Here and There on the Turf, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-30


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Here and There on the Turf On Senator Norris. Cudgels Stud Success. Stakes for Maryland. Steeplechase Prospects. Reports from Baltimore of the mannr in which H. G. Bedwells Senator Norris is training, suggest that the son of Cudgel would have been a valuable addition to the racing about New York. The stake entries of Bed-well, who races under the name of the Kenton Stable, were ordered refused by the stewards of the Jockey Club. But Senator Norris has engagements enough elsewhere to make a real reputation for himself, and with the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby as his two best, he will not want for fame if he races to the promise he has been showing in his preparation. Bedwell did not bring Senator Norris to the races until last October, and his first start was at the Canadian track, Thorncliffe. He was third on that occasion. He followed that by finishing second in a five and a half furlongs dash over the same course. His other races were in Maryland, and after a defeat at Laurel he won a three-quarters race at Pimlico. This was followed by the Pimlico Futurity, in which the son of Cudgel met with some misfortune and was beaten. Then came the Walden Stakes and a victory that gave Senator Norris his real reputation. In this he decisively beat Beau Butler, winner of the Futurity, but at a weight advantage of fourteen pounds. Others back of him 1 were Big Blaze, which had in his record a 1 victory over St. James; Lady Belle, T. H. Waters, Sun Flag, Bracadalc, Gonfalon, Sun-magne, Nellie Morse, Dazzler, Lord Baltimore "II. and Aga Khan, the last named having lost his rider at the start. That was the last appearance of Senator Norris as a two-year-old, but he has wintered so well and has 5 been taking his early exercises so satisfactorily that he gives great promise of being one of the truly good threc-year-clds of 1924. Bedwell has had some flattering offers for r Senator Norris, but thus far he has refused to sell, ne has reason to have a double pride in his good colt, for he bred Senator Norris. The colt is a son of Cudgel and Cypher Code, , t by Disguise, and last fall it was the proud j boast of Bedwell that Cudgel had not sired a loser. It goes without saying that Senator Norris is far the best Cudgel that has come e to the races, but this stock horse has been n in service such a short time that he has not t yet had a full chance to prove his worth as a a sire. Cudgel is a son of Broomstick and Eugenia a Burch, and was bred at Brookdalc by Harrj y Payne Whitney, for whom he raced only once He was sold to J. W. Schorr and later bj y Schorr to J. K. L. Ross, and it was under the 1 1 5 r , t j a e n t a a a y y Ross colors that he developed into a high- ! class horse. : He is stoutly bred, a grand individual, and ; he has already proved himself as a stock horse. Senator Norris has already brought him a I full measure of fame and he will bring him more, according to every present indication. It is usual for Bedwell to show some good ones at the Bowie meeting, and he will possibly have fit horses for the meeting. Senator Norris may not be one that will race, when he has two such engagements as the Preakness Stalces and the Kentucky Derby in view, but he will be kept going right along and it is possible that he will be uncovered. In the meantime the other trainers have been keeping pace with the season and the horses that have been hardened by actual racing during the winter months will not find soft horses opposing them when they meet the thoroughbreds that have rested during the winter. That was conclusively shown when the nominations were made for the Inaugural Handicap. It will be more conclusively shown when the entries are announced for the racing of Tuesday. The next list of stakes that are to close are those of the Harford Association for the racing at Havre de Grace. This Maryland meeting extends from April 16 to April 30 and follows directly after the meeting at Bowie. Four stakes are to be offered and each is of ,000 added value. Each is a renewal and thej begin with the three-quarters of the Harford Handicap, run on the opening day. This and the Philadelphia Handicap, at a mile and a sixteenth, are each for three-year-olds and upward. Then there is the Chesapeake Stakes, at a mile and a sixteenth, and the Aberdeen Stakes, a four and a half furlongs dash, for the two-vear-olds. All of these various stakes are to close April 5. Following" this list there will come the bountiful offerings of the Maryland Jockey Club for the Pimlico spring meeting. These arc to close with William P. Riggs on April 8. The Pimlico meeting will be from May 1 to May 13, inclusive, and in the eleven days of racing there will be 23,200 distributed. Of course, the big prize of the. meeting is the Preakness Stakes with its 0,000 in added money. Besides this magnificent sum there is the ,000 Oaks for three-year-eld fillies, the Rennert Handicap of a like value for the same age division and the Howard Stakes, under claiming conditions, For the three-year-olds and over the offer-e ings are the Pimlico Spring Handicap with 1 7,500 added, Jennings Handicap with ,000 added and the Arlington Stakes with its ,000 added for the selling platers. Two-year-olds are taken care of with the Spring Juvenile Stakes, ,000 added; Pimlico Nursery Stakes of like value, and the Pimlico Home-Bred Stakes with ,500 added. The other stake race that is to be closed is the Green Spring Valley Steeplechase, a handicap to which ,000 is added. Then it must be remembered that in addition there is the Dixie Handicap with 5,000 added that closed January 2. Thus it is seen that horsemen still have a chance to make important engagements for their thoroughbreds. Steeplechasing has ever an important part in the racing at Pimlico and this year the promise for the contests through the field is better than ever before. It is the rule to have a steeplechase every day and the Green Spring Valley affords the big opportunity for those of stake racing quality. There are more and better jumpers in this country now than there have been in many a year, if ever before, and the bringing over of so many foreign jumpers should work a great good in this branch of the sport. Benning has been the training ground of many of them and that old course will send enough fit horses to fill the programs at both Havre de Grace and Pimlico without drawing on the other schooling grounds. There is no steeplechase course at Bowie.

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