Stars from Abroad That Will Engage in American Racing This Year, Daily Racing Form, 1914-02-13


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STARS FROM ABROAD THAT WILL ENGAGE IN AMERICAN RACING THIS YEAR Decidedly interesting, as was tiie case last year, hut on a more extensive scale, will be the participation in our racing this year of horses which have distinguished themselves on the turf in England and France. Newcomers in this class will be A. Belmonts Vulcairi and II. P. Whitneys Dorrow, Meeting House, Cabaret, Miraniichi, Pandean and some others of lesser note. Mr. Belmonts Vulcaiu is a four-year-old brown colt by Rock Sand Lady of the Vale. So well did he play his part in spring racing in France last year that of all the nominations from France to the Epsom Derby only he and Nimbus were deemed worthy of taking part in that great race. A minor accident intervened to preveiu his being sent over, but Nimbus was started in that unlucky Derby and but for being cut off and knocked about would, in the opinion of many observers, probably have won. In the fall he proved himself the best three-year-old in France. In the spring there was considerable controversy as to the comparative merits of himself and Vulcain, but it was not settled practically. The only time they met was in the Prix ilu Jockey Club the French Derby, and in this they both ran unplaced to Dagor, Baldaquin and Bruleur, but Nimbus finished fourth and was probably best of the two. However, this does not detract materially from the fact that Vulcain was in the front rank of the three-year-olds in France last year. !!e was not raced as a two-year-old and ran but four times last year, winning three of his races. His first .-art was at Maisons Lallitte, April 25, in the Prix Miss Gladiator, at a mile and three-eighths. This he won, with Iendragon second, Astolphe third and five unplaced. This race was of the net value of ,-SN0. At Paris, .May 4, he won the Prix Noailles, at a mile and a half, easily defeating Verwood, Roi do lUr and four other good three-year-olds and further enriched ids owner to the extent of 3,310. May 20, at Paris, be won the Prix lteiset of the net value of ,250, at a mile and seven-eighths, with Careless second, Scam-ir.onee third ami three more unplaced. Then he ran unplaced as mentioned. In the first of these races he carried 12:. pounds and had up 128 in the other three. He is in the Toboggan and Metropolitan handicaps at Belmont Park anil will no doubt be further engaged in stakes yet to be announced. So our eastern friends who last year witnessed Whisk Broom II. s demonstration of the speed necessary to win against good-class opposition in England, will now have the further pleasure of viewing in action an exponent of Frances highest class in speed and staying. Of the recently returned Whitney horses Borrow won the greater measure of fame in English racing and it was no small measure either. In money won be was by far the most successful of all the many horses of bis own breeding Mr. Whitney sent to England and was and is a horse gifted with the highest order of speed. He is a bay gelding by Hamburg Forget and is now six years old. When a two-year-old in 1910 he started in twelve races, of which he won seven and was second in two. His successes were in the rabbet Plate at Gatwick, Windsor Castle Stakes at Ascot, Great Kingston Plate at Sandown Park, Harrington Plate at Derby and the Hopeful Stakes. Clcarwell Stakes and the Middle Park Plate at Newmarket. His success in the Hopeful Stakes was only in part, as it was a dead heat between him and the subsequent Epsom Derby winner, Sunstar. Since by common consent Sunstar ranks with the best horses that ever won the Derby, this race gives some inkling of Borrows class as a two-year-old. He suffered greatly from sickness in the winter of 1910-11 and was so weakened that be could do nothing as a three-year-old, but was himself again in 1912 and won the Windsor Castle Handicap at Kempton Park and the Wokingham Stakes at Ascot. In the latter event he defeated eighteen of the fastest sprinters in England. Last year he won the Ayr Gold Cup at Ayr and the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket, White Star fiuishing second and the celebrated Hornets Beauty third in the latter race, which was Borrows last start in England. From all of this it can be rightfully inferred that when our sprinters meet Borrow they will be called Ipon to measure strides with even a faster horse than Iron Mask. In all he won 1,044 in