Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1924-02-20


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of Feb. 20, 1904 Racing at New Orleans, San Francisco and Los Angeles. A report from Memphis says that it is improbable that Highball will be a starter in the Montgomery Handicap. The weight, 11C pounds, is not regarded with favor by trainsr May, who also believes it would be asking too much of the colt to start him in such a hard race so early in the season. Highball will be seen in the early stakes at Memphis and will b3 shipped to Chicago about the first of June to start in the American Derby, for which he will be especially pointed. Major A. F. Daingerfleld, manager of the Castleton Stud of James R. and Foxhall P. Kccne, recently measured all the stallions there. Commando is the giant of the lot, standing 1G hands 2 3-8 inches high and weighing 1,350. Disguise II. is 16 hands inch high and St. Leonards stands 16 hands. Voter is right at 15 hands 3 inches; Kingston, 15 hands 2 3-8 inches, and Ben Brush is just as tall as Kingston. Both the latter horses measure in height exactly the same as did Domino, the dead premier sire of Castleton. The measurements were the result of a contention arising on the occasion of the recent visit of Foxhall P. Keene and his eastern parly at the farm. Turfmen generally will receive with interest the statement that John E. Madden will ship his horses from Churchili Downs to the. Banning track next Monday. At present Madden has quartered at the famous local course fifty-three thoroughbreds. He will leave about a dozen racers at Churchill Downs to race during the coming spring meeting. This string will be headed by Abdell, which is eligible to the coming Kentucky Derby. It is next to impossible to secure a full list of Maddjns horses, because of the horsemans method in trying to keep secret all his personal business and turf affairs. However, the railbirds at the Downs say that he is going East this time with as good a string as he ever carried to the metropolitan tracks and that some of his youngsters are sure to be heard from. In the thirty-six which will leave here Monday there is not a bad-looking colt or filly. Madden usually takes the best he has East and haves a few out here which, as he said before, "are good enough to win in the West." It is possible, however, that he will uncork some star at the local spring meeting, as this has been bis habit for several years past.

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