Kentucky Breeders Optimistic: Wonderful Prices at Recent Yearling Sale Incentive Ti Keep Pace with the Demand, Daily Racing Form, 1917-08-17


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KENTUCKY BREEDERS OPTIMISTIC. Wonderful Prices at Recent Yearling Sales Incentive to Keep Pace with tho Demand. Saratoga, N. Y., August 16. In chatting about turf interests in Kentucky, John Hachmeister said that everything looked particularly rosy in the Blue Grass country. The Kentucky breeders Avere in a most optimistic humor and Avould be apt to do their best to keep advancing the scope and quality of their great breeding establishments to keep pace Avith the demand for thoroughbreds of the "highest class, which had been aptly illustrated by the splendid prices A-hich had been realized at the sales thus far held in Saratoga. "You will not be surprised," lie said, "whea I tell you that "the turfmen of Kentucky are not at all peeved because the Avealthy turfmen of the east have been taking the cream off these sales at such prices as they themselves did not feel like paying. I reckon it is harder on our tracks than on our breeders, for of course, we would like to see these high-priced colts and fillies racing for the rich prizes Ave have to offer; but then you know some of them will come out and take a chance for them and some of them will Avin them. Hut all this time Kentuckians and other Avestern turfmen Avill be on the lookout for some good youngsters to meet your eastern candidates, and Avhen lie gets hold of one Avhich can turn the trick, he Avill have something AAiiich he can sell to one or other of your eastern turfmen at a handsome profit. "You knoAV after the Avest has been carefully combed for the best yearlings to be found, it al-Avays is possible that something may crop up unexpectedly and show that he has quality for Avhich no one ever had given him credit. Then he is carefully nursed along, and if he does not win the first big stake in which he starts, he is apt to show sufficient form to tempt one of the big buyers to take a chance on him by giving his Kentucky owner a profit on him which he cannot afford to disregard. Then the dam and sire of this colt go aAvay up in public esteem and so Avill the prices of his sisters and his cousins and his aunts until the presumptive value of Avhole families of Kentucky thoroughbreds become a A-aluable asset for the breeders of the whole state."

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