Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1924-01-31


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, Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of Jan. 31, 1904 Sunday, no racing. At Gravesend a few of the trainers took advantage of the good weather and were out with some of their horses in the infield. Frank Taylor had McChesncy out in the morning with Stevedore and gave the pair a little light work. Grand Opera, which shows sudden improvement from shed work, was out with Dick Bernard and Handwork in tha infield. Fred Burlew also worked the major part of his string. E. S. Gardner has about twenty head of horses in training at Cumberland Park, Nashville, Tenn. At present he is considering the services of Roscoe Troxhr, the Nashville boy, and it is not unlikely that Troxler will sign with the Avondale owner. Troxler has been riding for Sire Bros, of New York, but owing to increase in weight has been forced to cancel his engagement. He is still at New Orleans, but too heavy to ride. Troxler is a good rider and, but for the fact that Captain Rees ruled him off in 1898, when he was just getting a berth in the riding business, he probably would have proved one of the best the turf has ever turned out. Although news from England is to the effect that there is not much future speculation on the Derby this year, some attention has been paid to Itichard Crokers Wantage candidate, ClonmeH, in which Americans will naturally have an interest. In the first quotations that were published the names of only five horses appeared. Henry the First, St. Amant, Clon-mell and the French colts Ajax and Gouver-nant. St. Amant had the call, although only slightly, over Henry the First, while as high as 33 to 1 was quoted against CIonmelL One English critic contends that this is altogether too long a price, even at this early date, and he thinks that the colt has a 10 to 1 chance for the great event at Epsom,

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