George Smith Recovers from Injuries.: At Least His Nomination to Saratoga Handicap and Other Fixtures Suggests Such is the Case, Daily Racing Form, 1917-03-17


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GEORGE SMITH RECOVERS FROM INJURIES. At Least His Nomination to Saratoga Handicap and Other Fixtures Suggosts Such Is the Case. New York. March 10,- One of the most interesting horses of the year is George Smith, winner of last years Kentucky Derby. Many of those making claims to more or less expert knowledge of race horses have asserted that last year did n it produce a two year old with a record eaaal to that of George Smith the preceding year, and when the latter won the Kentucky Derby a great three-year old year was predicted for him. Hut after a somewhat disappearing showing in two succeeding races — in the Latonia Derby and the Carter Handicap- be was taken to Chicago for Un-American Derby at Hawthorne Bark and then de veloped a mysterious lameness just in advance of the race and did not start. At the time it was asserted by some tliat the colts lameness was due to the Haartherne track, which hail been out of use a loag time and was thought by these clitics to be hard beneath the surface. I.ut trainer Baghea never made iniblic his own explanation for the colts gofasg a/roag, if indeed, he himself understood it. At the Sanford barn, on the day before the race, it was merely said that word was beiag awaited from Mr. Sanford M to whether the colt should ga after tie 0,000 race, but the opinion was eiitureil that Mr. Sanford "would not risk a o.dt like George Smith just for a 0,000 stake." and this prophecy proved true. George Smith was carted back east agaia, without the stables bav ing Started a horse at Chicago to reimburse it for its western venture. And George Smith has not started since. Almost every one interested in the welfare of raciag hopes to ice the great son of Out of Beach cone to the race- this year fully recovered from his three year-aid iajariea and his nomination to the Saratoga Handicap and similar features leads to the hope that such will be the -usc. Hardship of Claiming Rule. The hardship hapoaed on owners of the better class of horse-, by the claiming rule was illustrated in the kalitau .race at Hot- Spring-. Wednesday. Kalitan was a maiden, boaght early in the winter by A. A. Keilly. the wealthy New Yorker, who is a newcomer to the turf and is seeking to gi t together a Stable of good horses. After beiag carried along for three months he was started in a claiming race about the only kind available theae days at the winter meetings and after winning impressively probably more impressively than • veil his trainer had expected the horse araa im mediately claimed away from Mr. keilly before the litter got all of his purchase price, to say nothing of the expense of shipment and lioard for several weeks. The effect of the claiming rules mu-t in- • vitably !«• to keep the DWaer* of the better lass of horses away from the meetings where they predominate. Kalitau i by Key Hindoo -Dally and was bred by Ifeaara. Laarreace £ Coaaatock at their California ram h. He raced three times as a two year-old in .Mr. Coaaatoeka colors. I-ram is Nil sou. steward at Hot Springs, says that Kalitan has worked almost as well as Keoehares.

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