An Analysis Of The Pedigree Of The Good Filly That Recently Won The Ashland Oaks, Daily Racing Form, 1915-05-04


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E V Napa Annn 1 Llda II v i iTJani Bandana i Bne Scotland 10 E Evadine H i AN ANALYSIS OF THE PEDIGREE OF THE GOOD FILLY THAT RECENTLY WON THE ASHLAND OAKS OAKSBy By DE M M LEACH WaterblosFom which races in the popular colors of Maj T C McDowell holds the distinction of beln the first stake winner on the Kentucky circuit this season and from the commanding style in which she cjirrled on the Ashland Oaks appears to hold all others of her sex which are trained over the Kentucky Association course safe enough Waterblossom is a brown daughter of Waterboy and Basseting dam of Waterbass by Bassetlaw Not a big one by any means hut a rare little galloper alert at the post handles weight well hugs the rails ami tier mile of last Monday in 138 with 117 pounds in the saddle was a genuinely good performance Waterblossom holds an engagement in the Kentucky Oaks to be run at Churchill Downs May 21 in which she will be pitted against the best of the eastern division which comprise such as Comely Ghetto Girl and Regret besides John E Maddens Charter Maid Should Waterblossom be found capable of boat ing opposition of such class Major McDowell is training a filly of unusual excellence Here is her pedigree arerboy Watorhlcssqnia sire snrvlvlnKaMiroken pelvis became a race horse of tremendous power I anu speed and everything pointed to a longaud successful stud career for him but Waterboy is dead much to IInieiidorf s regret Waterboy was a brown son of Watercress out of Zealaudia by the New Zealander Mr Modied the best colored bay I ever looked upon and a famous race horse round Christchnrcii in the early eighties Some onfe inquired of liie paly tlm other day concerning Sir Modreds abilities as a race horse it may interest some of niy readers I know that the horse won la his home land the Canterbury Derby the Dnnedln Cup the Dunediu Birthday Handicap the Canterbury Jockey Club Cup nnd other races in that StakesSir faraway land and on being sent across to Australia the Sydney Great Metropolitan Stakes Sir Modred once topped the winning stallion list in tills country and his daughters are known to all as good pedigreeloke producers and 1 am certain that a dash of Sir Modred blood lends tone to any pedigree loke second dam of Waterboy Introduces the flying blood of Alarm and the next dam is Rokee by the Matchem horse Waverly son of Australian and Cicely Jopson by Weatherbit Thus fnr Waterboy is a cleanbred one for his sire was Imported Watercress Rosaline however introduces the blood of Commo ¬ dore whose pedgree does not in all Its branches trace to the English General Stud Book Waterboys ped ¬ igree rims on down by way of Fanny Wells by imported Sovereign Real by imported Glencoe to imported Galopade linesBasseting so that Waterlioy bar bis Commodore Infusion is bred on the most approved lines Basseting dam of WatcrblosRom also the dam of Amos Turneys Waterbass a real good sort is by Ihe St Simon horse Bassetlaw Which proved such a help to the Canadians ISassetlaws dam was Mar quesa by Blair Atiiol whose granddam was Queen Mary giving a line return to the Queen Mary found at the back of Watercress pedigree The Galopin strain is also returned by Marquesa to Bonnie Gal but the best return of all one which I am convinced is responsible for much of the excellence of the heroine of tile Ashland Oaks is the doubling up of the Sir Modred Herod strain The more I delve Into the pedi giees of our best winners the more I am convinced of the value of the Herod linn Further on down in VVarorblossoms pedigree we find another cross of Queen Mary for Bandana was by Bonnie Scotland and Kvadne was by Lexington out of Volga half sjster to Levity and sister to Vandal by Gleucoe In her first thirtytwo quarterlngs Waterblossom strains thirteen times to Herod My HerodMy object in writing these articles is if possible to instill in the minds of those engaged in the breed ¬ ing of race horses the Iact that the production of the Iiest is not the mere matter of chance some would have us believe I know very well that race horses and famous ones too possess pedigrees which would not bear any too close scrutiny hut what of their offspring V I do not by any means claim to be able to breed a race horse with any surety of success but I do claim that by following certain sot rules better average results will come than from haphazard matinss I find also as time goes on that the process of elimination is also going on Should proof of this be desired a glance I think at the sale catalogs of ten or twenty years ago wll convince the most skeptical I am not actuated by any spirit of animosity or inherit dislike for the American cross but the handwriting on the wall plainly tells up that the days of the commoner are over and done with Americans as a class are accounted the most jroahead people in the world How comes it then that they fall short on breeding thoroughbred horses One reason is the sys tciii of racing now in vogue Our modern racing associations it would seem cater entirely too much to the sprinter to tne neglect of the stayer The public dearly love a distance race and would be quick to appre ¬ ciate the introduction of more longdistance races by their increased attendance A substantial increase in the weights carried also could do no harm and if such desirable reforms were Instituted the process of sifting the wheat from the chaff would thereby be accelerated

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