Two-Year-Old Prospects: Saratoga Expected to Uncover Real Ace of Year, Daily Racing Form, 1922-07-11


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TWO-YEAR-OLD PROSPECTS 9 Saratoga Expected to Unoover Real Ace of Year. Hopeful and Other Valuable Juvenile Fixtures to Bring Out the Best. SARATOGA SPRINGS. N. T.. July 10. The uncertain character of the two-year-old racing at Jamaica, Aqueduct and Belmont Park invests with particular significance the impending two-year-old racing of the Saratoga Association for the Improvement of the Breed of Dorses. The Saratoga meeting, which will take up the entire month of August, will be marked by the renewals of such stake races as the Flash, the Spinaway, the Grand Union, the United States, the Sanford Memorial, the Saratoga Special and the Hopeful, a group of races that will have a gross value of more than 100,000 and attract the best colts and fillies of the greatest stables of the East and West. The country will see no first-clas3 two-year-old racing between this time and the Saratoga opening. Kentuckys spring and early summer racing season has run its course at Lexington. Louisville and Latonia. and the best horses of the most powerful establishments of the Blue Grass belt have been shipped this way, to rest three weeks for the coming struggle with the stars of the Eastern outfits. There will be, of course, some two-year-old racing at Yonkers, where some GOO thoroughbreds of various ages have assembled for the midsummer meeting of the Empire City Racing Association. The Whirl, a ,500 race, at five and a half furlongs, will be decided next Saturday, the East View, a 0,000 race over the short three-quarters course, the Saturday following. But it is improbable that any of the top-sawyers of the big Eastern stables will take part in the renewals of either of these races. They will be left to youngsters of only moderate promise. OVER 300 HOUSES AT SPA. For twenty years it has been the habit of the trainers of the considerable eastern establishments to ship to Saratoga in the first week of July, to the end that their charges of various ages, but particularly their two-year-olds, might have a fortnight or three weeks in which to recuperate from the fatigues of early spring and summer campaigning. The up-state trek of the current season is now on. Since the beginning of the week more than 300 horses, some CO per cent of them two-year-olds, have arrived from New York and the various training courses of the Saratoga Association are alive with workers every morning. While the two-year-old racing of the New York meetings recently finished has been interesting enough it is better than an even thing that none of the great stables has yet uncovered a genuine ace. Possibly it will develop that all of the early stake winners of consequence Bud Lerncr, Cresta, McKec, Cherry Pie, Sunference, Goshawk and Martingale are seconds. The incentive to keep the most promising two-year-old material for late summer and fall racing is stronger now than it used to be. The Hopeful, a dash of three-quarters, renewed regularly on the last day of the Saratoga meetings, has become a 0,000 race. The value of the Belmont Park Futurity will run from 0,000 to 0,-000 from this year on. There is a 0,000 Futurity, a race of one mile for colts and fillies on the autumn program of the Maryland Jockey Club, that is to be renewed each November at Pimlico. The Kentucky Jockey Club has established a 5,000 Kentucky Championship, another race of one mile, as a permanent feature of fall racing at Churchill Downs. The value of the Lexington Breeders Futurity has risen to 5,000. The Walden and tho Eastern Shore, which are run at Pimlico and Havre de Grace arc 0,000 races, and it is highly probable that the Maryland State Fair Corporation will presently announce a couple of two-year-old stakes of unusual value for October racing at Laurel Park. Latonia has a rich race in the Queen City Handicap. TRAINERS CHANGING METHODS. It Is mighty hard for American trainera. accustomed for thirty years to rush their best two-year-olds into training In earliest spring and have them at the top of their form in May and early June, to sit tight while races like tho Youthful, the Juvenile, tho Keefio Memorial, the Hudson, the Tre-mont and the Great American are being run. But these late summer and fall races arc . beginning to bulk so largo in their plans of campaign for big money they are slowly learning to bide their time. Nothing that looks like a two-year-old champion has yet come out of the ruck of eastern two-year-old racing, because none of I tho considerable stake winners of tho Ja- Coutinued on eighth page. TWO - YEAR - OLD PROSPECTS Continued from first page. maica, Belmont Vari: and Aqueduct sessions has been able to shoulder penalties and win. No two-year-old is ever called a champion, or even regarded as a formidable candidate for championship honors, until he shall havo made concessions and beaten his rivals. The best youngsters, undoubtedly, are the ones named above. Bud Lerner got into racings? spotlight at Jamaica by winning the ?3,000 Youthful under a burden of 11G pounds. But John E. Madden, the breeder and owner of the son of The Finn, did not think enough of his ability to send him along under a penalty of seven pounds in the Juvenile Renewal, a 5,000 race of five-eighths, decided at Belmont Park on May 30. Instead Madden started McICee and McKee, with 112 pounds in the saddle, got down in front. Bud Learner also sidestepped the Kcene Memorial, Belmont Parks 510,000 race of fivo and a half furlongs, that used to be known as the Eclipse, but McKco undertook to win that race under a penalty of six pounds and was soundly thrashed by Cherry Pie, which 1 acked 115 ; also Cresta, under 122, Canaque under 115 and Vigil under 112. After the Keenc Memorial McKee stepped aside to give his rivals a chance to earn some penalties, but Cherry Pie bravely undertook to tako up 130 pounds and win the Hudson, a dash of five-eighths, and the first of the Aqueduct two-year-old stakes, and Bud Lerner reappeared under 127 pounds. Both were beaten by Sunferencc, under 115 pounds. Sunference, a son of Sun Briar, two-year-old champion of 1917, is a New York State-bred colt, a product of the Sun Briar Court Stud at Binghamton, which was named by Willis Sharpe Kilmer in grateful remenj-brance of the achievements of Sun Briar in 1917 and 1918. His career will be followed with particular interest by the New York patrons of Saratoga racing, because of his New York origin and the popularity his sire won in 1917 and 191S by his performances in renewals of the Grand Union, the Saratoga Special, the Hopeful, the Delaware Handicap and the Travers. Sunference and Bud Lerner were the heavily weighted stake winners that started in the Great American. They had 135 pounds each aboard, but they were beaten by Goshawk under 115. Goshawk, Sunference, Bud Lerner and Cherry Pie all tried their luck under penalties in the Tremont revival and lest to Martingale, which packed 115. Possibly the best two-year-old of either sex eastern racing has developed i3 the filly Cresta, a daughter of Whisk Broom IT. and Cresson of the II. P. Whitney stable. Cresta after winning the Fashion at Belmont Park carried 122 in the Keene Memorial and all but beat Cherry Pie, to which she was waiving her sex allowance and giving seven pounds after she had been left at the post. This performance of Crestas makes her a particularly formidable candidate for the Spinaway Stakes.

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