Twenty Years Ago Today: Chief Turf Events of Dec. 23, 1902, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-23


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of Dec. 23, 1902 Racing at Newport, Ingleside and New Orleans. The Coney Island Jockey Club announced that for the Futurity, to be run in 1905, the entry list will scale close to 50,000. The race has an added value of 10,000. i A bookmaker, who will race extensively the coming year and who achieved considerable success with Hunter Itaine and other horses at Chicago tracks last summer, winning in all 51,800 at Washington Park and 5,800 at Hawthorne, is John Fay. Fays kindergarten of thoroughbreds comprisa four colts and two fillies. The longest-priced winner of the day was Paul Creyton at New Orleans. Ten horses went to the post with Tillo the most fancied by the public, but Paul Creyton took the lead at the start and, holding on gamely, just beat Tillo by a nose. If the finish had been a few yards farther on, Tillo would have won, for after the winning line was crossed Tillo was a length in advance of Paul Creyton. In the opinion of many Ilermis was the real outstanding star of the three-year-olds of 1902. This crack colt started fourteen times, winning ten, was second once and had two thirds to his credit. Only once did he fail to finish in the money. Lucien Appleby was a work horse, running every other day and always finishing at the top or thereabouts. His record is forty-four starts, nineteen wins, ten seconds, nine thirds and he was unplaced six times, an enviable record. Ed Botay, one of the first men in this country to make a business of handicapping the races, arrived at New Orleans. Mr. Botay has been going to New Orleans for many years and this is his twenty-first year there. Mr. Botay said: ""When I first came to New Orleans the races were very ordinary. On a good day I have seen less than 200 people on the grounds. In those days tha purses amounted to less than 00. The sport did not amount to much and they were a sorry lot of horses that ran." The weights for the Christmas Handicap at New Orleans were announced. McChesney is given top weight of 128 pounds. His biggest rival, Lucien Appleby, is in with seven pounds less. Durncll and Herz have already arranged to ship Lucien Appleby to Louisville and it is not known whether or not they intend to start him in the big race. It is hoped that they see fit to run him, because it would create no end of interest to see these two stars in action against one another. Lucien Apphby and McChesney by no means have the race tucked away. Plenty of competition will be furnished them by The Lady, with 120 pounds; W. J. Deboe, 113, and Latson, with 98 pounds.

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