Great American Mares: Success of Two Year Old Fillies This Year Recall Old Favorites, Daily Racing Form, 1922-11-12


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GREAT AMERICAN MARES Success of Two-Year-Old Fillies This Year Recall Old Favorites. : Performances of Artful, Beldame. Hamburg Belle and Tradition a Recital of Pine Deeds on the Turf. NEW YORK, N. Y., November 11. The showing of .the two-year.old fillies in the big stake features of the year and the comment that 1922 has seen more good young mares under colors than at any time since Artful, Beldame, Hamburg Belle and Tradition were making .turf history renders a backward glance at the performances of this galaxy of great mares most interesting. That Sallys Alley, Blossom Time and How Fair, the heroines of the recent Pimlico Futurity, are good fillies nobody doubts, nor were Edict, Cresta and others of their sex barren of high class during the middle of the year, but they all must do more than they have accomplished to date before they can be acclaimed the equals of that great quartet which flourished in the early nineties and won their races against some of the best horses the United States has ever known. Beldame and Hamburg Belle were foaled in the same year, 1901, the former at the Nursery Stud of August Belmont and the latter at the Elmendorf Stud of James B. Haggin. Hamburg Belle, a daughter of Hamburg, from imported Isiac, by Rosebery, achieved great distinction as a two-year-old by winning the Futurity Stakes in a field of eighteen, defeating a select band of performers which included Leonidas, Highball, Audience, Broomstick, Lady Amelia and Delhi. She ran in the colors of Sydney Paget, who leased her racing qualities from her breeder and she was trained by that clever horseman, A. J. Joyner. Beldame, a spanking daughter of Octagon and imported Bella Donna, by Hermit, won three out of six starts at two under the silks of her breeder. Her victories included the Vernal and Great Filly Stakes, and it is interesting to note that among those she Continued on eighth page. GREAT AMERICAN MARES Continued from first page. defeated in the latter event were Audience and Mineola, the former the dam of Whisk Broom IT., while the latter is a daughter of imported Meddler and has given the turf Johren and other good performers. Senator Pat McCarrens Ocean Tide was second in the race, beaten by a short head. BELDAMES WODEUFCI, KECOHl. As a three-year-old Beldame, -which had been trained by John Hylan, was leased by Newton Bennington and race-goers are still talking of the brilliancy of her campaign in 1904, when she was trained by Fred Burlew and ridden by Frankie ONeill, the idol of the French turf of today. She Avon every race in which she started as. a three-year-old except the Test Handicap at Brighton Beach, where she carried 115 pounds to Kermis 133, the latter st five-year-old and just then a star of the first magnitude. Beldames victories included the Alabama Stakes ; the Saratoga Cup, in which she beat at wcight-for-age the best long-distance horses of the year, including Africander, The Picket, Caughna-wasa and Major Daingerfield ; the Dolphin Stakes ; September Stakes, defeating Ort Welles, and the First and Second Specials, at one and a quarter and one and a half miles respectively. In the former, at weight for age, she trounced such stars as Ort Welles, Stalwart and Caughnawaga, while in the longer event she carried 112 pounds to Broomsticks 110 both being three-year-olds. Others beaten for this prize were McChesney and Africander, crack four-year-olds, each with 121 pounds up. Goodwins Guide lias the following comment on the race : "The favorite romped in front the entire distance." Beldame raced in the colors of her owner the next year, but her subsequent form, while good, was never as dazzling as in 1904. Hamburg Belle as a three-year-old won the Brighton Oaks, the Fall Handicap, in which she carried 120 pounds to 124 on the speedy five-year-old AlIan-a-Dale; the Flight Stakes, beating Mineola and others, and the Hunter Handicap, with 125 pounds up. She won the Flight Stakes, the Brighton Mile and other features before retirement and was considered a great mare. Two of the best that ever stood on iron were foaled in 1902, the same year as Syson-by and other stars of the greatest brilliancy among the colts. These were Artful, by Hamburg Martha II., by imported Dandie Dinmont, bred by William C. Whitney, and Tradition, by imported Goldfinch Reclare, by Reform, which, like Hamburg Belle, first saw the light at Elmendorf. AltTFUL THE SEXSATIOXAL. Artful was trained by that past master, J. W. Rogers, and while she ran but seven races during her entire career she will always be hailed as one of the sensational mares of the American turf. Because of the death of Mrs. Whitney, Artful raced in 1904 in the name and colors of Herman B. Duryea. She was second in her first two starts to stable companions and the public got no glimpse of her real capacity till the Futurity Stakes, for which she met Sysonby, Tradition and other cracks. She had an allowance which made her weight 114 to 127 each on Sysonby and Tradition. She won in a canter and followed it up by winning the Great Filly Stakes with 124 pounds in the saddle and the White Plains Handicap under the crusher of 130. As a three-year-old Artful made her great reputation by winning the Brighton Handicap with 103 pounds up, beating Ort Welles and Beldame, each with 125 pounds, and a number of other good ones. Sysonby was at his best at the time. The Brighton Beach management tried to arrange a match between the colt and filly, offering a purse of 0,000 or 0,000, if necessary, for a race at a mile and an eighth or a mile and a quarter. Mr. Whitney was abroad at the time, but in answer to a cable he announced his willingness to make the race for 0,000 a side and leave the distance to the judgment of his trainer. John Rogers was a man of few words and when approached he said, "Let them name their own distance and terms, I am not only willing but anxious to make the match." Mr. Keene, after some consideration of the proposal, declined, saying that his colt was well engaged. The matter of superiority between the great three-year-olds was never decided. They only met ifli the Futurity at two, and Sysonby lost a lot of ground in that event when Redfern, the colts jockey, cut across from the extreme outside position at the start to the rail, where he showed in front at the eighth post. Tradition, now a valued member of the brood mare band at the Belair Stud, Colling-ton, Maryland, where she was seen a few days ago looking the grand dame in every line of her majestic figure, was a superlative performer as a two-year-old. If she never did anything more than defeat Sysonby at equal weights in the Futurity she would be entitled to a niche in the hall of hippie fame. She was trained by A. J. .Toyner and won eight races as a two-year-old three in a row during the autumn meeting of the Coney Island Jockey Club. Her victories included the Vernal, Distaff, Venus, Neptune, Flatbush and Belles Stakes, and the Wingfoot and Great Eastern Handicaps. In the latter she carried 125 pounds. For the Champagne Stakes that year she was second to Oiseau. At three she won the Brighton Oaks and Alabama Stakes. Maskette, Lady Anielia and other good mares performed well in other periods. The turf cannot, however, offer in any two years a like number of mares whose records match those of Beldame, Artful, Tradition and Hamburg Belle. If Sallys Alley. How Fair, Blossom Time, Cresta and the other cracks among the fillies of the present year achieve distinction anything like theirs the turf will be the richer.

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