Sagacious Views Of Mr. Macomber.: Admires French Breeding and Racing Ways and Advocates Similar Methods Here., Daily Racing Form, 1917-06-16


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SAGACIOUS VIEWS OF MR. MACOMBER. Admires French Breeding and Racing Ways and Alvocateo Similar Methods Here. New fork, June 15. Noae of the recent recruils to racing has achieved greater popularity than A. K. Macomber, whose stable is the largest in traiaiag in tie- United States at present. Mr Ma comber has mule a host , f fri-nds by the aaalitj of his sportsmanship and when in- won his first race on Jockey Club tracks at Saratoga last August he was accorded a demonstration unique in the history of the turf in this country. If he aerer did anything more than pun-leise the yearling crop of the Maiden Brleigfa Stud of J. !:. Joel in Eagmad two years in succession. Mr. Macomber would have earned tin- gratitude of those Americans arbo are foad of a good horse, as ii,;. h mi- of the most highly prfated strains of M I iii Knglaad and will ultimately play a prominent pari in the development of tie- American thoroughly .. The recent mishap which placed three of the besl horses in tie- stable out of commission for the year and which would have dampened tie ardor I ah ;s enthusiastic derob f racing oal] r used .Mr. Macomber to remark to a friend who was sympa thising with him oa the retirement of North Star III.. Star Hawk and Dodge: "Its all in the gam. : a facer now ami then d ; us all good." Win n the Macomber colors were fir-.t seea ia tip- bm it W;lv geaerall] believed that it was his initial reatare in racing, hut it ir.iiispir.-s that Mr. Macomber, who lived in France for fifteen Fears, has bred horses all that time and taken loite an active iateresl in the sport both in thai r. pub lb- .inil Great Britain lb- is a meat admirer f lia- Preach and the way they handle the racing ,,r. --hi m ami believea that the Halted Stab i coaM with profit adopt many of the fea tares seea there, particularly thai pertaining to breeding. Praise lor French Racing Methods. "Thej handle racing superbly ia France." be said, "making it always an accessory looking to the perfection of horae type. The men who race broad an in the main represeatative of the highest type of citizenship and it is net surprising that .i has attracted the best American spartaaaea in the past, who. flatting eoaditioaa irkaome at home. hare gone to Praace, where personal liberty is aa- reatricted. These men and those with whom they •ne are in the snort .„■ the glory of the thhag. "Frances goremmeatal Stad system has !„•, n instrumental in the production ef rarleaa types of horae, each the heal of its kind, and it is only through this medium that the United States is roiag to make progreaa in tie industry. When every state in the Union has iis own stud under tie- supervision of experts the eoaatrj at large will realise the importaace of racing, far i : • nils- the thoroagbbred must play an all important pari in tin work her,- ;i:s; as he has in every other country in the world. In France they breed purely to type, and whether Pere heron, thorough -bred or other family Is beiag exploited, the aim is always to achieve p rfeetion. Coatrast this with the aimless methods which prevail in ihis country in. I eali/.e how far I, hied the limes we are ad how much we hav to leara. The breeding bureau of the Jockey Club has done well, but their field of opera t ion is limited, and it is net fair to ask one body of na-n or a single organization to cany all the burden. Farmers Should Raise Thoroughbreds. "Cur position in horae breediag today reminds me of the period when the BBtOSaobUe was being latrodaced. Those who owned aaotora started an agitatioa for « 1 roada and straightway the cry was rained that the rich wanted communities to build speedways over which they could race their ears. What portion of • citiseaahip has benefited :.!•,; by good roads 1 Tie- farmer, and its the farm- r. who will find a new field of fadraiaa whea the thoroagbbred • s into ids ewn. is doesnt cost much mere i,, raise a goad yearliag thoroachbred than it docs a steer. Today II arket lor the yearibag is restricted in this coaatry, hut if racing were general, as it araa abroad before the war. the American farmer with a few good marea would find himself in lie- same easj fiiianeial position as tin- Preach or Bagliah farmer who aecared mach hanilsoiner returns for his colts than he did for his steers. Me st alw.IVs have beef, but 00 would be i he outsiiie Iiuure for a roaag steer, while on he other hand :C H! e:irlings wouhl li. common. •Willi 1.250.000 la-ads of nondescripts takea froaa us for war parposea by foreiga buyers," said Mr. Macomber in coacludiag, "we hare gaittea rid of mach undesirable material. If there ever araa a lime for the government and for every individual who wants to see good horses prodajced here to get busy it is now. Its i.w chance el" a lifetime. I.i t us Im -in with warm bleed as a foundation and produce some types of which WC Will not be ashamed. Kaciag is the greatest sport of them all and a satisfactory feature of it is that while we ale enjoying it one of the chief economic values of the country is being stimulated."

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