Mrs. Hitt Comes to Racing: Registers Her Colors with the Jockey Club and Also Has Breeding Plans, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-22


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MRS. HITT COMES TO RACING Registers Her Colors With the Jockey Club and Also Has Breeding Plans. NEW YORK, N. Y., December 21. There is real interest in the announcement that next year a new racing stable will be seen in New Yorlc when Mrs. K. E. Hitt will show her silks for the first time. Mrs. Hitt, who was Miss Katherine Elkins, a dau7hter of the late United States Senator Elkins of West Virginia, has registered her silks with the Jockey Club and already there are three yearlings at Belmont Park that John Hastings is preparing for the two-year-old offerings of next year. These juveniles have been well engaged and it is probable that before the opening of the 1923 racing season Mrs. Hitt will have added materially to her racing string. Just now it is the intention of this fair recruit to the turf to try for some of the prizes through the steeplechase field and to that end Irish purchases are planned. Mrs. Hitt is making no mistake when she sends to IrelanJ for her steeplechasers, for it is from Ireland that some of the most famous jumpers have come. And Mrs. Hitt does not propose to confine her turf activities to racing alone. She ha3 established a thoroughbred breeding farm and, in fact, the yearlings that are being made ready for next year were bred by her at her Virginia farm near Middleburg. It i3 proposed to construct a training track at the farm and in future much of the early training will be done there. Before her marriage Miss Katherine Elkins was an enthusiastic horsewoman and her coming to racing is no surprise. She first showed her real interest for the thoroughbred when A. K. Macomber presented her with Ed Crump. This big son of Peep oDay and Evaline, by Deceiver, was installed at the Middleburg farm and he is the sire of the yearlings that are now being trained. Mrs. Hitt has added some mares to her breeding farm and now that she is actively in racing her breeding will doubtless show a becoming expansion. John Hastings, who is a particularly able conditioner of jumpers, will undoubtedly havo charge of the jumpers as well as the flat runners, and the present plans contemplate the showing of the silks in Maryland in the spring. By that time it is hoped that at least one of the Irish jumpers will be ready for the Pimlico racing. The colors chosen by Mrs. Hitt are a white jacket with a black band and a black cap. Following are Mrs. Ilitts coming two-year-olds : Wild Goose, ch. c, by Ed Crump Mattinata, by Thrush. Peep to Peep, ch. c, by Ed Crump Ovrera, by Sir Wilfred. Rufus, b. e, by Ed Crump Ruth Strickland, by Czar.

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