Fifty-One in the Suburban: Famous Old Fixture Likely to Regain Its Popular Appeal, Daily Racing Form, 1935-04-05


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FIFTY-ONE IN THE SUBURBAN Famous Old Fixture Likely to Regain Its Popular Appeal. Renewal of Great Race Once One of High-. lights of Each Turf Year Crack Band of Eligibles. NEW YORK, N. Y., April 4. There should be a horse race this year when the bugle blows for the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park, and as likely a field of horses as ever paraded for the race goes up to face the barrier. The list of eligibles for the race, as announced today by the Westchester Racing Association, shows a field of fifty-one stake notables, with only twelve declared out from an original sixty-three nominations. Mrs. Dodge Sloanes great Cavalcade, with his stablemates, High Quest and Good Goods, are prominent on the list, with Alfred G. Vanderbilts Discovery and Identify, Mrs. John Hay Whitneys Singing Wood, W. S. Grahams Kievex, Morton L. Schwartz Observant, A. C. Schwartz Gay Monarch, C. V. Whitneys Collateral and Roustabout, H. C. Phipps Cleves, C. H. Knebelkamps King Saxon and William E. Woodwards Fleam. All are four-year-olds. Among the five-year-olds are the Dorwood Stables Statesman, Mrs. James M. Austins Mr. Khayyam, W. R. Coes Ladysman and Pomposity and Samuel D. Riddles War Glory. Mr. Woodwards veteran Faireno, Mr. Schwartz Gusto, J. W. Y. Martins Dark Hope and Mrs. John D. Hertz Watch Him make up the six-year-old division. The three-year-olds comprise most of the famous colts and fillies which showed top quality as juveniles a year ago. Among them are Omaha, Sir Beverley and Gallant" Prince, from Mr. Woodwards barn; Col. E. R. Bradleys Balladier and Boxthorn; Mrs. Sloanes Young Native; the Greentree Stables Plat Eye and Sailor Beware; the Howe Stables Nautch; Mrs. W. M. Jeffords Commonwealth; the Middleburg Stables Esposa; William Ziegler, Jr.s Gold Buckle, and C. V. Whitneys Today. With 0,000 added this year, or twice the added money value of 1934, the race will total 6,000 or better, the second horse receiving ,000, and the third ,000. With its value this year brought up to money well worth going after and as impressive a field of eligibles in its book as ever peered through leather, New York horsemen and race officials foresee the Suburban as on its way back to its one-time preeminence and glory. FOUNDED IN 1884. Founded at Sheepshead Bay in 1884, it made an instant appeal to public imagination and almost overnight became "the race of the year." Hundreds of thousands in money were wagered in its winter books between annual renewals, and crowds of dockers and handicappers used to make the daily trip to Coney Island by wheezing miniature steam trains then at gray of dawn, to time its candidates at morning gallops. On Suburban Day wealth and fashion and the heavyweight gamblers and plungers from all over America crowded the stands and vlawns, and fortunes changed hands on the "result. Race day was virtually a public holiday, and the race, not only in New York but nationally, was front page news. In those glamorous days the three-year-old stakes were of secondary interest to the handicaps. The Belmont, worth now from 0,000 to sometimes nearly double that sum, was worth less than 0,000 to the winner. The Travers was worth about ,500, the Dwyer about ,000 and the Realization about the same. The Kentucky, to which no one north of Kentucky paid the slightest attention grossed a bare ,000. All-aged racing was the thing with the Suburban carrying . 0,000 in added money and the Brooklyn and Brighton in attempts to take the play away from the Suburban 5,000 apiece. The Suburban, nevertheless helds its own in the publics affection despite the- mud and the public saw racing. The leading horses of every year met and re-met in the three great handicaps one after the other. In 1904, for illustration, twenty years after the Suburbans inaugural and when the three races were at their apogee, the order of finishes was: The Suburban Hermis, The Picket, Irish Lad. The Brooklyn The Picket, Irish Lad, Proper. The Brighton Broomstick, Irish Lad, High Ball. Africander, winning the Suburban in 1903 and the first three-year-old ever to do so, earned his owner close to 0,000 as did Hermis, Beldame, Go Between, Nealon and Ballot, the victors of the next five years. DARK DAYS OF 1910. The year 1909 saw the passage of the anti-betting laws which dealt a body blow to New York racing and the major handicaps went into obscurity. Sheepshead track was cS?jed in 1910 and the Suburban, in due course, transferred to Belmont Park. It had sunk to little better than a tradition when Stromboli and Friar Rock, winning it in 1915 and 1916, returned their owners only ,500. In 1926 and 1927, the two years in which it was Crusaders race he was the only horse ever to win it twice it had come up to 3,000, for Wall Street had gone blue-sky and times were piping. But in 1933, when Equipoise gathered it in, it was back in the doldrums again, and his share was less than ,500. Dark Secrets Brooklyn, the same year, was worth less than half of that ,300 to be exact. Ladys-mans Suburban last year was worth ,750 to him, and Discoverys Brooklyn ,425. There is no Brighton Handicap any more, it having died when Brighton race track perished by process of law in 1910. But the new Butler Handicap, with 0,000 added, which is to be run at Empire City next summer, should easily move into the place of Brighton. For all the first-string horses that are in the Brooklyn and Suburban this year have, been nominated, for the Butler as well. Following are the nominations for the Suburban: Gallant Mac, Faireno, Omaha, Sir Beverley, Gallant Prince, Fleam, Balladier, Boxthorn, Cavalcade, High Qucstt Good Goods Young Native, Mr. Khayyam, Ladysman, Pomposity, Finance, Statesman, War Glory, Kievex, Plat Eye, Sailor Beware, Watch Him, Only One, Nautch, Commonwealth, King Saxon, Carabinier II., Somebody, Rose Cross, Dark Hope, Head Play, Esposa, Lord Admiral, Cleves, Gay Monarch, Observant, Hindu Queen, Gusto, Gov. Sholtz, Royal Guard, Discovery, Identify, Dogmata, Abbots Last, Capablanca, Dasher, Collateral, Roustabout, Today, Singing Wood, Gold Buckle. i

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