Greatest in Turf History: Col. Matt Winn Believes International Special No. 3 Will be a Wonderful Race, Daily Racing Form, 1924-10-01


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GREATEST IN TURF HISTORY Col. Matt Winn Believes International Special No. 3 Will Be a Wonderful Race. LATONIA, Ky., Sept. 30. General manager Matt Winn returned from New York this morning filled with enthusiasm over the running of the International Special No. 2 at Aqueduct, won by Ladkin, and more confident than ever that the 0,000 race at Latonia, October 11, in which Epinard will meet all his old rivals and some new ones just as formid-ale, will be the most stirring contest in turf history. Col. Winn gave an interesting description of Ladkins victory. He said:. "It was as thrilling a race as I have seen in my long turf experience. Fairly run, and honestly won, it reflected particular credit on the three placed horses, Ladkin, Epinard and Wise Counsellor, and in every quality that goes to make a great thoroughbred they are not far apart As I saw the race it was a good start with Ladkin slow to get going, while Epinard bounded away from the barrier into a three-length lead. Haynes, however, did not retain his advantage but, allowing Ladkin and Wise Counsellor to set the pace, pulled Epinard three lengths behind the leaders so sharply that it seemed he had been pinched off and interfered with. After the race he explained to trainer Leigh and owner Wertheimer that he laid off the pace believing that Ladkin and Wise Counsellor would crack and come back to him. It was a mistake in judgment that cost him the race. "When Ladkin had disposed of Wise Counsellor, Epinard challenged with a wonderful burst of speed and just failed to get up. It was a finish that caused the crowded stands and the packed lawns to applaud wildly. Mr. Belmonts horse must take rank with the great three-year-olds. He overcame every difficulty, disposed of his opponents one by one and showed marvelous speed and great courage. There were thousands of cheers for Epinard, too, and he lost none of his admirers. I want to say for Mr. Pierre Wertheimer that he is a sportsman of the highest class, and that he took the defeat of his wonderful horse like the true gentleman that ho is. Epinard measures up to the best thoroughbreds that either France or England has produced. "I never doubted that the International Special No. 3, to be run at Latonia October 11, will bring together the highest-class field that has ever faced a starter in America: Epinard, Ladkin, Wise Counsellor, Sarazen, Black Gold. Princess Doreen, Chilhowee, Alta-wood and My Play. "How are you going to match them?"

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