Here and There on the Turf: Zev and Sarazen Retire. the Pimlico Cup Imported Jumpers, Daily Racing Form, 1923-11-10


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Here and There on the Turf Zev and Sarazen Retire. The Pimlico Cup. Imported Jumpers. The 1923 champions have gone into retirement. S. C. Hildreth saddled the Rancoeas Stables Zev for his last performance of the year when he sent him out to win the Serial Weight-for-Age Race at Pimlico Thursday, while Max Hirsch has decided that he will not again show Mrs. Vanderbilts unbeaten two-year-old gelding Sarazen this year. Both of these have long since earned a winter rest, and it is to be hoped that each comes back in 1924 fit and ready to take up the burden where it was laid down after so many brilliant races. If it should happen that Zev was going into permanent retirement he would always live in turf history as one of the greatest of money winning thoroughbreds, and it is doubtful if his immense money earning record of 251,408 will be reached for many a year. But Hildreth has a fashion of keeping his horses going and when Zev galloped off with the mile and an eighth dash for ,000 that completed his total he looked the same sturdy three-year-old that began his 1923 racing with his victory in the Paumonok Handicap at Jamaica the opening day of the New York season. As for Sarazen, his retirement brings to an end any hope of his meeting J. S. Wards Wise Counsellor at the Churchill Downs me2ting. It is the intention of Max Hirsch to devote all his time with Sarazen to having him ready for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs next spring. He will be trained at Belmont Park, and Hirsch has always contended that the big Nassau County track is just as good a training ground as any other to make ready for early spring racing. Sarazen has gone through his brilliant campaign with so little effort that he really needs no rest, but a life of idleness at Bslmont Park while the snow flies will undoubtedly do him good, and there is no conditioner more careful than Hirsch. It is safe to promise that, barring accidents, Sarazen will be ready when he is called upon to race in the Derby. With the running of the two miles and a quarter Pimlico Cup only two days away there is great interest in this closing day feature of the meeting of the Maryland Jockey Club. The running of the Bowie Handicap generally affords a line on the Cup, but the only time that both of these long-distance races have been won by the same horse was last, year when the Quiccy Stables Captain Al-cock, since retired to the stud, triumphed on both occasions. Up to that double Willis Sharpe Kilmers Exterminator was first home in its three previous runnings. This old celebrity is on the grounds now, but he is no longer the wonder of racing that endeared him to race goers. He is but a shadow of the great horse he was a coupla of years back and, while an attempt will be made to have him ready for the Coffrolh Handicap at Tijuana, it is only a hope. Handicappcr Frank J. Bryan has announced the weights for this big feature and there L promise that the field that will go to the post will afford a great contest. Harry Payne Whitneys Bunting remains at the top of the list v.ith 126 pounds as his burden and is followed by the three-year-olds Zev and My Own, each at 123 pounds. Then right under this pair comes My Dear, the illustrious sister of My Own and winner of the Bowie Handicap. In this Mr. Bryan has reversed the order of the Bowie, in which My Dear was in receipt of four pounds from Hal Price Headleys Cha-coler, winner of the Kentucky Special. For th Cup My Dear is asked to take up 122 pounds to the 117 at which Chacolet is rated. However, My Dear will be an absentee Monday, the game old mare meeting with a serious mishap yesterday while galloping at Pimlico. A banc was fractured in her off fore ankle and the injured leg was put in a cast in order to save her for the stud. The sterling performance of Faskadale since he has been carrying the J. S. Cosden silks offers what may be considered a good line on the imported fencers that will shortly be distributed among those entered in the subscription scheme that was fathered by Joseph E. Davis, president of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association. Ths foreign-bred jumpers that have been imported are to be drawn for by the subscribers on November 17 and will have until next year to become acclimated and familiar with American courses. Faskadale is not much to look at. He is probably the lightest steeplechaser in training, but he is a brilliant jumper, with an abundance of speed. It is promised that many of those brought over for distribution under the Davis scheme are vastly better horses than Faskadale. And Faskadcle is not the only imported fencer that William Garth is training for Mr. Cosden that has made good adequately. Dan IV., a jumper that was brought over as a sample of what subscribers might expect, has proved himself one of the best cross-country horses in training and under the skillful preparation of William Garth has won each of his starts through the field. In the meantime the native-bred jumpers are being recruited from the ranks of the flat runners, and it is assured that with the opening of the steeplechase season of 1924 there will be a greater number of good jumpers in training in this country than there has been in many years. In Maryland, both spring and fall, the steeplechase forms an important part of the racing scheme, and to take care of the increased number of horses in this line of endeavor it is probable that many of the other racing, centers will follow the lead of Maryland and make the cross-country offerings more, attractive. That is what is wanted in New York to keep the best of the jumping strings at home for the entertainment of the faithful that journey down on Long Island to see racing.

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