Here and There on the Turf, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-14


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i v Here and There on the Turf Western Jockey Club. Harmony Is Essential. Man o Wars Stud Success. Good Juveniles Uncovered. It is well that the West should have its central governing body, but just where Kentucky will stand in the proposed plan remains to be sesn. Racing in Kentucky has constituted practically all of the middle West racing of importance for a considerable time. It is wisely governed under state law by the Kentucky State Racing Commission and the Kentucky Jccksy Club. It might readily be argued that Kentucky needs no better racing government than it enjoys at this time and that it cannot be benefited by any other central body, but there should be a harmonious working agreement that, at least, would bring about a fair division cf racing time and as little conflict as is possible. With Chicago back in the turf circuit and a prospect for an early return of racing to St. Louis, the division of racing dates becsmss a problem. Then there is hope for a return of the thoroughbred to Tennessee, where racing thrived so bountifully at both Montgomery Park, in Memphis, and Cumberland Park, in Nashville, some years ago. The addition of these sections to the middle west racing would make it inevitable that there would be a conflict in dates. But it would be entirely possible to arrange the time for the different associations so that the hardship of such, conflict would be minimized. There are horses enough to take care of all the race courses, and there is patronage enough to have all of them prosper, when the sport is what it should be, but it is not well for the turf to have conflicting- dates in adjacent meetings, and no matter what the final outcome of the present plan for the establishment of a Western Jcckey Club, the big thing that must be insisted on is harmony. Still another of the progeny of Man o War proved himself, and now it would appear that the magnificent son of Fair Play and Mahubah is destined to carry his brilliant turf achievements to the breeding farm. The latest Man o War to show speed befitting his illustrious ancestry is By Hisself, a well-made brown son of Colette that was the winner of the last race Tuesday for Walter M. Jeffords. This good colt raced over a trying course that was dippery from a heavy rainfall. He was to an extent green and, by reason of his post position, was forced to race on the outside. In spite of all this he wore down some fast ones in true race horse fashion and at the same time was a fast-running winner. It was a race to indicate that with more education he will be right up in the first flight of ths two-year-olds of the year. American Flag won his race on the same I program in a way that makes it hard to understand how he was beaten in his first race. He is possibly the best one that Gwyn Tompkins ! has developed for Samuel D. Riddle, though it i is" possibh that had Flotilla been brought to i the races she might have proved even better I than this fast colt. . Flotilla is the daughr of Man o War and Santissima that worked brilliantly, but was hurt in training and sent back to the farm. But Maid at Arms remains to take care of j the reputation of Man o War as the sire of 1 fillies, while his colts have already established his worth as a stock horse. With such a beginning Man o War has I shown more than his own sire, Fair Play, at f I ! i i I . j 1 I f a like time in his career and he is already a most valuable addition to the breeding interests of the country. Thus far the racing at Saratoga has done more than even the most sanguine expected in bringing to the fore a better band of two-year-olds than had been shown over the other New York tracks. There has already been something said of the showing of the sons and daughters of Man o War, but Sun Briar, the premier stallion at Willis Sharpe Kilmers breeding establishment at Bingham ton, New York, has a most worthy representative in Sunny Man, a son of Romagne. This celt, by his most recent victory in the Saratoga Special, stands out, as far as performance is concerned, over the Man o Wars, but many good judges are of the opinion that American Flag is a better colt than the son of Sun Briar and that possibly By Hissslf may develop into a better colt than either one of them. This, of course, is only capable of proof by the bringing together of the three. Thus far on public performance the palm must go to Sunny Man, but thz race course is the only testing ground and, should the three meet in any engagement during the month, it would surely bring about a great race. One thing seems to admit of no argument and that is the championship lies among the three of them, as far as those that haxe been shown are concerned. Through an error it was announced in this column that Sarazen, by reason of being a gelding, is ineligible for the races in which Epinard, the French champion is to start this year. Geldings were barred in both the three-quarters sprint at Belmont and the mile at Aqueduct, but there was no bar against geldings for the mile and a quarter at Latonia.

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