Looking forward to Kentucky Racing: Horsemen at Juarez Attracted by Rich Prizes Offered in Blue Grass State, Daily Racing Form, 1914-03-08


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LOOKING FORWARD TO KENTUCKY RACING. Horsemen at Juarez Attracted by Rich Prizes Offered in Blue Grass State. El Paso, Tex.. .March 7. Turfmen at the Jockev Club Juarez course are now beginning to talk iii earnest about the racing in Kentucky this season, with such big events in prospect during May and June as the Kentucky Derby. 0,000 added, the Kentucky Handicap. 10.000 added, and the Latonia Derby, 6,000 added. The Kentucky Derby closed tirst of these big events on Monday last, on which day entries also closed for the other stakes to he run this spring at Churchill Downs, namely, the Kentucky Oaks, the Clark Handicap, tlie Frank Fehr, Bash ford Manor. Debutante and Juvenile Stakes. Entries closed today for the Kentucky Handicap, the Lntonia Derby and other stakes to be run at Douglas Park and Latonia, so In a few davs the list of entries to the rich events on the big Kentucky tracks will be announced. Enough is known to warrant the assertion that the Derby entries embrace the greatest collection of three-year-olds ever entered for the Churchill Downs classic, though the race has an unbroken record of thirty-nine runnings. Those known to have been named for the big race include such star two-Tear-olds of 1913 as Old Rosebud, Little Nephew, Hodge, Bradleys Choice, Ralph, Bringhurst. Surprising. Pennant, Old Ben, Black Toney, Belioc. Roamer. The Norman, Bird Man, .Tolm JlaeGiunis. Imperator, Vaiidergrift, Sositis. Bandit, David Craig. Harry L., King Worth. Milton Roblee, Waterbass. Bob Hen-slcy and a number of others not so well known as yet to turf followers, one of which may turn up as the proverbial dark horse lir the race, as has oo- eurred more than once in the long history of the Kentucky Derby. Of the latter class Beach Comber is tlie most prominent. This royally bred son of Rock Sand and Fairy Slipper was so growth v last season that his owner, E R. Bradley, made 110 "effort after early spring, to have him raced as a two-vear old. This son of the Epsom Derby. St. Leger and Two Thousand Guineas winner sold as a yearling ut. public sale for -1.000 and trainer William Hurley, now at the Juarez track, says Mr. Bradley has frequently said in his presence that Beach Cornier would win the Kentucky Derby this vear if ne stood early training for the big race. Mr. Bradlev has two other strings to his bow, too. Tlie great uncertainty of racing always hovers over such events as the Kentucky Derby and the turfman is wise who is reticent as to his choice of the great army of eligibles that figure in the race his season, which will be tin- richest Kentucky Derby in history and perhaps the most valuable stake run In the Old Commonwealth since the civil war. In speaking of the racing to take place this season in Kentucky Manager M. .1. Winn of the Jockey Club Juarez and the New Louisville Jockey Club tracks, said yesterday: Conditions were never so promising as at the present time. We give away a great deal of money for a meeting now at Churchill Downs, as Louisvillo is now one of the greatest racing centers in all America. The siRirt in Kentucky is 011 a permanent basis and being conducted legally it is 0:1 a foundation which bids fair to last forever in that commonwealth. We never expect to make big profits with tlie tracks in Kentucky, compared to what some courses were credited witli making in oilier days, because so far as Churchill Downs is concerned each season the value of the chief events are increased. Perhaps before many years have rolled around the Kentucky Derby will be as valuable to the winner as the Epsom Derby in England, the greatest three year-old race in the world. Grc it horses always have ligured as winners and starters in the Kentucky Derby and the race now jiossesses an historical interest greater than any other stake decided in America." Eugene Elrod. who is arranging for the shipment of the horses from here to Kentucky at the close of the Jockey Club Juarez meeting, lias already listed the leading stables which have raced here this season for the special horse train which will go direct to Louisville. There will be many western strings in Kentucky this season that have never before patronized the tracks in that state in the spring of the year. The rich stakes and valuable pur.--es hung up are so alluring that every man who owns even a fair horse is going to make a try for winning honors this spring in Kentucky. As yet the dates for tlie Kentucky meetings have not been announced, but it is expected that they will be about the same as last season. Last year the Kentucky Derby was run on May 10, the Kentucky Handicap on May 20 and the Latonia Derby on June 14. This spring one change In oUicial circles on the Kentucky courses will be the absence of Mars Cassidy as starter at both Louisville tracks and Latonia. Cassidy goes back to the eastern courses this season after having served for the past three years on the Kentucky circuit, ne did not officiate at Lexington last year, Harry Morrissey having been engaged for that particular track, and it. is believed that the latter now has an excellent opportunity of securing the appointments at Churchill Downs, Douglas Park and Latonia. Morrissey served for a long time as assistant to Cassidy and his work witli the barrier follows lines similar to those employed by the latter. Cassidy said a few days ago at the Juarez track that while he much regretted leaving Kentucky, that it of course suited him best to work