Predicts a Great Eastern Season: C. J. Fitz Gerald, Prominent Racing Official, Says Country Aroused to Horse Famine, Daily Racing Form, 1918-05-07


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■ PREDICTS A GREAT EASTERN SEASON C. 3. Fitz Gerald, Prominent Racing Official, Says Country Aroused to Horse Famine. Buffalo. X. Y., May «.— C. J. Fitz Cerald was a visitor here Saturday, having come to attend the funeral of his former business associate, John V. Flanagan. Mr. Fitz Gerald reports a greater interest in racing in the east than at any time since the sport was revived in 1913. after a suspension of two years due to the stringent Agnew-Hart law, and was of the opinion that the meetings on tlie Jockey Club courses will have a full measure of success. The country at large is fully aroused to the situation which exists in tlie Inited States owing to a shortage of the proper type of army horse. The breeding of cavalry remounts, he says, is generally conceded as iK-ing a factor iu connection with racing, and liecuuse of this fact the thoroughbred has gained many new friends. Of the Havre de Orace meeting, where he whs one of the stewards, Mr. Fitz Cerald had the following to say: "The quality of the sport was exceptionally good. Cudgel was undoubtedly the best of tin- older division that rai-ed there. This four-year-old has developed into a singularly iKautiful horse, big. hut not lacking iu quality, and there is a lot of interest in connection with his career in 1U1IS. "There are those who think he is quite the equal I of Hourless and Omar Khayyam. It is many years since three as promising four-year-olds were out at the same time. "Cresson. the daughter of All Cold, racing for . Harrv Payne Whitney, has done more than any other of the fillies, though Fannie Mehan is undoubtedly a miss of more than ordinary calibre. "The Whitney gelding Blue Laddie, by Cylgad. is a big-bodied, short-legged typo, much resembling ■ the features of his noted sire, ami he showed real I race hois.- form. It would not lie surprising to i see him develop iuto a good stake winner. "The iierformaiiccs of Tlie Wanderer, the half-brother to Roamcr. have been disappointing, but both his owner. James McClelland, and Kimball 1 Patterson, his trainer, have not lost faith in him i and sav he will yet convince the public that litis a worthv half brother to Roam -r. Roamer never showed within twenty pounds of his best form on a 1 heavv track, and his followers aver that The Wanderer will make good when the going suits i him. "The attendance at Pimlico on the opening day was extremely large, with a liberal sprinkling of f the Washington social clement. "Many of the best horses will not make a start I until the opening of the New York season, at Jamaica, but there is a world of interest in the outcome of the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, with Paoii and War Cloud the most favored for tin-respective • events to date. there are several dark ; candidates for the Preakness which should run well I at the weights, George Starr, at ltli pounds, having : a good chance, in tlie opinion ofthose who saw him i win four races in twelve days.

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