Glory Of Old Rancocas: Famous Farm in New Jersey That Pierre Lorillard Established.; Noble Establishment Which Produced Parole and Other Great Horses., Daily Racing Form, 1919-03-24


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GLORY OF OLD RANCOCAS Famous Farm in New Jersey that Pierre Lorillard Established Noble Establishment Which Pro ¬ duced Parole and Other Great Horses I dont believe there will over bo such another stock farm as Kancocas the old Pierre Lorillard place atJobstown X 1 was in the early eighties said Dr Oliver C Farley tlie veterinarian who for several years had charge of the thoroughbreds at Itiincociis which was then the largest place of its kind in America That was in the good old racing days when Iroquois went across from Ran cocas to win tlie Derby and Parole to win the New ¬ market Handicap City and Suburban Handicap Epsom Gold Clip and other famous English racing fixtrtjes fixtrtjesJust Just as there was no other farm quite like Kan cocas In my opinion there was no other sports ¬ man as remarkable as Pierre Lorillard Dr Farley eontjnued Lorlllanl was not only lavish in his expenditures of money on sport especially racing lint he took an active part himself himselfHe He was a great whip an excellent shot with rifle or shotgun and an expert boxer To see him tooling with liis fourinhand in and out of crowded streets was a sight that always called forth ad ¬ miration He was a thorough true sportsman and would bet with the bookmakers when his horse was entered in a race as long as they would take tlie money lie would usually bet 0000 at a time timeAlthough Although lie was fond of betting on his horses lie believed in obeying the letter of the law When 1 on tin p won the second Suburban at Sheepshead Ray I iremcmlKir tl E roy Gray law had Just om vJiltBl vJiltBlw w teft prohibiting betting Although tlie price against Pontiac was u good one Mr Lorillard 1efiised o bet on his horse in violation of the law Not only that but he ordered all the stable em ployfs not lo bet on pain of discharge dischargeRANCOCAS RANCOCAS A SPLENDID HOME HOMEitahcoeas itahcoeas wan Lorillards great diversion from the cares of business It was not merely a stud for the lirecding of fine horses Registered cattle and liogs were bred there and part of the place was used nst game preserve where deer brought from German English pheasants and red English hare might be hunted There was a fish pond stocked with terrapinA carp and terrapin A dug kennel run on English lines by Percy Ohl ttas a feature of the place There was a stable of Shetland ponies Kaneocas was 1800 acres in extent and had a track seveneighths of a mile long for training On each side of this track the length of the stretch were flower beds where beautiful blooms grew in the warm months monthsIn In tlie early 80s there were about 100 brood marcs at KanciKas Saxon was the head of the stud until displaced by services from tlie great Leamington which was brought over by Sir Rodcr ick Cameron who for a long time had a big place on Staten Island Ixramingtons line is bred out anil forgotten now I guess but his progeny at Ranoneas were highly successful including Parole one of the greatest handicap horses ever bred in America AmericaIroquois Iroquois was bred by Aristides Welch at Erden helih 1a and bought by Mr Ixirillard as a year ¬ ling and so was not a product of the farm at lobstown He was never tlie horse that Parole was in my opinion This was in the heyday of the Lorillard stables and tlie cherry and black colors often came through in front It was Mr Ijirlllards habit when he won a big race to tip the jockey and trainer fOO each This was his favorite tip iind he usually gave it to any of his employes In thought had done particularly good work workGREAT GREAT HORSES IN XORILLARD COLORS COLORSIohtiae Iohtiae Comanche Iroquois Parole Duke oi Magenta Glenlyou and others carried the Rancocas olors to victory Charles Littlefield father of Fred and Nelse had come down from Canada to train them and we all lived at Rantocas excepl when actually racing One year the progeny ol Ijeamington there numbered fifteen yearlings all of which raced well afterward afterwardIt It was a great stable and I remember at the time the success of Rancocas horses was attributed 10 tlie fact that they were bred under glass This was true in a way of speaking for a big glass barn was built there where tlie foals and year ¬ lings could be exercised in the sun in the coldesl weather That was the only horse greenhouse ever saw It may have contributed to their success on the track trackOf Of all the horses in that famous string I think Parole was the one the trainers jockeys and even Mr Lorilhml himself liked best Parole was a human sort of horse Littlefield used to say lie knew more than many men he could mention mentionParole Parole for a thoroughbred racer was not as much on looks as some of the others When we ar ¬ rived in Kngland he had a somewhat shaggy coat and when the English horsemen saw him they laughed at the idea of his accomplishing anything against English horses Some of them even dubbed him the Yankee mule muleWell Well we all kept quiet and tuned Parole up for the Newmarket Handicap one of the big fixtures that uas soon to be run We knew he was good 11 was a great day I remember when all was ready for the race and the six starters were at the post 1 can remember seeing old MeGeorge the famous starter out there with his flag and with no barrier to bother him himHOW HOW THE YANKEE MULE WON WONIsonomy Isonomy the great English horse was the favor ¬ ite None of the Britishers gave a thought to Pa ¬ role which was the outsider at 100 to 15 We bet all the money wi could beg borrow or steal as the iving goes but the English bookies only laughed at such foolishness and did not lower the odds That was a favorite price for an outsider on the English t nicks nicksWhen When they got away the cherry and black could not In seen anvwhere We had a little English boy named Morbey on Parole and rteclded we would all be broke for the next few weeks When they hit the stretch Isonomy was in the lead by several lengths Tlie crowd yelled with glee and it looked as if the favorite couldnt lose unless lie fell down downSuddenly Suddenly a brown streak shot out of the bunch and closed up on the favorite like lightning The great crowd gasped It was Parole the Yankee mule making one of his famous finishes Morbey was riding the Itancocas gelding like a veteran jockey lie did not go to the whip however Parole did not need that thatThey They hooked up 300 yards from home and in one of the most grueling finishes ever seen on that historic course Parole trimmed the English champion We roared and raved as they were coming down the stretch and after the race found we had won so much money we didnt bother to collect all of it The English bookies neverlaughed at the Yanked mule acnin

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