Training for Epinard: Saratoga Training Ground for Majority of French Colts Opponents-Grey Lag Sound, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-13

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TRAINING FOR EPINARD Saratoga Training Ground for Majority of French Colts Opponents Grey Lag Sound. Saratoga is the training place of practically all the horses past three years old that hope to meet the French champion, Epinard, In Latonias 0,000 International race of one mile and a quarter in October. And they are a goodly company, namely, My Own, Grey Lag. Little Chief, Snob II., Zev, Chacolet, Mad Hatter, "Wilderness and Rock-minister. My Own appears the best of the band at present Admiral Cary T. Graysons Virginia-bred King James colt showed one of the smartest performances of his credit- 1 able career, if not the very best, in the : Saratoga handicap revival, when he defeated Sunsini, Aga Khan, Chacolet, Wilderness and Mad Hatter at one mile and a. quarter in 2:05 over a slow track. This was My Owns first race of the season. He is training soundly. Admiral Cary T. Grayson announced imemdiately after his victory that he would be pointed for the mile and mile and a quarter events of the International series, but particularly for the mile and a quarter race. The mile race will be run at Aqueduct undtr the auspices of the Queens County Jockey Club. Grey Lag probably will be the Rancocas Stables best in the Latonia race. This splendid son of Star Shoot, which a burst hoof kept out of the Kentucky Derby which Behave Yourself won, with Black Servant second and Prudery third, is better just at present than either Zev or Mad Hatter. Samuel C Hildreth believes he can defeat any of his three-year-old stable companions. He is training well after making his first stud season at Rancocas Farm and showing his old speed. If Hildreth can keep Grey Lag rn training and his brittle hoofs from cracking, My Own and Epinard will find in him an opponent worth of their steel. Grey Lag had 130 pounds in the saddle three seasons ago when he defeated Bon Homme, Prudery, Exterminator and others in a Saratoga Handicap revival. He ran the mile and a quarter in 2:03Vs. Last year when he won the Suburban Handicap he galloped one mile and a. quarter over the Belmont Park course in 2 :03 under 135 pounds Snob II. is training after a stud season at J. S. Cosdens Cantabury Farm in northern Virginia. Snob II. is the French-American colt with which Mr. Cosden won the Withers Stakes two seasons ago after paying 5,000 for him to John Sanford. Prestige, Snob II. sire, is French ; May Dora, his dam, is American. He was the contender behind Grey Lag in last years Suburban Handicap. He had previously beaten Grey Lag in a revival of the Long Beach Handicap at Jamaica and in 1:43, track record time for one mile and a sixteenth. Little Chief has come to Saratoga from the Pacific Coast. This Maryland-bred son of Wrack and Medora was the distance running hero of the last Tijuana meeting. Beaten because of bad luck by Runstar, Cherry Tree, Osprey and others in the 0,000 Cof-froth Handicap, he took Cherry Tree on in the Coffroth Consolation and. defeated him soundly, running one mile and a quarter in 2:04, record time for the Pacific Coast Then he won the 0,000 Tijuana Cup, a gallop of two miles for three-year-olds and upward, in 3 :24. In this race he established another Pacific Coast record. Two seasons back he defeated his formidable stable companion, Kai-Sang, in renewals of the Saranac Handicap and the T ravers Stakes. He was owned by the Rancocas Stable at that time, Harry F. Sinclair having bought him for 0,000 as a yearling from William Woodward, proprietor of the Belair Stud, and his breeder. Before his purchase last fall by I. V. Humphreys of Denver, Colorado, Little Chief won renewals of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Handicaps. Before starting on his western journey he defeated Athelstan and Tryster at Jamica in a renewal of the Continental Handicap under Mr. Humphreys colors. Little Chief is the toughest of the matured horses named for the 0,000 Latonia race, with the possible exception of Mad Hatter. He is infinitely more reliable than Mad Hatter. Rockminister, son of Friar Rock and Mallard, is training satisfactorily after a rest of a little more than a year. He belongs to Monfort and B. B. Jones. Rockminster is at home at Latonia. At the Covington course two seasons back he defeated Lucky Hour in the second Latonia Championship. Moreover, he galloped one mile and three-quarters in 2:55, shading Exterminators American record four-fifths of a second and equaling the English mark of Pommern which Steve Donohue maintains was the best horse he ever rode. Rockminster has raced well at Saratoga. His first signal achievement as a three-year-old was his victory over the 25",000 Whiskaway in a renewal of the Huron Handicap, a Saratoga annual for three-year-olds at one mile and three-sixteenths. Rockminister may start with My Own the last day of the current meeting in a renewal of the Saratoga Cup, a weight for age gallop of one mile and three-quarters for three-year-olds and over. My Own defeated Bunting in the last cup revival and the next in his immediate racing objective. Chacolets performance in the Saratoga Handicap was not as convincing as her races of last fall and last spring in the 0,000 Kentucky Secial and the 5,000 Dixie Handicap. Hal Price Headleys importer St. Amant mare quit disappointingly in the homestretch after galloping impressively for one" mile. She had prveiously worked a mile and a quarter in 2:06 and was believed to be at top form. Probably she will improve as the season wanes. She was not of much account here last summer, it will be recalled. But as soon as she got back to Kentucky she swung into a winning stride. After winning the Kentucky Special, she defeated a smart field in the" 5,000 Latonia Cup, a gallop of two miles and a quarter. Whether Chacolet proves able to hold her own with such stallions as My Own, Grey Lag, Zev and Little Chief she must at least be rated the best distance-running mare in the country.

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