No Long Distances For Old Rosebud: Apparently Trainer Frank Weir Will Confine the Veterans Racing to Sprinting Races., Daily Racing Form, 1919-07-16


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NO LONG DISTANCES FOR OLD ROSEBUD Apparently Trainer Frank Weir Will Confine the Veterans Racing to Sprinting Races NEW YORK N Y July 15 Never was there ia more brilliant opening for three weeks racing at Empire City track than was that of Saturday Had accommodations been three times larger there would have been congestion for some of the spec ¬ tators It was a string of automobile tops and straw hats from the entrance gate to the outer edge of the course proper It was a mixture of the Ypnkcrs Mount Vcrnon and surrounding communities added to the regulation New York crowd which has been of gigantic proportions ever since racing began here last May Notwithstanding the clubhouse has been enlarged to more than twice its original size it was absolutely inadequate to provide even stand ¬ ing rpom for tlie inemlters aiidthelr friends The same conditions arc likely to continue throughout the meeting Lively contests are anticipated at Empire City owing to a better class of horses being housed there than usual There are a number of Kentucky stables here and In addition H P Whitney has ordered the Albert Simons end of his racing establishment to be raced there instead of going direct to Sara ¬ toga Mr Simons had already made arrangements for shipment to the Spa when ho received word to rearrange his plans and remain at Jamaica from where he will ship his candidates as required by van This means that both Panoply and Cobwebs might be seen in action as this pair of young fil ¬ lies are in the hands of Mr Simons It Is not likely however they will meet any of the western cracks of tlieir division as all the good young isters from Kentucky have been headed for Saratoga but the presence of Cobwebs and Panoply will add zest to the local sport as well as other horses carry ¬ ing the Whitney colors Judging froiri the action of Frank Weir in with ¬ drawing Old Rosebud from the Empire City Han ¬ dicap atamile and an eighth this noted trainer intends to confine Old Rosebuds racing to short distances Ho intended to start the famous old gelding in the Katonah for which he was scheduled according to program to carry 127 pounds It ap ¬ pears however there was some clerical error or error in transmission in the Aveights carded and sent out in the entries as the weight on Old Rosebud in that race should have been 138 pounds This was the race in which Mr Weir intended to start Old Rosebud but upon being informed of the additional weight to carry scratched him and also withdrew him from the Empire City Handicap in which he was to carry 129 pounds over a mile and an eighth course It is doubtful if Mr Weir will ask the old horse to do much more strenuous work than a mile or a mile and a sixteenth in future except ¬ ing under the most favorable conditions conditionsMARYLAND MARYLAND SITUATION DISCUSSED DISCUSSEDWhether Whether Marylanders will be able to organize throughout a similar conditions of affairs to those which govern in Kentucky remains to be seen but the first step towards collaboration has been taken in the purchase of a controlling interest in Havre de Grace track by the horsemen of Maryland and Individuals Tlio success of Kentucky in this re ¬ spect is a beaton which will no doubt be sighted and followed by those who have the perpetuation of the turf and thoroughbred at heart in Maryland Racing and its profits for Marylanders is likely to b bt t tluy Jlogan JdejitefprtliV nowthat the aundar tion has been laid From all sources this opinion seems to be the safest and sanest means for the continuance of the sport as it will interest all Maryland in the production of the horse as well as enrich the state Legislation it is claimed will be more generous when it can be shown that the state will receive benefits heretofore unknown as well as Individual Maryland stockholders In a litn ited interview some time ago with W P Riggs of the Maryland Jockey Club he Intimated that in his opinion more than enough money could be subscribed to purchase the interests of all the Maryland racing institutions there being many rich Marylanders who were interested in the thor ¬ oughbred and its future futureTlie Tlie price to be paid today for the Havre de Grace control is 250000 and considered a fair and cheap concession on the part pf the sellers as that amount of money can possibly be garnered the first year of occupation after which the track can be run for the profit of horsemen and the state with a fair percentage for division among the stock ¬ holders If Maryland can fall in line with Ken ¬ tucky In regard to ownership of the tracks there may be many changes in the running of affairs one of which might Ue the reduction in percentage de ¬ duction from tlie mufuel machines By such juethods racing would be barricaded to some extent from the attacks of individuals who are only too willing to point to excessive profits as a club against the sport and industry

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