Pennsylvania: C. E. Miller Breeding Thoroughbreds Sells Downingtown Produce at Spa, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-07


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1 « Pennsylvania By NANCY LEE C. E. Miller Breeding Thoroughbreds Sells Downingtown Produce at Spa Offers Four Yearlings This Year DOWNINGTOWN, Pa., June 6.— About 17 years ago C. Earle Miller, of Downingtown, Pa., was in the thoroughbred breeding ing business, business, but but then then ing business, business, but but then then the purchase of a producing Palomino mare drew his interest. From this he went to the quarter horses, but when * a neighbor approached him with, "I want to get into the horse business. I want you to take me to Kentucky and help me to buy some yearlings," then then the the Miller Miller farm farm then then the the Miller Miller farm farm again entered the thoroughbred field. He owns a most attractive place of about 425 acres which is located just a few miles from Downingtown. Most of the land is in pasture and the Millers run about 25 head of choice white faced Herefords on the farm. Miller runs the farm and as they have a nine-section ranch in New Mexico, they travel back and forth between the two. places. At the Downingtown farm they have renovated a back barn and it is now an attraction addition to the place. Breeding strictly for the market, they have been selling at Saratoga since 1949. This year they have consigned four youngsters, two of whom are homebreds. A strong looking individual is the chestnut colt by Loser Weeper out of The Porter mare, Carry Arms. This is of the family of Maid At Arms, Army Game, Dress Parade, etc. Carry Arms has produced the winners Peppers O. and Piping Arms. Loser Weepers first starter, Lea Stream, won her initial outing this year. The other colt is also a chestnut, he being by Grand Slam out of the Theatrical mare, Pony Ballet. He is a very good youngster and is of the family of Cornish Knight, Parscout/ Black Devil, etc. Pony Ballet won 14 races, including the Polly Drumraond Stakes, and has been successful as the producer of winners. The chestnut filly by Beau Gem — Mission Play, by Chance Play was a May foal, but she is developing very well. She is a half-sister to the winners Chaithant La Bagatelle and Mogador and is out of a half-sister to Isolde, a winner of 14 races and dam of the stakes winner and now sire, Dark Star. A well developed youngster who-shows a great deal of promise is the dark bay filly by On Trust— Bullperin, by Bull Dog. She is of the family of Commodore Lea, Overman, Okenite, Osprey, Goose Egg, Shut Out, etc. There were two foals at the farm this year. The Pharamond n. mare, Kathie S. dropped, a chestnut filly by Beau Gem and was returned to him. A former New Jersey mare, La Traviata, by Caruso, who came from the dispersal sale of the Estate of W. H. LaBoyteaux, had her bay colt by Loser Weeper at James Cox Bradys farm and was bred to Casemate. Mission Play has been bred to Johns Joy and Carry Arms will not be bred this year. The provisional roster of Virginians selling at Saratoga lists Mrs. C. McGhee Baxter and William duPont on Monday; Mrs. Marie A. Moores High Hope Farm, Tyson Gilpins Kentmere Farm, Mrs. Elizabeth Guest and Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Hardins Newstead Farm on Tuesday night. Wednesday night the consignments will include those of Mrs. George P. Greenhalghs Springsbury Farm, Dr. Frank OKeefes Pine Brook Farm, Whitney Stones Morven Stud and George C. C I/a r k e. Mrs. George Harrisons Blue Continued on Page Forty-Seven I PENNSYLVANIA By NANCY G. LEE Continued from Page Seven Ridge Farm sells Thursday as does Daniel Van Cliefs Nydrie Stud, Mr. and Mrs. Melville Churchs North Cliff. A correction is due with regard to listing the reserve champion in-the filly division at the recent Virginia Horsemens Association yearling show. Nydrie Studs chestnut filly by Sun Again — Morning should have been listed in this spot instead of Mrs., A. C. Randolphs black filly by Black Gang — Sweep Miss. Virginia — The last two mares owned by . the late Dr. R. L. Humphrey and whose, bookings last year he planned, are Maryador and Malcontent. The former mare dropped a bay colt by John Constable and the latter has a chestnut colt by More Sun. Both the mares were bred to Brookmeades More Sun. This year at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show a class has been designated as the Dr. R. L. Humphrey Memorial and is for thoroughbred foals. Present plans are to show these two foals and Dudley Gas-kins, who has Mary Nymph the dam of Maryador hopes to show the filly foal from her. ... If hunt meeting starter Harold "Brud" Plumb had been in Middleburg on the fourth, he really could have had a group of timber riders lined up in front of the tape. The event was the wedding of Miss Dorothy Fred and the five-time winner of the Maryland Hunt Cup, D. M. "Mike" Smithwick. Ushers were C. V. B. Cushman, Eugene Weymouth, John Fisher, Sydney Wat-ters, A. P. "Paddy" Smithwick, Stokes Lott, Laddie Murray, W. B. Cocks and Reg Vickers. Manager Bill Ballenger hasntTput a-stiok on him from all appearances, Brook meades brown colt by More Sun— Dutch Cut, she the dam of Dutch Lane and other winners, is one of the largest foals dropped. His arrival upset a number of things, including the men at the foaling barn having a chance to watch the Preakness. He was foaled at 4:30 p. m. and was the first brown foal at the farm by More Sun, the others having been chestnuts. His dam will return to More Sun. The following day word came from Dan Scotts farm in Lexington, Ky. that the Brookmeade mare, The Damsel had a chestnut colt by Sun Again, thus making him a full brother to More Sun. The Damsel goes to Sunglow. ... Bold Salute, the sire by Bold Venture— Minnant, had to be put down at Milton Ritzenbergs North Hill Farm near Berry-ville, Va. He suffered an ankle injury which necessitated his destruction.

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