0,000 Preakness Stakes: To be Run at Pimlico Today, Daily Racing Form, 1923-05-12


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0,000 PREAKNESS STAKES TO BE RUN AT PIMLICO TODAY Fourteen Aristocrats of Three-Year-Old Division to Strive for Rich Prize— Record Attendance Expected— H. P. Whitney and Greentree Stable Entry Favorite BALTIMORE, Md., May 11. — Tomorrow is Preakness day. A few years back Interest in this race was principally confined to Maryland and neighboring cities. What a change the magic word "gold" has accomplished! From a stake of modest means and with only horses of ordinary caliber contesting its decision the Preakness is now one of the richest of American stake fixtures. The ever progressive Maryland Jockey Club immediately after the adoption of the pari-mutuel system of wagering in Maryland, which brought greater returns in revenue, undertook to make their meetings more attractive and realized that only by offering stakes and purses of values on a par with those of Kentucky and New York could the desired result be brought about. It was with a lavish hand that the change was made and the success of the undertaking is now a matter of general knowledge. Tonight, on the eve of the Preakness, net alone is Maryland and her neighbors keyed up over the great contest of tomorrow, but everywhere in this great land of ours, in Canada and Cuba, where dwells the lover of a good horse and the great sport of racing interest is widespread and speculation keen as to the outcome of this 0,000 feature. Old Pimlico is ready to entertain the largest crowd in its history and unless all signs fail every inch of available space will be occupied long before the bugle calls the horses to the post for the initial race of the afternoon. There was keen anticipation over tbe prospective contenders for the Treakness. The overnight acceptances number fourteen and it is a truly representative band of high-class three-year-olds named for the rich prize. Only two western-owned horses are included in the probable starters, they being Blanc Seing, the property of the Chicago turfman W. Daniel, and the Nevada Stock Farms General Thatcher.. While Sallys Alley is carded as a starter there is some doubt as to whether or not she will face the barrier. In the event that she does not answer the call Alfred Johnson will have the mount on General Thatcher. The overnight favorite for the big race is the H. P. Whitney and Greentree Stable entry, Chickvale, Rialto and Barbary Bush. The entry is quoted at 2U to 1. The prospects are that there will be admirers aplenty for each and all of the starters. The following is the probable field: Horse. Wt. Jockey. Owner. Trainer. Breeder. Zev 126 E. Sande Rancocas Stable 5. C. Hildreth.J. E. Madden Sallys Alley . . .121 A. Johnson. .W. S. Kilmer J. I. Smith W. S. Kilmer Rialto 114 F. Ccltiletti. .Greentree Stable S. P. Harlan. .H. P. Whitney Barbary Bush. .114 J. McTagart . Greentree Stable J. Rowe Greentree Stable Chickvale 114 L. McAtee. . .H. P. Whitney J. Rowe H. P. Whitney Genl Thatcher. 114 J. Callahan. .Nevada Stk Fm Stb. .P. M. Burch. . Nevada Stk Fm Stbu Better Luck 114 A. Abel B. Block A. Simons E. R. Bradley Blanc Seing . . .126 F. Merimee. .W. Daniel A. G. Blakely.E. R. Bradley Goshawk 126 C. Robinson.. G. A. Cochran C. EL Shilling. H. P. Whitney Vigil 114 B. Marinelli. . W. J. Salmon T. J. Healey. . A. B. Hancock Tall Timber. ... 122 J. But well. . .R. T. Wilson T. J. Healey. . R. T. Wilson Hobgoblin 114 C. FairbrotherOneck Stable W. Garth H. K. Knapp Martingale 126 C. Rummer. . J. S. Cosden W. Garth A. B. Hancock Golden Rule ... 114 C. Lang J. S. Cosden W. Garth L. Viau The racing credentials of the fourteen three-year-olds scheduled to meet in the Preak -j ness are well known to the general run of devotees of the sport. Sallys Alley was the largest money-winning two-year-old of last year. She began auspiciously this year, but in her last appearance was practically left at the post and her efforts to overtake her opponents may have been too great a strain on her stamina, resulting in her being a doubtful starter tomorrow. Zev, Tall Timber, Martingale, Goshawk, General Thatcher, Blanc Seing and Vigil have at one time or another disclosed great ability and are at all times to be given careful consideration in any contest in which they may be engaged. The complete racing record of all the starters both as two and three-year-olds is here presented: Horse. Pedigree. Sts. 1st. 2d. 3d.Unp. Amt. Zev The Finn Miss Kearney, by Planudes 13 6 4 2 1 9,315 Blanc Seing North Star III.— Bed of Roses, by Cunard 19 5 3 4 7 15,170 Better Luck North Star III- Grail, by Atheling 17 4 8 2 3 8,160 :Ta!l Timber Campfire Pixy, by Peter Pan 19 10 4 3 2 26,258 Vigil Jim Gaffney Vignola, by Solitaire II 27 5 7 4 11 10,202 Martingale Martinet- Lady Irma, by Sempronius 19 7 2 2 8 26,888 General Thatcher. Sweep -Polistena, by Polymelus 13 6 3 1 3 8,760 Rialto Chicle Matinee, by Broomstick 10 4 10 5 5413 Barbary Bush Whisk Broom II. — Cardaniine, by Sir Archibald ..40202 1.200 Chickvale Chicle -Greenvale, by Hamburg 7 2 113 3,400 Sallys Alley Allumeur — Salvclatile, by Disguis? 