Here and There on the Turf: Godspeed to Pierre Wertheimer Sarazen Declines the Special High Quality of Stimulus, Daily Racing Form, 1924-10-23


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Here and There on the Turf Godspeed to Pierre Werth-eimer. . Sarazen Declines the Special. High Quality of Stimulus. Kentucky Jockey Club Candidates. Pierre Wertheimer has sailed away for Francs. The distinguished sportsman takes with him the hearty and lasting admiration cf all American sportsmen, whether of the turf or any other sport. Never was there a better loser than the owner of Epinard and, though his great colt went down to defeat in each one of his four starts, there has never been a time that Mr. "Wertheimer has offered the semblance of an excuse for the defer.ts. Excuses have been offered for the son of Badajoz and Epine Blanche, but they did not come from Mr. Wertheimer. He took each defeat with a smile, and, while there was no time that he lost his abiding faith in his great horse, he did hot seek to belittle the triumphs of American horses. There are few Pierre Wertheimers, just as there are few Epinards, and both contributed generously to the 1924 season of racing. It is such sportsmen as this French gentleman and such horses as his Epinard that will make the turf endure. And in leaving our shores Mr. Wertheimer expressed the hope that he would have another horse of sufficient high class to bring over again and race against our best, possibly a son of Epinard. He has not been discouraged by this visit, though it was enough to discourage almost any turfman. He thinks more of Epinard now than before he was brought to this country, and well he may. His promise to come back when he finds a suitable horse to bear his silks against our best, is the biggest thing he has promised When the blue and white colors are shown again on an American race course, they will find possibly as many ardent supporters in this country as are found in his native land. The hope of every American turfman is that Mr. Wertheimer will speedily realize his hope of having another thoroughbred to send against out best. It is not likely that Max Hirsch will accept the invitation to send Mrs. Vanderbilts Sarazen against Chilhowec and Wise Counsellor in the proposed three-cornered special at Churchill Downs next Monday. Sarazen has several regular engagements that will keep him well j employed for the rest of the year and, unless j Hirsch changes his mind, the great gelding will j be reserved for those engagements. This will be disappointing to those who had hoped for a return meeting between Sarazen and Chil-howee, to verify the- running of the third International Special, but now it appears that if they come together it would have to be in an engagement they have in common. They have no stake engagements in common and would have to come together in an overnight purse. That is also out of the question, for the reason that Chilhowee has no Maryland engagements this fall, while Sarazen is not engaged in Kentucky. Thus it would seem that the only line that may be accepted on the two great three-year-olds comes out of the running of the third International Special, in which Sarazen was an easy winner, while Chilhowee finished last of the field. Of course, it must be remembered that Chilhowee has run two phenomenal and record-breaking races since that appearance, and the excuse that he was a bit "short" when he met Sarazen has some weight, but it must also be remembered that Chilhowee raced in the lead at- a killing pace in that defeat, and when he was challenged by Sarazen he collapsed, without much of a fight Not being exactly tightened up would account for his quitting, but his race that afternoon would have been more impressive if he had battled along better when Sarazen went to him after leaving the back-stretch. Chilhowee has won his two sensational races by taking the lead and showing marvelous speed all the way. Such a colt may not have his courage really tested, but he would be even greater if he would battle with a good one "looking him in the eye." He may do that if he engages in such a battle, but asj long as he can break records racing in front from the barriers rise there is scant chance for that sort of a heart-testing battle. Marshall Fields Stimulus continues to impress. His easy victory over W. R, Coes Zuker, at a difference of eleven pounds in favor of the latter, left no doubt of his high class of the son of Ultimus and Hurakan. In his previous race, with not so much he best of the weights, Zuker gave Stimulus a much better fight and on that occasion it was argued that Zuker would have won had Callahan made an earlier move. In his second race, run Tuesday at Empire City, other tactics were employed and Zuker was beaten with greatest case and under mora advantageous weight conditions, Zvkcr went after the sen of Ultimus in the early racing and it only resulted in his being beaten that much sooner. After that race there will be no line of figuring that would give Zuker a chance to take the measure of Mr. Fields swift-running colt. Stimulus is well engaged at the coming Pimlico meeting of the Maryland Jockey Club and he will have an opportunity there to display his stamina as well as his great speed. He is engaged in the serial weight-for-age races for all ages. These are at three-quarters, a mile and a mile and an eighth. They are races that have attracted the best horses in training, with the exception of Sarazen and some few others, and, being at weight-for-age, they are always tremendously interesting. It will be remembered that last year Sarazen wound up his brilliant unbeaten two-year-old career by winning the mile dash of this series from the three-year-old General Thatcher and the six-year-old Blazes. Stimulus is also engaged in the 0,000 added Pimlico Futurity, at a mile, and the Walden Handicap, at a mile, to which 0,000 is added. These engagements will keep the colt well employed for the month of November and, in his present condition, he stands high among the eligibles. Ever since his close second to Mother Goose in the running cf the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park, Stimulus has been a wonderfully consistent colt. He has won five out of six starts and his most recent victory would indicate that he is right at the top of his form. Unfortunately Stimulus is not an eligible for the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, to be run at Churchill Downs, but should he meet his Pimlico engagements he will have done ample to prove his place among the crack two-year-olds. Master Charlie will be shipped to Churchill Downs early next week to keep his engagement in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, to be run the following Saturday. Another good one that will make the trip to Kentucky is Nicholas, the colt for which Mrs. Vanderbilt paid 0,000 during the Saratoga meeting. Max Hirsch is pointing Nicholas for this big mile race and he will be shipped from Laurel before many days. Master Charlie is also engaged in the Pimlico Serial Weight-for-Age races, as well as the Walden Handicap, at the Baltimore course, and he will be shipped back from Churchill Downs to meet those engagements should he coma out of the running of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes favorably. Should the winner of the Hopeful Stakes triumph at Churchill Downs it is expected that Pimlico probably will be the course over which the two-year-old championship will be decided. Just now Master Charlie is a candidate for such honors and he may find Stimulus one of his most sturdy opponents when he returns to Maryland.

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