Horses Gathering at Louisville: Twenty-Four Kentucky Derby Eligibles Now at the Two Tracks-Horses from Juarez Arrive, Daily Racing Form, 1917-02-15


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HORSES GATHERING AT LOUISVILLE. Twenty-Four Kentucky Derby Eligibles Now at the Two Tracks — Horses from Juarez Arrive. Louisville. Ky.. February 14. — The advance guard of horses from the winter racing centers reached Churchill Downs a few days ago. when sections of the stables of Kay Spence and Joseph Imensetter arrived real Juarez. Several other smaller shipments got in at the same time. The Spence consignment came in charge of Cecil Howard, as Rpence himself had taken the residue of his stable to Tijuana to finish out the season there. The band brought here comprised the two-year-olds Red Snapper and Bed Salmon, the three-year-old Macmonde and the four year old I.athalett, which Spence recently acquired at Juarez. Coincident with the coming of this quartet, Oth rs belonging to the stable which had been turned out at Murphys •arm. near here, were taken up and brought to Churchill Downs track. This band consisted of Badge, Moneymaker. Wilhito. High Gear, Red Cloud. Mi-ladi Anne. Fight Fair and a couple of two-year-olds. Thes ■ two divisions combined bring the stables strength up to thirteen head, and will form a pretty shifty band for the spring and summer campaign on the Kentucky tracks. All of the horses turned out lust fall wintered in exeelh nt health and are ready to enter upon active training. This applies more particularly to Hodge, the star of the stable, now a six-year-old. The fifteen horses that Spence took to Tijuana will be disposed of there, as their owner does not consider them quite good enough to engage in tiie Kentucky campaign. TJmensetter Horses Have Wintered Well. The Umenaetter shipment consisted of only the mares Trappoid and Fascinating, liuonsetbr having disposed of Deckhand previous to the close of the Juarez meeting. His return to Kentucky was hastened by his de-ire to take up the horses ami glare them iu active training again. This number included the veteran Gruvor Hughes, winner of many a hard fought battle on the Kentucky tracks. Billy Joe, Billows, Old Mis.;. Creatweod DM County Court. Noiireddin. a yearling and the Kentucky Derby eligible Geo. C. I,ove. The bitter. together with County Court, is the property of Iearce and Henry, while Billows and Old Miss af owned by T. M. Murphy. Nourcddin is the property of J. B. Goodman. Imensetter is much satisfied over the fine manner in which all of the horses wintered, notably Grorer Hughes, with Which he expects to win many races this year. Geo. C. Live also came out of winter quarters in good condition, and is ready to start in training for the Derby. His trainer believes the colt is of Derby calibre, and will give him a regular course of training for the big race. Imensetter thinks highly of Trappoid, and he might well do so. for the mare comes back from Juarez witli an unbeaten record, having won five consecutive races at the Mexican track. She has been entered iu the Frank Fehr stakes to be run at the Churchill Downs spring meeting, and also in stakes to be decided at Douglas Iark and I.atonia. Along with the Imensetter consignment from Juarez cause the mare Shadow, which Harry Wul-hattser shipped to Cot 1 in an and McKinney. This mare did not race well this winter, hut on account of her breeding she will be used as a broodmare, and will be sent to Wiekliffe stud, to join the already extensive list of mares now at the Corrigan and McKinneys breeding establishment. Horsemen Pleased with Early Closing. The closing this year a month earlier than heretofore of entries to the Kentucky Derby and other spring fixtures to be run at Churchill Downs is regarded with mil .h favor by horsemen here, who believe that the longer interval between the publication of the list of candidates and the day set for the race, May 12, will afford trainers of Derby eligibles larger and fuller scope for their operations. The early closing also affords a wider discussion and arouses keener public interest in the rich contest. Now that trainers know just what horses their charges are to be pitted against, they can go along with a full knowledge of what they are up against. Now that the list has l een made public, training operations at both local tracks are going along with a rush. Out of the seventy-five named for the Derby, no less than twenty-four are already on the battle ground, and this number will be considerably augmented by the early arrival of others. Most of those already here have been quartered here since last fall, and are therefore thoroughly acclimated. The general health of all of them is excellent, and not one serious case of illness has been reported. This applies also to the other horses at both Churchill Downs and Douglas Iark, despite the unusually severe weather of the past month. The list of Derby eligibles now at the local tracks embraces five of Corrigan anil McKinney: Assume. Acabade, Conduit. Swan Song and Vague; five belonging to J. W. Schorr — Harry Kelly, Cudgel. Butterscotch II.. IVnrod and Spring Wheat: three the property of Middleton and Jones — Guy Fortune. Gallant Lid and Dcland: two belonging to the Sunset stable Defense and Star Finch, and the following he property of various other owners — Green Joins. Peter Jay. Keurward, Milkman. Crack oDay. lop o th Wave. Midway, Geo. C. Love. Berlin. Watcrford and Al M. Dick. Andrew Millers Ticket and the Kentucky Stables eligibles Torch bearer and Golden Fox are due to leach here next week.

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