Handicapper Vosburghs Wisdom: Man O Wars Exclusive Greatness-Three-Year-Olds of the Highest Class, Daily Racing Form, 1919-10-26


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HANDICAPPER VOSBURGHS WISDOM Man o Wars Exclusive Greatness Three -Year-Olds of the Highest Class. NEW YORK, N. Y., October 25. That the three-year-olds and the thoroushbreds in the handicap divisions were vastly superior to the two-year-olds which were seen on the American turf during the current season is the opinion of that eminent authority, W. S. Vosburgh, the official handicapper of the Jockey Club. "Outside of Man o War, a two-year-old of highest quality," said. Mr. Vosburgh, "we didnt have a juvenile that has given promise of greatness next year. In marked contrast, the three-year-olds are superior to anything that I can recall for a long time. Sir Barton and Purchase are capable of handling the best of the handicap division at practically even weights, a testimonial to their merit, as there is no doubting the qualities of Cudgel, Lucullite, Naturalist, Exterminator, The Porter, War Cloud, Star Master and otiier handicap horses that have been in the public eye this year. "Audacious, Thunderclap, Hannibal and Mad Hatter are four three-year-olds that have done noteworthy things this year, but they have been eclipsed by the great pair I have named above. Any one of them, however, may be top-notchers in 1920, and these, together with Sir Barton and Purchase, will make the handicap division of 1920 most formidable. "I heard recently some one comment on the danger of two or three, men establishing a corner on our best race horses. Such a thing lias been talked of before, but there is no fear of this, as race horses have a habit of coming unb:dden from the most unlooked for sources. No man has a monopoly on blood. Backward two-year-olds frequently develop into the best three-year-olds. Cudgel and Exterminator are striking examples of this. I mention them because the public of today is familiar with them, but turf history is studded with examples of ugly ducklings developing into swans. Luke Blackburn, one of the greatest three-year-olds of his day, was a conspicuous example. He ran thirteen times as a two-year-old and only won twice. His only defeat as a three-year-old in the east was at the Coney Island Jockey Club, when he fell. Eolus and one of his best sons, Eole, never ran as two-year-olds Hennis was a mediocre two-year-old, but he developed into one of our greatest race horses. Sir Barton .himself did nothing beyond running second for the Futurity. Therefore some if the comparatively unknown two-year-olds may be stars in 1920."

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