Saratoga Racing of 1924: Applications for Stable Room at Spa Already Quite Heavy, Daily Racing Form, 1924-06-03


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k J J ] r , 1 1 t . - | J 1 ; , I 1 , . I , : I j ! I 1 | 1 | , I I | I j , : • . I . i j J , , • • • , 1 1 t i » 3 l . SARATOGA RACING OF 1924 ♦ — Applications for Stable Room at Spa Already Quite Heavy. • . Reantifnl Plant Made More Pleasing Than Ever Mm — Eplnaril to Train There for American Entru gements. • ■— SARATOGA STRINGS, N. Y.. June 2.— That the coming August racing of the Saratoga Association for the Improvement of the Breed of Horses, will be as interesting, at least, as the best of the past is evident from the fact that already — nine weeks ahead of the date set for renewals of the Shillelah Steeplechase, the Flash Stakes and the Saratoga Handicap, the regular inaugural features — applications for stabling at the main course. Horse Haven and the Oklahoma training track, have been unusually heavy. One of the most beautiful of American racing places, the North American counterpart of the world famous Palermo course of Buenos Aires, the Saratoga plant is being made more pleasing to the senses this spring and summer. Since 1901, the year the association of eastern horsemen and horsefolk of which Richard T. Wilson is president, in succession to the late William . Whitney, acquired the Saratoga plant and franchise, the Saratoga August meetings have been the great international meetings of the North American continent. The coming meeting will preserve this tradition. The best thoroughbreds of the mest representative American sportsmen will compete for a group of stakes and purses that will have a gross value of 50,000 to 00,000. The daily distribution will be between 5,000 and 7,000. Moreover, the Saratoga course will be the training place of Pierre Wertheimer*s great four-year-old, Kpinard, for the series of autumn races at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Ijatonia, three-quarters and mile dashes of 5,000 each and a 0,000 gallop of one mile and a quarter in which the French champion is to meet the best American horses, three-years-old and over, that can be got to the poet, Kpinard was defeated at Paris the other day by Sir Galahad III. in a match race that attracted 100.000 British and continental racing enthusiasts. But he was not discredited. He conceded twelve pounds to Sir Galahad III. at 1,300 meters and lost by a neck. Possibly the reason of Epinards defeat was that he was ridden by Everett Haynes only about a week after Haynes had go up from a sick bed. EPINARD MAY RACE THERE. H. Eugene Eeigh, the American trainer of Epinard, has planned to bring his horse this way, via Montreal. If Epinard accomplishes the voyage over the North Atlantic without seasickness or misadventure and does* well after his arrival here it is not improbable that he will be seen under silks toward the end of August in a preparatory dash of six furlongs or seven. Victor Schaumberg, who has succeeded the late A. McL. Ear-locker as the Saratoga racing secretary, is leaving a place for such an event on the program of the last week of the meeting. Salient features of the coming meeting will be revivals of the Flash, Spinaway. Saratoga Special. Sanfcrd, United States. Grand Union, and Hopeful Stakes and the Albany and Adirondack Handicaps for two-year-olds ; the Alabama, Travers and Miller Stakes and the Saranac and Huron Handicaps for three-year-olds exclusively ; and the Saratoga, Champlain and Merchants and Citizens Handicaps and the Saratoga Cup for three-year-olds and over. The Flash, Spinaway. Sanford. United States and Grand Union are ,000 to 5,000 races of five and a half furlongs and three-quarters mile. Instituted in 1001 and run continuously since, the Saratoga Special is an annual sweepstakes of 00 each at three-i quarters in which owners of competing horses run fcr their own money, the only contribution of the Saratoga Association being a piece of gold plate. Since its inaugu-I ral the Special has been the most sportsman-I like of American races. Remaining open un-i til mid-June, by which time horsemen gen-i erally know pretty much all there is to know of their two-year-olds, it naturally attracts the best. The forfeit is 50. Among the Special victors have been Irish Lad. Sysonhy, Mohawk II.. Salvidere, Colin, Sir Martin! Waldo, Novelty, Roamer, Regret, Oampfire] Sun Briar, Golden Broom, Tryster, Morvich, Goshawk and St. James. RICH HOrEFUL STAKES. The Hopeful, one of the countrys most valuable races for 2-year-olds of both sexes, is a gallop of three-quarters, which, since its institution, has increased progressively in value. East years Hopeful was of a gross value of 1, .100 of which the share of Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords Diogenes, the winner was 6,800. The Alabama and Travers, 2,500 and 5,000 gallops of one mile and a quarter, the former for fillies exclusively, the latter for colts and fillies, are among the oldest stakes in American racing. The Ala-j bama was instituted in 1872, the Travers eight years earlier. The Kentucky Derby harks back to 1X75 only. The Miller, which, up to last year, was known as the Kenner, is a gallop of one mile and three-sixteenths for colts and fillies. It was renamed in com- memoration of the late Andrew Miller, one of the organizers of the Saratoga Associa-J tion for the Improvement of the Breed of Horses and for years its secretary and treas- urer. Mr. Miller has been succeeded by George Bull and to Mr. Bulls initiative and discriminating taste is due much of the beautification of the Saratoga plant. The Saranac, a minor special for twenty years, became a 0,000 race last year and develop-t ed one of the most stirring contests of the entire American racing year, its winner having been Mrs. Payne Whitneys Cherry Pie. The Saratoga and Merchants and Citizens handicaps are 0,000 gallops of one mile and a quarter and one mile and three-six- rteenths, the Saratoga Cup a 0,000 weight for age race of one mile and three-quarters. The Cup is one of only two such races run in the United States now. The other is the Jockey Club Autumn Gold Cup, a 0,000 gallop of two miles and a September attrac-r tion at Belmont Park. These Cup races are genuine championship contests for stallions and mares. Saratoga quartette of steeplechase specials are the Shillelah, Beverwyck, Saratoga and North American, all handicaps. The im-. pending renewals of these races are fraught with unusual anticipatory interest.

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