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BROOKDALfS GREAT RECORD . Grand Thoroughbreds Produced There Through Many Decades. , jthe. th Founded by American Racings e Chief Lawgiver and Held Since Ja VVon by Thompsons and Whitneys. 1 $ BY C. J. FITZ GERALD. . j NEW YORK, N. Y., July 1. The recent 2, showing of the thoroughbreds from the Brookdale Stud of Harry Payne Whitney is 1 .urthcr proof that horses of high quality r.-.ji be produced within 1G0 miles of Not York. This is no new discovery, as the 1 birthplace of Whiskaway, Goshawk and Prudish was a flourishing thoroughbred nursery when tlie present own.-r was in knickerbockers preparing for Harvard. J. avid Dunham Withers, who founded Brookdale, was a genius with a love for racins that became a passion as the years progressed. He was untiring in his efforts tc promote the tuvf and was one of the nost zealous supporters of the American Iockey Club and thi Monmouth Park Racing sstciation; the .r.tter course Le.ng his particular hobby, a3 it was located not far troin his farm. The Withers Stakes c was ramed in his honor. Though he strove earnestly to breed a horse capable of win- Q ning it he raced nothing except homebreds victory in it perched upon his banner but once during his long and honorable career, R when ICing Eric finished first in 1800. The traditions of Brookdale have not suffered since the death of Mr. Withers, as Colonel W. P. Thompson, who took ove- n the farm, bred many winners there. H- n was succeeded by tlie late William C. Whit- s. ney and he in turn by his son, Harry Payne Whitney. What they have done for tlie thoroughbred at Brookdale is a matier of si historv. Money has not been spared in n securing stallions and marcs of high class. Tl Experts have been intrusted with the care and development of the stock. jj CLOSE TO 3TEW YORK. v The fact that Brookdale is so close to New W York renders it an ideal location for the breeding of thoroughbreds. That owner whose farm is so distantly located that a visit to t it Is a matter of days fails to get anything i like the same enjoyment out of his horses j whose establishment is so as tlie individual J; placed that it can be reached in a few hours, a as is the case with Brookdale and Rancocas, e both of which are located within a short dis-tance of each other on the Jersey coast. East View, Runnymede, Hurricana and Sun t Briar Court, also in the east, are other examples that suggest themselves. In horse breed- E ing, as in any other business, there is noth- ? ing like the personal supervision of tlie t owner. - that Whisk Broom i It was from Brookdale II., siro of Whiskaway and Goshawk, was sent to England to be trained by A. J. Joy- J ner. By Broomstick Audience, by Sir Dixon; the next dam Sallie McClellan, and then on I I. to the famous Maggie B. B., dam of Iroquois, ! J there is nothing wrong with his breeding. I While he did not win any of the classics - of the English turf, third for the Two xhou-sand Guineas to Neil Gow and Lemberg was j ! sis close as he got to any of them, WhisX: Broom H. made friends abroad by his fine I 1 speed and superb individuality. "Whisk Broom was a horse of great : 1 speed," said Mr. Joyner after Whiskaway 1 had overcome Morvich in the Carlton Stakes, ; "but he stayed pretty well, too, as he was second to the good long-distance horse Wil-lonyx in the Knowsley Dinner Stakes, beaten only a head, and was the runner-up to Bachelors Hope, giving that horse twenty- . i three pounds in the race for tho Kempton.i 1 Park Great Jubilee Handicap. Both these ; races were at a mile and a quarter." FACTS ABOUT INAUGURAL. , As Mr. Joyner also trained Inaugural, the j dam of Whiskaway, and Dovelet, dam of thej 2 sensational two-year-old Goshawk, both of f which arc trained by his friend James Rowe, he is naturally interested in their performances. 1 Asked about Inaugural, the North Carolinian said: "Inaugural was a little mare, very fast but flighty. She won twice, once 2 at two years old, and again at three, when j she was retired to the stud. Joyner likes s the speedy type of brood mare and the showing made by Inaugural, which is only twelve years old, is an argument in favor of his s contention that size doesnt count so much as s speed in a matron. If Inaugural lives she bids fair to rival the c . records of some of the greatest producers. She is by Voter Court Dress, by Disguise, , and was foaled in 1910. First bred In 1914, . she has had a foal every year since. Flags, her first born, dropped in 1915, is a brother to Whiskaway. He was a very fast sprinter v until he turned rogue. If he had not been n slightly touched in the wind he might have e i j ! been a really goou race horse; as It was he! 0 won eleven races in a single year. Hanky y Panky, foaled in 191C, was by Hamburg. He e is the poorest of the produce of Inaugural tl to date. Panoply, a speed marvel by Peter T Pan, came In 1917, to be followed by a still jj faster filly in Crocus, which owns Broomstick himself for a sire. Crocus is considered by many good judges as good a sprinter r as there is in training. Whiskaway was foaled in 1919, and Flagstaff, a chestnut filly by Broomstick, was her contribution to the blood stock industry in 1920. There is a year-. ling chestnut filly in the Brookdale paddocks that is a sister to Whiskaway and Flags. Whiskaway Is a fine, upstanding chestnut colt with a star and near hind leg white halfway to the hock. Ho stands over more ground than most three-year-olds, and is darker in color than his brother Flags. He is fully sixteen hands high and looks the part of a good horse. Whether ho is a great one remains to bo seen. His speed is unquestioned, as was shown in his race for the Carlton Stakes, when he beat Morvich, while ; In receipt of fifteen pounds. On this occasion he ran the first three-quarters in 1:09. At that time it was stated that no horse had ever run so fast for the distance over the Aqueduct course. A little research, however, has developed the fact that Man o War and John P. Grter In their race for the Dwyer Stakes in 1320 ran the first three- quarters In 1:09. When it is remembered that this was accomplished with 126 pounds in the saddle the greatness of the feat will ba appreciated to the fullest. That Man o War was conceding John P. Grier, a horse as fleet as, or perhaps faster than, Whiskaway twenty pounds indicates the sort of horse the Riddle champion really was. The time for the mile and an eighth was 1:49and, only a fifth of a second from the present day record, shared by Grey Lag and Goaler. Whiskaway will have his chance to place tho seal upon his greatness at Saratoga in tho Travers Stakes, where he must overcome Lucky Hour, Oceanic and Kai-Sang, three colts of promise which accident and sickness kept away from their important early engagements last spring. It is a situation which holds promise of good sport. Perhaps Morvich will emerge to give the public a proof that his star has not yet set, as he is engaged in several good races between July and the closing of the racing season.