Here and There on the Turf: Peculiarity of Bowie. Sale of Chilhowee. Boom for Jefferson Park. New Stock Horses Improve, Daily Racing Form, 1924-11-19


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Here and There on the Turf - Peculiarity of Bowie. Sale of Chilhowee. Boom for Jefferson Park. New Stock Horses Improve. Maryland racing has reached a track where Ihc old adage of the turf "courses for horses and horses for courses" is peculiarly applicable. There is no American race course where it applies with the same force at Bowie. It is the course that has brought the downfall of many a good horse and the track that has given many an ordinary, or even a bad horse, an excellent reputation. Horses that have proved themselves everywhere else that they have been raced, fail at Bowie, while others that have been failures everywhere else have starred at Bowie. There is something about that footing not found in any other racing ground and when a trainer finds that his hors3 does not like the going, he might as well give it up as a bad job. But Avhen a runner takes kindly to the going, and many of them do, it is well to send him right along, for the Bowie meeting is usually marked by repeaters. In the running of the Prince George Handicap it was shown beyond all question that Princess Doreen did not like the track and it was made just as evident that it was peculiarly to the liking of Donaghec. Princess Doreen has shown in her private trials that she was right up to form that promised a brilliant race. There was a supreme confidence that she would be the winner. Montfort and B. B. Jones, her owners, motored over from their Virginia farm to be on hand for the race. But Princess Doreen was thoroughly beaten. She was beaten before she had reached the half mile through the going. It is true that Donaghee hung out a new track record of 1:55, but he made a show of the filly, a thing he could never have done under a like arrangement of the weights over any other track. And Princess Doreen is not the only good one that is seriously handicapped at Bowie. It is not a track on which any horse should be condemned and it is hardly safe to put an extravagant estimate on the class of those who are favored. They may only be Bowie horses, while such as Princess Doreen are horses everywhere but Bowie. There was another important thoroughbred transaction when S. M. Newman of New York purchased the fast-running Chilhowee to have him campaign under the silks of the Swing along Stable. Chilhowee was owned by Sewell Combs Allen Gallaher and John Gallaher and he raced brilliantly under the colors of the Gallaher Bros. It is understood that Mr. Newman paid 0,000 for the son of Ballot and Bourbon Lass and that he will have a winter campaign at New Orleans, where he will bs pointed for the promised 825,000 handicap. Chilhowee is one of the brilliant three-year-olds of the year and it is doubtful if a better horse will be trained through the winter months. Chilhowee was a good second to Black Gold in the Kentucky Derby and was the winner of the Latonia Derby and the Latonia Championship Stakes. He is a colt of extreme speed, as was demonstrated when he hung up a new American record of 2:50 for the mile and three-quarters. He also established a new American record of 1:48 for a mile and an eighth, and when he beat Wise Counsellor at Latonia at a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42 it was a new track record for that Kentucky course. It was also the electric speed of Chilhowee in the Third International Special that made possible the running of that mile and a -, 1 2 2 3 A 4 5 i C 7 i : . quarter in 2:00 by Sarazen when he beat Epinard at Latonia. Chilhowee was pacemaker in this memorable race. Chilhowee had been shipped to the farm to go into winter quarters when this sale was made and he will be returned to training at New Orleans. It is not likely that he will be shown before January, but he is intended for a Fair Grounds campaign, and also a try later for the Coffroth Handicap at Tijuana. New York will doubtless have Chilhowee in J its handicap division in 1925. Racing secretary J. B. Campbell has issued the book for the first nine days of the Jefferson Park meeting at New Orleans, which is to begin Thanksgiving Day. The feature of the opening is a mile handicap for a purse of ,500 and it is open to all ages. This handicap is to close Tuesday, November 25, and the weights and declarations will be announced Wednesday. The book is a thoroughly attractive one and the claiming rule that will be in force provides that claimants must have a starter in the race, but the claims are to be made for the entered selling price only. This is a combination of the Kentucky and the New York rule. The Kentucky rule requires that claims shall be for the entered price plus the purse, but only those with a starter in the race are eligible to make a claim. The New York rule is that every horse in a claiming race may be claimed for his entered selling price, by any one. The book provides for seven races a day and post time for the first race each day has been fixed at 2 oclock. Another excellent rule, which is observed at most race tracks other than those of New York, is that entries are to close at 10:30 oclock and that scratches must be made by 9 :30 oclock in the forenoon of the day the races are to be run. There an; already many stables at the Jefferson Park track making ready for the opening and it is assured that the horse colony will be as large, or larger, than in any other season. It is interesting to breedsrs that Kentucky is to have Cataract added to her stock horses. He has been standing at J. H. Rosseters California thoroughbred nursery, but his real worth has not yet been established by reason of his comparatively limited opportunities. Cataract is a son of Ben Brush and Running Stream and that combines the stoutest of American strains. He has been added to W. B. Millers Greenwich Stud and there he will be afforded every opportunity. Now fifteen years of age, it is entirely possible that he will be at his best for several more years. It is remembered that Star Shoot, one of the greatest of American sires, for five different years headed the list of American winning sires, but he did not win his way into that list until he was thirteen years of age. He improved until when eighteen he sired Sir Barton and he was twenty when he begot Grey Lag, his greatest son. McGee was fifteen years of age when ha sired Exterminator, the horse that was to make him top the list of winning sires in 1922. Fair Play was only twelve years old when ha sired Man o War and Broomstick was well matured before he became famous as a sire. These are cheering thoughts for the future of some of our young stallions and they tend to show that Mr. Miller has purchased Cataract just when he should be coming into his best years of service as a stock horse.

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