Wonderful Season Ahead: Andrew Miller Sees Best Year of Racing since Early Nineties, Daily Racing Form, 1919-03-01


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WONDERFUL SEASON AHEAD 1 . Andrew Miller Sees Best Year of Racing Since Early Nineties. Great Wealth of Three -Year-Old Material No Question About Roamer Racing. NEW YORK. N. Y., February 2S. Andrew Miller, Jockey Club steward, and whose horse Roamer has been the idol of the New York public for the past four or five years, has spent the winter at home, with an occasional trip to Gravesend to see his old gelding and. as he says, pay bills for the upkeep of his stable. Mr. Miller Is inclined to believe the coming racing season will be one or the best since the early nineties. "There mav be a slight shortage of horses compared with what we had to draw from last year." said Mr. Miller, "but there will be ample to fill the races and create enjoyable contests. If all goes well, there will be a marvelous collection of three-year-olds I mean really good three-year-olds. There are prospects of nearly a dozen high-class horses in this division, and opinions differ widely as to which Avill prove the best. Some say .Billy Kelly, others Eternal, while many pin their faith to Dunboyne and War Pennant. Again, it is claimed that Sir Barton may upset all calculations. Then Purchase looms up as a prospective champion, according to rumors, aud Jimmy Rowe may have something to say with Blue Laddie and one or two others he has not yet sent to the post. "There are more, too, which did pretty well last year and ..which may develop into much better three-year-old . than theyuwersr f.vos. I doiitr thlinj -I -ever remember a year when there was t much good three-year-old material at the beg of a racing season. The older division i fairlv well supplied, which insures inte- v ""handicaps and stakes. Altogether the proare exceedingly encouraging, not only fosr? prosjiorous campaign but one that will develop spectacular finishes and excitement, ItyVs doubtful, in mv mind, whether there will be any" decided champion "crowned until the Saratogiumeeting is well advanced, so promising and equally matched is the material for tins years campaign. I think we shall find horses In the top division beating each other just the same as do selling platers, so closely are they matched." ROAMER WILL BE READY. In speaking of Roamer, Mr. Miller said there was no question he would race again, and at this moment was as playful as a kitten aiul looked anything but a worn-out racer. "Hell be ready to go to the post again as soon as Jack Goldsborongh calls upon him," said his owner, who has probably had more pleasure and satisfaction out of this one horse than can be expressed in words. Never has Roamer been sent to the post but a feeling of delight was in store for Mr. Miller, and even when beaten he was always satisfied with the efforts of his old favorite. "He wanted to do it, but just couldnt under tiie existing conditions," would be his owners comment after defeat. Then he would walk to the paddock to look over this honest gelding to see if he pulled up ns sound as usual. With all Roamers racing and training he has yet to take a lame step. He is one of those hardv horses that will probably last for three or four more years. Maybe he will not be taxed that long, for as soon as he begins to feel the effects of racing Mr. Miller will retire him for a life of case, on a farm, where he will receive almost loving attention as long as he lives. "Like a good man, Roamer deserves a comfortable pension after hi years of labor and honest efforts," is the claim of Mr. Miller. "He has earned everything that a horse can desire in retirement, and he is going to get it, even if I have to make sacrifices to support him. There is one thing I sincerely hope for that nothing ever happens to him in the way of injury or accident. There could hardly lie a more intelligent horse. He knows everything a horse should know. His Intelligence is so marked that Jack Goldsborongh often says he expects some dav the old general will answer him back when he speaks to him."

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