Here and There on the Turf: Havre De Grace Meeting next Week. some of Our Best Class Racers to Make Their Debut. Chesapeake Stakes Expected to Throw Light on the Preakness Stakes Form, Daily Racing Form, 1923-04-10


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Here and There on the Turf Havre de Grace Meeting Next Week. Some of Our Best Class Racers to Make Their Debut. Chesapeake Stakes Expected to Throw Light On the Preakness Stakes Form. Nomniations that have been received for the stake races of the Harford Association for the Havre de Grace meeting assure excellent racing at the beautiful racing grounds on the banks of the Susquehanna. This meeting is to open April 16. at the conclusion of the present meeting at Bowie. It will be marked by the first appearance of several horses that were wintered at one or other of the New York training grounds. The long drawn-out winter prevented many horses from making an earlier appearance, but they are shipping in daily and long since every available stall on the track had been engaged. The Havre de Grace meeting affords an opportunity for trainers who have Preaknest Stakes and Kentucky Derby candidates to put on the final polish for the big races. The Cheseapeke Stakes, to be run April 28, is a race to afford something of a line on the big races to come at Pimlico and Churchill Downs. It comes at a time that fits in exactly with ordinary training operations. The distance is a mile and a sixteenth and it is just such a race as a three year old should have to help along in preparation for the richer races. There are fifty six entries in the Chesapeake and it is probable that the list will b? increased considerably before the complete nominations have been received through the mail. This list contains the names of many of the cligibies to both the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby and. closing at this late date it is natural to expect that a number of those that have been engaged will go to the post. Most of those that are training in the East that have been considered as dangerous Preak ness or Derby candidates have been named for the Chesapeake Stakes, except such noinina tions to the big races as enjoy Preakness Stakes allowances. There are some good ones in this list whose owners do not want to forfeit allowances by a victory in such a race before the running of the Preakness. But some of those that raced into penalties as two year-olds will probably go to the post. The three other stake races have received a truly remarkable number of entries and the opening feature the Harford Handicap- attracted 108 entries. This is a lavish response for a race that is so near decision, but it as sures a big field at post time. It is in this race that Exterminator will probably make his 1923 debut. It was in the same race last year that Exterminator came out of retire ment by beating Billy Kelly and Dexterous. Dexterous is in the field again this year and is ready to give the son of McGee and Fair Empress a real battle. But Exterminator is by no means the only dependence of the master of Sun Briar Court. The queenly Sallys Alley, as well as five others, are eligible. Of them all it is Sallys Alley that has been at trading the most attention in her preparation It may be that she will be the real stable hope on race days. The Daughter of Allumeur and Salvolatile lias be n engaged in ihe Preakness Stakes as well as the Kentucky Derby and it is the ambition of the Binghaniton owner to have her duplicate the feat of Ke?ret in 1915. The Lexington Stable and the Xalapa Farm Stable are represented by Lucky Hour, Mis sionary. Southern Cross and Poe. Of this quartet it is probable that the two last named will have to carry the load. Lucky Hour is not up to a race, but the others are looking well, and that applies particularly to both Poe and Southern Cross, two that spent the winter in New Orleans. While on this stable, it is worth while to know that Lucky Hour, while not yet in racing condition, looks exceedingly well. This good colt met with a serious accident last year, when he was kicked in the head by Southern Cross. The injury splintered his frontal bon and it was necessary to remove a considerable portion. He was raced while the open wound was protected by a handage and, with that handicap, ran brilliant races. The wound has healed at this time, but the extent of the injury is apparent in the deep hole still in his head. A cartiledge has grown over the break in the skull and the hide has grown over that, but there is an indentation that would comfortably hold a golf ball. This does not bother the good colt in any manner now. but it is lasting evidence of just how he was handicapped in his racing last year. Samuel C. Hildreth has made many nominations from the Rancocas Stable to the stakes of the Harford Association, but none of his is at hand and it was not generally understood that he would make much of a Maryland campaign. For the Harford Handicap those named are Mad Hatter, Thunderclap. Grey Lag. Knobbir. Flying Cloud, Kai Sang. Little Chief. Zev. Bud Lerner and Rigel. There has been a like lib erality in nominations to the others of the Havre de Grace stake races and should Hill-reth elect to make a Maryland campaign, his horses would be sure to cut an important figure in the results. Edward Burke, general manager of the Harford Association, has taken up his residence at the track and is busily engaged in making ready for the opening of the meeting at Havre de Grace. Some repairs are needed after the windstorm that did damage last week, but as far as the track proper is concerned, it is ready for the opening of the meeting right now. There will be an over abundance of horses, for reservations have been made for the 1.100 stalls at the track and many others will ha" to find quarters outside, while a number will remain in training at Pindico and be taken over by van to fill their engagements.

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