Make New Official Position: E. C. Potter Will Be Assistant to Stewards at the Post on New York Tracks., Daily Racing Form, 1921-04-27


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MAKE NEW OFFICIAL POSITION E C Potter Will Be Assistant to Stewards at the Post on New York Tracks NEW YORK N Y April 20 When the local racing season of 1021 opens at Jamaica on Friday May C a new offcial in the person of Mr K C Iotter will be introduced to New Yorkers Mr Potter is no stranger to many hereabouts how ¬ ever as he has been long and favorably known as an amateur sportsman In the newly created office of assistant to the stewards at the starting post he will have a chance to be of great service to the turf at large largeThe The need of a wideawake conscientious expert to report the happenings at the post and during the early stages of a race has long been felt and Mr Potter with his varied experience is especially fitted for the place As a young man lie was a skillful amateur rider being a contemporary of George Work Thomas Hitchcock John E Cowdin F I Keene Henry J Morris Harry liarwood J D Cheever W K Thorno August Belmont A P Purily Stanley Mortimer and II L Herbert HerbertIn In a later period he was active in the West Chester Polo Club and was captain of the team which included the Waterburys In fact Mr Pot ¬ ter has always received credit for developing that dashing trio Larry Monty and Jimmy each star in a game which calls for quick thinking as well as skill and horsemanship In the early nineties he raced the good English filly Astoria which vas trained by Henry J Morris and won several good races with her He also owned tin pony stallion Bedouin by The 111 Used which sired some good polo stock while he was considered a fine whip in coaching circles Mr Potter is therefore well versed in the practical side of horsemanship and there should be less rough riding in the first hundred yards of a race with that portion of the race under his supervision The presence of a skilled and fearless official to report on the conduct of the jockeys at the post should be of great help to starter Cassidy also alsoFor For many years there has been complaint on the part of the English racjng public that the stewards of their meetings syere Jiot uetlve Most of the starts over there are hiado wlierethapublic cannot see what happens Reports this year indicate the presence of a live wire in the person of Lord Lonsdale who is here there and everywhere on the back of his hack during the afternoon In one race he is at the start another finds him up the course and as a consequence there is great praise for this enthusiastic sportsman who has done so much for the turf and other sports in Great Britain It is in his colors that the thor ¬ oughbreds belonging to the National Stud perform There is nothing the racing public likes better than vigilance They argue that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure cureLEONARDO LEONARDO II ATTRACTS MUCH ATTENTION ATTENTIONThe The startling trial of Leonardo II at Louisville the last week is proof positive that the great threeyearold stakes on the Jockey Club courses this year are going to be hotly contested Any colt that can pack his weight and run a mile and quarter in 200 in April is a highclass horse Leonardo II on that work and his unbeaten record as a twoyearold topped by bis superb individu ¬ ality must be reckoned as nothing short of a smasher He was far and away the handsomest as well as the largest of the two yearolds of 1920 He reminded those who knew Troubadour the sensational winner of the Suburban of 18Si much of that horse Leonardo II is by Sweep but he has none of the characteristics of the family being more rangy in type His dam Ethel Pace was by Troubadour and in color and modeling he is like the big brown speed marvel John W Rog ¬ ers brought to Sheepshead Bey the day before the Suburban and worked him the full distance of the race in 207 which equaled the best on record for the mile and a quarter in the United States at the time timeThe The news of that work was flashed all over the country Rogers who afterward became a much respected and honored member of the trainers profession hereabouts and died in the service of the late W C Whitney was a young man then He was criticized for working the horse so fast on the eve of the race He had been a driver and trainer of trotters before he joined the stable of Edward Corrigan and it was following a quarrel with that stormy petrel of the turf that he engaged to train for the late Capt S S Brown of Pitts ¬ burgh a turfman of the old school who loved the sport for its own sake When Troubadour came out the following day and won the Surburban over nineteen competitors in a canter Rogers was hailed as a wise man manAs As a matter of fact Troubadours work was much faster than his trainer desired The Brown horses were sent East in a big private car which was too high for a tunnel on the road and they had to be unloaded Troubadour and Masterpiece were put in another car and sent on ahead They were delayed in traiiiRit and only reached Coney Island as has already been told the day before the big event was to be rim Mr Rogers instruc ¬ tions to Ollara the lx y who was up on Trouba ¬ dour was to work in 209 and to watch th trainer in the infield This the boy neglected to do and the Jiorse being fresh ran so deceptively gaited stole away with the result that the trial was heralded as ncthing short of marvelous Rog ¬ ers told Captain Brown that the work would prob ¬ ably destroy the horses chances the following day but Troubadour which a short time afterward took the measure of the great Miss Woodfoid which was the idol of the eastern racing public probably needed just that sort of strenuous treat ¬ ment In Leonardo II Troubadour seems to be reincarnated

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