Omar Khayyam is Not for Sale: Wilfrid Viau Says He Will Not Part with Either Omar Khayyam or Westy Hogan, Daily Racing Form, 1918-05-23


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OMAR KHAYYAM IS NOT FOR SALE Wilfrid Viau Says He WiU Not Part with Either Omar Khayyam or Westy Hogan. New York, Slay 22. — Regarding the offer of 5,000 for Omar Khayyam, made by E. B. SIcLean of Washington. Wilfrid Viau, owner of the great colt, said : "I had a talk with Sir. SIcLean at Pimlico no longer ago than last Wednesday, when we both saw-War Cloud win the Preakness. At that time I explained thai Omar Khayyam was not for sale, nor did I care to sell Westy Hogan, another one that we all believe to be a great race horse. I did, however, say that I would take 00,000 for these two horses. In view of the fact that I placed such a valuation on them, making the price of Oiaar Khayyam 00,000. and that of Westy Hogan 00.-000, i thought it might as well be taken as a fact that neither one is for sale. "As a matter of fact, neither Omar Khayyam nor Wcslv Hogan is on the market. And there is more than that to consider, for Omar is the exclusive property of Sirs. Viau. and her pet possession. It was she who ordered that he lie purchased when he was put up at public sale by Slessrs. Billings and Johnson, anil her orders were to get tiie horse, no matter what he might cost. It was her first venture at buving a real race horse, and if any one thinks he can buy him he is welcome to the try. Of course, I take the same pride in Omar as diss Sirs Vian, and am almost equally proud of Westy Hogan. but should she lie willing to part with her horse I also would part witli mine, provided we get the price of 00,000 I have mentioned. "Now you know that neither of these horses are fur sale. Just what has prompted an offer. I do not know. Sirs. Viau and myself are just as fond of a good horse as any one could bo. and there is no reason why we should consider selling one that we know is good. I see no chance of getting any other that will match up to either of those we already have to race under our colors, so why should we think of selling themV"

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