Glad Macomber Will Not Retire: Decision of Californian to Continue Racing Pleasing News to Metropolitan Turf Folk., Daily Racing Form, 1918-11-13


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GLAD MACOMBER WILL NOT RETIRE Decision of Californian to Continue Racing Pleasing News to Metropolitan Turf Folk New York November 12 3Ictropolitau turfmen and followers of the sport were elated over the news last week from Pimlico that trainer W B Jennings had received word from A K 3Iacomber to the effect that the California turfman had changed his mind about retiring from the turf as an owner and would not Jiell any more of his horses While 3Ir Macomber has disposed of three good race horses in 3Iotor Cop War Pennant and War 3Iarvel which were but recently purchased by Commander J K L Ross still trainer Jennings has some formidable racers left also a big band of yearlings of high promise promiseRacing Racing folk here were loath to hear of the in ¬ tention of 31r Maconiber to retire for it is such men as lie that are needed to keen the turf on the high pinnacle where it belongs Frank Clark who for many years looked after the Sheepshead Bay course and whose experience dates back forty years remarked on the reentry of 3Ir 3Iacombr that lie was more like the old school of owners He reminds one of the days of the 3Iorrises the two Lorillards Pierre and George D D Withers G W K Lawrence and others of the old school who added dignity to the sport and enjoyed it from the moment the flags were raised in the spring until they were hauled down in the autumn autumnWe We still have a lot of real highclass men in ¬ terested in the thoroughbred like Major Belmont 3Ir Sturgis 3Ir Jolin Sanford 3Ir Knapp Richard T Wilson and other members of the Jockey Club Then there is Commander J K L Ross W R Coe Herbert L Pratt H P Whitney James Butler and many more of more or less prominence in the social world who are great additions to the turf To be candid the turf would not be much without such men I remember when I was a kid and had to crawl either over a fence or under it to get into a race track it was my delight to stand and stare at one of the dignitaries of the turf like Mr Withers or 3Ir Lorillard They were looked upon as the real tiling in those days by everybody It was an honor to be connected with the turf The same feeling that existed in those days will come back some day and it is not fat off either unless my judgment is wrong wrongIn In my opinion the turf today is in much better standing than it has been for years This iyar has done uuch to help it along and to further its recog ¬ nition among the classes and diplomats of this country The usefulness of the thoroughbred has been demonstrated The horse has shown to be a great power and hely in times of need and the better the horse the greater and more complete the result Horses have done their part in helping to win this war and they deserve the recognition due to them themGeneral General feeling is growing more favorable throughout the land that the turf should be recog ¬ nized by the government as it is in other countries It is only a question of management and that should be an easy matter to determine It is probable Canada will lay the foundation of excel ¬ lent turf government as soon as racing is revived in that country 3Iark my word the turf today is in higher favor ii this country than it has been in a generation

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