The "Freshman Class" of 1921: Consideration of the Seasons Stars-Clear Title of Morvich-Kai-Sangs Kingston Resemblance-Greatness of Miss Joy Maddens Mercantile Reason, Daily Racing Form, 1922-03-31


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■ , _ • i | i »■ .1 , I tj , THE "FRESHMAN CLASS" Of 1921 CONSIDERATION OF THE SEASONS STARS— CLEAR TITLE OF MORVICH — KAI-SANG S KINGSTON RESEMBLANCE— GREATNESS OF MISS JOY — MADDEN S MERCANTILE REASON . By W. S. VOSBURGH If for no other reason, the racing of the two-year-olds of IBS will be remembered for having produced an undefeated champion. Morvich follows Is the path of Be SOU thai. Tromont, Dssskss, Butler-Hies, Colin. Kegret aud Yry-ter as one of the band whoso juvenile year was passed without a blcmi-h of defeat. Inliko a majority of Those mentioned, lie came upon Hie scene unhelaled. No stories of wonderful trials as a yearling preceded him. In the CSSS of Sensation his great trial as a yearling was the talk of horsemen during the autumn meetings of *7s. Tremonts time was known in November, the year he was a yearlinc. Dominos speed was gossiped all the winter b fore he raced. I In t Morvich came to s Jamaica in May. -larling in an bsrsameoaewtial overnight race on the opening day of the racing season, j unhonorcd and unsung. Hi- own stable thought little of him. h "And none so poor to do him reverence" that he -tarted at 30 to 1 and, making all tbe running, won by ten lengths. Kven then his stable -old ■ of him. and while he esatksaed winning for Pled I.urlew . the bitter was considering his sab- until Mr. r Block became intere-ted in his ownership, tertainly no other two -J ear-old baa so clear a title to be I called "the est! of the year." Not one of Morvichs races has a doubt following it. He beat his holds ,v more decisively than any of the "undefeated" sacs we have seen since Tremonls year. There was not a c single instance in which any of his victories could be called "u lucky win" — they were decisive. loiter p i-i the season lie developed a tendency to hang at the turn for home in his races, but whenever his r jockey called upon him he re-ponded, showing it was not from exhaustion. I As to his future, that is another matter. His breeding would not indicate a liking for a distance. 1 nor would his action. He was "cobby" in his style last year, but so was Duke of Magenta at two. and d at three he was a different colt — so may Morvich be. As to his knee that caused so many to doubt his e standing a preparation, it never Meases lo trouble him. But we have seen so many of these juvenile phenomonons fail when it came to compassing the distances of the events for three-year-olds that we do J not feel confident of his retaining liis prc-i iiiiuence. Tryster went through MSP undefeated, but could 1 not measure up to rei|uirements last year. The gho-t- of Campfire. Dominant. Helios and so many others t start ap to impair our faith in two -year -old form as an index to the form of three-year-olds. f The day Kai-.Sang started for the first time at Jamaica Mr. McLaughlin, our paddock judge, came to s me and asked: "Have you looked over the two-year-olds V" I "Slightly." we replied. I "Well. I wish youd take a look at that brown colt of Mr. Hildreths." | "Kni-SangV" 1 "Yes; 1 believe that- what they call him. He reminds me of old Kingston more than any colt I | ever -aw. Not quite so dark, but shaped like him." . - " "Kingston wa- always .vimr-frrrrrri re of ntt the liorses .»UH ■fW rode — Hindoo. Luke Blackburn. Han- i over. Bramble and Miss Woodford." "Yes; a good, lione-t horse," responded the famous ex-jockey; "but when 1 saw this colt it made s me think of the old horse. Take a look al him." t We did. and agreed with McLaughlin. We had seen Kingston sold as a yearling in Madi-on RsjaaiS 1 Garden, and there was tiiat about K.ii-Sang that recalled visions of the brown hero of the "eighties." I Kai-Sr.ngs "Hartl Luck" .