Leigh Pleased with McLean Stable: Trainer from France Much Impressed with Looks of the Horses and Predicts Success., Daily Racing Form, 1917-03-10


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LEIGH PLEASED WITH McLEAN STABLE. Trainer from France Much Impressed with Looks of the Horses and Predicts Success. By Ed Cole. New York. March 9. — F.dwnrd B. McLean will hate I good stable of horses to begin the Benson, according to the verdict of Eugene Leigh, who has been engaged to direct the racing affairs of Mr. Mcl.e.in. "It is a pretty fair-sized stable." said Mr. Leigh, "and from the looks of the horses they will not be backward either in training or racing. The two-year olds from the Kancocas Farm are promising as they stand, but one never can tell how they will shape up when racing. Being engaged by Mr. Mel. can lias changed my public training st.ibh plans as Ill have enough to do to look after the welfare of the homes and the interests of Mr. Me Lena. Vim know placing horses in races is almost eighty per cent of the game. Training is methodi eal work, but placing horses iu races is almost an art. "I may return to Franco after the war is over as I have large interests tied up over there. When the war broke out I had eighty horses in training and hate had as high as ISO horses to look after at one time. My place in Paris was the largest training quarters in the world, so I have been told, having 120 stalls in one place, sity ill another and four hospital stalls. I had my hands full at all times. The place now is idle, so you can see why I might have to go back after the war to settle up my affairs." Unable to State His Affairs. When asked if he would probably return to France permanently, Mr. Leigh shrugged his shoulders in true French fashion, intimating that it was impossible to say at this time. "My barns are so built that they could be divided if necessary, thirty renting to two establishments," continued the interna tional horseman. "The war upset me pretty badly and it would take time to build up a bnsim ss again. I really cannot say what I would do if the war broke favorably. In the lneui.time I am going to try to make Mr. McLeans stable a paying institu tion." The scratching of Hendron out of the Empire City Handicap, by the Empire City Association, only ihewa how necessary it is for owners to watch closely their accounts at the close of a meeting. Mr. Kyb- evidently overlooked the fact that he had an entry in the Btticott City Handicap at Laurel, for which he owed the small sum of 0M. It was probably an oversight on lis part. The trouble that has followed should be a lesson to owners to keep an eye ..n their stake entries and forfeits. Keeping out of the forfeit list should be one of the primary objects of a horse owner. It not only looks bad to have ones name published in tin- Calendar, but. as in the case of Hendron. it cuts out an opportunity sometimes to win a goodly stake. Jockey Club to Protect Employers. In the spring season labor is a bit scare around racing stables. Some trainers have the habit of entiling rubbers away from their employers. ,,]„, exercise bays when they show any ability. This is much against tiie rules of all governing bodies of racing and a names that arouses tiie indignation of horsemen who lose their help. The Jockey Club Inn- has decided to put a stop to this sort of thing and. upon complaint, will go to extreme meaaarea to punish tlios • who attempt to hire an employe away from Mother stable. The rules are explicit on UM question, the punishment for infraction also. The weather in this section is gradually moder ■ttag and trainers hope to have their horses on the track sometime n. xt week, unless there is u decided change in atmospheric conditions. Mr. Pelz. the superintendent of Helinont Park track, is waiting anxiously with his teams and harrows to get to work at the fu-t opportunity ••It wont take me twenty I.uir hours to have the tin, U in condition to work horses," -aid he. "if the weather will only -how si-us of a permanent I ha BI.II BVCTJ trainer is anxious to get out. 1 am as anxious as they are. I think we shall see borate working ul1 week if the wana weather continues,."

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