An Americans Impression of Epsom, Daily Racing Form, 1914-06-17


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i a I i I t : t t I ] t i i i • " 1 i AN AMERICANS IMPRESSION OF EPSOM. , of Touring European race tracks. William Kyan of Chicago, saw Durbar win the amaom Derby ami in letter home says of features that came under hi- j observation : "Kpsoni is the worst course I ever saw horses raced over. I In Derby course is a stiff uphill run for a half mile, then downhill with a big descent to near the finish, with the last sixteenth a stiff il ascent. It is a severe lest of a horses ipiality and i gameness, but Durbar, under an excellent and well 1 timed ride by McGee, never faltered. Although he t won by three lengths. Durbar was all out and the 1 slightest mistake would have cost him the race, as 1 1 1 those back Of him were running great guns at the 1 finish. "The turn al Tattonhain Corner reminds one of the Bivervlew motordrome, the embankment being so stirf. a hois,, running six net t from the rail is travelling uphill. Epsom is a natural course right on the prairie.* Although enclosed it has not been plowed up or improved in any way in the jmst fifty years. The seating capacity of the grandstand is entirely Inadequate and enormous prices are charged. • It costs ;:i lea-i 8 a day to go a racing in lir-t la— style in England. "In the Oaks Princess Dorrie. favorite at .". to 1. outlooked her opponents. She was off badly ami laid la-t for a naif mile, then gradually picked up | the other contenders to win going away in faster time than the Derby was run in. Fvansilale. the only Derby contender to start since, won at three ] quarters at Hurst Park yesterday in impressive fashion at 5 to 1. ••Sandown Park and Hurst Park are both Improvements on Bpaum, but do not compare favorably with French courses, which are models of beauty and convenience. The volume of betting in England is enormous ami I can iovv readily understand how a COUP by the Gates-Brake combination, carefully engineered by Lilly Bissett, netted nearly a million dollars when Royal Flush III. won for them with J. uoin Reiff op. up."

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