Between Races, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-30


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i , j j ! | J , I I ! I BETWEEN RACES 1 By OSCAR OTIS Continued from Page Fifty -Two representing us at Saratoga are Alsab, Pavot, Count Speed, Unbreakable, Basileus II., Hierocles, Priam and Adaris. Our California offerings include offspring of Mafosta, Niccolo, dArezzo, Khaled, Bull Root first crop, Heelfly and Cant Wait, We havent a mare on the farm, either here or in Kentucky that is not well cre- dentialed, and a third of them are either stakes winners or stakes producers. The Alsab — Reigh Grey colt is one of our best. Reigh Grey has had four previous foals, all fillies. Reigh Grey, you know, is a full sister to Count Fleet. Some people have asked me if the extensive shipping of the foals bred in Kentucky, raised in California, and sold at Saratoga, has shown any ill effects. Quite the contrary. The ! ability to ship well can often be an im-i portant factor in the winning of races, ! especially stakes. We endeavor to educate our yearlings to become accustomed to travel and so far we have never produced a poor or nervous shipper." It might be explained that Dr. Millers Saratoga consignment undergoes a complicated travel schedule. The horses are vanned from the farm to San Bernardino, where they are put on an express car and hooked to a fast Santa Fe mail train. There is nothing faster on wheels between Los Angeles and Chicago. From Chicago, the car goes to Albany, is transferred there to the Delaware and Hudson to the upstate spa. We mention the fast mail because some believe that thoroughbreds do better on slow trains than on limiteds, and while there is some logic behind this idea, Miller feels that the experience gained, careful care, and time saved, more than outweigh any disadvantages. Dr. Miller, incidentally, was the first Californian to experiment on rotation of horses between California and Kentucky, and is the first breeder to raise his stock here and sell on the Atlantic seaboard. This practice was common, however, some 50 years ago, and among the leading exponents of "sending the horses to the market" instead of bringing the buyers to the farm was James Ben Ali Haggin. The man once sent horses to New York by the trainload. When John D. Hertz established his California farm, Amarillo, he also arrived at the conclu- sion that in some instances, rotation would be beneficial both to mares and yearlings, and it is a now common Hertz practice to send many late foals or slow developers from Stoner Creek to Amarillo for the same reason that Dr. Miller sends his yearlings west, namely, more outdoor weather and longer periods of sunshine. It is natural that Dr. Miller should pay particular attention to sunshine inasmuch as the" rays have oft proved beneficial to his human patients. The doctor specializes in diseases of the chest and the respiratory tract.

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