Jockey Everett Haynes: Sketch of the American Rider of French Champion Epinard, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-24


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JOCKEY EVERETT HAYNES Sketch of the American Rider of French Champion Epinard. Kentuckian by Birth, Haynes First Rode for Late G. L. Blackford, Later for August Belmont, t SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y., August 23. Jockey Everett Haynes, who is to have the mount on the French champion Epinard in the International Series at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Latonia on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, Saturday, September 27, and Saturday, October 11, respectively, is an American who had a reputation for clever work in the saddle before he went abroad to share with owner Pierre Wertheimer and trainer Eugene Leigh in the glory of the son of Badejo. Haynes, who has been here for some time exercising Epinard and riding in the trials that have puzzled the American horsewatch-crs, is built like Earl Sande, being long in the legs like that other great horseman Fred Archer, of whom the English were so fond. He was born at Elizabethtown, Ky., on March 27, 1895, and like all those from the Blue Grass country came into the world with a love for a good horse. The quality manifested itself at an early age and he was riding quarter horses in Texas and Oklahoma before he was well entered upon his teens. His first regular employer was the late G. L. Blackford of Denison, Texas. Mr. Blackford, who was a farmer, banker and turfman combined, saw possibilities in Haynes in 1910 and engaged him as jockey for the stable that Dick Vestal was campaigning for him. Haynes rode many winners for Mr. Blackford. A desire for a change brought Haynes to Canada in 1915, where he rode with so much success that he was engaged to ride for Major August Belmont. In 1916 he was much in the public eye on Friar Rock, Hourless and other horses owned by the chairman of the Jockey Club. Friar Rock was the best three-year-old of the year, wining the Belmont Stakes, Suburban and Brooklyn Handicaps and other fixtures. He should have won the Withers also as he was carried into the fence by Spur. Haynes bears a scar on his right leg as a souvenir of that contests. Hourless was a two-year-old in 191G and with this beautiful French bred colt he won the Juvenile, Grand Union Hotel, Eastern Shore and Annapolis Stakes. Sam Hildreth was training the Belmont horses at the time having the son of Negofol In form that made many predict that he would be the best three-year-old of the following year, a prediction that ultimately came true. The following year Haynes was in the employ of Richard F. Carman and had the mount on Omar Khayyam in the duels between the English bred colt and his former love Hourless, winning the first race but losing the match at a mile and a half that was decided over the Laurel course shortly after this country entered the war. Haynes was serving under the colors when the race was arranged and had a furlough of 30 days in order to ride the gallant little son of Marco. After the war Haynes rode as a free lance on the Jcckey Club tracks. He then entered the stable of W. H. Rowe, for whom he won a number of good races with Oil Man. In the spring of 1922 he went to France with Eugene Leigh and has been since then under contract to Mr. Wertheimer, the owner cf Epi- Continucd on sixteenth page. JOCKEY EVERETT HAYNES Continued from first page. nard, which horse he has ridden in all of his races save one. The jockey smiled when he was asked about Epinard and his idiosyncrasies of disposition and gait. "Epinard is a great race horse," said Haynes, "and I dont think there was a horse in the world could run with him the day he won the Stewards Cup at Gocdwood last year. He was better that day than Ive ever known him. "Ive been criticized by some for the way I rode him in the Cambridgeshire, but the fault-finding was not on the part of good horsemen or my employer. Epinard is a great post horse, as you folks knew since his schooling from the gate a few mornings ago. We got the best of the break in the Cambridgeshire and in opening up a gap on the field I only did what any rider should do under the circumstances. Verdict, in receipt of eighteen pounds, came and get me at the finish. As she is a splendid mare we were not disgracd and the English press called it a glorious defeat. "The peculiarities of gait that are so much commented on here," continued the jockey, "are no more pronounced than they have been at home and Ive seen them a lot worse. He runs seme of his best races when he appears stiffest when going at slow paces. The purity of his action when at speed lias been commented on by everybody. When extended he is about the smoothest going horse Ive ever ridden. He is a free runner too and I have yet to lay the whip on him in earnest. I flick it at him sometimes, but have never used it to punish. Getting him beaten as a two-year-old was unfortunate. It was due to an oversight on the part of the starter at Deauville. I was turning him around back of the field and he overlooked us. I made no effort to follow the others on that occasion." "When tcld that Epinard was regarded as a sprinter, Hayries confirmed the opinion of trainer Eugene Leigh, expressing the belief that the four-year-old can run any distance. Xiike Leigh, he is supremely confident that Epinard will win all three of his races in this country. Haynes will return to France at the close of the present campaign. He likes it across the water, where the weights are high. He doesnt have to deny himself in order to ride at 114 pounds and as he will scale at 12G for the International races, which" are at weight-for-age, he is devoting his time to getting as strong as possible so as to do full justice to his mount and himself in the series of races that mean so much to everybody concerned.

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