French Champion Epinard in Kentucky: Arrives at Latonia in Same Car with His Recent Conqueror Ladkin, Daily Racing Form, 1924-10-03


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FRENCH . CHAMPION EPINARD A IN KENTUCKY Arrives, at Latonia in Same Car With His Recent Conqueror Ladkin Both Thoroughbreds Appear in Pink of Condi tion, Meeting With No Mishaps En-route From New York LATONIA, Ky., Oct. 2. Arriving in the same express car at 1 p. m. and over two hours behind schedule time, Epinard, the French champion, and Ladkin, his conqueror in the International Special No. 2, arrived at Latonia today for the purpose of competing in the third and deciding International Special, at one mile and a quarter, to be run October 11, with the prospects of the largest field that has started in any of the international tests. Both Epinard and .Ladkin reached the scene of their next struggle in excellent condition and none the worse for the long trip from New York. They were accompanied by their respective trainers, Gene Leigh and Louis Feustel. Kentucky welcomed both gladiators with smiling skies and a delightful brand of v.-eather that made Gene Leigh declare that it felt good to get back to the old Blue Gras3 state after such a long absence. Owning to a change in the special horse car that brought the two horses the crowd EHhat was on hand to greet the visitors was not as great as if the train had arrived as per schedule. The delay was caused by switching the car at Pittsburg from train No. 21 to 33, a later train. As it was, a big crowd crowded the platform spaces when the yard engine puffed into the chute with the-car bearing the two thoroughbreds. General manager Matt J. Winn was cn hand and was the first to welcome the invaders to Kentucky. Captain Kinnarney had a force of track police on hand to keep the crowd back. Singularly enough the enterprising news reel men were not on hand to bombard the horses. Two lone photographers were there to "shoot" Epinard as fie stepped from the car. MAKES GOOD IMritESSIOIT The appearance of Epinard elicited much favorable comment. He is a. big-boned light chestnut, with a rather long neck and great muscular power. He was accompanied by Idle Girl, his work mate, and the two-year-cld Satin Slippers. Ladkin also appeared to be in perfect condition and trainer Louis Feustel declared that he was eminently satisfied with the trip, which the colt stood in good fashion. Ladkin also had equine company, for he was accompanied by Blind Play, Mr. Belmonts candidate for the rich Latcnia Championship Stakes, and another three-year-old named Diagram. Stalls had been reserved for both shipments in barn 42, part of which is occupied by Howard Oots horses. Oots is an old friend of trainer Gene Leigh and suggested to track superintendent Nolte that he would like to have his eld friend stabled in the same barn. Epinard occupied stall number 24, while Ladkin is only three stalls farther away. Trainer Leigh announced that Pierre Wer-theimer, owner of Epinard, would be here next Wednesday. The safe arrival of Epinard and Ladkin, regarded as the two central figures for the next International Special, was particularly pleasing to Colonel Winn, who had labored hard to bring the French champion to this country and who had done so much in arranging for his appearance in one of the series of races at Latonia. The stable of Harry Unna arrived from New York Thursday morning, several hours prior to the arrival of Epinard and Ladkin. The Unna shipment comprised good horses, including Little Chief, an intended starter in the International Special No. 3; Spic and Span, Sunspero, Fabian, Manzana and a couple of yearlings.

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