Epinard and His Rivals: French Colt Sent a Mile Monday Morning Impressively, Daily Racing Form, 1924-10-07


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EPINARD AND HIS RIVALS French Colt Sent a Mile Monday Morning Impressively. Ladkin Goes a Mile and a Quarter in 2:03J6 Sarazen Covers Mile in 1:39. LATONIA, Ky., Oct C Epinard, the French champion, was given his first pretentious trial since his arrival here to meet the best American horses in the third of the International series, when Monday morning. Gene Leigh, his trainer, allowed him to gallop over the one-mile route. His previous work last Saturday was at three-quarters. With Everett Haynes astride the French four-year-old went the mile this morning in 1:42. Nothing sensational was attempted and trainer Leigh was not aiming at fast work. He instructed Haynes to keep his mount well under restraint all the way and this Haynes did, although he experienced considerable difficulty as Epinard showed a strong disposition to run. The fractionals were: 23, 48, 1:15, 1:42. The horse pulled up in good condition and will possibly be given his next work Wednesday morning when he will be asked to show speed at one mile and a quarter. August Belmonts International Special candidate, Ladkin, created a fine impression on the work watchers when he worked the one mile and a quarter in the fast time of 2:05 and finished fresh as though the task was an every day one with him. The work was most impressive. He went at an even gait and it is worthy of comment that the final quarter was run as fast as any of the other quarters. He runs like a stayer and seemingly will have no trouble in sticking it out for the International Special distance. Blind Play, the Belmont candidate for the Latonia Championship, went out and acted as Ladkins pacemaker, but he was clearly outpaced and dropped back after the first mile. Cliff Gordon on Ladkin rated him nlceiy and the evenness of the pace can be judged by the following fractions: 25, 48, 1:14, 1:40, 2:05. After the trial trainer Louis Feustel pronounced Ladkin fit and ready for tho impeding contest Mad Play and Zev, that are intended starters in the Itnernational Special, are expected to be shipped from New York next Wednesday. Mad Play is also an expected starter in the Latonia Championship Stakes of a mile and three-quarters to be run the closing day. My Own is another announced starter in the International Special. His owner Ad- Continued on sixteenth page. EPINARD AND. HIS RIVALS Continued from first page. miral Gary Grayson telegraphed that the colt would be shipped. here later in the week. Trainer Louis Feustel was jubilant after Ladkins good trial. "I know that it is the best field of starters ever gotten together on the American, turf,", said the astute horseman who developed the great Man o War, "but I am sure- that Ladkin Will render a good account of himself in the race. It will be a great contest, and. will be no disgrace to be beaten, if having contended strongly for the prize." - . Sarazen, which arrived here Saturday to fill his engagement in the International Special to be run next Saturday, was given his first pretentious trial since his arrival when his trainer, Max Hirsch, Sunday morning sent Mrs. Vanderbilts gelding a mile. The gelding showed up remarkably well and made a most favorable impression on horsemen who witnessed the trial. It was not the time recorded in the trial that made it stand out but the easy way in which the son of High Time and Rush Box accomplished his task. With jockey E. Legere in the saddle, the gelding began from the stand and running with a frictionless stride rattled off the quarter in 24, the half in 48, three-quarters in 1:12. He was practically eased up the final quarter to finish out the mile in 1:39. Aside from the trial of Princess Doreen Saturday morning this work was the best of any of the International Special candidates witnessed so far at Latonia. Hirsch has arranged for G. Babin to pilot Sarazen in the big race and the rider will be here Thursday. In the meantime Legere wil act as exercise boy. Sarazens owner, Mrs. W. K. Vanderbiit II., notified trainer Hirsch before he left New York that she would be here to witness the race. The Lexington Stables five-year-old filly, My Play, another formidable aspirant for International Special honors, supplemented the good mile and a quarter of several days ago by another trial this morning at a similar distance. The big son of Fair Play easily went the mile and a quarter in 2.09, going the first mile in 1:41. Trainer Jim McClelland is going along carefully with My Play and is not sending him along at sensational speed, but is keeping him going in a most careful manner. It is believed here that Sam Hildreth was undecided about sending Zev and Mad Play after the rich prize until after the latters fine victory in the Continental Handicap at Jamaica Saturday in which the colt created a new track record for a mile and an eighth and came close to equalling the American record for that distance. Immediately after the race Hildreth wired Col. Winn apprising him of Mad Plays wonderful race and adding that he would ship both Mad Play and Zev to Latonia next Wednesday to start them in the International. My Own, Admiral Cary T. Graysons good four-year-old, is due to leave Maryland for Latonia next Tuesday in charge of Preston Burch. It is worthy of more than passing notice that three of the almost certain starters in the third International Special are the get of Fair Play, the sire of Man o War. The trio that will worthily represent Fair Play-in the great event are My Play, Ladkin and Mad Play. Dare Say, regarded as a likely starter in the big race, is out of it. Dare Says indifferent race of a few days ago convinced her owner, Frederick Johnson, that she was not good enough to give battle to the stars thai contest in this feature.

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