The Younger Horses at Brookdale: Regret, Thunderer, Bromo, Dominant and Other Stars Thriving in Their Retirement, Daily Racing Form, 1915-11-12


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THE YOUNGER HORSES AT BR00KDALE. Regret. Thunderer, Bromo, Dominant and Other Stars Thriving in Their Retirement. Thunderer and Regret, the greatest two-and-three-year-olds respeetiveiv of 1915. have been so much in the limelight of late that it would be like repeating an old story to refer to their respective individualities. Every race-goer has seen and admired them. Thunderer goes into winter quarters witli three victories and mi defeats to his credit, while Regret started in two stake races and won lioth, finishing the second year of her racing career with an unbroken succession of victories. Both these splendid animals go into winter quarters without a suspicion of unsoundness anywhere and there is every reason to hoiie that they will make an equally enviable record in 1910. Bromo is a splendid-looking colt and bis second in the Futurity, in which he was beaten by only the shortest of heads by his stablemate. Thunderer, stamps him as a stake colt of the highest class. With Thunderer out of the way. he would have been returned au easy winner of the greatest of the prizes offered for American two-year olds. Although built upon more modest lines than the really grent son of Broomstick and Jersey Lightning. Bromo is a grand colt of tine size and substance, rare racing angles and rich in bone and muscle. He is a youngster of tbe compact order and one which should train on and prove a successful stake winner. He Is the individual property of L. S. Thompson, who has every reason to be extremely proud of him says a turf writer iu the Morning Telegraph. Emden is a handsome and speedy bay geldinsr, two years old and also a son of Broomstick. He began the season as a colt of extraordinary promise, but he went slightly amiss early in the summer and was retired to reappear as a three-year-old. when his owner and trainer hope to see him make np for lost time. Hubbub is a big. bay gelding by Broomstick — Rompers, a two-year-old of grand size and substance, which will make a name for himself in his three-year-old form, but for which there was nothing to do during the season of 1915. Among the Brookdale yearlings now taking their first lessons in racing are no less than six by Broom stick, all of which are of rare merit as far as general appearance would indicate, and they are out of splendid mares. How many stake winners there may be among them time alone can tell, but they are a promising band. Their dams are Queen tf Hearts. Sallie of Navarre, Loyal, Belle of Troy, Flora Mack, Rose of Dawn and Bonnie Star. At the time Hamburg died he was still young enough to give promise of several years of usefulness. He was in perfect health and vigor "p to the end of the breeding season, but as he was getting along in years H. P. Whitney and manager James Rowe wisely concluded to give him extraordinary chances in the stud, with the result that he has left a legacy of yearlings and weanlings now regarded as of wellnigh inestimable value. Among the twenty-nine or thirty weanlings on the farm he has left a goodly proportion of representatives, while of the thirty-eight yearlings he has left no less than thirteen, of which six are splendid looking fillies. In view of the brilliant success which has iM-en achieved in the stud by Jersey Lightning and other daughters of Hamburg it would be difficult to estimate the probable value of these young daughters of Hamburg to such a breeding farm as Brookdale. Among the other yearlings at Brookdale are about a half dozen out of American mares bred iu England to such English sires as Lembcrg. St. Amant aud John oGaunt, while All Gold is liberally represented by the produce of es| eeially high-class mares, and there are a few by Burgomaster, which has been exported to Argentina. Brookdale. which has produced more Futurity winners than any five of the best stock farms in Kentucky, has within its borders some notable animals which have not been seen under silks this season. Among these may be mentioned Pennant, the splendid-looking son of Peter Pan and Royal Rose. Pennant, although he won the Futurity of 1913. was not trained during the past season, but the prospects are that he will be seen under silks next season. He ran four times in his brief and brilliant racing career and never failed to finish first, but he went amiss, and should he fail to train soundly he will be retired to the stud. He is .1 bright chestnut, a colt of great size and substance and. except in color, he bears a strong resemblance to his sire, preserving especially the Domino peculiarities of conformation and finish. Pretender is a good-looking bay two-year-old gelding by Hamburg — Sallie of Navarre. Hansa, by Hamburg — Daisy F.. the chestnut filly