Here and There on the Turf: Kentucky Derby Entries.; All of Last Years Good Ones In.; Regular Spring Racing Now Near., Daily Racing Form, 1923-03-08


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Here and There Thereon on the Turf Kentucky Derby Entries All of Last Years Good Ones In Regular Spring Racing Now NowNear Near Daily Racing Form takes pleasure in pre ¬ senting its readers with the imposing list of entries in this years Kentucky Derby They have been anxiously awaited There is a plenty of them but the anxious ones have over two months ahead in which to reckon and digest their possibilities All with re ¬ spectable public form are there and many with no public form at all Before long the makers of future books will tell us in figures what nominee should win the big race The actual winning is quite another matter It may be that one of the choices may sweep home in glorious triumph It is as obviously a year in which a colt or filly now unconsid ered may turn out to be the successor of Morvich MorvichWith With the publication of the nominations there is a revival of interest in the approaching racing season The list is one that assures a continuation of the best traditions of this famous race that was first run in 1875 when Aristides won from Volcano and Verdigris It was then worth 2850 to the winner and it was at a mile and a half halfThe The Derby continued at a mile and a half up to and including that of 1895 which was won by Halma In that period its greatest value was in 1890 when it fell to Edward Corrigans Riley It was worth 5460 It was not until 1915 the Regret year that the winners share reached five figures This the only filly to be returned its winner in its long and glorious history earned 11450 When George Smith won the following year the Derby had dropped back to a value of 9750 but Omar Khayyams victory in 1917 netted 16600 Exterminator earned 14700 when he won for Willis Sharpe Kilmer in 1918 and since that year a material increase has been shown until last year Benjamin Blocks Morvich won 53775 by his victory With the opening of the Maryland racing season only three weclcs away the new turf year is almost at hand Many of the stables that will begin the 1923 campaign there have already moved to one or other of the tracks and reports tend to show that there will be no end of horses ready for the opening at Bowie on April 2 Shipments have bscn made from New Orleans of several of the stables and others have come from the home farms where the horses have been in retirement through the cold months monthsThe The vast amount of snow this winter at the New York training grounds has kept the tracks moderately free from frost and while the most recent snowfall could have been dis ¬ pensed with there appears to be every chance to make the horses ready for what is offered offeredThe The same condition is reported from Lex ¬ ington where already arc horses enough sta ¬ bled to conduct the meeting which is to be opened April 28 Some of these may be sent on to Maryland for the stake races that arc offered at Bowie and Havre de Grace but whether or not they are the opening date of the Kentucky season affords the trainers ample time to make ready readyIn In the meantime the winter horses at New Orleans have racing enough to keep them busy right up to the Bowie meeting The putting on of the 10000 Louisiana Derby has result ¬ ed hi several of the stables keeping horses at the southern track that would otherwise have been shipped away Then there are always those that look for just the opportunities that will be offered at Mobile and these will be in no hurry to ship to Bowie to meet keener contention in the races racesHavana Havana is rapidly coming to its close and the Maryland contingent will greatly increase when that meeting comes to an end but it is probable that Tijuana will go along for a con ¬ siderable time Various of the stables that race at the Lower California track do not come East at all and with the closing of that lengthy meeting they will find employment for their horses on the tracks of the Far West This i circuit has been increased greatly and the plans that have been made known for this year make possible ample racing west of the Rockies to keep the horses busy

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