Preparation for Derby: Eternal to Receive Early Training at Oaklawn Park, Daily Racing Form, 1919-01-24


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PREPARATION FOR DERBY i i Eternal to Receive Early Training at Oaklawn Park. Similar Tactics Used in Case of Omar Khayyam in 1917 to " Be Followed. i LOUISVILLE, Ky., January 23. Word reaches here from Hot Springs that the great colt Eternal is developing wonderfully and gives every indication of repeating in his three-year-old form the splendid record he made as a two-year-old. Eternal, according to the program "mapped out for him, given the same sort of preparation that proved so successful in the case of Omar Khayyam, the Derby winner of 1917. It will be recalled that Omar did not start until he was brought to Lexington. He worked out at Oaklawn. a track which has many historic associations of the turf. Om:ir Khayyam had probably the best prospects for the 1917 Derby at all times. The reason he went to pthe post at .odds of 12 ,ti 1 wlll nUvayf. be a mystery, except that in the vast concourse of humans who looked out over the track ninety-five per cent regarded a trial effort at Lexington as conclusive. Charles T. Patterson, trainer of Omar Khayyam, was a brother of Rody Patterson, who is trainer of Eternal. Thus it may be seen that the history of the two colts run parallel, they being prepared at Hot Springs arid by brothers. Another significant feature in connection, with Eternal is that one of his owners, Edward F. Sims, is a Kentuckian, and it is the first real chance Kentucky has had at the Derby since 1914 Old Rosebuds year.: . GRAND SON OF -NOTED BEN BRXTSH. Significant in connection with. Eternal is the fact that he is by Sweep, a son of Ben Brush, by Bramble, one of the real turf champions of Kentucky. Ben Brush died in 1918, full of years, and with a record of many winners sent to the post. It was in the spring of 1895 that Ben Brush won the Derby in a thrilling battle with Ben Eder. which lasted right up to the end. In fact, many of the spectators thought that Ben Eder had won. Bed Brush wasv tweiity-fiveyears of age a patri-: archal record for a horse when he died. One otitis sons, the sturdy Broomstick, sired Regret, winner - of the 1915 Derby. Broomstick was also the" sire of Meridian, winner of the 1911 Derby. For years Broomstick vied with Star Shoot for the honor of being premier sire of the American turf. It was another son of Broomstick, Escoba, which gave Exterminator a sharp battle for the 1918 Derby, the winner being by McGee, which had previously been represented by the victorious Donerail in 1913. There is no doubt that Eternals training will be followed with vivid interest by all Kentuckians, who are hojieful that one of the many entries from the good old .commonwealth will account for the 1919 Derby. : :

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