Sun Briars Owner as a Breeder: Has Finely Appointed Stud Farm in New York State Called Sun Briar Court, Daily Racing Form, 1917-09-07


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SUN BRIARS OWNER AS A BREEDER Has Finely Appointed Stud Farm in New York State Called Sun Briar Court. By ONeil Sevier. Willis Sharpe Kilmer, one of the wealthy New Yorkers, who is going in for breeding in the Empire state, has named his stock farm, which lies just outside Binghampton, in the best agricultural country in the state, Sun Briar Court, after his crack two-year-old Sun liriar, winner of the Saratoga Special and the United States Hotel Stakes. Mr. Kilmer has Sun Briar Court pretty well stocked with English stallions and mares already. The head of his stud just now is Magic, a son of Mar-tagon, bred on his dams side like Mazagan, and he is spending as much money as the next man for English mares, which cross the Atlantic as often as it seems that there is a chance of the escaping U-Boat piracy. But his latest purchase of importance on the other side was not a mare. It was a yearling colt by Cicero, for which .lie paid the handsome sum of ,980. Harry Rites, a horseman well-known in Maryland, is managing Sun Briar Court. Sun Briar himself is, ultimately, to get his chance in the stud. The Sundridge colt has what looks like as fine a pair of young ringbones as ever disfigured a thoroughbred, but they do not seem to hurt him. He never takes a lame step and ho seemed to become faster and faster as the year progresses. Both Mr. Kilmer and his trainer, Henry McDaniel, a veteran of no illusions, are inclined to think that these disfigurements are not bona fide ringbones, but the results of injuries. But suppose they are ringbones. Rabelais, a son of St. Simon, which cut a big figure in English racing some years back and which has sent the Epsom Derby winner Durbar and a dozen other horses that have shown high-class form on English and French tracks to the Rices, is the proud owner of two regularly authenticated ringbones, and a spavin to boot. Nor was Rabelais the first thoroughbred with ringbones to go to the stud and sire sound horses. Sun Briar has done enough already to entitle him to a fair trial at Sun Briar Court and, if he shows next year that he is capable of maintaining his speed over a long distance of ground, lie will be worth setting up as a permanent stud institution. Breeders of Kentucky and Virginia, who conveniently forget Olitina, Remorseless, Regardless, Sir John Johnson, Caughnawaga, Chuctanunda, Molly Brant, Mohawk II., Herkimer, Rockville, Granite, Tom McTaggart and a score of other New York-bred horses that have held their own everywhere with the best products of the Blue Grass states, raise their eyebrows when men like Mr. Kilmer talks of raising higlj-elass horses in New York. With any of these doubters, who may have money for wagering, Mr. Kilmer offers to bet that he has nine yearlings at Sun Briar Court that will bear a favorable comparison with any nine yearlings that may be picked up in Kentucky, a jury from some neutral state to decide the bet.

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