Noted Recruit to Breeding Ranks: S. A. Fletcher, Famous Owner and Breeder of Trotters, to Enter Thoroughbred End of Sport, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-04


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NOTED RECRUIT TO BREEDING RANKS S. A. Fletcher, Famous Owner, and Breeder of Trotters, to Enter Thoroughbred End of Sport. LEXINGTON, Ky., October 3. Stoughton A. Fletcher of Indianapolis, owner of the worlds greatest trotting sire, Peter the Great, and master of Laurel Hall, a million-dollar farm in Indiana, has decided to enter the ranks of thoroughbred horse breeders. This doesnt mean that he is going to quit the trotters. He intends to breed both trotters and runners, and it is his hope, as expressed in conversation witli friends here during the trotting races this week, that he may attain the same eminence on the running turf that he has attained in the light harness horse world. Mr. Fletcher will not take a plunge into thoroughbred breeding. He is going to feel his way carefully into it. Ho is beginning by inspecting the local breeding establishments and the stallions and mares thereon, acquainting himself with blood lines and getting an idea of values. Later along he will go to England to sec the horses and establishments of that country. He is arranging for the advice of men who are up on pedigrees and performances. His present intention is to begin with a stallion and twenty mares, and they will be the best that can be bought hero or abroad. T. L. Pierce has at the Kentucky Jockey Club track here a couple of yearling colts by Marathon which this morning demonstrated that they can run. They worked a quarter in 24 under restraint and with good weight up. They are the property of A. J. Gorey of Covington. One is a son of 111 Will, by Sir Dixon, and the other is a son of Crystal Blanke, by Transvaal. Pierce now is training a public stable, his connection with Frank J. Kelley having been severed after thirteen years.

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