which won her first and last start shortly before the close o" the Belmont Park meeting, is looking as attractive as ever, and Nightstick, by Broomstick, is still at the farm and looking as well as when he attended the races regularly. Daisy F.. by Riley, which is the dam of Jersey Lightning ami Hansa, is an old mare, but a grand-looking chestnut and still a valuable broodmare. Artful has just returned from England, and of the sixty-seven broodmares now at Brookdale not one is without a creditable history, either as a producer or a winner in her racing days. Eugenia Burch is among them and she has to her credit a fine yearling by Broomstick of which much may be expected, for lie is a fine individual. Dominant, by Delhi, one of the great two-year-olds of the year, is taking his meals and light exercize regularly and to all appearances is as good as he was the day of his last turf victory. It is safe to say that there is now no better appointed stock farm than Brookdale on this side of the Atlantic. It would be tedious to enumerate and attempt to describe its great barns and other appointments which have been built with only efficiency, regardless of cost, in view. Its barns will furnish ample accommodation for 200 thoroughbreds, and the present e-quine population of the farm consists of twenty-nine weanlings, thirty-eight yearlings, sixty-seven broodmares and thirty-six race horses in training. Buildings are going up nearly-all the time and are of the best and most modern ••instruction, the utmost care being taken to look after | erfect sanitary conditions for horses as well as employes. There is now in course of construction on the place an expensive waterworks plant which will furnish practically unlimited quantities of filtered water for all purposes. This is furnished with electric power from Red Bank. Brookdale has throe up-to-date training tracks, fine is a mile, another is a half mile, and the third is a covered track for use during inclement weather. AU these are kept in perfect condition, just as if they were real race tracks in full operation during the racing season. The pay roll at Brookdale includes aliout seventy-five names. James Rowe. who has charge not only of the farm, but of the powerful Brookdale racing string, is generally accounted to be about the last word n practical horsemanship. His uniform success long ago was well able to S|x ak for itself, but he accounts himself fortunate in his association with two such sportsmen as II. P. Whitney and L. S. Thompson. His first employment as trainer was with T. B. and W. R. Davis of West Virginia. Then followed eminently successful engagements with the Dwyer Brothers. August Belmont, the elder Colonel Thompson, father of L. S. and W. T. Thompson; James R. Keene. and. finally. II. P. Whitney. He began his racing career early, riding race horses for three years and later, after he bad achieved success as n trainer, he s|H-nt several vears as a starter and steward. His principal activities in this line have been on the Pacific coast. Trainer Rowe employs three jockeys for the Brookdale Farm string. They are Joseph Notter. who rides when be can make the weight: Thomas McTaggart. who can ride much lighter than Notter; and P. Lowder. light weight. Besides its numerous buildings of modern construction and the splendid manor house now occupied by its owner. L. S. Thompson, Brookdale has a complete network of excellent roads over which an automobile can speed with even more safety than u|K n the excellent public roads of that favored portion of New Jersev. so that occupants of Brookdale can enjoy delightful little journeys over hills and through beautiful vales without going outside the boundaries of the estate. The land has not been stripped to place it in the highest possible condition of productiveness, but there are groves of splendid hard wood, richlv lux-uriaut hedges, long rows of shade trees and sentinel trees here and there sufficient to furnish shade for the horses, ami ever-varying landscape which is only hemmed iu by far off, irregular zones of black, green forest, liordoring the brighter and variegated ■Teens of meadows and pasture lands. Older residents of New York know well the lieauties of that great belt of rolling farm lands which extend south ward from Red P.ank and Long Branch almost indefinitely. Through nearly or quite all the deeper valleys of this beautiful region brooks wander down toward some larger stream: these are fed bv springs of cold. pure, limpid water, and it would seem that Brookdale has lieen particularly favored in the distribution of these creeks, brooks and rivulets. Taken all in all. no horseman cmhl be astonished that this famous New Jersey farm should accomplish wonders in horse production which even the world-famous bine grass farms of Kentucky might well emulate if not envy.

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