Berlin A Candidate With A Chance.: Colt Has Worked Fast and Soundly--Was Not Named After the German City., Daily Racing Form, 1917-05-11


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I I BERLIN A CANDIDATE WITH A CHANCF. Colt Has Worl-el Fast and Soundly— Was Not Named After the Gorman City. By c. A. Bergia. Louisville. Ky.. May 1«». It arould be soaaethiag oT a yoke if the ..inner of the first Kentucky Derby run since tie war with Uerataay began should be named "lterlin." Tet it is admitted tiiat BerUa baa a rhaaee to win tile rich prize. He is being trained at Doug lls I.irk :u tiiis city by J. S. Ward, his awaei, who is one of tin- besl developera of good horses in the country. Last year Dodge was proof of his skill. The other day Berlin worked tie- Derby dhvtaaee in 2:00%. Last year lie did Bat do much as a two-year-old brcaaae of bad feel ami other minor ailn.ents, but tiiis year he seems perfectly sound and appears to be i:i splendid condition. Mr. Ward says he is satisfied with him and is coarriaced that he has "more thai a good chance" to in the Derby. BerUa is by. Jim Gaffaey -Autatee. He was bred by J. Ii. Thompson of Bucciicl near tliis city. When Mr. Ward bought him he had already beea named "Sunny Jim." Mr. Ward rhaaged ids nine to] Berlin. Store the striag. meat witli iermany grew pronounced. Ward lias been urged to change the name to something more palatable to America. "Stars and Stripe." aad "Incle Sam" lave been mentioned. Mr. Ward baa d ■■lined to make the change for two reasons; la the first place it would cost about .sitlt to chaiig the registry of the] j colt. In the aecoad place Mr. Ward sijs that j Berlin is not named after the Kaisers capital I city, but is earned after a type of automobile body. I 1 Mr. Ward is iaterested ia an aatoaaoblle ageacj ia Lexington and last year all of his horses names j ! showed the laflttl BUCC of the motor car. lie uame-i Dodge and Franklin after those ears. He named Berlin and Sedan after the types. "You ought to have been luckier when you named Berlin." aaU one of Mr. Wards friends. "If you bad picked anything etet pertaining to auto mobilS you would have heea all right. Why didnt you name him Limousine or Flivvt r or Cusoline or Carburettor, or anything except Berlin." "Well, you cant blame the horse for wiiat the Kaiser has done." replied Mr. Ward. "Anyway. Berlin has sad me hiniseK he is fur America first, last and all the time, and he is ready to join the cavalry Whea tiie time comes."

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