Enjoyable Saratoga Life: Visitor Finds Many Thrills during Busy Morning Training Hours, Daily Racing Form, 1922-08-11


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ENJOYABLE SARATOGA LIFE Visitor Finds IVlany Thrills During Busy Morning Training Hours. Americas Greatest Racing Event, Saratoga Special, to Be Run Saturday. o BY C. J. FIT55 GERALD. SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., August 10. One of the most enjoyable features cf lif3 in Saratoga during August is the moiiiing gallops at the race courses of the Saratoga Association for the Improvement of the r.reed of Horses. Those who go to the iac;s in the afternoon know little of the property acoss Union avenue, where there is a training track as well as stabling for more than COu head cf thoroughbreds in the midst cf pines that hav-3 braved the blasts of more than fifty winters. This area as well as the regular course over which the daily races are run is alive with horses from the earliest peep of dawn. Trainers flit about here and there on ponies, - giving instructions to the boys on their charges. Each is too busy to note what the other is doing till the gallops have been finished. Then there is an exchange of gossip and a lot of good-natured chaffing, for the rivalries of the afternoon are forgotten as soon as the judges have hung up the numbers. No course in the United States has as maliy aspirants to jumping racing as Saratoga. It is a favorite place to try out the novices and many a good three-year-old is heing put through the preliminary stages of a cross-country education in the infield at Horse Haven, where superintendent Clare has a regular brush course laid out. There was a time when the inner field on which this jumping ground is located was unproductive, but under the present regime it yields good crops cf hay and oats. A luxuriant second crop of clover is now in bloom. JtKST SlOUT YET TO COME. While the racing cf the last week has been up to the standard found here every year, there is promise of even better things from now to the close, as many of the best two and three-year-olds which have been kept from filling their engagements through sickness or accidents of training are ready to go to the pest. The running of the United States Hotel and Miller Stakes showed that there are more and better young horses than in a number of years. This means the liveliest sort of competition for the prises which the association has hung up for the remainder of the meeting, including races like the Hopeful Stakes, which will probably be worth over 540,000; the Saratoga Cup, for three-year-olds and over at a mile and three-quarters, which will carry with it the championship of the year in the older division; the Alabama Stakes, at a mile and a quarter, which will see the best of the thrce-year-ola fillies in action, and the Saratoga Special, for two-year-olds, which was framed in a sportsmanlike spirit and which has been beneficial to the turf at large. The Special referred to above will be one of the features for Saturday next. It is over the three-quarters coures and subscribers will pay 00 each. The Saratoga Association will give a piece of gold plate of the value of ,000 to the owner of the winner. Under me conditions of the race, which was framed in 1901 and was the outcome of fine feeling which was so prevalent when the Sartoga property was taken over by the present association, a subscriber to the Special may name three, but can only send one two-year-old to the post. No race that is run on the American continent surpasses it in helpful influences for the thoroughbred. WHITNEYS FIRST WIXER The intial running found Goldsmith, in the colors of William C. Whitney, in front at the finish. It was a popular victory, for there would have been no such organization as the Saratoga Association for the Improvement of the Breed of Horses if he had not taken the part he did in the transfer of the property from interests which regarded it as a purely commercial asset. That fine horse Irish Lad, which has done his part at home and abroad to improve the breed, was the winner in 1902 in the Colors of Whitney and Duryea the Whitney in the partnership being Harry Payne Whitney, while the other end of he confederacy was that fine type of sportsman, Hermanus B. Duryea, who died a few years ago. Many great horses have won the Special since 1902, the names of Sysonby, Colin, Bel-videre. Sir Marton, Novelty, Regret, Roamer, Campfire, Sun Briar, Tryster and Morvich appearing on the roster. This years nominations cannot fail to give the public a line on the superior juveniles of the year, as it is natural to expect the best in their respective stables to be named Continued on third page. ENJOYABLE SARATOGA LIFE Continued from first page. for such an important event. Taking the nominations as they come in the book one finds that August Belmont has his fine colt Messenger, as well as Osprey and Dragnet to draw from. All are sons of Fair Play and being out of Rock Sand dams they are bred along the same lines as Man o War. J. S. Cosden has named Martitigale. Cyclone and Crochet, and the former is the crack of the stable to date, though Cyclone, which co3t him 1,000 as a yearling, has been highly tried. Cartoonist will represent Bud Fisher and the colors of Robert L. Gerry will no doubt be carried by "Willaim Tell, the speedy Cyclops unfortunately not having been named far the race. The Greentree Stable has Cherry Pie. Dustabout and Moonraker to select from, and the first named, on the form he displayed at Aqueduct would have to be reckoned with. Frank J. Kelley of Chicago has named among others the crack colt Cherokee, by Sweep, which was the sensation of the early season in Kentucky. Willis Sharpe Kilmer has a strong hand to draw from, as his best colt and filly, Sunference and Sallys Alley, respectively, are included in his nominations. John E. Madden named Bud Lerner, Wid-rake and McKee, but the former has passed to the Rancocas interests and will no doubt carry the Sinclair colors on Saturday nexL He is better than any of the two-year-olds that Hildreth has sent to the post this year. The Oneck Stable has the well-named Hobgoblin, a son of Sprite, and the many friends of Mr. Knapp are hoping that the son of Luke McLuke will turn out to be a good horse. Great Man is the crack of the Riviera Stable, just as Mark Twain is the best of the eligibies from the establishment of W. J. Salmon. Harry Payne Whitney has all his best youngsters to draw from. Taking private and public form into consideration his choice must come from Cresta, a wonderful filly if her knees were perfect; Rialto and Goshawk. Joseph E. Widener has Shuffle Along, Hell Gate and Purity, while president Wilson is well represented by Wilderness, Tall Timber and Forest Lore, all sons of Campfire, winner of the race in 1916. In addition to the Saratoga Special, already referred to, Saturdays card will be enriched by the North American Steeplechase Handicap, at about two miles, and the Champlain Handicap, for three-year-olds and over, at a mile and an eighth. Each has a fine list of eligiblea.

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