Resumption Of Racing In England.: Mr. Belmont Gratified and Points Out the Benefits of the Change of Policy., Daily Racing Form, 1917-05-22


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EESU1LPTI0N OF FtACING IN ENGLAND. Mr. Belmont Gratifi-.d and Toi:its Out the Benefits of the CV.ango o: Tolicy. New Sock. May 2L TI"- aews that Bagtaad has yielded to ti.,- paMie appeal for a coatiaaance of lor-.- ractaf .■ nd the BBaouBfesacnt thai those great .l.s-i.s. the Derby and Oaks, would be decided at Newmarket en May 99th and .lime ist. respectively, was welcomed by those interested in the ■aoti in this ooiiniiv. especially by Bat members of the Jockey bib. nrltboal whose eacaaragemeal the tarf ■.cull be !;ttii but ■• nam* in the United States today. As chairman of the geareralag bady of ra -ing in this coaatry, what lagasl Bebaoai baa to aay in conn, rtioa w 1 1 1 1 Bnglands .-h..,.-.. of policy has particular force. "Tic coactaafoa ef the Brittsh authorities that it is best to coiii.nue the test of ra. dug is gratifying," aid Mr. Iedinoiit. "and the lesson il coa vers should be far reaching. I; iadl cates that sp,.ii di.s not enter late the matter at ell. Badag was curtail, d iu Bagtaad as a war necessity, the aaaoaa •enseal of its abamtonaseal a rnoath ago for the period of the war was part of a policy of genera! economy in which the shortage of grain was a prominent factor. The great race .ours, s were ased as hospital*. What trtala had n held wre viewed as selective tests in order that the best marcs and stallams might be WBtlltd in order to keep the blood alive, lint iu spite of everythiag, BO important did the Bagltah government consider tin- thsaoaihlaul that they decided to revive tie se i ing testa and the announcement that tic Derby. Oaks aad other classics . raal -1 1m- reaewed sras forthcoming. The declstaa of the liritish authorities to continue ruing will be felt thr ugh. nit ti. • world and the wisdom of their policy wi!i not be quest io:ied. Derby Kun Continuously for 136 Years. "When a race like the Derby. Which has been run uninterruptedly since 17X1 i; dbcoattaaed, even for a year, much of its glamour is lost. The fact tiiat it has been held continuously for 199 years and that it was such an insti! ition that Parliament has been iid.joi.rned i-i ardCt that the lncmbeix might attend its ruining, is a testimonial to the solidity of the English turf. "We Americans have a peculiar interest in that iniiinl Derby of 17.SI1." reaSBBed Mr. Helmont. "be can..- it was won by Diomed, .i horse which was afterwards imported to the Baited States and whose blood is found in the pedigrees of our best horses. both thoroughbreds and standard -breds. As :: matter of fact the influence of Diomed is more widespread than that of any other horse brought to our shores. "How do I regard the outlook for the current aaaaaa here? There is promise of great sport, es -paetaHy in tin- three-year old division, whack would appear to be stronger than for many years past With ampfire, Hourless. Omar Khayyam. Ticket and a number of others, that have proven their quality all in training and doing as well as could be expected, the public may look for some brilliant sport before the end ef the spring meeting of the Westell* Star Kitring Association. There are good horses in the older division too and the younger performers must be up to a Ugh standard to hold their own with Fennant, Itoamer, Strombnli, The Finn, Spur and the other good handicap horses. Friar Lock, by his victories in the Brooklyn and Suburban Handicaps last year showed what a good three-year-old can do with older horses in the spring. The outcome of these classics this season will be awaited with interest."

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