At Saratoga This Week: Travers and Grand Union Hotel Stakes and Grab Bag Handicap the Big Attractions, Daily Racing Form, 1921-08-16


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AT SARATOGA THIS WEEK Travers and Grand Union Hotel Stakes and Grab Bag Handicap the Big Attractions. SARATOGA, NT. Y., August 15. AVith the meeting of the Saratoga Association for the Improvement of the Rrecd of Horses about half over, and the attendance and diameter of the sport of the high quality for which the assemblages at this point are noted, it may be confidently asserted that the season of P.Ul will compare with any of its predecessors. Saturdays through, which came from all parts of the Kast to see 1 lie Saratoga Special, and other attractions, was a most brilliant gathering of the best elements of society. While the various races over the splendid course have aroused enthusiasm, it is generally .agreed that the sales of yearlings from the various breeding establishments of the country have been a delightful feat iire of the month. Kver. evening while they are on the brilliantly illuminated arena in which they are offered has been thronged. These sales have become a function in ji measure, and while being a divertisemont for visitors, have been educational as well. Thousands learn something about breeding and type, and this knowledge must inevitably work to the benefit of the thoroughbred. These sales are the pulse of the thoroughbred breeding industry, and judging by the prices realized to date those who have their money invested in animals of winning strains of blood have a tangible security. While the prices for juvenile thoroughbreds have not yet approached the heights realized in England at Roncaster and Newmarket, this country is doing well with an individual representative from a Virginia establishment bringing .111,000 as against hB10,001 for a product r the Rritish National Stud. It is comforting to know that the last named yearling was by Tracery, a horse bred in the United States. The program for the present week promises good sport, beginning with the Troy Stakes today, and culminating with the Grand Union Hotel and Travers Stakes, and the Revcrwyek Steeplechase Handicap s .Saturday. The Sanmac Handicap, ,000 added, at a mile, is the feature for tomorrow, and a good field has been mimed to contest it. A novelty in the shape of the Grab Handicap will engage the attention of the public Wednesday. This is an event for two-year-olds. It has a value of ,000 ami, according to tlie condijions, candidates must be leased by a subscriber. There is no limit to the number of subscriptions which may be taken by an individual. The nice closed last November witli sixty-four subscriptions taken by the best known racing enthusiasts of the country. A. I!. Sprcckels of California, breeder of tlie two-year-old stars Morvicli and Kunstar, has four, Kedgwick Stalde three, II. P. Whitney three. Short Grass Stud live, .1. K. L. Ross, .Tames liutlcr, Lawrence Waterbury, Xaiapa Farm. Joseph K. and George 1. Widener and Montfort Jones two each. Among those with a single subscription are Richard T. Wilson, John Sanford, Frank J. Kelley, Johnson N. Camden. Greeiitree Stable, W. R. Toe, W. C. Kus-tis, Admiral Cary T. Grayson. Oakridge Stable. Gif-ford A. Cochran. Morton I.. Schwartz, K. IS. Krad-ley, Walter M. Jeffords and Desha Ricekenridge. The race was won last year by GitTord A. Cochran with his home-bred Smoke Screen. MOHAWK STAKES ON THURSDAY. -Tlie "Mohawk Selling Stakes for three-year-olds at a mile is down for Thursday. With Rehave Yourself. Copper Demon, Vice Regal, Ten Rut tons, Love Tap, Sedgefield, Edgar Allan Poe, Mercury, Our Roots, Arapahoe, Dry Moon, Cimarron and Moody among the eligihles there is material for a fine race in tlie Mohawk. Ry one of those peculiar oversights which occur occasionally, Morvicli was not nominated for the Grand Union Hotel Stakes, Mr. Sprcckels naming Kunstar only for the 0,000 feature, which has been an attraction here since 1001. All the other flyers are in it, however, including Miss Joy, Kni-Sang. Little Chief. Whiska way. Sir Hugh. Oceanic, Righcart, Exterminate. Long Island. Deadlock, Sedge. Pegasus, Oil Man, Sweep Ry. Sunreigh, Toil, Column, .My Play, Nedna, Olympus ami Pillory. The Grand Union was first run for in 1001, when W. C. Whitney won it with King Hanover. Colin. Hourless and Man o War, three of the elect among the colts have won it. while- the fleetest of fillies, Prudery, was successful in 10110, with 1117 in tlie saddle, covering the three-quarters of a mile in 1:11!. which is a record, for the stake from a time standpoint. Every one or tlie crack three-year-olds are among The eligihles for the Travers Stakes. It is a question whether Grey Lag will be -able to run. It will depend upon how his ailing foot, which was braised in the race against RIack Servant, comes along. The latter came our of the Canadian nice none too well also, but his stable hopes to have him ready for the Travers, in which will meet tlie AVhitney pair Prudery and Tryster and Sporting Rlood. It was trainer Hildreths hope that he could get the 30,000 colt Inchcape ready for this race and it may yet be accomplished. The Travers has a value of 2,500 and is one of tlie foremost races of the American turf. It was first contested in IStil, when the North and South were at each others throats. It was taken by Hunter and Travels Kentucky, by Lexington. In the first fifteen years of its existence it was won on nine occasions by sons and daughters of Lexington. These included Maiden, afterward the dam of Parole. Kingfisher, Harry Rassett, Tom Rowling, Sultana, and Duke of Magenta, are others by the great sire that nave won the classic. Man o War ".von the Travers last year. He had 1119 pounds up, and established a record of 11:01 "is, lowering the H:0Hf, of Hannibal, made in 1019. The names of such great horses as Hindoo, Sir Dixon, Henry of Navarre. Hcrmis, Rroomstick, Dalmatian, Frank Gill, Roamcr, Omar Khayyam and Suubriar appear on tlie list of winners of this prize, which was originally run at a mile and three-quarters. From the above it is evident that the third week of the Saratoga meeting will not he found wanting in interest. President Wilson and his associates are doing their part in furnishing sport of a quality in keeping with tlie history and tradition of racing at Saratoga Springs.

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