Here and There On the Turf: Maser Charlies Race Prospect for the Ardsley Opening at the Downs Altawood for Pimlico, Daily Racing Form, 1924-10-24


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1 Here and There 2 I 3 on the Turf 5 4 C c Master Charlies Race. 7 Prospect for the Ardsley. Opening at the Downs. 1 x Altawood for Pimlico. 2 2 3 3 While there were some at the Yonkers course Wednesday who were not impressed by the 4 4 5 manner in which William Daniels Master Charlie won, it is the general opinion of good C C judges that it was a decidedly impressive vie- ,. 7 tory. The Stamina Purse was of importance for the reason that it afforded something of a line on the chance this good colt will have 1 1 in the running of the Kentucky Jockey Club j 2 Stakes at Churchill Downs on November 1. 5 3 Master Charlie had proved himself, as far t 4 as he had raced, by carrying 130 pounds to victory in th2 Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga in 1 5 a monster field of the best. He had come 6 right back under a like weight in the Remsen 7 Handicap and .had been returned the winner, giving away great lumps of weight on each 1 1 occasion. But each of these races was over. 2 , the three-quarters distance and there still remained a doubt of his ability to maintain his . J 3 speed for the mile required in the Kentucky , 4 Jockey Club Stakes. That doubt was dis- i pelled by his victory in the Stamina Purse. " 6 This race was at a mile and seventy yards and the Daniel colt was taking up 120 pounds, at which impost he gave away ptenty of f weight to every other starter. The fact that Master Charlie only won by r a half length and that Despot was closing up j so gallantly in the last eighth was one reason j for some questioning the victory. But Kum- " mer himself said that Master Charlie had 1 reserve speed left at the end and the time that was maintained all through the running ; would suggest that Kummcr was right. Master Charlie has not been cured of his s swerving out on the turns and that is one e reason for the others being so close to him 1 at the end. Kummer had to use some skill I while rounding into the stretch to lose as little ! ground as possible and could not send the son n of Lord Archer around the turn at his best t speed. It was there that the others closed up on him, but he was always master of the situation and it is probable he would li3ve held the race safe for a mile and a quarter had it been required. Master Charlie will b? shipped to Churchill Downs Monday, according to present plans, and his race in the Stamina Purse would indicate that he will reach there a thoroughly fit and ready colt. It must be remembered that in the running of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes Master Charlier will not be required to give away any weight. It is at weight for age, and that will give him a big advantage over his last three good races, in which he suffered a severe weight handicap. Kentucky will naturally be well represented in this big mile dash, but there arc two notable absentees in Sweep Park, the swift-run-; ning daughter of Sweep and Floral Park, and Captain Hal, son of Black Toney and Wavering. These good two-year-old colts were not named for the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, though both were nominated to the Gckten Rod Handicap, at seven-eighths, to be run November 8, over the same track. But Kentucky will be well represented, and Master Charlie, as well as the others that ship from New York and Maryland for the big race, will not have anything like a walkover. Willis Sharpe Kilmer has srsvcral entries in the big event. Max Hirsch will send Nicholas to the post for Mrs. Vanderbilt and Alex Gordon will undoubtedly send Swope to the post " for H. G. Fisher. It will be remembered that in the same race last year Gordon saddled Mr. Mutt, only to have him run away before the start and be withdrawn. Altogether, the prospect is bright for a notable renewal and at this time the field gives promise of being both large and representative. There is to be a mils handicap for the two-year-olds on the closing day of the Empire City Racing Association meeting at the Yonkers track that should be decidedly interesting. This is the Ardsley Handicap and its popularity is attested when it closed with seventy-thres nominations. From such a list is to come a great field. In this list is found the name of Marshall Fields Stimulus, a two-time winner at the meeting, and just now he appears to be best of those which will be on hand for the race. Master Charlie is an eligible, but he will be at Churchill Downs, a3 will Nichclas, another of the cligibles. By Hisself, Rcpuls;, Joe Mar-rone III., Candy Kid, Star Lore, Faddist and Despot arc others in that eligible list. The good race run by Despot back of Master Charlie in the Stamina Purse Wednesday pronounces him a Ukely sort over the mile distance. He is -also an eligible to the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, but it is not the present intention of Thomas Welsh to ship to Kentucky. The opening of the Churchill Downs meeting j of the Kentucky Jockey Club was a tre- mendously successful one and the sport in keeping with that most delightful racing ground of the Kentucky Jockey Club. There is a glamor and charm about the famous old course that is enjoyed by no other in the country and, with its wealth of glorious tradition, its meltings are always bright spots in any racing season. For this fall, with the races that are down for decision, it b assured that there may be a greater number of the best horse3 in training engaged than ever before. The first of the special prizes of the meeting will come Saturday with the running of the Falls City Handicap, a mile and an eighth dash, for three-year-olds and over, to which ,000 is added. While the eligibles are for the most part horses that have confined most of their racing endeavor to the Kentucky courses, the field is sure to be a good one. Among the eligiblc3 are found the names of Chilhowco, the record-making thrcc-year-old ; Princess Doreen, Prhcilla Ruley, Aga Khan, Graeme, Little Chief, Postillion, Little Celt, Giblon, Audacious and many another of high class. The racing at Churchill Downs is to continue for fifteen days, and it is to be followed by the Lexington meeting, which begins j November 11, to continue until November 22. ; This will bring the Kentucky racing season to a close, while the racing in Maryland is to continue until November 29, when the Bowie meeting comes to an end. But in the meantime winter racing will be under way and the thoroughbreds will be moved to the southern climes or sent into winter retirement, as the care may be. This winter it is promised that there will be a greater number of good horses kept in training during the winter months than ever before. The growing importance of this season makes it well worth white to campaign the good ones, and all of this means much to the thoroughbred market. Maryland is to have a good look at one of the best stayers developed in Kentucky this year. This is Altawood, winner of the Latonia Cup. This sturdy son of Master Robert and Crestwood Girl, that races for C. Bruce Head, has been exceedingly unfortunate in many of his races, but he has a way of running that last quarter, over a long route, that stamps him as a truly rare stayer. In the third International Special, at Latonia, he was fairly racing past the leaders in the stretch when he bumped Mad Play, and just failed to share in the money. In the Kentucky Derby he had something the same experience. In the Bowie Handicap, at a mile and a half, and the Pimlico Cup, at two miles and a quarter, both handicaps, this good, colt should keep the best of them exceedingly busy.

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