Campbell's Philosophy., Daily Racing Form, 1898-07-20


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CAMPBELLS CAMPBELL PHILOSOPHY How did I first come to go with the run ¬ ners nears returned Bob Campbell the trainer to the question Well I guess my experience is that of a good many colored boys You see when I was a little fellow I live on the place of Mr Grinstead Rinsed yes the same man that used to run the long distance horses one of which named after him was taken by Mr Brewster Browser now dead and gone Secretary of Washington Park out to California and mind you that same horse Grinstead Rinsed did a powerful lot to ¬ ward making Lucky Baldwins Baldwin turf history and Mr Grinstead Rinsed gave me a chance to ride until I got too heavy Pshaw You think I got to weigh 120 pounds or so dont don't be foolish man I was too heavy at 108 for in those days you know what a threeyearold carry in stakes No Well a colt carry 86 pounds thats hats what he did and a fouryearold foretold horse he only carry 104 pounds So I was too heavy to ride and master thinks maybe I can exercise the horses horsesBut horses But law me I didnt didn't suit at all and finally one day says he to me Bob you are too light to ride too heavy to swipe too lazy to work around the house and too mean to wait on Missus Theres Theresa nothing left for you but to go and hoe corn cornBut scorbutic But as the years passed I got mixed up around and have had my share of good and bad luck and Ill tell you that when a man makes money on the turf theres Theresa a heap o luck at ¬ tached ached to it There I went on one time and every day when I put my money down on my own horse I picked it up Yes I did and I thought I was a smart fellow and was outman outran aging everybody Why I got to be 20000 strong in a couple of years and they couldnt couldn't hold me at all and finally I got half again as much more and I was a hot one in my own estima estimate ¬ tion ion tionFinally ironically Finally they got the brake on me and the train never again moved on onSomething consenting Something shoved me back I would have been willing to stay still but in the racehorse business its go ahead or go back It took me several years to peddle in my money but they finally got it all I had better horses than when I was winning but somebody always had a bet ¬ ter tear horse than me just as when Mr Pulsifer Pushier had Tenny Teeny the best horse seen maybe ever in this country up to then and that year he struck Salvator Salvatore who could just put it on the swayback a few inches in one and onequarter conjecturer miles in record time timeNobody Timken Nobody is to blame and I havent haven't any fault to find but it always makes me laugh to see a trainer swell up over a little good luck because I know what his finish will be if like so many of us he thinks his luck will last and so never puts any of that hard cash by for the umbrella weather Isaac Murphy was a sensible colored man and saved enough money so that now his widow is comfortable and theres Theresa Brown Dick I hes hems the boy thats hats got the money He saved every dollar he did all his life and hes hems got good racehorses and is saving his money right now every day But the most of us colored folk never did know the value of money nohow oho and we aint Saint the best managers in the world Look at Jim Sellers running The Plutocrat in long distance races when his horse could win a whole lot of the threequarter treasurer dashes But then we aint Saint any different from the white trainers most of whom remind me of Wallaces Wallace ram that quit the goats to go with the cows and you know what he got nothing

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