Breaking and Training Yearlings: Old Gravesend Track Popular with Trainers for Educating Their Young Horses, Daily Racing Form, 1917-07-11


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BREAKING AND TRAINING YEARLINGS. Old Gravcsend Track Popular with Trainers for Educating Their Young Horses. New York, July 10. As is usual at this season of the year, the old Gravesend racetrack is extremely quiet and almost deserted; but within the near future the yearlings belonging to several prominent stables will be quartered there, as indeed sonny already are, and thou the process of breaking and educating these young horses will become an interesting subject of study to many who endeavor to, become intimately informed as to the peculiarities of the animals which will make their first appearance in the limelight of racing next year. Gravesend is a popular track for the breaking and early education of yearlings. It is a quiet spot, and as it has no racing, it is seldom that anything which could be called a crowd will be seen assembled there at any time of day. Such an experienced horseman and trainer as Eugene Leigh has opened a public training stable on the Old Green Morris place and George Odom has placed the fourteen yearlings which he bought at the sales for the Brighton Stables in as many boxes, and the work of breaking them is already under way. Besides these stables already established there for the training of yearlings, John Whalen, who trains the Wickliffe Stable, has fitted up quarters for twenty-eight yearlings, which are expected to arrive from the Kingston Stud, Lexington, almost any day. These yearlings are reported to be a remarkably fine band of individuals, the majority of them being home-bred. At present George Odoms string of yearlings is the largest at Gravesend, as it numbers fourteen. George Odoms highest priced yearling, which cost him ,000, was bought out of the John II. Morris sale, and is an impressive looking colt by Plaudit Wild Thistle, by Knight of the Thistle. Not only is he a large and grandly-formed colt, but he bears not only a striking resemblance to his famous race horse sire, Plaudit, but to that great race horse. King James, which was without doubt the most distinguished son of Plaudit. He is a large, but compact colt of distinctively masculine type, which looks like a fast horse, a weight carrier and a stayer. Fine Daughter of Adam Bede in Odom String. Another yearling in George Odoms string, which looks like a really good bargain is a big bay filly, by Adam Bede Patricia IV., by Ard Patrick, which won the Epsom Derby in 1902. This is a large, rangy filly of rather unusual size and substance. She has a long, bloodlike neck, grand shoulders, great depth through the heart, a wonderful middle-piece, and immensely powerful loin and quarters, and, like the Plaudit colt just referred to, she has splendid bone. Another particularly fine-looking colt in the Brighton Stable band is a colt by Fair Play Lady Aristocracy, by Rainbow. Although not quite as large as either of the yearlings already described, this is a colt of fine range, upstanding and having splendid substance. The big -chestnut colt by Celt Aurine, for which ,900 was paid, appears to be about the largest-yearling in the band, and he is formed like a racehorse. Another yearling in George Odoms collection is a brown filly by Celt Cowl by Hastings. She is a brown filly, neatly turned and racy looking. This filly cost 00. Another moderate sized brown filly in the Brighton Stable is a daughter of Bannock-burn Sebastiana for which trainer Odom paid 00. A strikingly handsome colt in the Odom band is a bright bay colt of fine size and substance and admirably finished. He is a bright rather light bay by Plaudit Foremost. He was knocked down at ,250. The remainder of the Brighton Stables yearlings are a good average band. Eugene Leigh has five of his own yearlings which he bought at the yearling sales at moderate figures and some of which ought to turn out to be good investments. He has them at his public training stable at Gravesend and is superintending their rudimentary racing education.

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