-mil liss Joys Kxo«llence. , Kai-Sang was the "hard luck" colt of the .year. Starting thirteen times, he won only four race-, I but was six tini-s second. Three time- he ran aeesad] to Morvich and once lo Miss Joy: hence it was J only to the best colt and tilly of the year that be was compelled to strike his colors. He is a hand-omely turned colt with line action, and if liis sire, the Belmont winner The Linn can get as good as he is in his lirst year in the stud In- -hould be a popular stud horse. It. has always seemed to me that Miss Joy defeated Kai-S.-ing for the Plash Stakes at Saratoga more easily than Morvich did win -a he defeated K.-.i Sang for the Inited States Hotel Stakes or for the Sara- l log, i Special or for tiie Hopeful. In tie- Special and Hopeful they met at even weights, but in the Halted 1 Slates Hotel Stakes Kai-Sang tried to concede Morvich two pounds. For the Flash Kai-Sang tried to f concede Miss Joy her sex allowance of three pound-, but the filly ran like a startled hare and beat the colt with great ease. I Apropos of Mis.- Joy. I was in a measure prepared for her brilliant exploits at Saratoga. Meeting I Mr. A. H. Morris at Empire City in July, he having recently returned from the Latouia meeting: "Did you see any good two-year-olds in tbe West?" I asked. i "Indeed I did." he answered. "Really. Anything to compare with Morvich and Kai-Sang?" i "Ye-: I think Mi-s Jo.v can beat any two-year old Ive seen." he replied. | "l-nt that rather a strong statement:" I "Not a bit: she galloped over her fields at batsaia in a way I haveut seen any other colt or hliy - do " At Saratoga Mis- Joy wa- a revelation. She could "get her feet" and break from the start so fast ] that her competitor- could never get into their -tiiib- before the winning post was reached. She made a 1 -how of Kai-Sang for the Flash aud of Second Thoughts for the HchaplOnrlUe, but for the Spinaway t Calamity Jane seemed to gain on her at tin tin:-!-. She was an ideal two-year-old, but 1 shall be mis- I taken if she ever win- at a mile or ever in good company. Surf Rider left no doubt as to his class. Rather -mall and a gelding, he was. notwithstanding, not far from the hap of the ribUM of IBM. Six out of twelve races fell to his share. He defeated Bunting, the Futurity winner, at Saratoga. I.unling was coacCSBag him nine pounds, bill, as an offset to that. Surf Rider ran the entire race on the outside of Lis field and finished with great courage. The same might be said of hi- tini-li for the Champagne at Belmont Park, when he defeated Onlanlninn. Modo ami June ira-s. He had lop weight lor the Babylon Handicap at A |ueduct aud woa ea-ily, but for Hie Oceanu- Handicap at Jamaha. with lop weight, lo- again showed high courage, winning by a head after a hard finish. .loll it MasaWhBsla Mercantile Iteasoii. When Surf Rider wa- b.-ing -addled for the Champagne Slakes al Belmont Bark he was surrounded by a great crowd in the paddock, as a favorite usually is. Mr. Madden stood in the shade of a tree, but soon came over to Where we stood. Nolicing that he trembled somewhat: "NervousV" we asked. "Oh, no: Mr. Waterharjra colt is a good one. but I shall be disappointed if mine doesnt win." said Madden, looking quite serious. I Later a pros- representative approached Madden: "Yours and Mr. Wutcrl urys are both by fla| 1 1 Bias." be remarked, alluding to tiallantman. "Ye-: both Superman colts." replied Mr. Madden. "How is it. Mr. sTassVa, askMl tin- young man. "that you based so many horses and yet you are starting horses, like thi. one. bred by other people;" "Nothing remcrkrible in that." responded Madden. "Henry Ford manufactures automobiles, but he rides in a French car." Baastar, the gigunic call which his -table oii-idcrcd superior to Morvich. was a colt of undoubted -peed and one of the best of the pear, but he ansa oMigiown and seenud to weaken toward the end of his races as though he lacked -trength to -tand tin- strain. If his racing ha- not impaired his powers he -hould be a bi tier colt at three than he wa- at two. but I would not expect to see him prove a stayer. It might have been better if he had not been raced so much, as he needed time to "grow down" and fill out his huge frame. Iega-u- wa- one of the best of the western olt- racing at Saratoga. A bright bay with a crescent-shaped star, sturdy in build, tine arm. big stiths sad muscular neck. He won the Brab Bag with 118 pounds, beating Surf Rider. 