Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1924-02-04


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of Feb. 4, 1804 Racing at New Orhans, Los "Angeles and Oakland. The appointment of starters Fitz Gerald and Mars Cassidy by the Jockey Club to operate on the metropolitan tracks has caused much speculation among turfmen as to the plan upon which they will work. Some time ago, when the question of two starters was first broached, it was said that both would have to be on the ground every day and that they might be used for every other race, or every other day, or alternate meetings. It was harned yesterday on excellent authority that Mr. Cassidy will handle the barrier at the Benning and Aqueduct meetings during the spring. Then Mr. Fitz Gerald, who will act as starter at Memphis after his New Orleans engagement, will do the starting at Jamaica. As the Jockey Club officials have practically decided to have the starters work at alternate meetings, it will be Mr. Cassidys turn at the Westchester spring meeting at Morris Park. On that basis Mr. Fitz Gerald will resume work at Gravesend and will also start at Sheepshead Bay in June in the absence of Mr. Cassidy at Buffalo. A Kentucky Derby winner hauling fodder for horses and cows is the sad ending to the brilliant career of a great race horse, but such is the closing chapter in the life of Typhoon II., which in 1897 defeated the mighty Ornament in a heart-breaking contest. After winning, in addition to the Derby, such races as the Brewers Golden Hod, Westchester, Luehr-mann Hotel and Peabody Hotel, Memorial and Club Members Handicap, A. Fcatherstone bought the then great colt of J. C. Cahn for a reported price of 4,000. As a four-year-old trainer Julius Bauer won several sensational races with Typhoon II. in the Fcatherstone colors, in one of which he carried the crushing impost of 145 pounds, the distance being three-quarters, running the distance in 1:11. That was the last season he was on the turf, for, though .lor several years trainer Bauer tried all his arts "to get him to stand training, he never reached the starting post again. During these seasons, in hopes that he would race again, Featherstonc ordered the son of Top Gallant glided. Up to last year he was around Kcnmore Farm, a sort of a pensioner, as a reward for his brilliant racing record, but in time the use of his paddock became necessary and the Chicago turfman ordered Bauer to dispose of him as he pleased. The trainer, knowing a farmer friend who, while making him earn his oats, would provide the conqueror of Ornament with a good home the rest of his days, sent the son of Top Gallant to him, and the horse which was once worth a fortune thus reached his ignoble position.

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