Mr. Ilovayski. the mare having been sent to tlio son of St. Simon and Ornament by mistake for another mare. The Russian says of the lilly: "Raketa, aiotwithslantling the disadvantages site Jalwred under trained1 in a small provincial stable by a man who had never had n classic three-year-old in bis charge, has- carried silk twelve times this season, winning nine races, being placed second oa two occasions, and running unplaced only once when attempting to give the best horses of her age twenty-one ixunds over two miles two furlongs and a half the distance of the Cesarewiteh. "She has shown herself to be undoubtedly the best three year-old of either sex in Russia, aud stands first in the winning list with altout ."i,OoO to her name." This is her record: Race, distance and track. Won. Swiatiu CoLs Stakes. 1 1-4 miles: KharkolT;.$ 500 Vesseni, 1 1-4 miles: KharkofC 1.000 Vitupiteny, 1 mile; Moscow 1.000 Russian 1,000 Guineas, 1 mile; Moscow 1.000 Russian 2,000 Guineas. 1 1-1 miles: Moscow. . 3,000 Produce Stakes, 1 mile; Moscow: second place money 1.000 Russian Oaks, 1 1-2 miles; Moscow o.OOO -Russian Derby, 1 1-2 miles; Moscow: second place money 2.500 Produce Stakes, 1 1-4. miles; St. Petersburg.. 2.500 Kmpress Prize. 1 I5-4 miles: St. Petersburg, beating the Austrian, Derby -winner. Intrigant, amoug others 7.500 Empress Prize, 1 1-2 miles: Moscow 2,000 Ileir Apparents Prize, 2 miles and 2 1-2 furlongs; Moscow: unplaced Total about 3,000 Very badly ridden over a mile course mostly on the turn, liaving the outside berth till the time. tDead amiss from natural causes. As a matter of fact the mare should not have been beaten at all this year. Commenting on the above, the English writer says: "The above will interest breeders generally, and it may be added that there are two others of Collars stock in Russia, both of them winners. The horse lias indeed established a curiously cosmopolitan record, as will be seen from the following list of his other foreign winners this season. The value of the stakes I do not at present know: Frank Gill. United States. baring Cross, France. Whig, best horse in Roumania. Won Derby. Ilari Kari. won in Roumania. Flamura, won in Roumania. PanuUa. 4. won in South Africa. Fltz Roy, 4. won five races In Sontli Africa this reason. "It may be said in regard to the Russian record of Raketa that we know little or notliia of Russian form, and that, generally speaking, is true; but in this case a line can be obtained through her defeat of the Austrian Derby winner. Intrigant, which, when he scored his classic victory, beat Ilorizont. the undoubtedly best colt in Germany. Thus it may fairly 10 claimed for Raketa that she is the best tliree-year-old in Europe, outside France, there being no line to connect her with the form in that country. The Empress Prize, for which she beat Intrigant, is the equivalent of our St. Leger. and it is soino-Avhat curious that she has put up a record similar to that of her relative. Sceptre, by winning the Two Thousand and One Thousand Guineas. Oaks and St. Leger, and falling in the Derby, for which, however, she was second, whereas Sceptre was fourth."

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