Renaissance of the Turf: Convincing Proof Indicated by Patronage to Belmont Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-05


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RENAISSANCE OF THE TURF Convincing Proof Indicated by Patronage to Belmont Stakes. Breeders From Every Part of United States Respond Large Number of Foreign Sires and Dams Represented. NEW YORK, N. Y., December 4. There Is no more convincing proof of the renaissance of the turf than is indicated in the patronage accorded such features as the Belmont and Lawrence Realization Stakes, Coaching Club American Oaks and other future events which will be run in 1024 and 1925. Weanlings are named for the two former and yearlings for the latter. The interest in the sport, and incidentally in breeding, for racing and bloodstock production go hand in hand, is not only shown in the number of the entries these events received at their recent closing from breeders in every part of the United States, but the permanency of the sport is insured to a still greater degree by the blood lines of the individuals named by the various fanciers, many of whom have invaded foreign markets in their search for the most desirable material in fortifying their studs. Better horses are a guarantee of better sport and upon the quality of the racing depends the attendance, which in the East is a more serious consideration than elsewhere, as fees paid at the gate furnish the sole source of revenue. That California is taking up racing and breeding in a way that will put it in something of the position it once held in the thoroughbred world is being shown in the promotion of a race meeting at Tanforan, near San Francisco, next February, with Adolph and Rudolph Spreckels, Herbert Fleischacker, A. K. Macomber, Frank J. Kelley, C. K. G. Billings, Thomas Fortune Ryan and other men of prominence in the world of finance as its sponsors. Evidence of the desirability of the movement to renew the glories of California as a thoroughbred breeding center is found in the nominations for the Westchester Stakes. Included in the nominations are a number of juveniles bred and owned by Rudolph Spreckels, whose activities in racing and breeding hitherto have not matched those of his brother, who bred Morvich and other good winners at his Napa Stud. A. K. Macomber, whose interests on the Pacific match those in France, is a nominator also, proving that while he has a superb establishment in Haras du Quesnay in France he is still a breeder and patron of racing in the United States. It is expected that the renewal of racing in the neighborhood of San Francisco will be the means of bringing many desirable recruits into the sport, which had a large and influential following until the almost continuous exploitation of the thoroughbred made racing a purely commercial proposition on the Pacific slope. A noticeable feature in connection witth the entries for the Belmont, Lawrence Realization and Wither Stakes and the Coaching Club American Oaks is the number of foreign sires and dams represented in the nominations which have just passed through the Continued on twelfth page. RENAISSANCE OF THE TURF Continued from first page. hands of the racing secretary of the Westchester Association. Colts and fillies by Harry of Hereford, Swynford, Cicero, Lemberg, Black Jester, Hurry On, Charles OMalloy, Maintenon, Hainault and other English and French stallions are sandwiched among the get of sires that were imported to this country within the last decade. Prominent in this class are Hourless, Negofol, Wrack, Mont dOr, Sarmatian, Ogden, Brown Prince, Sun Briar, Frizzle, Ambassador IV., Hand Grenade, Omar Khayyam, Crimper, Johren, Chicle, Polymelian, Under Fire, Sea King, Spanish Prince II., Trompe la Mort, Atheling 1 II., Archaic, Sand Mole, All Gold, Golden Broom, Huon II., Assagai and Marathon. Mingled with them are colts and fillies by such representative American sires as Broomstick, Fair Play, Whisk Broom II., Trap Rock, Pennant, Purchase, Cudgel, Ultimus, Man o War, Olambala, Campfire, Dominant, Sir Martin, The Finn, Ballot, Sweep, Rickety, Gnome, Jim Gaffney, Vulcain, King James, The Manager and George Smith. It all speaks well for the improvement of the thoroughbred in this country, where new blood is necessary at periods in the march of progress.

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