Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1924-08-26


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of August 26 304 J Racing at Saratoga, Hawthorne, Highland Park, Detroit, arid Fair Grounds at St. Louis. Fourteen youngsters of high degree are named to start for the Futurity tomorrow. Their performances have been so lavishly canvassed of late that all admirers of the thoroughbred are well posted in that regard. Homesteads victory in the closing race Tuesday at Saratoga, which was run on the turf, was due solely to Fullers brilliant work in the final drive. Keynote was pounds the best horse, but it was Sperling against Fuller and Homestead won by a nose in tha very last stride. The few inches that Keynote was beat lost for John A. Drake and John W. Gates the biggest bet they have placed during the meeting. Drakes own boy, Sperling, had "the locust. In fact, it is said that he was put up at the suggestion of Drake, who .had promised to put a good bet down. Just how much this bet was it is, of course, almost impossible to say, for those interested refused to disclose fae amount, but from the layers who accepteil the commission itj. is learned that the total sum was something over 0,000 and that more than half of it was Gates money. .

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