Suggests International Racing Matches., Daily Racing Form, 1913-06-27


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SUGGESTS INTERNATIONAL RACING MATCHES MATCHESNew New York June 20 The unexpected success which attended tho recent international polo matches on Long Island suggests to horsemen tho thought that racing and trotting might be the mediums for bringing together the chosen repre ¬ sentatives of the Old World and tho New in some ¬ what similar contests which would focus the at ¬ tention of all Europe and America on the out ¬ come to the vast benefit and elevation of the sport sportG G Chaplin in the Now York Herald says Who can estimate the benefit to horse racing and honxj breeding which might follow a scries of inter ¬ national matches of like importance it they could be arranged for the best runners and the best trotters of Kurope and America perhaps ridden or driven by amateurs Tho great sectional matches between the North and the South which marked the beginning and Jho end of a golden era on the running turf in America afford an in ¬ dication of what might IM expected from such a series of international contests The whole country was ablaze with interest and excitement when Eclipse and Henry met in 1S23 on Long Island Men journeyed by stage coach and on horseback from the remotest parts of the Union to see the champions of the North and South measure strides The race continued to be an ab ¬ sorbing subject of discussion for years after it was run and led to the building of new tracks the establishment of new studs and the advent if iiew supporters and patrons of the turf through ¬ out all sections of the country countryThe The mere sending of an American thorough ¬ bred to England to run for the Derby often excites a degree of popular interest which no race at home can command and when the famous English classic is won as it was by an Americanbred horse there is a country wido outburst of rejoicing and na ¬ tional pride which gives a line on what might be expected if the recognized champions of the two countries could meet in a match race for su ¬ premacy at Belmont Park or Shcepshead Bay There is of course something of an international flavor about a race like lie Derby when an Ameri ¬ can horse starts at Epsom but nothing to com ¬ pare witli a cleancut match of horse against horse with each the picked champion of tho country for which he runs runsYachting Yachting has its Americas cup and polo its International challenge trophy why not a similar prize to test the speed and endurance of British and American thoroughbreds and strengthen the turf in lioth countries

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