Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-12


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of Jan. 12, 1904 Racing at New Orleans, Los Angeles and Oakland. The best field of thoroughbreds that could be mustered at the Oakland track went to the post for the daily handicap, at six and a half furlongs. The eld sprinter Kenilworth, on the strength of his recent good racing, was installed as favorite, but he showed a pronounced dislike for the track and after running well for a quarter of a mile quit and finished last. C. T. Henshalls Martinmas was the winner, running in third place for three-quarters of a mile and then finishing fast, passed the pacemaker, Hagerdon, as if he were anchored to win by a good length. San Nichclas was third. Claude and John A. Scott also started, but at no time during the race did it look as though they could win. Edward E. Farley arrived at Detroit from Cincinnati and was arraigned in the Circuit Court on the charge of "ringing" the mare Aimless as Sarah Black at the Grosse Point runnjngtmcetihg last June. Farley refused to plead and a plea of not guilty was entered for him, after which he was released on bail. His trial will be taken up some time in February. First of the Chicago clubs in the field this year, the Chicago Jockey Club makes its bow for 1904 to owners and trainers with a list of stakes bound to evoke much interest and exccliently devised to secure heavy entry lists. Inspection of its offerings discloses some radical departures from its stake program of 1903, the most important and the one that will be most discussed being the abandonment of the 0,000 Hawthorne Handicap and the revival in its place of the Chicago Derby, with 0,000 added. While by no means a failure last year, the Hawthorne Handicap did not result as satisfactorily to the Chicago Jockey Club as did the Harlem National Handicap to the Harlem Jockey Club. This may have had something to do with its excision from the stake program in favor of a rich three-year-old stake. With such a big sum as 0,000 added the Chicago Derby will easily 1 be the most valuable three-year-old race of the western turf, except the American Derby, and it is quite probable that its annual decision will be considered a line to the outcome of that race.

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