Duplicate Of Man O War: Head Play Second Edition of American Star in Looks.; Future Events to Compare His Racing Worth With Riddle Champion--Mason Horse Well Bred., Daily Racing Form, 1933-05-23


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DUPLICATE OF MAN 0 WAR ♦ Head Play Second Edition of American Star in Looks. -* Future Events to Compare His Racing Worth With Riddle Champion— Mason Horse Well Bred. • Lovers of thoroughbred horses, who never saw Man o* War, the American superhorse run, will get a chance to see his nephew, Head Play, perform in the Worlds Fair American Derby, to be run at Washington Park, Saturday afternoon, June 3. Smart turf critics who were around in 1920 when Man o War was sweeping the boards in all his races, say that Head Play measures up in stature, color and other traits with the Riddle horse. That Head Play has the right to go down in turf annals along with his distinguished uncle by heritage and breeding there is none have right to denny. He was sired by My Play, a full brother of Man o Wcr and is from Red Head, a daughter of King Gorin, a horse, who on two occasions, won the Kentucky, now the Grainger Memorial Handicap. In one of those events, King Gorin defeated such horses as Cudgel, Old Rosebud, Roamer and all the best handicap horses in training. King Gorin was by Transvaal, a son of Commando, who in turn was the best son of the immortal Domino. Thus, with the blood of Fair Play on top, mingling with that of Domino on the distaff side, this close kinsman of all the worthwhile horses that have shown on the American turf in the last decade, is a worthy representative to carry on two of the greatest American families of thoroughbreds extant. Head Play is only a half-bred, according to the English yard-stick. And so was Man o War and most of the standout American racers of the last quarter of a century. This taint in Head Play came through Lexington on both sides of his house. On top, he is descended from Aerolite, a daughter of Lexington, who, mated with imported Australian, produced the great horse Spendthrift. The latter sired Hastings, who begot Fair Play, the sire of Man o War and My Play,* the latter the sire of Head Play. Below his great, great grandsire Domino, also had the Lexington taint. Under the rule introduced by Lord Jersey, governing the register of pure blood foals in the English stud book, more than a quarter of a century ago, any American horse which had Lexington blood in its veins was -classed as half-bred. It is said that the Lexington descent was doomed for the reason that his fifth dam was not a thoroughbred, or at least one of the foresires of Lexington, named Timoleon, could not read his title clear on the distaff side. Be that as it may, Timoleon was by Sir Archy, one of the greatest sons of Diomed, the first English Derby winner. Timoleon also begot the great four-miler Boston, who in turn, sired the mighty Lexington. Ladysman can be registered in the English stud book as pur sang, simply for the reason that his sire Pompey and his dam, Lady Belle, were both of English stock of the purest ray serene. Yet, who is it that is still willing to wager that Ladysman could beat Head Play on any kind of a track at any distance? There is a colt, however, a prospective starter in the American Derby, named Trace Call, who can read his title clear that may make trouble for Head Play. Trace Call is by Call Boy, winner of the English Derby, from the imported mare Tracedes, by Trac-« ery.

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