Runnymede a Promising Stallion: Son of Voter-Running Stream Was Regarded as One of the Best Sprinters in England, Daily Racing Form, 1919-01-13


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RUNNYMEDE A .PROMISING STALLION Son of Voter Running Stream Was Regarded as One of the Best Sprinters in England. NEW ORLEANS, La.. January 11.; Tlie success that has attended the offspring of the young stallion Runnymede in the races for two-year-olds at the Fair Grounds so; early this year through the victories of, Metem and Ziziz, both bred and owned by A. B. Spreckels, the California turfman, has brought ltunuymede prominently to public atten-ti6n and. caused his stock "as a coining sire to soar to a "high level. In sending to the post the first two. Juvenile winners., the- yenrUiie. son of Voter ha undoubtedly sot a new record and established n reputation of which his owner may be justly proud. Metem and Ziziz, together with other, youngsters iii the Spreckels barn at the Fair Grounds, are"the first of the progeny of Runnymede, Which is the youngest stallion in the Spreckels breeding establishment in California. Runnymede was bred by the late James R. Keene and was raced in England, where he . was regarded as one of the best sprinters in that country. Several years ago he was brought back to this country by Emit Herz nnd sold at auction at Belmont Park for 2,700 to Barney Schreiber, who subsequently solil him to Mr. Spreckels for ,000. Sehreiber regarded the horse highly and urged Spreckels to buy him for breeding purposes. FIRST START IN THE "GUINEAS." Runnviuede, a chestnut horse, by Voter Running Stream, bv Commando, was fosTled in 190S and made his first start in a race in the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, England. Wednesday, April 20, 1911. In this he ran unplaced to Sunstar, Stedfast and Lycaoii; Another noted American that started in that race was Iron Mask. Although not placed, Runnymede ran so well in the "Guineas" that when his next essay came in the Marlborough Stakes of a mile at Gatwiek, he was a 2 to 5 favorite and won in a ranter from Amazed, Lux-enbourg and two- more. At Ascot June 15 lie won the forty-ninth New Biennial Stakes at five-eighths of a mile from the favorite Prince San, Melody and three; more fast sprinters. Next at Goodwood he ran unplaced in the Stewards .Cup, Borrow also being oho of tlie unplaced ones in a field of nineteen of the fastest horses in England. Unplaced was his jxirtion again in tlie Champion Sprint Handicap at Hurst Park. At Doneaster September 14 he finished third to Stolen Kiss- and Sunflower II. in the Portland Handicap, Spanish Prince, Braxted, Poor Boy, Bashtl, Iron Mask nnd Cigar being among tlie eighteen exceedingly fast ones finishing behind him. At Newmarket September 27 he ran third to Sunningdale and Iron Mask iu the Great Eastern Railway Handicap, nine others starting. Then! he won his remaining three races of the year. BEAT THE NOTED SHORT GRASS. Tlie first of these was the Exiling Handicap at Newmarket in which he defeated Wolfs Haven, Lespedesa. Sunningdale, Prince San and six others. At Sundown Park he won tlie Temple Handicap from Biter Bit. Beethoven and eleven more. At the Liverpool autumn meeting he took the Stewards Cup from Lavolt, Grammont and. eleven others, the subsequently noted Short Grass, now in the stud In this country, being one of them. Thus in his first year in racing Runnymede ran in . ten races, of which he won five and 2,205. After tlie racing season was over Mr. Keene sold his horses""In England at auction and Runnymede passed into the possession of S. T. Creet for 8,200. That he was a racer of quite remarkable sxeed was made plain by the fact that in nearly all of his starts he was contending with- tlie best sprinters England could "produce and held his own nobly. That was his year of glory and he did nothing effective in racing afterwards. In 1914 "Mr. Herz gave 550 guineas for him at a sale of Creets horses. The outbreak of the war caused Herz to leave England for this country and along with him came Short Grass and Runnymede. C. W. Carroll, who breaks and trains the Spreckels yearlings, declares that Runnymede is one of the most even-tempered stallions he ever saw and the dlreet opposite of the majority of the sops and daughters of Voter, which are erratic antK hard to manage. Rorinymede has a yearling colt, dam Egeriavwhich" trainer Carroll believes is the. best looking, youngster, bred on the Pacific coast in many years.

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