Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-25


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i I ! l I Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of Dec. 25, 1992 Racing at New Orleans, Ingleside and Newport. Jockey Rcdfcrn gained the triple crown today when he rode McChesney, Scotch Plaid and Cogswell to victory. Inglesides Christmas Handicap fell to Nones from the stable of P. Ryan. The gelding was easily best of the band that opposed him, taking the lead halfway from home and winning by two and a half lengths. Jockey Buchanan scored a double when he piloted Wealth and John Peters home winners jn the respective races. Buchanan and Red-fern monopolized the riding honors for the day with their two and three winners each. The "outlaw" meeting at Newport goes merrily on, today being the fifth day. The attendance has been fair, but the weather has been unkind the last two days. The races today were run over a frozen track. C. M. Jaeger captured the last two on the card when Tour and Ravensbury, both ridden by Cunningham, galloped home winners. The activity of the New Orleans stewards in getting after jockeys who have put up suspicious-looking rides appeals to the thousand of New Yorkers who attended the sport at the metropolitan tracks during the past season. There were so many incompetent riders, to say the least, that racegoers clamored for action until the turf authorities took .away the license of jockey Louis Smith for his alleged poor ride of Merry Acrobat in the Rancho del Paso Stakes at Morris Park. But this was the only penalty of the year handed out there for a bad ride, wheras at New Or- leans the stewards have punished half a dozen boys already for work not calculated to create enthusiasm among the patrons of the sport. That gallant colt, McChemey, disposed of his opponents in the Christmas Handicap at New Orleans like the great thoroughbred he "is. With 128 pounds in the saddle and giving fifteen pounds or more to every horse in the ;race, irrespective of age, the son of Macduff, far back in the early running, came from seventh place at tho head of the stretch like a whirlwind and outgamed Old Hutch and Federal in the last few yards. He was interfered with in the first half mile and pocketed until after the three-quarters post was passed, where jockey Redfern took him back, losing much ground by going around the tail end of the field. He was equal to the task, however, and, making up the ground he had lost, caught the leaders a few yards from the finish line, galloping home a winner by half a length. Word was received from New York Monday !that Gold Heels, the sensational winner of the Suburban and Brighton Handicaps, and also the Brighton Cup, will be entered again fori fthe big spring handicaps next year. Turfmen who are conversant with the injury to Gold Heels do not believe that the son of The Bard will ever race again. When Gold Heels re-. turned to the paddock after winning the Brighton Cup, he was not bleeding from a cut ion the leg, as reported, but one of his ankles had simply collapsed. The trouble was so : noticeable and so carefully inspected by horsemen who were on the spot that the impression was immediately formed that Geld Heels was done for. That was why, when he was put up for auction by General F. C. McLewee and "Diamond Jim" Brady, nobody seemed to want the horse that had been a public idol only a few months before. A prominent east-tern trainer said, "I do not believe that Gold Heels will ever race again."

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