Ready For Bowie Meeting: Horses That Wintered at Benning Advanced in Training.; Broomster and General Thatcher May Be Starters in the Two Stake Features to Be Run at Prince George Park., Daily Racing Form, 1923-03-09


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READY FOR BOWIE MEETING Horses that Wintered at Benning Advanced in Training Jlroonister anil General Thatcher May He HeStarters Starters in the Two Stake Features to toBe Be Ilun at Prince George Park BALTIMORE Md March S Thanks to the mildness of the current winter the thor ¬ oughbreds at the Benning race course colony numbering 300 head of various ages are some ten or fifteen days nearer racing con ¬ dition than horses that winter hereabouts usually are in March Unless there is a cold spell of considerable duration the old Washr ington course will contribute at least four score reasonably fit animals to the Southern Maryland Jockey Clubs race meeting of twelve days that will begin April 2 at Prince George Park Bowie This Southern Mary ¬ land meeting will usher in the eastern season of 1923 It will be characterized by the dis ¬ tribution of between 140000 and 150000 among the owners of the competing horses There will be two stake features each witli r000 added These will be the Inaugural and Prince George Handicaps at seven eighths and one mile and a sixteenth respec ¬ tively both for threeyearolds and over The Inaugural will be run on April 2 the Prince George on April 14 14For For long periods since the cold weather set in in early December the Belmont Park Jamaica Aqueduct Havre de Grace and Pimlico courses have had the aspects of glaciers Training over them of course has been impossible Horses wintering about them have been held to shed exercise which helps but is not the sort of work that tits thoroughbreds for actual racing Four or five times through the winter the Benning going lias been frozen in the morning tit on no day has it been unfit for outdoor work at some hour Horsemen have taken full advantage of the opportunities the clement weather and favorable track conditions have presented and it is a good safe bet that the racers that go from Benning to Prince George Park will hold their own from the beginning with the best of the winter campaigners that come this way toward the end of the month from New Orleans and Havana HavanaStables Stables at Benning that will contribute to the Bowie racing are the establishments of Admiral Gary T Grayson Edward Beale Mc ¬ Lean Joseph E Davis George Wingfield Harry Payne Whitney Samuel Ross James W Bean William Preston Burch Selby Burch Elmer Truman and Max Smart SmartIt It is a bit early to attempt to say what horses of these stables will race through the Bowie meeting The trainers themselves do not know yet where they stand and what they may bo able to do But it is generally Continued on twelfth luge READY FOR BOWIE MEETING I Continued from first page agreed that the two most forward of the benning runners past two years old are Harry Payne Whitneys Brcohister and George Wingfields General Thatcher Broomster a fouryearold is in a string of ten youngsters Fred Hopkins is handling for James Howe General Thatcher is the prospective star of a bunch of fifteen Preston Burch is readying up for the proprietor of the Nevada Stock Farm Brcomster and General Thatcher if they continue to train satisfactorily will be starters in the Inaugural and Prince George Handicaps General Thatcher and the other members of the Wingfield string will race in Kentucky through the late spring and early summer but they will not start West until General Thatcher shall have filled his engagement in the 550000 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on the twelfth of Mny General Thatcher has worked threequarters several times in the course of the last two weeks in 1 20 He galloped one mile and a quarter at a twominute clip on Monday A winner at Laurel Park and Bowie General Thatcher was one of the foremost twoyearolds of last falls Maryland racing racingBroomster Broomster son of Broomstick and Spun glass and brother of the ill fated Broomspun was one of the star threeyearolds of last springs Havre de Grace racing Indeed at one time he looked a firstrate Kentucky Derby prospect And he would have gone gonei i West for the Derby for which Whiskaway and Bunting failed to train if he had not got what horsemen call the saddle girth dis ¬ ease the same being a virulent cutaneous eruption that shows about the sides and belly with which the saddle girth comes in contact This trouble laid Broomster up all year But now he does not appear to be any the worse for his experience He is a splen ¬ didly grown gelding with apparently sound legs and is as near racing condition as is isGeneral General Thatcher himself

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