England. Meeting House is a four-year-old chestnut colt by Voter Noonday. AVhen a few years back Mr. Whitney bought all of the Keene yearlings this colt :u?d Hanuonicon proved to be the prize packages in that grab bag transaction. As a two-year-old be started in live races in England and won one, the Astley Stakes, :t Lewes, but was second or third in all of the others but one and gained the reputation of being extremely last. Last year, as a three-year-old, he began proceedings by defeating Santair. Girl of the West aiid six more in the Crawfurd Plate at. Newmarket, Santair being a hot favorite and Meeting House an unconsidered outsider in the betting at 100 to X. Then he astonished observers by running a good third to Louvois and Craganour in the Two Thousand Guineas, Sanquhar, Roseworthy, Fairy King. Slioguii, Radiant, Bachelors Wedding, Day Comet. Kamsgate, Mouthpiece, Kingsborough. Nassau and Halos 1misliing behind him. He then ran unplaced to Hornets Beauty in the Stewards Handicap at Kempton Park, but made amends in his next start by winning the valuable Fifty-first New Biennial Stakes at Ascot, for which- Sleipner was a warm favorite at 5 to 4. but ran third, lie started but twice afterwards, running unplaced in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and third to Forward and San Stefano in the Kenuett Plate at Newmarket. There is no doubt that he is a high-class colt and infinitely superior to such as Prince Eugene and Nightstick, which came heme to race well last year, lie is lmtind to prove a dangerous opponent to any of our handicap horses this year and also is in the Toboggan and Metropolitan handicaps. Miraniichi, a chestnut four-year-old colt by Voter Running Stream, was, when a two-year-old. reported to be the best in the Whitney string, but failed to make good and is stili a maiden. Vet in his racing at that age he showed remarkable speed and ran some capital races against, the best of his year. Tints, he ran third to Shogun and Sanquhar in the Coventry Stakes at Ascot, third to- Bock Flint and Boseworthv in the Ju-y Stakes at Newmarket, second to Seremond in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, third to Craganour and Fairy King in the Prince of Wales Plate at York, second 1o Jameson in the Hopeful Stakes at Newmarket and second to Cantilever in the Alingtou Plate -it Newmarket. In most of these really high-class races lie was generally the pacemaker and must be rated a somewhat unlucky colt not to have won. He did not do much racing last year and was but once placed in four attempts, running third to Sanquhar and Pict in the Craven Stakes, one mile, at the Newmarket Craven meeting. Obviously he should do well in this country. Cabaret, a brown four-year-old colt by Delhi Pink Domino, won at his first start in England as a two-year-old, taking the Norfolk Plate from Final Shot, Nun and eleven others at the Newmarket Secomljjpring meeting, hut did not win again at that age, although several times placed in good races. Last vear he defeated Santair. Bellringer and ten more fast ones in the Bret by Handicap at the Newmarket First Spring meeting, but did not win again. He is gifted with speed and is supposed to be a stayer. If he is. his trainer, James Bowe, can be safely depended upon to prove it in this years campaign over the New York tracks. Pandean is a four-year-old brown colt by Peter Pan Midge. He was only started twice as a two-year-fjd, but last year was sent to the post in fourteen races and was decidedly unlucky in not winning "more than the one race that fell to his share. This was the Sandringliam Plate at the Yarmouth Fall meeting. But. he was live times second and twice third and in the course of his races defeated, among others, the St. Lcger winner Night Hawk. Newjnarket. Thrace, China Cock. Aghdoe. Halos, Amador and other horses of good racing credentials. He is a giant in size and likely to prove a better horse than ever with an average measure of growth and filling out during his winters retirement. It will be observed that al of these horses except Borrow are four-year-olds. This means that Ten Point, Bock View, Cock o tho Walk, Ilorron aud other good ones of our last years crop of three-year-olds are to have unexpected and formidable, but welcome, opposition. Possibly some of them may be" seen in western autumn racing. Vulcain, for instance, raced over distances in France that seem to indicate he would lit in quite well in the Kentucky Endurance Stakes.

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