Big Help to Fall Stakes: Latonia Championship the Magnet for Entries to Other Features, Daily Racing Form, 1919-08-26


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BIG HELP TO FALL STAKES Latonia Championship the Magnet for Entries to Other Features. Eastern Owners to Send Their Stars After the Rich Kentucky Prizes. LOUISVILLE, K.v., August 2.".. Not only has the 0,000 Latonia Championship Stakes taken first rank as Americas richest turf event, but it also lias served to help fill the other biff stakes to be run at the coming Kentucky autumn meetings with a class of horses far above the caliber of those which formerly contested in these parts in the fall. In the entries for the various stakes which closed last Wednesday it can be seen that with few exceptions every eastern owner who made nominations has one or more horses eligible for the Latonia Championship Stakes, and evidently they figure that if they are going to send one down to run in, that race they may as well make it a good one while they ire at it and bring their whole establishment along; General manager l. J. Winn is on his way from Saratoga and he is bringing witli him a large number of entries for the stakes, many of them from horsemen who heretofore would not even make a complimentary stake nomination in the fall. Mr. Winn, and Harry,;.. tbnia, will soon be busily engaged in compiling the stake entries, and when this task is finished dates will be set for their running. NO COMPLIMENTARY NOMINATIONS. "There are no complimentary nominations in our list of stakes next autumn," said Mr. Winn, "as the Kentucky Jockey Club lias hung up so much money for the horsemen to run after that they could not resist putting in their best stake horses, and they will all be here. Men who formerly confined their racing operations exclusively to the east, with the exception of sending a horse west occasionally to run in the Kentucky Derby or one of our other big stakes, will find it well worth their while to stick around this fall, as we will make it plenty interesting for them in a financial way. I am especially gratified at the manner in which the long route stakes filled, as I nm a standi believer in long-distance racing, and the turfites in this section will be treated to a class of sport this autumn like they never witnessed before." As the Kentucky fall racing season gets closer, interest in the big Latonia stake is increasing, and inquiries in regard to the date of its running have been received from liiauy sections of the United States. Not only that, but even this early some requests for reserved seats have been received by the. Kentucky Jockey Club from other cities. To care for the vast crowd sure to be on hand to wit-jiess the running of the stake is going to be some task, but it will be arranged in some manner. Workmen are now engaged in enlarging the Latonia plant to some extent, and there will be much more room available for the patrons than was the case last Bpring. INTEREST IN THE CANDIDATES. EVery move of the Latonia Championship eliglbles which are racing at Saratoga is being watched by the racegoers in these parts. Most of them have given up hope of a Kentucky-owned thoroughbred winning it, and it looks as though it is going to resolve itself into a battle of the east on western soil. Racing fans hereabouts are not narrow-minded, however, and they are perfectly satisfied for the east to carry off honors if that locality furnishes the best-horse.. All that they want to see is a real horse race, and that is just why the big stake is worth so much money so that they fan witness a real contest, with the best three-year-olds of the country taking part. Regret has been expressed on all sides over the misfortune which befell Vancouver, one of Willis Sharpe Kilmers Latonia Championship eligibles, and practically the only one in which he could place any confidence as a worthy representative in the big event. Trainer Henry McDauiel had worked bard in an effort to get Vancouver in good form, and he just had him going fine when lie was cut ilown at Saratoga. Mr. Kilmer has a host of friends in this section who are pulling hard to see hira win the stake. He made them .when he showed his true sporting spirit by purchasing Exterminator to carry his colors in the Kentucky Derby after Sun Briar went amiss, and again when lie made an eleventh-hour buy of Frogtown for the same purpose. It looks now as though he will have to add to his stable if lie wants to figure prominently in the Lutonia Championship Stakes, but that would be .a costly task, as owners of horses eligible to that event are asking high prices for them. One thing in favor of the Championship Stakes is that with the exception of Vancouver no serious mishaps have befallen any of the other eligibles, and all of them should come west in the best condition possible. Cirrus is reported to have pulled up a trifle, sore in a recent race at Saratoga, but Continued pn second pace, BIG HELP TO FALL STAKES Continued from first page. owner Sam Hildretli has plenty qf time to work on him between now and the day the big race, will be iun. Hildretli is a. pretty keen man with a. horse, and if anybody can get Cirrus in condition to go a mile and three-quarters with some of the best of his age, he can. ETERNAL POPULAR IN KENTUCKY. What the people hereabouts: want to -sees is Eternal, James W. McClellauds. son of Sweep Hazel Burke, get a chance to show his real worth ou a fast track. Owner McClelland, being a native Ken-, tuckian and a. sportsman of the highest type, is extremely popular in these, parts, but his many friends have not had a chance to congratulate him around here this year, as Eternal could not deliver a victory fqr him in cither the Kentucky Derby or the Latonia Derby. A win for Eternal would be about as close a home victory as possible, even though McClelland has not held forth in the Blue Grass State for. some time. Tho gold cup, worth ,000, which was donated by certain members of the Thoroughbred Horse Association, and which will go to the winner of the Latonia Championship Stakes, will soon be ready to be placed on exhibition, and it will be a work of ; the jewelers art. It will bo a fitting trophy for : such a stake, and there is no doubt that some ; of the owners with horses in it would almost as soon have the cup as the financial prize. The men who clubbed together to purchase the cup are sportsmen of this type, and their idea is to make it a high-class sporting event and not one solely for money gain It is doubtful if any of them will have a representative in the race with much of a : chance to win, but they all were liberal nominators, and it was no fault of tlieirs if their candidates did not turn out as well as they expected. Racing secretary William II. Shelley will soon get busy, on his program book for the Lexington meeting of the Kentucky Jockey Club, and immediately after the date is set for the running of the Lexington Cup Handicap .and the Breeders Futurity it will make its appearance. The Latonia program book will not bo long behind it in coming out, as the only thing holding it back also is the setting of the stake dates. Horsemen from this section who have been racing . at Saratoga are beginning to return in large niim-. ; bers, while these who summered at Lexington, , I-ouisville and Latonia are "tightening up" their charges so as to have them ready in plenty of time. There will be too much at stake tlds fall " . for a horseman to take any chances on missing a race by not having a horse dead fit, and it is too . expensive to let them race themselves into condition. While ,tioy are doing .this they could be adding to . their owners purse winnings, and witii the size of the purses to be offered every victory will mean a healthy Increase in. this respect.

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