Here and There on the Turf: Buyers of English Horses. Salmons Luck with Fillies. Discipline at Jefferson Park. Rising Jockeyship Star, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-09


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Mere and There on the Turf Buyers of English Horses. Salmons Luck With Fillies. Discipline at Jefferson Park. Bising Jockeyship Star. While no sensational prices have- been paid by the American buyers at the famous Newmarket December sales, there have been a number purchased for different interests that should prove beneficial to the breeding interests of this country. Phil T. Chinn, who has been one of the most extensive buyers, has confined his purchases principally to weanlings and for the most part he has only purchased colts. These are meant for the American market and Colonel Chinn is just following along the lines in which he has had so much success in other years. All of these baby thor- oughbreds are richly bred and their racing pos- sibilitics are before them. They are sure to be attractive to American sportsmen. Then, after they are through racing, they may prove of importance in the American breeding scheme, Edward R. Bradley, Walter J. Salmon, New York sportsman and breeder, and William Woodward, whose Maryland stock farm is known as Belair, as well as Arthur B. Hancock, are others to make purchases. These gentlemen have selected brood mares that have been bred in England and their influence on American breeding should be almost immediate. Walter J. Salmon, though he has not long been prominent on the turf, met with almost instant success in his racing venture when he had such a swift-footed filly as Careful to bear his silks and Step Lightly to. win the Futurity of 1920 under his colors. Mr. Salmon has taken a keen interest in breeding and he has confined his purchases almost exclusively to fillies. His idea is not to have a stock horse of his own, but to depend on the many excellent stallions that are in public service. Then he has scored most of his racing successes with fillies, so that it is natural he should favor them, even- for their racing qualities. He has already gathered the nucleus for a breeding establishment of importance and he is still buying mares. His most noticeable Newmarket purchase was when he paid ,400 for Zefa, a fifteen-year-old daughter of Onne and the Bend Or mare Ornament. Zefa is bred to Swynford. Few mares in this or any other country can boast of more fashionable blood lines and Mr. Salmon is to be congratulated on his purchase. The Edward R. Bradley purchases are of vast importance in the blood he will bring over to his Idle Hour Stock Farm. For the most part young mares have been chosen and of different blood lines, all of sturdy ancestry. Each mare has been bred to a different sire and, for. the most part, to a different family. That is of importance in increasing the number of brood mares on Mr. Bradleys farm and it will be strange, indeed, if their influence does not maintain Idle Hour Stock Farm in its present high standing. Mr. Woodward has chosen a weanling filly by Stefan the Greatr Isabou, by Polymelus, for one of bis purchases. I I I ! j i i I j j j1 jj j The selection was made with her breeding in sight rather than any racing qualities she might posgeas. Latest Fashion, an eight-year-old daughter of Spearmint and Startling, by La-veno, that has been bred to Friar Marcus, is one that was obtained by A. B. Hancock for ,500. When several undesirables were refused admission at Jefferson Park and their presence in New Orleans was revealed to the police, a good thing was done for winter racing. In these long winter meetings it is wise for the racing officials to extend their jurisdiction beyond the confines of the track itself. And that is just what has been done. It would not have been enough to deny these men admission to the track. That, of course, would have! been a protection of those on the grounds, but it was the racing that attracted these men and it is inevitable that racing would be held accountable for their acts, on or off the track. It is pleasing to see the Jefferson Park officials take this action and, if they will continue to aid the police on and off the course, the turf will be bettered just that much more. These men who have been barred do not belong and are repudiated by racing men, but the racing men must go further and protect citizens against them. Racing is a clean, honest sport of gentlemen, but it can only be kept so by constant vigilance in these long meetings. No sportsman would ever bring racing into disrepute, but these hangers-on must be guarded against and the Jefferson Park management has shown they will not be tolerated. Each winter season brings its jockey development and now it is little J. Corcoran. This lad has been riding in sensational form at j Jefferson Park and, at the rate he is going, he promises to be the outstanding development of the 1922-23 cold weather season. No jockey at either Oriental Park in Cuba or Tijuana has shown a like success in the saddle and Corcoran has become a fad at New Orleans. These winter riding sensations do not always stand the acid test of race riding in Kentucky and New York, but there have been some that have begun in just such a fashion and climbed steadily to the top of the profession in good company. There is plenty of room at the top for a good lightweight and Corcoran will be a welcome addition, if he has the solid qualities that he must have to bu a champion. It is unfortunate that New Orleans is making so much of the lad. Too many youngsters have had a brilliant career wrecked right at the start by hero worship. It is hardly fair to the boy himself to make too much of him and he will have to be wonderfully level-headed to wear his laurels successfully.

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