Kentucky Friends Grieve: Sudden Death of Payne Whitney Severe Shock to Blue Grass Turf Fraternity., Daily Racing Form, 1927-05-26


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KENTUCKY FRIENDS GRIEVE Sudden Death of Payne Whitney WhitneySevere Severe Shock to Blue Grass GrassTurf Turf Fraternity LOUISVILLE Ky May 25 News of the sudden death in New York of Payne Whitney which spread rapidly among his many friends at Churchill Downs today cast a pall of sadness over the late sportsmans numerous acquaintances Mr Whitney a frequent visitor to Churchill Downs wit ¬ nessed the recent renewal of the Kentucky Derby and was immensely pleased with the outcome which brought a victory for the colors of his brother Harry Payne Whitney Payne Whitneys Saxon an intended starter in the Derby was forced out of the race as a result of injuries received while being shipped West WestPayne Payne Whitney was regarded in highest esteem by the best people of the turf and listed among his friends virtually all of the officials of the Kentucky racing associations breeders owners and racing officials officialsHis His sudden death came as a severe shock to all and expressions of sorrow were ad ¬ vanced by all privileged to have known the sportsman sportsmanSenator Senator Johnson N Camden president of the Kentucky Jockey Club and one of the nations most prominent breeders and owners expressed profound sorrow upon being ad ¬ vised passingI of Mr Whitneys sudden passing I am shocked to learn of Mr Whitneys death Why I cannot believe that one so happy and apparently so well as was Mr Whitney on Derby Day is dead His loss is a tremendous one and his place in racing will never be fileld He was one of the sports pillars and his death is a great per ¬ sonal loss to me Senator Camden said saidMose Mose Goldblatt trainer of Harry Payne Whitneys western division was appraised of the demise of the famous eastern sportsman by trainer James Rowe over long distance telephone Trainer Goldblatt immediately got the stewards to excuse Sandhurst and Sir Peter which are his property and Sesqui which was carded to start this afternoon in the colors of Harry Payne Whitney WhitneyMr Mr Rowe had dispatched eight horses to Churchill Downs including Pandera an in ¬ tended starter in the Kentucky Oaks and Witchmount which was scheduled to start in the overnight handicap next Saturday Mr Rowe informed trainer Goldblatt that the shipment would not arrive in Louisville as he had after Mr Whitneys sudden death succeeded in stopping the shipment at Phila ¬ delphia and ordered the return of the horses to Jamaica JamaicaCol Col Matt J Wynn general manager of the Kentucky Jockey Club was visibly affected by the sad news newsI I feel said Colonel Wynn that I have lost one of my dearest friends and the American turf has lost one of its main sup ¬ ports Mr Whitney was a sportsman of the highest type and a gentleman above re ¬ proach The American turf in particular and the sporting world in general has Tost one of its shining lights On Derby Day I had the pleasure of again meeting Mr Whitney when he came here with his brother and his family to witness the Derby and at the time no one could imagine that within the short space of ten days he would be no more Together with the officers and directors of the Kentucky Jockey Club I mourn his loss and extend to his bereaved family the most heartfelt condolences condolencesJudge Judge Charles F Price and Daniel OSul livan associate managers of the Kentucky Jockey Club and James B Brown S Good pastor and Arthur C Hancock directors of the same organization were others deeply grieved by the news of Mr Whitneys death

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