Argentine View of Breeding Racers, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-23


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ARGENTINE VIEW OF BREEDING RACERS I think it will be of interest to many breeders if I quote the following excerpt from a letter I have just received from my friend, that best and keenest of good siwrtsmen Mr. Martinez de IIoz, the well-known South American breeder and owner of thoroughbreds, ami president of the Argentine Jockey Club. It contains some cogent views on the necessity of careful selection in the mating of race horses. He writes: "I have done, and am doing, my best to breed some good horses. Since getting back here five years in October, I have bought all the best mares purchasable with a real good pedigree and good performance, i. e.: their dams and granddams must all be performers; in other words, from racing families, as to my idea and experience it is the only way to get race horses. Even then, however, it is a bit of a lottery. What must it be if they have no racing record? "I think the dam has a greater part of the making of the character of the race horse. Heredity is the strongest of all conditions. One has to study to breed anything good. I notice one has to study even the conditions in which the dam ran, viz., iu the lead, in the bunch, or right back. I had. a mare that won 0,000, and she always led. She bred a filly that we could not win a race with till I made my jockey race her for all she was worth in the lead. After that trial she, won 2,500 for me. and was a crack over three-quarters and seven-eighths. She was by Le Samari-tain. grandfather of The Tetrareh. Her brother by Craganour is the same he likes the lead. In the only two races he lost out of eight outings lie failed because he got muddled up at the start and could not g"bt the lead. For this year I am sorry to say it will be uite impossible for me to get away, as not only have I my own things to attend to, but as president of the Jockey Club I have an enormous lot of work, as all the pari-mutuel business of the country has to go through my hands, dividing its results to the different institutions the law commands, besides having to look after the social club with its 1.8S7 members." "Audax" in Horse and Hound.

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