Racers "Come Back" Only Occasionally.: Retirement of Donau Leads to Review of Notable Exceptions to General Rule., Daily Racing Form, 1910-10-01


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BACEES COME BACK ONLY OCCASIONALLY OCCASIONALLYRetirement Retirement of Donau Leads to Review of Notable Exceptions to General Rule Tmlsville Kv Septemlter 0 William Gerst has KII Dmiau winner of the Kentucky Derby of 1910 Ms fann in Tennessee where he expects the great It wllf for while forget the race track He trusts that next season Douau will come back to win new turf laurels Donau late this season developed f t xiliYit trainers call a track demon He is not I clous but altars to I full of deviltry with a 1 s million lo do nothing asked of him Donau never neveris is Men known to attack a rival horse in a race rowcvcr when under colors it was dangerous to get i n iiwximlty to Hu heels of this horse horseBut But v HD an come back to the turf as great as asi i 1 lie 1 i ff if Such cases are known hut the when A Ieff The failures are numerous A 5 sffiSf s Asrs Asrswas Inwiois whiHi after his triumphs in England was S EnglandS SSSL wsssja ssa y beaten by his younger of the days of Inxiuois I Walnut Hills Slakes at one mile from of which was the reut a field of sevcii others one filly Lucv May the only racer that ever won the Asiiland Kentucky and Latonia Oaks Lelex was best in the fall of 1SSO In the spring of that year he had met Hindoo and that marvelous filly Bram baletta Sarsfield also beat him in the fall at Lex ¬ ington But once Lelex struck his stride lie cleaned up as a twoyearold going to Nashville and whining the Young America Stakes defeating that cracking good gelding Bootjack This caused Lelex to be seriously considered in the Kentucky Derby oC 1SS1 However he sustained a setback at Nashville where Arahza defeated him in a stake In the meantime Hindoo which he had to meet in the Derby had won the Blue Ribbon Stakes at Lexington When Hie day arrived to start In the Derby at the Downs Lelex showed a sparkling performance But it was not good enough to beat Hindoo He finished second During the spring session however lie demonstrated his high class by winning in an allaged field of nine starters This was the Merchants Stakes He out ¬ ran the gray whirlwind Gabriel which turfmen of that time styled the grayeagle of the eighties The hard training which Lelex underwent sent him into retirement for the remainder of the season In fact Lelex did not return to a race course for sev ¬ eral years Not having any need for him as a sire Major Thomas had him gelded thinking he might lip of service as a riding horse One winter D A Honlg of St Louis paid a visit to Dixiana Farm near Lexington and there he saw Lelex running ii a paddock Ascertaining the name of the horse he made Major Thomas a proposition to buy him for t certain sum and so much more if he could get tlw horse ready to race Ilonig liad to pay to the breeder of Domino the contingent fee as in 18S7 when in his ninth year Lelex won many races al the way from Memphis to Sheepshead Bay He de ftated all kinds af racers even two Derby winners Ben All and Volante going down before his dazzlint speed Lelex was a come back for sure sureIn In recent years the two most creditable come backs have been The Huguenot and Goldsmith Eaui of these horses early in his career proved a great stake winner They were sent to the stud then made good when they again came to the races Tin former was destroyed after a series of brilliant suc ¬ cesses at Seattle Wash and Goldsmith is still the property of Kd Corrigan who will participate in the meeting which opens today at Clnirchill Downs

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