A Virginian Pays Visit to Lexington: Country Life Mares at Circle M; Mark-Ye-Well Has Yearling Brother; Nearco-Kirsch Colt at Spendthrift, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-04


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► A Virginian Pays Visit to Lexington . — By NANCY G. LEE Country Life Mares at Circle M Mark-Ye-Well Has Yearling Brother Nearco-Kirsch Colt at Spendthrift LEXINGTON, Ky., May 3.— The final week of racing at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. is really an excellent time to be in the vicinity. One is not only on hand to see the running of the Blue Grass Stakes but also see the sales yearlings and get an early •view of the prospects for the next years sales. Foaling is well advanced and practically every matron of note is stabled at one of the many farms. When such an individ- ual has a foal at side it is always interesting to strain the brain cells somewhat to try to imagine what its future will be. Perhaps the easiest way to write about a trip to Lexington is to give a blow-by-blow description. The flight from Virginia suffered slight interference due to a low ceil-jing over Lexington so it was on to Louisville, wait for another plane and then try again for Lexington. At the terminal A. B. "Bull" Hancock, Jr. had just arrived from Tennessee and kindly provided transportation since the delay in arriving had upset previous arrangements. Wasting no time after making connections with the car, Mrs. Edward S. Moores Circle M Farm was the first stopping point. Here were mares who had been shipped in from* Country Life Farm in Bel Air, Md. and included not only some of the Pons-owned matrons, but also the ones owned by Mrs. Gerard Smith of New Canaan Conn. James F. McHughs Mon Poulet had dropped a nicely turned gray filly by Miche. Mon Poulet is by Coq dEsprit, a stallion who made quite a name for himself while standing at the late Dr. L. M. Allens Cilfton Farm near Berryville. She was bred by Miss Cynthia Cannon whose colors were carried to victory last year in the Maryland Hunt Cup by Marchized. At the broodmare barn the largest individual to be seen was a chestnut colt by Beau Gem-Alagold, owned by Mrs. George P. Greenhalgh from Springsbury Farm, Berryville, Va. Her imported mare, Felicita, was also there and she had a chestnut colt by the Italian sire, Daumier. The veteran Springsbury mare, Tedeen, was in foal to Hill Prince and that night dropped a bay colt, thus keeping Springsburys average up for the year ... 6 mares to foal and all of them produced colts. The next day turned up a quick trip to Calumet Farm but with all the foals in the field, the only one seen was a full brother to Mark-Ye-Well. By Bull Lea— Mar-Kell, the colt and his dam were holding full sway in the large broodmare barn. Out to Spendthrift and right off seeing a dark brown colt turned in the paddock next to the office. He turned out to be by Nearco — Kirsch and thus a half-sister to Mrs. John Hanes Calcutta, a recent two-year-old filly winner in England. Mrs. Hanes arrived on the scene from Cincinnati so the group drove to see just a minute section of Spendthrift mares and then it was over to the barn to see her broodmares and yearlings. She is consigning her yearlings to Keeneland this year, having been a consignor at Saratoga year before last. Her liver chestnut yearling colt by Hill Prince is really a typey individual. There wasnt time for a close up of the Roman yearling at Spendthrift but watching the good looking boy colt across the field in his paddock made one wish the time wouldnt fly by so fast. It was interesting to find out that the paddocks in which the yearling colts were turned out averaged over an acre each and all of them offered the best in grazing. Just across the road from Spendthrift is George Wideners Old Kenney Farm and since there was something to be seen from Battlefields first crop, the short trip was made. Manager G. L. Bugg very kindly took over the tour and the outstanding chestnut filly by Battlefield out of a Mahmoud mare is an addition many breeders would like on a farm. The broodmare Dine and Dance just about stole the show with her brown filly foal by Polynesian. Arriving so well proportioned and of such height, manager Bugg put the stick on her and at two days old she measured 43 inches. Not having been at Lou P. Dohertyg Stallion Station for almost two years, that , Continued 0«i t*Qt Forty -Firm v A Virginian Pays Visit to Lexington By NANCY G. LEE Continued from Page Seven was a must. Since the previous trip many more additions have been made, including another eight-stall stallion barn and the foundation has been laid for an additional six-stall barn. This latter barn will be located by the side of the "feed house," another important feature of this growing project. With the matter of fire prevention always in the foreground, Doherty keeps just enough feed for a week in this cinder block building, storing the rest of it quite a distance away. Stopping at the first barn we saw the Greentree stallion, One Hitter, whose first crop arrived this year. We didnt have time to go to Greentree to see any foals. The veteran Roman appeared in top shape and then the listing went on with Bolero, Rico Monte, Spartan Valor, Royal Serenade and Daumier. At the second barn were stabled Sub Fleet, Crystal Boot, Flushing n. and Amphitheatre. Operations at the Sallion Station move along efficiently as the plans and details which were on paper only a short while ago are now an actuality, and workable in every sense of the word. The race track still remained to be visited but with the day over and Oscar Otis arriving on the scene, that part of the trip was put off until the next day. Otis was busy with Derby details and was leaving Lexington for Louisville right after theirunnin f the Bup .qraja alfe , ct

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