Mate, Member of Big Three in Racing in 1930s, Dies: Raced with Equipoise and Twenty Grand; Was Victor in American Derby, Classic, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-26


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Mate, Member of Big Three In Racing in 1930 s, Dies 4 JOCKEY C. HARR— Rode War Rhodes to his fourth straight victory in the Amagansett Hurdle Handicap at Aqueduct yesterday. * Raced With Equipoise and Twenty Grand; Was Victor In American Derby, Classic LEXINGTON, Ky., June 25.— A. C. Bost-wicks Mate, one of the Big Three of Mate, Equipoise and Twenty Grand, racing stars of the early 1930s, died today at the Clarkland Farm of John W. Marr where he was bred, foaled and raised and where he spent the years of his retirement in his own personal barn and paddock. The aged son of Prince Pal — Kallashandra, by Ambassador IV., was 25 and he was humanely destroyed by Dr. Charles Hagyard when it was found impossible to relieve his sufferings from intestinal complications. While racing, Mate advanced his earnings when purses were considerably lower than today but he earned ranking in the top bracket. Mates earnings totaled 01,810. Mate had become the family pet to the Bostwick and Marr families and it is planned to erect a monument carrying his racing record. Mate did not serve many mares and as a stallion he is best known as the sire of the champion steeplechaser Elkridge and the extremely fast sprinter, Albatross. Mate was in competition for six years, starting a total of, 75 times and came up with 20 wins, 14 seconds and 19 thirds. In 1934 he raced in England where he won one race and placed in several other stakes for total earnings of ,950. Triumphed in Breeders Futurity In his two-year-old season of 1930, the Prince Pal colt won the Champagne at Belmont, the Breeders Futurity at Lexington, the Spalding Lowe Jenkins at Laurel and the Walden at Pimlico. It was as a three-year-old in the depression year of 1932 that Mate came into his own. In that year he accounted for seven stakes. He earned 8,225 in capturing the Preakness over Twenty Grand, and in the summer came out to Chicago where he carried off honors in the two big-three-year-old slakes there, the American Derby at Washington Park and the Classic Stakes at Arlington. Under Georgie Ellis, Mate defeated Pittsburgher vin the American Derby, taking down 8,675 for his effort and then went on to account for the Classic which netted him a purse of 3,650. Following him home in the Classic were Spanish. Play and Twenty Grand, the latter a strong odds-on choice. Mate set a new mile and a quarter track record of 2:02% in winning the Classic by four lengths under Alfred Robertson. Before the year was out, Mate won the Kenner, Bowie Handicap and the Thanksgiving Handicap at Bowie. His earnings that season were 14,775. As a four-year-old, Mate won one race and placed several times, while in 1933 he won three races and placed five times in 11 outings. Upon his return to this country from England in the latter part of 1934, he was pointed for the first running of the Santa Anita Handicap and ran sixth in that feature, which was won by Azucar. All of the Big Three were in that race, with Equipoise seventh and Twenty Grand tenth. Mates complete racing record follows: Amt. Year Age Sts 1st 2d 3d Unpl. Won 1930 2 15 8 4 2 1 $ 58,650 1931 3 15 7 1 4 3 214,775 1932 4 19 1 4 8 6 13,940 1933 5 11 3 2 3 3 10,295 *1934 6 12 1 2 2 7 3,950 1935 7 3 0 1 0 2 200 Total 6 75 20 14 19 22 01,810 * *Raced in England in 1934.

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