Crispin Oglebay Fortunate Turfman: Buys and Breeds Feature Winners; Level Best, Acquired at Saratoga Yearling Sales, and Ocean Blue Score in Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1942-05-11


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t ■ jtfir"*Ji t u jpgy s ■ *%"■ s L m M it [ SAMUEL D. RIDDLE — Was greatly 1 impressed with the condition of his i stallions, Man o War, War Admiral, t Trace Call and American Flag upon his recent visit to Faraway Farm. V Crispin Oglebay Fortunate Turfman Buys and Breeds Feature Winners Level Best, Acquired at Saratoga Yearling Sales, and Ocean Blue Score in Stakes BALTIMORE, Md., May 9.— To make a bargain buy at the yearling sales and acquire a good stakes winner s one thing. To breed and race a stake winner is another. To do boti as Crispin Oglebay did with Level Best and Ocean Blue is a great satisfaction. Such things keeps breeders, buyers and owners i- terested in the thoroughbred year after year and are a perpetual attraction to bring new recruits to the ranks of turf enthusiasts. Level Best is Oglebay s bargain buy. Ocean Blue is the stake winner bred by the Cleveland, Ohio, sportsman. The former cost ,600 at the 1939 Saratoga yearling sales. A daughter of the ill-fated Equipoise from the Man o War mare Speed Boat, she more than won herself out as a two-year-old by winning 0,225 and proving an outstanding member of her sex and age of that season with triumphs in the Demoiselle Stakes, Saratoga Sales Stakes, Old Colony Stakes, in which she took the measure of King Cole and other colts; Richard Johnson Stakes, where sho again bested colts; Special Event, and Autumn Day Stakes. Last year the fleet footed chestnut filly that convincingly shows her heritage of speed from both sire and dam again loomed large on the racing scene through her courageous score in the Coaching Club Oaks, outlasting Dark Discovery in a driving, slam-bang finish that brought her across the line in 2:17%, one of the fastest times for that 1 3-8 miles stakes. To date Level Bests earnings total 3,885. As the mare is again in tip-top condition she will be campaigned again this year and then placed in the stud for 1943 breeding. Excellent Brood Mare Prospect Level Best would be a shining star in any brood mare harem. Her accomplishments alone warrant great expectations despite the fact that many other good mares have been miserable failures as producers. If pedigree, backed up with ability to race a distance or sprint, means anything, Oglebay should have success with a mare whose blood is a combination of the best lines in the country. Whether Level Best proves a producer remains to be seen. However, Oglebay already has one proved producer in Anchors Ahead, dam of the stake winner Ocean Blue. Recently while in Baltimore Oglebay saw Ocean Blue win the ,000 Jennings Handicap at Pimlico, the colts first score of the year, and his first outing. The four-year-old son of Blue Larkspur is the first stake winner bred and owned by the Cleveland turfman. Oglebay is not a big breeder. He has no breeding farm, no stallion, and only three mares. But he has already achieved the goal of breeders, a stake winner. His mares are generally kept at various farms in Kentucky, where they foal and are mated with prominent sires of the Blue Grass country. At present Oglebays one foal, a black-coated daughter of Sickle — Anchors Ahead, Continued on Page Forty-One. Crispin Oglebay Is Fortunate Turfman Buys and Breeds Stake Winners — Acquired Level Best at Sales Continued from Page Three is at Harrie B. Scots Shandon Farm, with a yearling filly by Ariel, irom Huette. Tle latter, by Huon — Courcelles, by Macdorrld II.. died last week while fcaling. later t_,e yearling will be sent to Inglecrcss Form of J. P. Doc Jones, who trains Osleba"s representatives, at the Charlottesville, Va., nursery for 1943 racing. Besides Anchors Ahead. Oglebay will breed the maiden mares On Level a id Miss Sarita this year. The latter is a three-year-old sister to Andy K., being by Jack High from the Pataud mare Alice Foster who producec. among others fie stake winners Toahs Pride and Mr. Khayyam. Miss Sarita and On the Level will be mated with Pilate, and Anchors Ahead will visit the court of Blenheim II. The union of On the Level with Pilate is cf interest, the mare being a daughter of Sckle frrm Man o Wars daughter. Anchors Ahe?d and I tracing through the latter s dam. Friars Carse, to Friar Rock, the sire of Pilate. I Further interest in the proposed mating accrues from the fact that Friar Rock is i a half brother to Fair Play, sire cf Man o* War who begot Anchors Ahead, which means that the prospective foal from tis mating will indeed be bred in the purple.

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