Popularity of Long Distance Races: Great Crowds at Latonia Show Their Appreciation of Such Contests-be Frank and Exterminator, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-22


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POPULARITY OF LONG DISTANCE RACES Great Crowds at Latonia Show Their Appreciation of Such Contests Bo Frank and Exterminator. BY EXILE LEXINGTON, Ky., October 21. By their splendid attendance on Cup day at Latonia the racing folk of this particular region silenced effectually all argument against long distance racing and evidenced in no uncertain manner their thorough appreciation of races run over a. long distance of ground. Again did the east score a triumph.. -Bo Frank proved too much for Exterminator. There are no excuses to be offered for the latter, he simply this time was not good, enough. However, I for one do not think It was the same Exterminator which put paid to the account of Purchase in -the running of the- Saratoga Cup, but rather the Exterminator which suffered defeat from Midway on Kentucky Handicap day. It would appear that Exterminator does not give his best when his races come too close together. Weight is supposed to bring them all together, but I do not think Exterminators Cup weight of 134 pounds altogether responsible for his defeat, but that last Saturday he was not really at his best. Perhaps I underestimate the form of the winner, the gelding Be Frank. I tell you it is no small feat to carry five pounds excess baggage and beat a horse of the class, fit or not fit, of Exterminator, which was giving away five pounds, according- to weight-for-age scale. Of courso the gumbo track conditions also mitigated against the success of the heavy weights. I do not like making excuses fcr beaten horses, and Exterminator was surely last Saturday beaten on his merits. Another thing, what do looks and action amount to? Be Frank is a rather long-backed, curly-hocked, winding-actioned gelding, and Exterminator gaunt and angular, his action, though, is fine. Sir Barton would not satisfactorily have passed muster on looks alone as a vearlingi Billy Kelly is a queer made one, and breeding the only thing that does really count in the successful breeding of bloodstock. . Be Frank is bred Eclipse to Herod, same as the second Exterminator. By no means am I tho originator of the blending of the blood plan of mating, this the customary and highly success plan in vogue vears ago. one though which has rather fallen into disuse of late years, lhirhaps from a penchant for following tho figures. However, what with Man o War, Sir Barton, Mad Hatter, Exterminator and Be Frank running, three of them out of Glen-coe line mares, the blending, 1 rather think, has a bit the best of it. In the face of all this it would appear the breeders of this country are about to permit this splendid line to Glencoe to pass into decay. Cannot someone be found enterprising and public-spirited enough ere it is too late to afford such horses as Great Britain, Palo Alto and a few others a real chance at the stud with the best imported mares to be had. I hear a vast deal these days about the good, old-fashioned, hard-bottomed, staving American blood, and here you are again, willing as in the case of Lexington, to see the Hanover line snuff cut from lack of intelligent appreciation. . -a

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