Here and There on the Turf, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-10


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Here and There on the Turf Man o War Making Good. Epinard Shows Speed. Hawthorne Meeting Unlucky. Yearling Market Healthy. It begins to seam that the first crop of Man o War two-year-clds axe destined to give the wonder hors3 a reputation that will be a fitting sequel to his mighty deeds on the race course. This appears apparent from the showing of American Flag, a handsome chestnut son of Mr. Riddles great young stallion, and Maid at Arms, a chestnut daughter of the same sire and Thrasher, by Trap Rock. The races run by both of these have been little short of sensational and. give- promise of high stake race class. Gwyn Tompkins took his time with the Man o War crop in his care and it was, more or less, forced upon him by some early sickness in the stable. This may have deprived these two-year-clds of some early fame, but it has its compensations. They have had a long, slow, careful preparation and they have been brought to the August racing in winning form and without the penalties that would have come from earlier successes. Both have raced in a fashion to make it appear they are not in need of weight concessions from the best, and unless all signs fail, each will take a front place in the stake race division. Both American Flag and Maid at Arms still have many rich engagements before the end of the month and they will surely be seen under colors for most of them, barring accidents. The stakes they have in common are the Sanford Memorial, Grand Union Hotel, and the Adirondack. In addition to these Maid at Arms is also an eligible for the rich Spinaway Stakes, which is exclusively for fillies, while American Flag is a nominee for the 550,000 Hopeful. American Flag showed his high speed when ho came from well back, to run past as fast a colt as The Bat, after coming around those in front in the last quarter. Then in her race Maid At Arms won after going to the outside fence on the stretch turn. To many that might suggest a dangerous habit in the filly, but the fact of the matter is that Kennedy was taking the filly out in search of the best going, and sha merely continued out. It is probable she would not have gone out at all had it not been for the invitation of her rider. Both of these promise to bring renewed fame to Man o War and with two such in his first crop the son of Fair Play and Mahubah has made a brilliant start as a stock horse even though the others of the crop do not measure up to anything approaching the form of these. Recently there have been disquieting rumors of the progress of Pierre Wertheimers Epinard in his preparation for his fall engagements. It is doubtful if there will be any more such reports, for Eugene Leigh permitted him to gallop fast Saturday morning for the first time since he has been in this country, and the move was a revelation to the watchers, as it was shown that the invader is an altogether different horse at speed than in slow galloping exercise. With Madden in the saddle Epinard was eased up a first eighth in 13 seconds and then over the track that was not fast he ran the second eighth in lVd seconds. It was accomplished so easily, and the action of the colt was so eltogether different from any of his other exercises, that a new idea was given of his speed. It is likely that from now on until the end of the month there will be several speed gallops and, doubtless, Epinard will answer all of them satisfactorily. All along Leigh has been pleased with the condition of his charge, but there were occasions during his work that his action was anything but impressive. But Leigh knows his horse and he gave just a glimpse of tho real Epinard in this move. Racing at Hawthorne suffered another handicap with the gale of Friday, that partially wrecked the grandstand, but the meeting continues to prosper and the liberality of the sportsmen in charge, in arranging special features, is deserving of success. It is already assured that Chacolet, the great distance running mare, will be a starter in the 5,000 weight for age fixture, and it is promised that she will find plenty of opposition when she goes to the post on August 23. The result of the A. B. Hancock sale by the Fasig-Tipton Company at Saratoga Friday night, indicates that the thoroughbred market is still in a thoroughly healthy condi-dition and that superior offerings demand big prices. The Man o War Star Puss colt that went to Mrs. F. A. Clark for ,000, was one of the high spots in the sale, and the fact that she" was sold for the account of the American Remount Association is of double interest. This association has done much for army breeding and the ,000 will be wisely expended in the good work.

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