in the east, where he was at home. He said ho also disliked to give up his Kentucky engagements because of the considerate treatment he had experienced at tlie hands of the two managers of the big Kentucky tracks, M. J. Winu and John Hachmeister. Dr. C. Cann has gelded for R. Ripley the four-year-old Forge and that horse will be turned out until summer. Then he will be campaigned on far western tracks, unless his owner concludes to go to Kentucky this spring with Tmlaue. Maznik, Va-Va and other members of his stable. Dr. Cann. who has been here all winter, has returned home to Kentucky, having been called there to do some professional work for the stable of J. N. Camden and other important stables in training at Lexington and Louisville. He will serve as usual tills season as paddock judge at Churchill Downs. Douglas Park and Latonia. At the recent paddock sale, when a number of the horses raced here by P. T. Cliinn were sold. Peter Grimm was knocked down to J. W. Fuller for ?C50. Tlie brother to Roseben had been catalogued as a four-year-old colt, whereas he is a gelding, and when the Texas turfman ascertained that fact he threw Peter Grimm back on Chlnns bunds. Mr. Fuller thought the son of Ben Stroiue a fair prospect as a sire and that is the reason he left an order to buy hiiu when the 6aln came on. As a racing prospect Peter Grimm, while a winner, has proven a disappointment. He has since beon sold by Chinn to J. G. Parker. Mr. Chinn rctaiued Gipsy Love and she will be entered for the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs this spring. Kay Spence, the owner of Hodge, made a bid of ,S00 for her, but Chinn bought her in for 0 additional. This filly, which has shown good form, both as a two-year-old and so tar this season ns a three-year-old, is richly bred, her granddam being the famous Cinderella, by Hermit, tlie dam of Peter Pan. She is the tirst foal of her dam, Chinela, by Ben Brush. Mr. Chinn will have only Gipsy Love, Marthu Lee, Margaret Lowry and a couple of two-year-olds Bagatelle and Category, to take back with him t Kentucky this spring. He brought liftecn horses heiv lrom Kentucky last fall. Jockey A. Neylon. who leads the jockeys here, makes a practice of sending to his mother at Portland, Ore., all the money lie earns for riding horses f.r owners other than his contract employer every week during t he-Juarez meeting. Judge AV. II. Shelley has regularly mailed to the little jockeys mother a cheek lor tin amount accruing from such service each Tuesday. At times the boys iucome for a weeks work on outside mounts comes to a tidv stun, but 110 matter how big the amount is .Mrs. Nevlon gets a check for it all. Neylon, if his success continues as long as he is able lo ride at fairly light weights, is sure to make a fortune in his profession, .-is he is of a build that will enable him to keep down to a light riding scale for half a dozeu years at least. J. W. Piiikhani. who has had remarkable success at the Juarez course with his 00 purchase. Denmark, was also fortunate in securing his speedy mare Herpes when she was a three-year-old for ?::10. Herpes was bred by Mrs. L. A. Livingston, whose mares Sotetuia and Pandorina won in successive seasons the four-mile Kentucky Kndnranee Stakes. It does not often occur that a horseman for an outlay of only 40 can secure two such bargains as Piiikhani picked up when he bought Herpes and Denmark. The latter gelding has won four of his starts at the Mexican course since Pinkham bought him. Herpes has also done considerable good racing here this winter for Piiikhani. and witn tin; aid of Denmark has put the Michigan turfman on easy street, if reports are to be believed. A late arrival at the Juarez course is J. A. Senas, from Oregon, with the six-year-old gelding Kemhome. a son of Homestead and Kemnay. by Kitchener. This horse was once broken to harness, but after he had been put in training defeated all the horses that opposed him at minor meetings in Oregon, so Schas concluded to give him a chance here. He thinks that after a race or two more at Juarez Kemhome will make a good showing. Tlie gelding is a good looker and the dockers say he can run. Schas was at one time quite a breeder of thoroughbreds in Oregon, but Kemhome and that geldings dam. Kemnay. are all the blooded stock he now owns. He sold Homestead and most of his mares to a breeder in Barren Valley in that state and that horse is now being mated principally to common mares. Of late years Schas has lteen farming on a big scale in Oregon and until he reached the Jockey Club Juarez track a week or two ago has seen little racing for several seasons. If Kemhome makes good for him he may return to the sport another season, as he likes racing and thinks he has as good a farm Tor breeding thoroughbred horses as there is in Oregon. Jockey L. Taplin will ride out the meeting here, as his engagement this season with II. G. Bed-well does not begin until the Jamestown, Va., meeting opens on April 1. Taplin rode successfully for Bedwell for several seasons and was connected with that turfman in 1900, a year in which he rode in 131 winning races and was fourth iu the list of winning jockeys. Each year since he has stood well up in the list of successful riders and at tlie Juarez course this winter has been riding in his best form. He will likely be able to begin riding for Bedwell In Virginia this season as light as 103 itounds. ami will undoubtedly give a good account of himself this year throughout, if there is racing merit in the mounts he secures on the tracks where Bedwell races his horses.

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