Great Shock For English: Should Unfashionable American-Bred The Bohemian Win Epsom Derby., Daily Racing Form, 1921-05-12


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GREAT SHOCK FOR ENGLISH Should Unfashionable Americanbred The Bo ¬ hemian Win Epsom Derby DerbyNKV NKV YORK N May 11 If the American owner A K Macomber should win the Epsom Derby with The Bohemian by Jim Gaffney which recently ran second to Souviens Toi in the rich Prix Boiard with the best horses in France behind him our English racing cousins will receive a greater shock than when Durbar won the same cla sic for the late II B Duryea in 1914 as the colt has pronounced strains of American blood possess ¬ ing a cross of Virgil through both sire and dam as well as a cross of Lexington through his sire sireThe The blood of Virgil and Lexington is found in many of our great horses including Hanover wliosj descendents are not eligible to registry in either the French or English Stud Books because they trace to the latter horse This attitude seems odd in view of the splendid performances of horses bearing it Orby whose dam was by Hanover and his son Grand Parade both won the Epsom Derby while Orpheus Diadem and others of the progeny of Orby have shown such high form that phenome ¬ nally high prices are paid for representatives of the tiible It is a family of speed say the foreign turf arbiters but it is taboo tabooThe The blood lines of The Bohemian which was bred in the United States and raced here by Mr Ma comber as a twoyearold should be of the greatest interest to students of breeding everywhere as he too is not eligible for registration abroad His sire Jim Gaffney is by Golden Garter a son of Bend Or while his dam Miss Maxim is by the noted Australian stayer Maxim imported by J B Haggin The second dam Ventura a sister to that good horse Ben AH by Virgil Avhile the next dam was Ulrica by Lexington LexingtonThe The dam of The Bohemian was the English mare Kittenish by Roquelaure a son ofLadas a Derby winner which was in turn from Roquebrune by St Simon which threw the Derby winner Rock Sand The second dam Sweet Maiden is by Sun dridge while the third dam is the Americanbred mare Waterflower by Watercress and which was a daughter of Pansy by Virgil The avowed ob j ject of breeding Kittenish to Jim Gaffney was to get a double cross of the great brood mare Sanda by AVenlock which was a daughter of Sandal by Stockwell which is the dam of Golden Garter the sire of Jim Gaffney and also the dam of Sierra which threw Sundrldge the sire of the second dam of The Bohemian In the light of these facts it would be a pBraye man with a knowledge of what Hindoo Hanover Olambala and other descendants of Virgil have done to attribute all of The Bohe ¬ mians fine qualities of individuality speed and bot ¬ tom to his English progenitors progenitorsIn In this same Prix Boiard The Bohemian was not alone In demonstrating the potent qualities of our old American thoroughbred families as the winner Souviens Toi is out of Benanet by Americus a son of Emperor of Norfolk which was by Norfolk and he In turn was by Lexington Meddlesome Maid which was third is a daughter of Irish Lad a son of Candelmas whose dam Arrowgrass was by En ¬ quirer or Bramble The second dam of Irish Lad Sparrowgrass was by Jack Malone a son of Lex ¬ ington Sourbier winner of the French Derby last year and regarded by many as the best horse in France was among those tiiat finished behind these three whose blood is considered tainted because it traces to Lexington LexingtonIt It is Mr Macombers plan to follow the same tac ¬ tics with The Bohemian as Mr Duryea employed with Durbar in 1914 On that occasion a special train carried Durbar and a stable companion to the channel and there was another waiting in England to make the trip to quarters near the course In this way the journey took only eight hours Hay feed and water was taken along at the same time The Bohemian will no doubt be ridden by the American jockey Frankie ONeill who piloted Spion Kop to victory last year yearNo No race for the Derby in recent years has created such keen interest in the United States and the result will be eagerly awaited

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