August Belmont Memorial: Jockey Club Adopts Resolutions in Memory of Americas Leading Sportsman, Daily Racing Form, 1924-12-18


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AUGUST BELMONT MEMORIAL Jockey Club Adopts Resolutions in Memory of Americas Leading Sportsman. NEW YORK, N. Y., Dec. 17. The following resolutions in memory of August Belmont, who died on Wednesday, December 10, 1924, were adopted at a meeting of the Jockey Club, held this afternoon at the rooms of the club, at which the following were present : F. K. Sturgis, "William Woodward, John E. Cowdin, Joseph E. Widener and Joseph E. Davis. Vice-chairman Sturgis was in the chair. For a period of sixty years the name of August Belmont has been a brilliant and leading mark in the history of thoroughbred breeding and racing in this country Under his well-known and honored colors of maroon and scarlet, the first August Belmont raced with great success and his victories were many. The second August Belmont worthily succeeded his distinguished father and soon exercised a widespread and exceedingly beneficial influence upon the American turf. Interested from early youth in sports of all kinds, he turned with avidity from one activity to another, aiding each by his energy and enthusiasm, as well as by his good example and love of fair play. His kennels were most successful, and his yachting flag was seen continuously on the winning line. Polo, hunting, coaching, each in their turn, found him a keen supporter and a devoted follower. As a young sportsman his record was one of great and continued success ; yet it is to the more mature portion of his career that we, his friends and associates, turn with added pleasure and admiration. LONG IDENTIFIED WITH TUltF. From the founding of the Jockey Club in 1S94, August Belmonts devotion to the breeding, training and racing of the thoroughbred horse has exercised upon the American turf an influence of infinite good. He loved the horse as an animal, and sawin racing an opportunity for raising the standard and improving the qualities of the thoroughbred, thus adding to the prosperity Qf the breeder and furnishing broader avenues for clean and honest sport. Gifted with a wide vision, perfectly fearless and never admitting defeat, he pushed onward with undaunted courage, undismayed by obstacles, to the goal he had determined to reach. lie accompanied much he builded well, and the aim he ever kept in view was honest racing, free from taint, always tending to a higher plane, gaining greater and still greater usefulness and popularity because of its integrity and its beneficent influence upon the breed of horses. The National Steeplechase and Hunt Association, through the executive committee of its board of stewards, adopted the following resolution on the death of August Belmont : The members of the board of stewards of the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association have learned- with-deep sorrow and regret of the death of their late honored associate, August Belmont. For many years president and steward of our association, indefatigable in his time and attention to all that pertained to these offices, our board feels that his loss is irreparable. With a high appreciation of all that Mr. Belmont did for the best interests of racing, and with an earnest recognition of the great benefit derived from his services, the board offers their tribute of praise and respect to I his memory. I His example ever urged and compelled the , highest possible standard of integrity and justice and his accustomed presence will be missed. His influence will be ever felt and remembered by those who were favored by his friendship.

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