Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-22


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of August 21, 1904 Sunday, no racing. Skillful pulled up in his last race with cuts on his hind legs. It is likely that the injury had something to do with his dull race. Trainer William Phillips returned from Kentucky yesterday. Fred Cook has twenty-five yearlings at Louisville and Phillips has been down to direct their handling. Alex Shields says that the reason h2 has not started Lady Amelia, the crack sprinter of the E. R. Thomas string, at the Saratoga track is because the handicapper is too severe on her. Shields says that Lady Amelia is fit to run for a kings ransom and that she is perfectly sound. The persistency with which public choices have been bowled over at the Chicago tracks during the past fortnight is nothing short of amazing. At the conclusion of the Harlem meeting of twelve days, one week from yesterday, only twenty-seven of the ninety-one choices had won and that was regarded as the toughest break the talent had had during the season. During the week ending yesterday, however, forty-one races were decided at Hawthorne and only ten of the favorites got homo in front. Thus in the last three weeks only thirty -seven of the 132 choices have beea returned the winner. At this time of the year 28 per cent of winning choices in any locality is quite, unusual. ;

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