Willing to Match Dick Welles, Daily Racing Form, 1902-09-23


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WILLING TO MATCH DICK WELLES. The Cincinnati Commercial-Tribune of Tuesday says: "Rome Respess dropped into town yesterday to look over matters at his Woodlawn farm before going to New York. Respess has been racing his stable at Buffalo and. will, as soon as ha gets back to Buffalo, ship his string to Morris Park. Respese did not start his crack two-year-old Dick Welles, at Buffalo, but the colt is entered im all the stakes at Westchester, and will be started unless he is weighted out of the contests. Respess believes " that Dick Welles is the best two-year-old in the country, and he is willing to back his opinion with his dollars. It isnt often that Respess makes any claims, for he is a most conservative horseman, but when Dick Welles came up for discussion yesterday he, remarked: " I will back Dick Welles against any two-year-old in the land for 510,000 a side, and let the other fellows set the peg from an inch to a mile. This goes for equal weights, to be sure. Savable, the winner of the Futurity, is not in the same class with Welles, and I would like nothing better than to get a match with him. Green Morris has Slave and Artvis. He made a talk at Buffalo that Slave did not run his race in that stake event which my colt Colonnade won. He made the assertion that he had the best two-year-old at the track, and I offered to bet him that Dick Welles could outrun his colt. I offered to take them both to the three-quarter pole and bet that Slave would never get his nose in front of Dick Welles from start to finish at the rate of 0 for every panel in the fence they passed. My offer was not accepted. "I dont think there are any great three-year, olds in the east. When Mr. Ziegler sold Hermis he got his price for him. Either McChesney or Belle s Commoner could beat anything in the east wh en fit. Belles Commoner, by the -way, is racoveri ng from being cut down in the American Derbyjbut I 1 am not sure whether I will start him again-thia season or not. He is in training, however. " Trainer Bob McMillan has taken several of Respess horses to St. Louis to race them. They are Beckham, Redcliff, First Attempt and several maidens. Respess left last night for Buffalo, where he goes to look after the shipping of his horses to Morris Park. It is possible that Respess will be at the fall meeting at Latonia."

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