110 pounds: IiHorj. William A.. Baastar, Oceanic. Bighearl. Bet Mosie. Column and others. For the Orand 1nion Stake- he ran third to Kai-Sang after being crowded out al the -tart. Mr. .Milam, hi- traiaer, had a great sea-on al Saratoga, winning the Plash, Schnylevville and Spin-awaj with Mi-- Joy: the Uasford Memorial with Sir Hugh and tie- Grab Bag with Pegasus. Pegasus fell into Milam- hands through a mere aci ideut. as bsssea often do. ]-,ut let Milam lell how it happened: "Two years ago." -a- Mil.:m. "I was driving with Mr. T. bf. Murphy thr-ugli the farm where lu-kept his stock, and a- sac passed along 1 noticed a brood mare with a very .-Hiking colt— a colt so well grown, so nourished ami srurdv that I couldnt keep my eyes off him. " What are you gazing at so intently ? asked Murphy. " "That brood m.uv 1 use an red. Wast a tine specimen of a stare! " The mare, eh J Oh. no: its that colt youre looking at. Dont try to fool me. I saw what was up the moment I saw the -pre-sion on your face." -aid Murphy. "Of oour-r ii was tile colt. M.i rase about Ho- mare wouldnt work. I had to assail to Murphy that I was attracted by the colt and tie upshot ol the matter was that before I left the place 1 had bought the colt for two thoaaaad. Sir Hugh, in Milams -t.ble. was a handsome dark bay with a star and stripe oer bis nose, black leg- and rather ucivy -hould is. H - was fourth to Morvich and Kai-Sang for the Catted States Hotel Stakes, but area tie- Bsafard Memorial aith all ea-e from a field of -even. It was intended to have started him for the Brand Inion Slakes. Inn in his trial for the race his rider passed him up, mist iking -line other man for Milam, the man luring made motions to a boy riding his bans to pull up. while Milam had really signaled to "go on " The seat week Sir Hugh finished third for the Adirondack Han- dhap with 125 pound-. Bunting was touted all over Saratoga as "Whitn-ys best." and started] favorite the first time out. but finished fourth to .Mine Crass. Mercut la ami Snob II. after beiug crowded at the start. Marked with a star and left forefront white, he i- a bsaOSSaae coll and won his second race easily enough. Surf Rider beat him, but he won again and wa- Ixaien afl for the Hopeful. He won the Futurity like a good colt and looked like one that would improve His stable companion. Whisk-Mvay is a much better beginner. Continued on seventh puge. I * l i THE "FRESHMAN" CLASS OF 1921 Continued from page one. He is a ihistnut with a diamond-shaped star and near hinel pastern white-, and is a full brothe-r to Flags. The latter ana a non-stayer, owing to his being a "roarer." Itaaaatell came late in the •easoa and tbosffd capital form. A bay with star ami narrow stripe- in Ms face-, he is well put together ami ipiick on his feet, hut hardly in the iirst flight of the t Snob IL, a Preach -bred colt of Mr. BSSfhtds, attack me as a promising one. He has size, power and hngih. and thi-ngh imbued to be robust, is not lacking in linish. He won tin- Nurseiy Handicap at Bel- moat Park and was seoeuid to Bunting, the- Futurity winner, at Saratoga. Lucky Hour, tece, came late- in tin- season, but was not boig in conviiuing racing men that he was a colt eiiiite- out of tl,- ciuinoii. At Lmpire City tie simply ran away from his lle-hls. Bai he is anything hut attractive in sppearsare. A brown with a stat, angular, narrow, he is wide between the eyes, but lacks .|uality. He stands Well back SS ebliSSe pasieius. however, and I have an idea lie lias not only speed, but that he- will stay farther than sUmt. „f ||.. rolls mentioned.

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