True Story of a Champion: Dam of Sarazen Bought for a Song by Dr. Johnston, Daily Racing Form, 1924-11-22


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TRUE STORY OF A CHAMPION , Dam of Sarazen Bought for a Song by "Dr. Johnston. Third International Special a Complete Vindication of UIooil Lines -Upheld by Miss Daingerfield. In all the vast throng that witnessed the running of the International Special, No. 3, at Latonia some time ago, there was no happier person that Miss Elizabeth Dain-gerfield, and deservedly so. It is doubtful if even Mrs. Vanderbilt was more jubilant over the result of the race than was she. Because that result was a complete vindication and confirmation of the belief in blood lines that she has always confidently held and valiantly supported. Every one knows how high a value she has ever placed on the blood of Ultimus, which horse typified in breeding just what his name implies to both Major Daingerfield and the daughter who has so ably carried on his work. High Time, the sire of Sarazen, whose marvelous exhibition of speed and stamina in winning the Third International race will ever make it one of the bright lights of turf history, was bred by Miss Daingerfield, when in charge of Mr. Price Mc-Kinneys Wickliffe Stud, for the sole purpose of giving this country a worthy successor to Ultimus. What more appropriate then than when his racing days were over that he should be placed in her charge by his owner, Admiral Cary Grayson, and make his initial I bow to the public in the role of sire at her Haylands Farm, near Lexington. Anxious that this son of Ultimus and Noonday, by Domino, should have every opportunity. Miss Daingerfield spent much time and thought in selecting suitable mates for him. The story of how Hush Box, the dam of Sarazen, came to his court, reads like a fairy tale, but is only one of many similar instances that makes the lure of the turf irresistible. ItTJSII BOX FOUD OX FARM. Some time in the year 1920 there appeared in a paper a small ad, stating that George Carley of Scott county had mares for sale, and Miss Daingerfield, seeing this and knowing that Mr. Carley in " years past had owned such good and substantial mares as Saliie Ward. Belle Nutter, Eric Belle and others, went immediately to his home in the country near Georgetown, Ky., and there found the two young mares. Rush Box, then live years old, and British Fleet, three. Mr. Carley was ill and his daughter was eager to dispose of these mares, as her whole time and attention were -absorbed in caring for her father. Miss Daingerfield was particularly desirous to secure these mares as mates for High Time, but as her farm was overcrowded at the time, she was unable to buy them, and tried without success to interest several breeders in their purchase. Finally, she secured the attention of Dr. Marius Johnston, not then a breeder, but a man from a lone line of horsemen and himself an excellent judge. He went with her to see the mares and picked them up for a song. They neither had been broken even to ride, in fact, were hardly halter broken, but were sturdy and strikingly nice individuals and admirably suited to High Time, which horse Dr. Johnston held in high esteem. In due course, Sarazen was foaled at Dr. Johnstons Montrose Farm, and later purchased by Colonel Phil T. Chinn, who developed hint and sold him to Mrs. Vanderbilt as a two-year-old. The whole world now knows how he has gone from one victory to another under the capable handling of her trainer, Max Hirsch.

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