Here and There on the Turf, Daily Racing Form, 1924-09-21


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Here and There on the Turf The Kentucky International. Contenders for the Mile. Whips at Starting Post. Universal Rule Needed. Kentucky has lost the services of one sterling colt as a defender against the invasion of Epinard at Latonia on October 11, but another has come to a form that pronounces his eligibility for the mile and a quarter. The colt that will not go to the post is Carl Wiedemanns In Memoriam, while the one that has qualified is Gallaher Bros.s Chilhowee, winner of the Latonia Derby. Chilhowee has frequently shown high class this year, but what is of present importance, in relation to the mile and a quarter against Epinard, is the race he ran at Latonia Friday. With just five pounds under his scale weight the son of Ballot and Bourbon Lass made a show of Graeme and Rock Heather when over a slow track he raced his mile in 1:39. He was being eased up through the last seventy yards and, as a trial for the 0,000 race against Epinard, it was a brilliant success. Chilhowee has always shown that he is a superior long-route traveler and in this race he was giving away ten pounds to Rock Heather and six pounds to Graeme. Both are good trial horses and, barring accidents, this good colt will be a worthy standard bearer for Kentucky when the Frenchman journeys to the Latonia racing ground. When In Memoriam failed so signally in his recent race it was feared that Bob Gilmore could not have him ready for his International engagement and now he has been definitely declared out of that race. To add to the troubles of Gilmore it develops that the son of McGee was a bit lame after his race, so that strenuous training, such as was necessary, was out of the question. It begins to look as though In Memoriam is through for the year. While Kentucky is trying out its candidates for the third International the New York trainers are busying themselves making ready for the mile dash of the second, to be decided at Aqueduct next Saturday. Just now most of the interest appears to center in Frederick Burtons Wise Counsellor, which already has one victory over the Frenchman, and August Belmonts Ladkin, the colt that finished third in that three-quarters dash at Belmont Park. Both of these have been training exceedingly well in preparation for the second engagement and it would seem, from all reports, that the mile would be in a great measure a repetition of the first Epinard race, as far as contenders are concerned. All who have watched the training of Epinard think that he should share in the money, while many have already picked Epinard as the winner. Then there are just ai many who are sure that the stiffest opposition will come from Wise Counsellor and Ladkin, just as it did in the race at Belmont Park. But there are others that have been training well and it may be much better than a three horse race. With all the boxes sold for the racing of next Saturday, at Aqueduct and a decision to reserve no grandstand seats, it behooves those who would have a view of the running of the big race, to be early on the scene. The fact that none of the seats are to be reserved is commendable, for it shows a desire to, in no manner commercialize that day of racing. It also puts all the patrons on a dead level and while there will surely be a scramble for ssats, many will be disappointed. They will go to those who are willing to put up with the inconvenience of making an early journey to the track. The Queens County Jockey Club is trying to make the most of its limited capacity to accommodate the crowd that is sure to be out and preparations have been made for the proper policing of the field which naturally will be the only point of vantage for thousands that cannot be accommodated in the stands. It is entirely possible that the abolition of whips at the start in Maryland this fall will bring about some confusion. It is frequent that the judicious use of a whip by an assistant starter is of great use in obtaining desired results, but when the whip is used injudiciously it is a menace. What will causs confusion will be in training some of the horses to the new rule. There are many horses to which the whip is a necessary accessory in helping them away from the barrier. That will make it hard for Milton for a time, but it is hoped that the new order will prove successful. It would be well if there could be a universal rule of starting for all the tracks in the country. To that end the starters themselves should come together and submit their views to the governors of the sport. Some fancy the walk-up start. Others prefer to send the horses away from a standing start. Some depend on whips and others obtain results without the use of whips, but no starter can have desired results unless he adopts one rub and then sticks to it religiously. The trouble in all this is that changing the practices of starting from time to time is not fair to the horses or to the jockeys. When horses and riders have one custom in Kentucky i and then find another in New York, still another in Maryland and perhaps a third in Canada, the unfairness is appreciated. Both horses and riders do considerable campaigning over different racing grounds and the only way that entire satisfaction may be obtained is to have the starters themselves come to an agreement on the best rules and then have them enforced over all the tracks. Thre will be an important lot of stakes closed on September 25, the last day on which nominations will be received for the offerings of the Maryland Jockey Club at Pimlico. There are twelve stake races in the list to be decided at the fall meeting, which is conducted from November 3 to November 15, while in addition entries are invited for the Pimlico Nursery, with ,000 added, to be decided at the 1925 spring meeting. Four of the races that are to close have 0,000 added money each and these, with the 0,000 added Futurity, make the meeting a truly remarkable one. In all there will be a distribution of 23,300 in added money during the twelve days of the fall meeting. The 0,000 added races are the Pimlico Cup, at two miles and a quarter; the Bowie Handicap, at a mile and a half; Manly Memorial Steeplechase, and the Walden Stakes, a mile race for the two-year-olds. The other offerings range in value frcm ,500 to ,000 added and there is variety enough to make the stake list a particularly attractive one. It is probable that Pierre Wertheimers Epinard will bs among the entries that will be received, for he has already been engaged at the Laurel meet-j ing, which precedes the racing at PimlicOj and should his campaign be successful at the Maryland State Fair course it is natural to expect that he will be sent after some of the Pimlico prizes in the same state.

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