Successor to the Brook: J. E. Griffith of Maryland Considers Griffwood Fine Jumping Prospect, Daily Racing Form, 1922-03-04


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SUCCESSOR TO THE BROOK J. E. Griffith of Maryland Considers Griffwood Fine Jumping Prospect. BALTIMORE. Md .. March 3 —J. Edwin Griffith, who served on the Baltimore County Racing Commission until it was legislated out by the Burke bill creating a Maryland Racing Commission, hopes to develop another steeplechaser to equal or surpass The Brook, which was a champion in his day. His hope is about a five-year-old that gives promise of bceomiiig a steeplechaser above the ordinary. He is Griffwood. by Sain — Eloisa. by Falsetto, which has two victories, his only jumping starts, to his credit. Griffwood took to the jumping game like ■ veteran, fenced faultlessly and last year showed a high flight of speed. He twice broke the two-mile record at Havre de Grace and holds it at 4:08%. The horse was given a chance to mature and has fitted out a great deal and will be brought to the 1922 races iu no hurry because of the big stakes later in the year, especially the Chevy Chase at Laurel and the Manly Memorial at Pimlico, Mr. Griffith hopes to win the Manly with Griffwood. lie should have won the 0,000 event in IMS with The Brook. "Specs" Crawford laid out of the contention a trifle too far and W. R. Coes Bet beat The Brook by a neck. Duettiste was another nock away. The Brook was purchased for about ,000 from Tim Donohue. He went about his business like a real fencer and was classed as the best until the coming of Duettiste. Then it was a question among many turfmen which whs the better. The I.rook wont wrong in 1919 and was not raced in Maryland that fall when Duettiste swept all before him. Both could carry weight and jump perfectly. In four years The Brook raced thirty-seven times, won nineteen races, was second in eight, third iu five, unplaced but five times and won 9,140. Steoplochasing lost I good performer when he died during the winter of 1920 from indigestion. He was only seven years old. Mr. Griffith has two other cross-country horses In his stable. One is Kathryn Harlan, which is not much, and the other is a four-year-old named Wheat King, which has never faced the barrier. This follow looks the part of a fencer and his owner believes he will be a good one. Jog, which ran third when lame in the Preakness Stakes, has had a long rest and will, it is believed, race soundly the coming season. The Griffith stable list is as follows: Griffwood. br. h, u, by Sain — Elois-a, by Falsetto. Kathryn Harlan, b. m. .r , by McGee — Donna Ma-nioiri. by Yankee. Wheat King, ch. g. 4. by Superman — Golden Grain, by Hanover. Double Cross, ch. c, 3. by Superman — Olevin, by Ornus. Frank Furst, ch. c, 3. by Dick Finnell — Lardella, by Lack ford. Druid Hill, ch. e. 2, by Glencairn — Vena Fair, by Fair Play. St. Valentine, b. c, 2, by Thco. Cook — Katriona. by Woolsthorpc. The horses in Harry Rites charge are wintering at Laurel and will not start until the Havre de Grace meeting. A

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