Futurity of 0,000: Most Famous of Juvenile Races of Great Value This Year, Daily Racing Form, 1922-09-02


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FUTURITY OF 0,000 Most Famous of Juvenile Races of Great Value This Year. Premiums to the Breeders of First Three Horses Prospective Candidates and Chances. BY C. J. FITZ GERALD. NEW YORK. N. Y., September 1. That the Futurity Stakes, the greatest of the produce events for two-year-olds run in this country, will be worth more than 0,000 to the winner this year will be welcome news to the breeders of thoroughbreds in the United States and Canada with nominations in the race, which will be a distinguishing feature of the autumn meeting of the Westchester Racing Association, which will open on Saturday, September 2, at Belmont Park and run till Saturday, September 16. There were 1,195 nominations for the prize when the lists closed in January, 1919. and they came from not only the great breeding studs of Kentucky, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Missouri, California, Wyoming and Nevada, but from the farms of men who find the raising of thoroughbreds a fascinating side line to diversified agriculture, many breeders of live stock making a practice of Tunning a few brood mares in the same pastures with their dehorned cattle. It is a custom which is becoming more and more prevalent, and will in the end be the means of increasing blood stock production in the United States materially, as there is a growing market for the clean-bred horse, not only for racing but the hunting field, polo and general saddle use in our great cities where bridle paths for equestrians are becoming a part of municipal development This practice of having a few well-bred mares on farms where there was not much attention paid to the development of light horse types some years ago is making greater headway in this state than other commonwealths, largely because of the activities of the Breeding Bureau of the Jockey Club, which has helped in the distribution of thoroughbred sires and dams in regions like the Genesee Valley. With the Federal Remount Service doing a like work in practically every state "in the union great advances in the horse breeding industry should be scored. PART FUTURITY PLAYS. The part the Futurity and other kindred produce stakes play in this great work cannot be overestimated. The nominating fee of 0 for a mare in the Futurity not only gives a potential value to her progeny, but builds a hope in the breast of the owner who finds in the selection of a mate for the dam and the care and feeding of the foal relief from the problems of everyday life. This interest wiH be increased as the days pass and the youngster is prepared for the auction market, or developed for the test of racing under the colors of her breeder. The knowledge that no matter who owns the colt or filly on the day of the race, the breeders prizes which the. Westchester management wisely provided will find their way into the right hands, is a comfort not guaranteed to the individual who sells a good juvenile cheaply, and shares in none of the triumphs which come later as a reward for fleetness of foot and stoutness of heart. The premiums of ,000 to the nominator of the winner and of 00 and 50, respectively,,, to the nominators of the second and third, carries the interest of everybody concerned right up to the day of the race. It extends throughout the entire household and embraces every man and boy who has had anything to do with the development of a Futurity candidate. The Futurity was inaugurated by the Coney Island Jockey Club, and its conditions were framed by James G. K. Lawrence, secretary of that organization for many years It was first run for at Sheepshead Bay in 1S88, when it was won by Sam Bryant of Kentucky with the gelding Proctor Knott, by Luke Blackburn, with the diminutive but skillful negro jockey "Pike" Barnes in the saddle. GELDIJTGS ARE BARRED. It was a highly sensational contest and was one of the surprises of the year as the public thought the prize would go to Sal-vator, a regal chestnut colt in the stable oC James B. Haggin. It is a fact worthy of comment that the second running found a gelding in front, Chaos with Fred Day taking the plum for W. L. Scott of Erie, Pa. Cha-cornac was the only other gelding to be victorious and he ran in the name and colors of James R. Keene in 1899. As the race is now only eligible to colts and fillies tlio change in conditions having been made in the interest of horse breeding, the event land serving a purpose whose force would be lost Continued on sixteenth page. f jj if J! a: 0: of si a a d de f 1: tl e ti r r; fa h $ s p l to to v r ft r a a r t j a t I z I j . r 1 . J ; , 1 1 j i FUTURITY OF 0,000 Continued from first page. unsexed horses were permitted to participate. The net value of the initial Futurity was 0,900, and high water mark was reached in l 1S90, when August Belmont, father of the j present chairman of the Jockey Club was first j and second with Potomac and Masher, colts his own breeding. There were fifteen starters and the winners share was 7,675. 1 reward only exceeded by the Grand Prix j Paris. During the days of gloom accom- ; panying the restrictive legislation around the period from 1910 to 1913, entries were fewer, and the lowest ebb was reached ir. 1913, when Pennant won 5,060 for being : the best of the field. He bore the colors of Harry Payne "Whitney. From that time returning confidence in the turf has carried the reward to higher levels and last year the race was worth 9,700 to Harry Payne Whitney, whose Bunting Avon after one of the best races in the history of the race, a dozen horses being aligned a hundred yards from the wire. That this years race will be worth 0,000 or more is the best proof of the steady and enduring growth of the turf under present conditions. While most of the big stakes have fallen his lot, Mr. Belmont has never been able win the Futurity, though furnishing the runner up on a number of occasions. With Messenger among the eligibles for this years race, his chances of annexing the honors In stake which is close to his heart were most rosy until the big son of Fair Play Mission, which some of the best judges think will develop into another Man o War, went wrong. Mr. Whitney has a powerful aggregation including Cresta, Rialto, Flagstaff, Chickvale, Spot Cash and Blue Peter, while Gifford A. Cochran has his recently purchased Goshawk to give him hopes of victory. The Cosden eligibles embrace Martingale, Crochet and Doughoregan. The Rancocas Stables best are Zev, a phenomenon in heavy going, Curtis, and Stockmar, with Ceveat Emptor, the pick of those in the Quincy Stable. Other Futurity prospects are Sunference and Sallys Alley from the Kilmer establishment, Wildrake and Best Love, owned by J. E. Madden, Dustabout, Untidy and Moon-raker, from the Greentree Stables; Wilderness and Tall Timber, representing Richard T. -Wilson; Boys Believe Me, for E. TL Bradley; Newmarket, Jefferson Livingston, Cyclops and William Tell, R. L. Gerry; Dan i E. OSullivan, Montfort Jones; Donges, J. S. . Ward; Banter, H. H. Hewitt; Hobgoblin, H. K. Knapp; McKee, Charles A. Stoneham; , Shuffle Along, Joseph E. Widener; Possible, Fred Johnson; Silk Tassel and Autumn Bells, , J. B. Smith; Noel, E. B. McLean, and Mark : Twain, for W. J. Salmon. There are, of course, many others that . may be undergoing a preparation warranting ; their being sent out for the prize, but at this ! writing those named above have most t promise. In the meantime the attention of the breeders . of the country are focussed on the Futurity with its rewards to those whose judgment, care and feeding has turned out a 1 product which skillful training has developed L into a champion.

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