Here and There on the Turf: Eastern Three-Year-Olds Thriving.; Messenger Imposing in Appearance.; Long Distance Races at Bowie., Daily Racing Form, 1923-03-21


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Here and There Thereon on the Turf Eastern Three Year Olds Thriving ThrivingMessenger Messenger Imposing in Ap ¬ pearance pearanceLong Long Distance Races at Bowie There is no doubt now of New York being well represented in both the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico May 12 and the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Dawns May 19 It was unfor ¬ tunate that another freeze should come Monday night but at this season of the year it cannot last long The thaw that preceded the freez ¬ ing weather made work in the open possible at the Long Island training grounds It was ob ¬ served then that the threeyearolds intended for these rich early races have been kept going along in a manner that makes them about ready for fast galloping gallopingIt It may be that the Benning trainers have their candidates further advanced and it is pos ¬ sible that some of the training quarters in Ken ¬ tucky can boast of candidates that are more nearly ready for racing but the New York contingent will have a chance to make up for the lost time It is a little more than eight weeks before the Preakness Stakes date falls due and the Kentucky Derby is seven days farther away Much can be accomplished in that time with horses that are just about ready to be sent along swiftly swiftlyMost Most of the New York candidates are well hardened and their trainers have had the big races in view ever since the horses went into retirement last fall They accordingly kept the horses going more or less through the cold weather and the result shows when they are brought out in the open Messenger the big and magnificent chestnut son of Fair Play and the Rock Sand mare Mis ¬ sion that will bear the colors of Major August Belmont is one of the most impressive of the band at Belmont Park This big fellow in his brief but brilliant career as a twoyearold gave the impression that he was a real champion and Louis Feustel has not been idle with him during the cold months When he made his ap ¬ pearance on the track he looked just about ready for speedy work and with open weather it should be possible to have him keyed up thoroughly for the Pimlico race which natu ¬ rally means that he has plenty of time to make the Kentucky Derby DerbyCherry Cherry Pie one that Scott Harlan is making read for the Derby for the Greentrce Stable is another candidate that looks exceedingly well and he has a way of going to suggest that he will keep the best of the longdistance running threeyearolds exceedingly busy this year yearGifford Gifford A Cochrans Goshawk has put on some beef during the cold weather and he is another that ought to come to hand early This good colt trained off slightly last year after a brilliant beginning but he is destined to at least make another brilliant beginning as a thrceycarcld unless all signs fail And an ¬ other colt that is sure to attract attention of good judges is Sandy McNaughtons Little Celt This colt did not come to hand early last year but in the fall he was racing in a fashion to pronounce him a highclass prospect prospectFred Fred Burlcw who had Benjamin Blocks Morvich ready in ample time last year to have him win the Kentucky Derby is to try and repeat this year with Better Luck one that was purchased from Albert Simons This fast colt hardly shaped up as of Derby or Preakness timber last year but Burlew is a good judge and he has a fashion of making his horses ready early He considers his chances with the son of North Star III an exceedingly good one and the present intention is to go after both the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby DerbyThe The plan of most of the New York trainers is to ship to Maryland for the Havre de Grace meeting where there will be an opportunity to put on the finishing touches in races This should make for highclass racing on the banks of the Susquehanna River in the late days of next month The Havre de Grace program is framed to attract just such horses and there are stake races that furnish ideal trials for Preakness and Derby candidates candidatesJust Just eleven days of racing at Mobile and then Bowie and the real opening of the long eastern racing season Kentucky will have to wait a bit longer for its opening at Lex ¬ ington but not a few of the Kentucky stables will fill in part of the time in Maryland rather than wait for that opening openingIt It has been a long winter for those who did not journey to one or the other of the available racing points and all are looking forward with impatience to the new season that is near at hand handNot Not so many years ago Maryland racing was not considered the real opening of the eastern campaign but that was in the time when the New York opening was on April 15 and it was the Washington Jockey Club at Benning that filled in the gap after the closing of New Or ¬ leans Now Maryland plays an important part in the early racing of the East and Mobile tills the gap after New Orleans Mobile can ¬ not fill that gap is it was filled by Benning but Maryland tracks have taken the place of the old Washington Jockey Club more than adequately in giving the horses employment until the New York opening It is not ex ¬ pected that New York will ever go back to April 15 as its opening date for Maryland has hasaltogether altogether too much racing importance and while the New York dates have been gradually graduallymoving moving forward it is doubtful if any meetings in the future will be held earlier than May 1 1Secretary Secretary Joseph McLennan has framed his usual excellent program for the Bowie meeting and has made provision for most every class of horse that will be on the grounds groundsThere There is to be one race for the twoyearolds each day of the twelve and the sprinters have their chances There is a becoming number of races over a considerable distance of ground These are races for which McLennan is famous and he obtains results Each day has a good percentage of races at distances greater than a mile and one of the offerings is at a mile and a half while two others are at a mile and a quarter and several at a mile and an eighth It has been proved at Bowie that these races will fill They invariably produce better racing and are spectacles that are infinitely more popular with the racing crowd than sprints

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