Here and There on the Turf: Memories of Old Sheepshead Haynes at the Post Return of Snob II Prince James and the Cup, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-22


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Here and There on the Turf Memories of old Sheepshead. Haynes at the Post. Return of Snob II. Prince James and the Cup. Memories of the Coney Island Jockey Club and the glorious pages of turf history filled by the records of the sport furnished during the years it played its part at Sheepshead Bay, have been revived at Saratoga by the occupant of one of the boxes in the clubhouse section of the grandstand. Seated there each afternoon, enjoying the racing with an interest both keen and unusual in sincerity, can be found Miss Eleanor Lawrence, a daughter of the late J. G. K. Lawrence, who, as the guiding spirit of the Coney Island Jockey Club, earned unstinted praise and almost reverence from the entire turf world. Old timers never fail to turn back to tell of the ability, the interest and the sportsmanship of this master mind of turf advancement. His entire connection with racing was an unbroken development of its best features. The Futurity, the Realization, the Suburban and many more of our present-day great stake races were due to his thought and conception. Ever ready to lift up, he provided while others wandered, looking for something they wanted, but could not put in concrete form. His was the master mind, ever active in the effort to provide innovations that would enhance the sport. He knew racing as few, if any, have since. As a steward, a handicapper, a racing secretary, or in any capacity, his brilliancy was in evidence. The merit of his work has proved a beacon light for those who have followed him. The fact that his creations have lived and will continue to live, tells of their value. His methods have been followed by many seeking just a portion of his success, and others will go on the same way as long as racing in this country continues. A talk with Miss Lawrence shows that the maxims of the father passed on to the daughter. Her views on racing come close to the oft-told wish laid down by Lord North to his sons, that they "grow up sportsmen," always remembering that there was a vast difference between a sportsman and a sporting man. Any apprehension there might have been about the fitness of Everett Haynes to sprint away from the barrier as the American jockeys do, was dispelled by his riding of August Belmonts Lucky Play in the last race Wednesday. Of course there was no reason why Haynes should not be as alert as any other jockey, for he had his training in riding horses on this side of the Atlantic, but it has happened that some American riders, after having been abroad for some time, lost some of their post ahrtness, so essential to American race riding. With Lucky Play, Wednesday, Haynes was more alert than any other rider at the post. He had his mount away running fast and had him at full speed before any of the other horses. With his knowledge of Epinard, it is safe to presume that he will show better results with the French colt than with any other horse he might ride and, on the score of a rider, the invader will be particularly well equipped for his races. In this same race, in which Lucky Play started and Wilderness was the winner, it was interesting to witness the comeback of Snob, n. Whsn this beautifully bred. son of Prestige and May Dora wa3 purchased from John San-ford by Mr. Cosden, he appeared to be one of the best buys of the year, but it was only shortly after the purchase that Snob II. went slightly amiss and failed to race up to his promise. He was started for the first "time this year, Wednesday, and his showing would indicate that he will take his proper place among the good ones before the end of the year. He showed an abundance of speed and it was a race that should do much in preparing him for his coming engagements. Another near great horse shows signs of coming back in C. H. Thieriots Prince James. This good six-year-old son of King James ran a thoroughly good race Tuesday and it was a part of his preparation for his engagement in the Saratoga Cup at a mile and three-quarters to be run the last day of the meeting. Of course Prince James was in under light weight, but he showed a dash that has besn lacking for a considerable time and it was a race to indicate that Goldsborough has returned him to something like his old time form. In the Cup, Prince James will have to shoulder weight and meet the best stayers that can be brought together, but when right himself, he is a rare stayer and if all goes well he will be a sure starter, and a dangerous starter, on the closing day of the meeting.

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