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PICT0R MA Y FURNISH A SURPRISE BRED TO STAY FULL ROUTE OF LATONIA CHAMPIONSHIP STAKES BALUSTRADE S CHANCES DUBIOUS By EXILE Never yet have I heard the name of Pictor mentioned as a probable starter". in the Latonia Championship. I trust the gelding has, not .gone amiss, for he is at all events bred to stay the full Championship course and 1ms besides all the earmarks of an approved stayer. Geldings, however, do not as a rule shine in the summer days of their three-vear-old form, but as the. season is now well advanced both three-year-old fillies and geldings must improve. Onlv a day or two ago I noticed Pictors name among those" entered for a mile and a quarter race at Jamaica, but for some reason the horse did not start, so his actual staying powers, no matter his breeding, can only be conjectured. On September 23 Fietor finished ahead of Lucius over the mile course at Aqueduct and eleven days before this beat an ordinary baud over a like distance at Relmont Park. The five-year-old Mary Helle, at one pound actual weight, was a half length too good for him on his first autumn appearance on metropolitan courses. I myself saw him beat the recent winner. Welshmans Folly, and the sure starter Vulcanite in a hot finish at Saratoga, Pictor running as though he would improve, and as there is a 0,000 stakes to be run for, it would not be in the least surprising to see Pictor one of the competitors next Saturday. Pictors sire, Picton. could hop along a bit himself, winning the Dewhurst Plate as a youngster, and the following year ran second to Spearmint for the Derby. Picton is by Orvieto, brother, to Laveno and half-brother to Ponza. dam of Positnno. which sired four winners of the two-miles Melbourne Cup in Australia." Pictons dam... Hecuba, also. -foaled -Hector and;, is-a- daughter oT the Cup horse Isonomy and a member of the Persimmon branch of the No. 7 family. White Vail, dam of Pictor, is by the dual Ascot Gold Cup winner. The White Knight Sister Angela, bv St. Angelo. On down the line appears the name of Novitiate, dam of the Cambridgeshire winner Marco, a horse I take it, that would have started Oriental Queen, dam of Balustrade, is a really ; well bred mare, as is Debacle, dam of his sire, Hanbridge. A big, upstanding- bay is .Balustrade. I saw him at Belmont Park Teccntly and was much struck with his hard finished, racing like appearance and outline and I do not think the best of him as a race horse has yet been seen. Cirrus, beat him a nose for the Knickerbocker Handicap at Empire City, the Derby winner. Be Frank, in third place. Purchase was only one length too much for him in the Empire City Derby of one and one-eighth miles. Cirrus this time tho short-ender. Of course, Purchase was conceding weight, but what price Purchase, in the scale weight, Latonia Championship. Previous to the running of the Empire City Derby Balustrade had beaten the Hopeful second Daydue and Duchess Lace for a mile dash. Such is the midsummer racing form of Balustrade. I take it he will improve a lot on- this. The cut of his jib suggests it and his breeding, especially on his dams side, is first class. There an odds-on favorite in any such field as will, go to the post for the Latonia Championship. Given a start, if a surprise is to be effected, Pictor is just the sort of horse to bring it about and, judged on his blood lines, comes out second best to Mad Hatter. After all. there is much in this life to be thankful for. There is cause for thankfulness that on the morning after there can be no possible excuse for startling reversals of form headings, for racing over the Championship distance will be as much of a new experience to the contestants as it will be a source of fresh enjoyment to the spectators. If breeding counts for anything in racing, it counts for scale weight races over the Championship distance and. according to my estimate, tho breeding of Mad Hatter suggests success more than does that of any other of the probable starters. Bred to stay on both sides, of the house, his sire a member of the Maid of Masham family, and his dam a daughter of the Triple Crown winner. Rock