Sceptres Owner Arrives: Robert S. Sievier in New York to Survey the American Racing Field, Daily Racing Form, 1915-10-31


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SCEPTRES OWNER ARRIVES ROBERT S. SIEVIER IN NEW YORK TO SURVEY THE AMERICAN RACING FIELD. Describes Difficulties at Present Harrassing the Turf in England, but Considers Relief Is in Sight — May Bring Horses Over. • New York. October ■•■ . — Robert S. Sievier. chairman of the Race Horse Breeders and Owners" Association, former owner of the great mare Sceptre, and editor and proprietor of Winning Post, one oi the in.iM prominent of London weeklies devoted to racing :jii,i tiit. thoroughbred, was among the passengers on the Adriatic, from England. ""Racing lias received a severe setback in England." said Mr. Sievier. ••tint has by no means slopped. We are still holding short meetings over there, but they arc somewhat restricted. The i oli-Uctaaa and Those in favor of conscription, have been making political capital out of racing. One of the planks in their platform has been that men ••lifiild ir for the army, intend of enlisting, have l een following the circuit of race meetings and. for this res* n. the apart should lie entirely abandoned. ■While these conditions do not exist, public opinion de- j mauled that raring bo curtailed, and that is what j has iHH-n dHle." "As Ion;: as there is a thoroughbred left in England racing will never be entirely stopped. Auotbei side of the question, which apparently politician! have overlooked, is the tremendous amount of money invented in race horses and racing plant.-. It is with the idea of safeguarding these interests that the Race Horse Breeders" and Owners" Asso-eialion has been formed. 1. id Coventry is president of the association. We are working in perfect harmony with the Jockey flub; in fact, we act as I buffer ltetween the latter and who :ae using ••very means in their power to aliolish racing." A few weeks lief ore P-aving Kugiand Xlr. Sievier bought eleven yearling thoroughbreds fir Richard "J". Wilson, president of the Saratoga Racing Association. Five of these youngsters have arrived. • Owing to extreme unrest at the present time in ; gland, well bred yearlings and even two-year-olds may lie picked up there for a mere song." said Sir. Sievier. Mr. Sievier is over hen now to personally inquire how ti e sport is going on in the Inited States and. if it is worth while to import the best blood sio k from Great I.ritaiu. Mr. Klever is considered an expert regarding thoroughbred stock and his opinion is valued by all ■sportsmen, iioth in England and France. He will stay here for some time, but regrets that what is jirvs-od upon England, owing to war. the curtailment of horse racing, should have takeu place in u sporting country like the Inited States in times of profound peace, for. as he says, ""without the thoroughbred race h.irse the high standard of breeding cannot be maintained." Hecurring to present favorable prospects for racing in England. Mr. Sievier said: ••The president of the Board of Trade promised a deprivation which railed oo him Octolx r 2 ». that steeplechasing should lutve facilities to go on. The deputation consisted of Lord Londonderry. Lord famarvon. and other l eers. several prominent members of parliament, the Hon. George I.ambt.ia, brother io L ird Durham and other prominent men in England, representing the Bate Hone Breeders" Association, hut 1 sailed on the Adriatic for New York on that day. On board tlie steamship 1 received a wireless to say that racing would continue."

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