14 6 2 0 6 96,252 Goshawk Whisk Broom II. Dovelet, by Peter Pan 10 3 3 2 2 26!350 Hobgoblin Luke McLuke Sprite, by Waterboy 5 2 1 0 2 1,858 Golden Rule Wrack— Golding, by Flint Rock 13 2 5 15 3074 i i • 1 1 , i I 1 1 I i I | , | I : j j I ; I , | ! ! I I | I I ! j ! I ! The post positions and probable odds of the carded starters in the Preakness are as follows : IM". Odds. Vt. Odds. I — Martingale 120 S-l ! Till Timber 122 S-l I — Battery *■* IM B-S 4--Itlnnc Meg 12« 40-1 ." — QeMea Rule 114 S-l •i Better Leek ill 40-1 7-Zev I2« S-l ■ Hobgoblin Ill 1.-.-1 0 iail Ill SI 10— Ckfckvala ill 5-2 11 — Oeecral Tketekef lit 8-1 12 sallys Allay 121 ir -i U — Matte 114 r.-2 14 Goshawk 126 40-1 From a modest beginning sixteen years ago the Preakness Stakes now shares with the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes the exalted position as one of the J30.000 races of the American turf. Until the ninth running, in 1917. the Preakness was an event of no outstanding importance and the records of its victors prior to that date, with one or two possible exceptions, can be searched in vain for thorougn-bred names of exceptional quality or performance. The first running of the Preakness occurred on May 12, 1909. The race was an allowance ttoutiuued ou fourth pace 0,000 PREAKNESS STAKES I ""* -from first Continued page. affair, at one mile, wRh ,000 and 00 in plate added. Ten horses faced starter A. B. Dade, and not one of them was of better than ordinary Trade. The Oneck Stables Fashion Plate was a 7 to 5 favorite, under heavy backinpr, and showed a good flash of speed through the early part of the race, keeping- close on the heels of W. T. Ryans Effendi and making a strong bid at the eighth post. The two thoroughbreds fought it out for a few strides and then the favorite began to fall bacta, crossing the finish a length behind the fast Effendi. Hill Top was third. The time was 1 :39%. Kffendi was a brown colt by Previous — llatasoo. He was an "in-and-outer," notoriously inconsistent and practically neglected at 20 to 1 in the betting. He enjoyed a good day and had the racing luck. The result was that he gained the honor of winning the first 1rrakness, taking for his share ,725 and the 00 in plate. RACE BECOMES A HANDICAP. In 1910 the race became a handicap, with the same amount of added money and plate. The race attracted twelve starters, none of which was better than ordinary.. Lay-minster, a chestnut gelding, by Matchless — Nortlimlnster, coupled with Medallion as the K. BL Oassatt entry, measuring strides with Dalhousie and, gradually wearing him down, came to the finish with a margin of a half length. Dalhousie, tirtng, was under heavy pressure to save second place from Sage». Dayminsters victory was worth ,800 and 00 in plate. He covered the mile in 1:40%, scarcely a notable performance. Several elements combined to make the Preakness of 1911 a high-water mark in the history of the race to that time. The "reformers" played a part through their temporary victory in New York State, driving the thoroughbreds from the metropolitan tracks to Maryland. The distance of the Preakness was increased to a mile and an eighth, its present length, and remained under Um handicap conditions. The New York stables helped to raise the grade of the field and the seven horses which faced the barrier were of a far better class than in either of the previous runnings. Two of the starters were thoroughbreds of the highest grade. August Belmonts Watervale, a fine upstanding bay colt, by Watercress— Dady Violet, and S. C. Hil-dreths Zeus, by Adam— Shaft, had the running pretty much to themselves. Watervale was at the top of his form on that day. He began rapidly and dashed into a long lead, fighting for his head and clicking off the yards with fast flying hoof-beats. Through the first three-quarters jockey Du-gan held the colt hard, but then, with the Rowing speed of the pursuing Zeus, he gave his mount free rein. lVATEEVALES RECORD SPEED. Watervale raced along at a sprinting gait and although Zeus, which had long before shaken off the remainder of the field, was coming up with a surprising burst of speed, the Belmont colt rushed on across the finish with a length to spare. His speed was epic. His 1 :51 for the mile and an eighth set a new track record, which still stands at the Maryland course. After the sparkling 1911 running of the race the Preakness suffered a decline. The added money for the 1912 renewal was reduced to ,500 and stake horses stayed at home. The Beverwyck Stables Col. Hollo-way, brown colt, by Ethelbert— Sweet Hawthorne, defeated the band of ordinary selling platers with ease over a slow track in 1:56%. The race paid ,450 to the winner. There was no improvement in the quality of the field for the 1913 running. Eight horses started. The stake remained under handicap conditions, with ,500 added. The only notable feature of the race was that it marked the first time that the mutuel system had been used in betting on the race. John Whelans Buskin was the winner. The Preakness history rolls on over a record of lean years. Under similar conditions in 1914 six horses of the cheaper grade made the contest. The victor was Mrs. A. Barklies Holiday, a bay gelding, by Broomstick — Leisure, which won from H. G. Bed-wells Brave Cunarder by three parts of a length in a hard drive. The first filly to win the Preakness was I R. P. Whitneys Rhine Maiden, a bay, by Watercress — Gold, whieh later proved a useful race mare through a long career. The eighth running, in 1916, marks the final chapter in the story of lean years. J. K. I*, Ross .Damrosch, a brown colt, by Rock Santl — Dissembler, saddled by A. G. Weston, won easily from a moderate band of opponents. The time was 1 :54% and the value to the winner ,3S0. 