Sand, and bred, too, on the outcross blending plan of mating. Mad Hatter is now a thoroughly exposed horse. Taking a line through Sir Barton, was it any disgrace to be beaten by a three-year-old which has time and again proved himself to be the best horse of that age now racing in this country? Greatest even in defeat is Sir Barton, his third to Cudgel and Exterminator, the two best handicappers, when conceding weight to both is Sir Bartons best performance. In the scale weight Saratoga Cup Exterminator finished well ahead of the three-year-old Purchase: Cudgel, giving six pounds, was four or five lengths in advance of Exterminator at the finish of the Merchants and Citizens Handicap. Of .course,- Cudgel has his off times, but when he is as good as he was on Merchants and Citizens day it would take a three-year-old of the class of St. Simon to beat him. Therefore. I must make Mad Hatter, which was only two lengths, astern of Sir Barton in the Maryland Handicap, judged both on performance and pedigree, my choice for the Latonia Championship and find that War Spirit and Pictor seem to have the best claims for situations. Doncaster 5 Stockwell 3 k nr i I IJeml 0r 1 J I Marigold r, k chestnut, 1S77 j Rouge iose J Thormanby 4 H Ittnn.t . Ullen Home 1 K Macaroni ....... U S Sweetmeat 21 H Napoli 1 J I Jocose 14 H j Sunshine ......... J Thormanby 4 II f . I Sunbeam 1 K g . - - Sterling 1 b .12 J Oxford 12 E r Isonomy .19 Whisper 12 E " .S Hecuba .... 7 hay, 1S75 j isolaBella 5 Stockwell 3 E - I Isoline 19 E i j.i.,,... ic.n 1SJ1 black. H y Hermit 3 i Newminster . SE 2. I Helen of Troy... 7 J , Seclusion nil . . I Li Belle nelene... J St. Albans 2 E g tx - . . I Teterrima 7 E St Simon 11 j Galojiin E g r Desmond 10 j gl The White brown, 1800 -j j Trappist ...".!..".!!..". E . -C f Knight ...21 o I Jouarre ; Festfve H " bay, 1903 . Buckshot.. 22 J Solon 23 M - - 2 .Fella ...21 J I Magdalene 22 II 2 I 1 PimelT ameia .. i King John ..11 II 1" .-1 Eblana 21 II I I f St. Angelo 1C I Gaiopln 3 j jr.:":" and 1883 1 i sister Angela 3 Agneta .......... n;; bay, 1SU 1 . xiuncastcr .. 1C j Doncaster 5 E "."White Veil 3 J I Windermere 1 H Vnv!ti:ite Novitiate J Hermit E Kettj. 3 K ! Imported, to family number. is no use beating about the hush. I am a bit suspicious of Balustrades Leamington descent, through Banastar, which latter was not bred to be a great sire, and therefore did not score any great success as one. Debacle is by the Derby winner. Bend ; Or-lCrisis II., by that flyer. Springfield, sire of the dams of Colin and Sundridge. Oriental Queen is bv St. Simons son, Greenan, which is a member of the Sunflower, by Bay Middleton, branch of the No.l family. Empress is a daughter of that wonderful brood mare sire Meddler and Her Highness is by the Derby winner, George Frederick. Balustrade is a member of the Two True Blues familv, running on down by way of Mary Queen of Scots, by Blair Athol. and Thais, by Chanticleer to Phvrne. dam of Windhound and the French sire, Elthiron, by Touchstone. A most unusual blanch this of the No. 3 line, to be sure, and I do not know that any great horses come from this line. The family, however, is but a small one and Balustrade cannot be made out a loser on this score alone. His pedigree runs this way: f Farandole 23 5 tE"u"irer j S". .V. W WW." H Banastar ... fi f. chestnut. 1SS1 Uz Lexington 12 11 f f , , . 1C,. 189o . wuiiz Sc hottisehe 23 E o chestnut. f .Leamington .11 E c 2 . Blessing Onond.u.i j Susan 1!.ine y2 u f I i -i I Marina WW1 WW H 1 S f BO Or 1 Doncaster 5 j . ; ; " " - "rw 1 -i ch"nnt 1877 rouso Rosc 1 5 " bay, 1S99 , , St. Albans 2E . . . ,0 CCrisis II 3 Springfield .1- 1 viridis 12 E SsJ Christine j Melody1-11. 1 M 1 i r st. simon 11 c-iopi- j jgfi DhessW;;;; H - - Greenan ... lj . hrown. 1831 St--Angcla S King Tom 3 B 3 f brown. 1S95 1 , n . Springfield . . . .12 hi. Albans 2E f g I Sunrise 1 Viridis 12 E L - hunraj , Sunslluo j n 2 i: f Meddler- 1 St. Gatien ....16 j "itlm.WT.W H I Empress T 1890 Busybody l f 5 L Dowager . 3 .1 Mnaway 1 II Her Highness ... Frederick. .13 j WaieV.IllS E Mary Queen of I Blair Athol 10 B Scots Philllna 3 M Imported, Xo family number, j .