Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-04


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! Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of Dec. 4, 1902 Racing at New Orleans and Ingleside. Green B. Morris Gravina captured the feature race at Ingleside. The Latonia Jockey Club announced its stakes for the spring of 1903, the Latonia Derby, with ,500 added, being the most valuable on the list. The Cincinnati Trophy had 2,000 and a cup; Latonia Oaks, ,250; Clipsetta, Harold and Cincinnati Steeplechase all had ,000 added. It was reported today that Clarence H. Mackay would retire permanently from the turf because the vast business left by his father would require all his time in the future. It was said, however, that he would not relinquish his large breeding establishment, of which Banastar is the leading stallion. War was declared between the Western Jockey Club on the one hand and Union Park at St. Louis, promoted by P. J. Carmody, and the Newport race course in Kentucky, backed by John J. Ryan and Frank F. Fowler. The Western Jockey Club refused these two tracks dates for their meetings and the different managements proposed to hold meetings without the sanction of the Jockey Club. The Saratoga Racing Association for the Improvement of the Breed of Horses, William C. Whitney, president, declared a dividend on its capital of half a million dollars. In spite of the enormous amount of money spent in improvements and greatly increased amount of money given away in purses and added money to stakes, the sport at the Spa proved so popular and prosperous that the association paid 5,000 in dividends to its stockholders. This fact was made the occasion for many congratulations to Mr. Whitney.

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