1917 RUNNING MARKS AN EPOCH. The following year, 1917, is a red letter *date in the annals of the Preakness. Hitherto a minor stake, with little to differentiate it from scores of similar events throughout the country, the Preakness of 1917 for the first time became a matter of nation-wide interest among tMrfmen. The reason for this metamorphosis was the increase in the added money to , 0*0. The fourteen horses in the field got away to a good start, with Fruit Cake setting the pace, but before the half mile post was reached E. R. Bradleys Halitan flashed into the lead and on the last turn he began to draw away rapidly and cantered across the finish a winner by two lengths. The remaining history of the Preakness is a story of startling growth. The 1918 running, with 5,00* added, attracted overnight acceptances totaling twenty-six and the ! Maryland Jockey Club decided to run the stake in two divisions, providing the full amount of added money to each. In the first division ten of the fifteen carded starters contested. A. K. Macombers War Cloud, an Knglish-bred bay colt, by i Polymelus — Dreamy, won by three parts of ,a length from Sunny Slope. The finish was thrilling. In the second division of the stake six of the eleven carded started. Jack Hare Jr., then at the top of his form, carried W. E. Applegates colors to an easy victory. War Clouds time was 1 :53% and Jack Hare Jr.s 1 :53%. The first division of the stake was worth 2,250 and the second, because of the smaller number of starters, 1,250. The 1919 Preakness attracted a still better ! field. The added money was increased to 5,000 and twelve horses started. Sir Barton, fresh from his maiden victory in the Kentucky Derby a few days previous, won in a canter by four lengths from Eternal, with Sweep On in third place. The Preakness of 1920 was the first big three-year-old stake of the year to fall before the prowess of the mighty Man o War. Widely heralded on the strength of his showing as a two-year-old, the "horse of the century" went to the post an odds-on choice in the mutuels. The added money remained at the 5,000 mark for the thirteenth running of the stake in 1920. There were several horses of high quality in the race, but all were overshadowed by the prowess of Man o War. The Riddle champion started away from the barrier with a rush, dashed quickly into the lead and shook off King Thrush in the first three-quarters of a mile. The H. P. Whitney pair, Upset and Wildair, were racing well in contention and the former ap- pcared with a sharp challenge in the stretch ,run. Man o War was scarcely forced to use any of his reserve speed, however, to cross the finish a winner by a length and a half. Upset led his stable companion in second place by five lengths. Man o War covered the mile and an eighth in 1:51%, three-fifths of a second slower than Watervales track record. The race was worth 3,000 to the winner. For the fourteenth running of the Preakness, in 1921, the added money was increased to 0,000 and the conditions changed to make the race for entire colts and fillies. Continued on thirteenth page. 0,000 PREAKNESS STAKES Continued from fourth page. , i 1 , i 1 ! fourteen horses of pood class started. The Whitney entry of Broomspun and Tryster enjoyed even-money favoritism in the mu- tuels. The Whitney horses were pinned largely upon Tryster, in spite of his failure to figure seriously in the Kentucky Derby, won by Behave Yourself. Ilroomspun had been so lightly considered that he was started in a purse race on Derby Day and. had he gone to the post alone in the Preakness, would probably have been at good odds. Trusters non-staying qualities, however. began to manifest themselves in the final eighth. After racing into contention he tired and dropped back, beaten. Uroomspun. meanwhile, rushed up on the outside of his opponents and took the lead on the turn ] into the stretch. Under hard riding he retained a winning margin of three parts of a length over Polly Ann, with Jeg third. In 1922 the value of the Preakness was increased to $.10,000 added, but, unfortunately, was run the same day as the Kentucky Derby, which fact detracted from the interest that would have been aroused had it not conflicted with the decision of Kentuckys famous race. Twelve horses started, with the Montfort Jones entry Miss Joy and St. Irenry ruling favorite. A big surprise was furnished when It. T. Wilsons Tillory was returned the winner, beating Ilea by a head, with the erratic June Grass in third place. The race was fast, being run in 1 :51%, the same time hung up by Man o War. The net value to the winner amounted to J51.000.

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