Sarazen in Havre Stakes: Gelding in Condition for Early Racing-Hirsch Plans Assault on Record of Exterminator., Daily Racing Form, 1927-04-09


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SARAZEN IN HAVRE STAKES Gelding in Condition for Early Racing — Hirsch Plans Assault on Record of Exterminator. HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., April 8.— Sara-zen, always better in the spring than at any other time and generally successful at Havre de Grace in April, promises to be a headliner of the impending spring racing of the Harford Agricultural Association that will begin April 16. The gallant little red gelding that defeated Epinard at Latonia in the autumn of 1924 in the third of the International Specials that brought the French champion overseas after Sarazen had defeated many of the American three-year-olds came here in April. 192.", to win a dash of three-quarters mile and then go over to Pimlico to score in a 5,000 Dixie Handicap. Returning last spring he licked Joy Smoke. Edisto and Golden Rule in the Congressional Handicap, a dash of one mile and seventy yards, and then went over to Pimlico to win another Dixie. Max Hirsch was not able to get Sarazen ready at Belmont Park for either the Harford Handicap of 1925 or 1926. Bad weather prevented. This, however, is another year. The months of February and March just past have been the mildest on record all along the middle Atlantic seaboard. The thoroughbreds of both the Maryland and Long Island colonies are farther advanced toward racing condition at the beginning of April than they ordinarily are at the beginning of May. And no horse of any age at Belmont Park has trained more promisingly than Mrs. William K. Vanderbilts sometime champion. Hirsch is not without hope that Sarazen will be ready to step out in the impending Harford Handicap, which . will be Havre da Graces salutatory feature. This years Harford will be a 0,000 dash of three-quarters mile, for three-year-olds and upward, and just Sarazens sort of race. Net improbably Sarazen will get top weight. He generally tops in handicaps for three-year-olds and upward. He had to pack 128 pounds in the Congressional Handicap la-st April. 128 in the Dixie and 129 in the Metropolitan, which he won after scoring in the Congressional and the Dixie. Nothing under 121 or 134 pounds will prevent his starting in the Harford, provided he continues to train satisfactorily. Without hope of posterity there is nothing for Sarazen to do but race and Hirsch has set before the son of High Time the task of beating the money-earning record for geldings that gallant old Exterminator, the Harford winner of 1922, established before Willis Sharpe Kilmer retired him to his Court Manor Farm in Virginia. Sarazen still has some winning to do. Exterminator accounted for 52,595. His earnings are a little less than 25,000. Still, a Harford, a Philadelphia and a Dixie would put him past Exterminators mark. The Philadelphia is another Havre de Grace spring annual. A dash of one mile and a sixteenth for three-year-olds and upward, the impending renewal, like the Harford, will have an added money value of 0,000. , » , _

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