Joseph Widener Pleased: Acquisition of Istar for His Account by J. Howard Lewis Unexpected, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-27


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JOSEPH W1DENER PLEASED Acquisition of Istar for His Account by J. Howard Lewis Unexpected but Good News. NEW YORK, N. Y.. Jan. 26. Joseph E. i Widener, who lias been confined to his house j with an attack of rheumatism for the past -ten weeks, was a visitor at the offices of j the Jockey Club Wednesday morning. He came over from Philadelphia for a few days j visit to the metropolis. 1 Upon being: congratulated on the acquisi- j tion of the fine mare Istar, which was pur- chased for his account at the Cebrian sale on j Tuesday for 5,000 by J. Howard Lewis, who has charge of the Widener steeple- 1 chasers, Mr. Widener said: j "I had no idea that she had been bought for my account until I got a telegram from Mr. Lewis last night. I knew that there : were some nice mares in the consignment, as George Terry, manager of Elmendorf, had written me to that effect, but Mr. Lewis went ; to the sale with the intention of picking up J some young horses by Troutbeck that might make jumpers later on. "The news that he had bought Istar was contained in a telegram which also announced that she was the finest-looking mare that he had ever seen. Naturally I am glad to have her, as her record is unusually good. A mare like her would have brought a great deal more money in England. I tried to buy some of those in the Manton consignment at Newmarket in December, but they all went beyond my. price." Mr. Widener has great hopes for his young i i imported horse Stefan the Great, and reports i all services outside of his own mares taken. Heine des Peches, which cost Mr. Widener 525.000, has been booked to The Finn. Lou-vois, by Electioneer, and Joyful, by McGee, have been sent to Fair Play. Another visitor during the afternoon was George D. Widener of the Erdenheim Stud, Chestnut Hill, Pa., the historic birthplace of Iroquois, Parole and a host of other great ones. Mr. Widener has only a few mares at Erdenheim, the bulk of his stud being located in Kentucky. He reports all well.

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