Important Importation: Sweeper II. Soon to Come From France to This Country.; Winner of Two Thousand Guineas and Other Great Races Fine Addition to Our Blood Stock, Daily Racing Form, 1922-05-14


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IMPORTANT IMPORTATION Sweeper II Soon to Come From France to This Country Winner of Two Thousand Guineas Guineasand and Other Great Races Fine FineAddition Addition to Our Blood Stock BY C J FITZ GERALD NEW YORK N Y May 13 The blood stock Interests of the United States will have a most important recruit In the near future through the importation of the noted stallion Sweeper H by Broomstick Ravello II by Sir Hugo which has been sharing stud hon ¬ ors with Durbar and Irish Lad at Mrs Har manus B Duryeas Haras du Gazon In France The horse will be sent across the Atlantic in the near future futureSweeper Sweeper II was not only a fine race horse winning tho Two Thousand Guineas and running second to Tracery in both the St James Place Stakes and Sussex Plate and to Hector in the Fiftyninth Triennial at three while as a twoyearold he was vic ¬ torious in the Fiftyninth Triennial and Rich ¬ mond Stakes besides being second in the Middle Park Plate and third in the Jury Stakes In the stud this typical represent ¬ ative of the famous Bonnie Scotland family which has been making turf history for more than fifty years has been conspicuously successful The fact that the best results have been secured at Haras du Gazon through mating Sweeper IL with mares carrying a large percentage of American blood makes him a most desirable stock horso for the United States and whether he is sold or placed in the stud by Mrs Duryea he will attract the attention of the most discriminat ¬ ing breeders of this country countryThere There was no more popular stable on Jock ¬ ey Club courses than that of H B Duryea in tho decade preceding the Hughes anti racing legislatoin in 1909 and when he and other American sportsmen sent their thor ¬ oughbreds to France there was general re ¬ gret Mr Duryea took Irish Lad a superb race horse and a number of fine mares most of them of American lineage along with him In 1911 he found in Normandy a lovely old place Haras du Gazon where Maurica Ephrussi had bred many fine horses and it was there that Sweeper Irish Lad Durbar Blarney Shannon Banshee Mediant Frl zette Zuna and other famous thoroughbreds have been domiciled domiciledREAL REAL AMERICAN SPOBTS3LAJT SPOBTS3LAJTHermle Hermle Duryea as his Intimates called him was a manysided sportsman He be ¬ lieved in everything American whether it was a thoroughbred yacht or gamecock thai was being considered He resented the action of the English and French turf authorities in excluding from their stud books certain American families and announced that ha would breed in Franco a horse with this blood that would be capable of winning tha English classics Ho kept his word with a vengeance Among the mares he took from this country was Ravello II by the Derby winner Sir Hugo She had been mated with Broomstick The produce was a chestnut colt afterward known as Sweeper whose victories in England have already been re ¬ counted Then came Durbar by Rabelais Armenia by Meddler whose dam Urania waa by Hanover to win the Derby of 1914 1914It It was a sensational achievement and Mr Duryeas cup of joy waa filled to overflow ¬ ing Irish Lad in the meantime gave evi ¬ dences of his greatness by siring Blarney Shannon and other good ones Death claimed the splendid sportsman In 1915 but Mrs Dur ¬ yea has carried on intrepidly until this year when having proven the worth of American blood she has determined to offer her farm for sale and dispose of her stallions and brood mares As a preliminary step Sweeper is to be brought back to tho United States where ho rightfully belongs belongsI I have kept going since my husbands death said Mrs Duryea a few days ago at her home in this city because of a desire to carry out the work which ho had planned Hcrmie always maintained that the Ameri ¬ can thoroughbred could hold his own with the best in any country and I think that be ¬ tween us we have proved it itSweeper Sweeper Durbar Blarney Shannon and others raced during my husbands lifetime while I have bred a lot of winners Two Continued on second pace AN IMPORTANT IMPORTATION Continued from first pare years ago the two best fillies and the best colt in France among the twoyearolds were from Haras du Gazon while last year Zenoia was unbeaten She is a daughter of Sweeper and Zuna by Hamburg the next dam was Elizabeth L by Woodlands and from there on to the great mare Ballet There is a lot of good American blood In Zunas pedigree while Zenoia which I had leased to M Balli never met Ksar Mme Blancs great colt The experts say our filly which was as lovely as she was fast and game would have been favorite over him Unfortunately she wouldnt stand training this year and is now in the stud Grazing was a great twoyear old by Sweeper and Dally unbeaten as a fouryearold this year and a good winner in 1921 is also by him Other good ones by Sweeper in France are San Marcus Whisk broom HI Spinaway Caughnawaga II Dil ly and Corot Last year his progeny won 421000 francs Golden Broom which is now in the stud in Kentucky was tried as highly as Man o War as a twoyearold while Manoevre and others that have raced in the United States have been consistent winners winnersMrs Mrs Duryeas eyes were moist as she told of the privations suffered during the war when she was forced to part with thirtysix of the fiftysix marcs at Haras du Gazon because of the lack of feed for them The government commandeered all available for ¬ age for war horses horsesHermie Hermie was sick at Saranac when the war broke said Mrs Duryea and he was eager to return to France to render help The French and Russian governments had both wanted Blarney for their studs The former offered 300000 francs and Russia 400000 When my husband couldnt make the journey he gave the French government Blarney as a token of appreciation request ¬ ing that the horse be placed at Haras du Pin the nearest stud to our home so that he could often see him in case his health should be restored restoredMrs Mrs Duryea told of the pride her husband took in his horses and his readiness in de ¬ fending the American thoroughbred families which were banned by the English and French Jockey Clubs ClubsThe The late Lady Londonderry gave us a dinner said the noted American sports ¬ woman the day after Durbars Derby She was as well posted on pedigrees as any man in England and turning to Hermie who was at her right she congratlated him on winning the great classic with Durbar adding of course You know his dam is not in the book Yes I know1 was his reply and thank God for it I have always wanted to prove to you people that our blood is as good as the English and now I have done it It has been frequently said resumed Mrs Duryea that few breeding studs can be made to pay My experience has been a happy one in this respect For the past four years M Boussac has taken the produce of Haras du Gazon at an upset price of 57 000 francs each before they were born I have fared well under this arrangement So has M Boussac who wants to continue it for another term of years Three years ago 1 reserved two fillies for myself These were the unbeaten Zenoia and the good winner Pellsie This year there are fourteen wean ¬ lings from seventeen mares maresEverything Everything in connection with the turf went wonderfully well in France last year said Mrs Duryea in discussing conditions abroad but the crowds are not as large this year nor is breeding as general and I have decided to retire if I can sell my farm Dur ¬ bar and the mares I shall dispose of abroad but there is such a demand for the Broom ¬ stick blood in this country that I feel sweep ¬ er ought to have his chance where there are so many mares that should suit him so well It makes me sad to think of parting with him for he is a lovely horse in every way

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