Incidents In Matt Allens Career, Daily Racing Form, 1918-07-10


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INCIDENTS IN MATT ALLENS CAREER New York July 9 W P Burch a veteran turf ¬ man who still is actively engaged in training and racing horses in sneaking of the late Matt Allen said that his first meeting with him was at Nash ¬ ville in either 1S70 or 1871 Hiawatha was a suc ¬ cessful and popular sire in those days and I wanted to buy a fouryearold filly by him said Mr Burch but Matt Allen beat me to her and bought her for what was a good strong price in those days Then I bought a threeyearold colt by Hiawatha out of a mare b Wagner they were not as par ¬ ticular about naming thoroughbreds in those days as they are now but my colts name was Jim Alexander and Mr Allens fouryearold filly was called Flush AVe were in a race at twomile heats There were several starters but Jim Alexander won the first heat and distanced all the others except a fouryearold filly named Nellie Grim Mr Allens filly Flush going to the stable after the first heat along with all the others and my colt and Nellie Grim were left to fight it out She won the second heat but my colt came back and won the third heat and the race That race constituted the record uy to that time The first heat was wen in 337 the second heat in 337 and the third heat in 337 Mr Allen did well with that marc Flush She was a large and beautiful animal and a fast miler but could not run two miles much less twomile heats in fast company companyGreen Green B Morris who is 84 years old but still strong and active mentally and physically could not say just when he first met Mr Allen but he well remembered meeting him in Kansas City as long ago as 1857 for on that occasion he had a match race with him at a halfmile Mr Morris sending to the post a large and goodlooking quar ¬ ter horse a gelding of unknown breeding named Spraddling Jack while Mr Allens representa ¬ tive was a smallish thoroughbred mare of not much class Sinaddling Jack won the race easily and Mr Allen along with some friends who had gone up from Nashville to back the mare lost heavily

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