MCormicks Success on the Turf.: Hasnt Made Millions, but He is Comfortably Fixed-a Good Judge of Horses., Daily Racing Form, 1907-01-30


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! | i MCORMICKS SUCCESS ON THE TURF. Hasnt Made Millions, but He Is Comfortably Fixed— A Good Judqe of Horses. ou i ti : -..i s. i.. i.. January 28. Jaaaea H. Me-Cormick i- not onlj the dean of the eastern detega-tion oi horsemen racing here, but in- may also be led aa I en I ic si rontJnaoeslj been a money maker on the turf in an active eareer ,- .*•■; oinu over a period of twentj ii«i rears or i -e. Mr. McCormick is one ol tlie besl judges of horses, as well as one of the trainers in the country, lie is one of the comparatively few men in the business who can auccessfuli] prepare i horse for an important future event and win it. a.s ii,.- phrase goes, "the first .rack out of the box." He is a good Judge of ». angle of racing, as t. .: shown last winter when In- raced a stable of horses at City Park. Mr McCormick did not gel together a collection of cmap animals for winter racing. 0a tlie contrary be brought down three high class performers in Monet. Emergency and Grenade, accepted high-weights— and abort prices la most haataaeea in the l e; tin;: and got tbe money. Western haadfcappera figure closely on weight, ami naturally enough aibeit horsus of about the same calibre are Coaaiag together day after day. But this theory did not apply to McCbrmicka weight carriers and it was a considerable time before the local betting fraternity awoke to the fact that the easterner had a lot up bis sleeve and that he could win under almost any conditions when his horses were tit. Mr. McCormick liri Oghl his three "freighters." ag well as jockey Garner, on whom he has first call for tlie winter, with him again this season, hut met with a misfortune recently when Monet, just as he was rounding into form, was carried into the fence and had three ribs fractured, an injury that is likely to put him out of commission for months to come. With tbe exception of his engage aaeat as trainer for L. V. Bell, when he was the owner of Herinis am! other good ones, McCormick has practically devoted bia time and attention to handling his own horses. Tht* three years of prosperous racing at Guttenberg was the beginning of tlie comfortable tori urn- that lie has amassed on the turf. McCormick was the kingpin of Guttenberg racing. He had a powerful stable in J. A. Ilvnii. one of tbe best Jockeys then riding. Qe had strong tinaneial conned ions behind him. ami in a betting ring that during the last two winters of racing at the Jersey track iiad an average of close to one hundred on daily. Iiil enough commissions could be placed at :1m odds on prices usually offered against his candidates to win a lot of money. Two of tlie best horses that McCormick raced in those days were Early Blossom and Autocrat, by Prince Charlie. Autocrat was one of the smoothest nctioned horses of that period and since his retirement to the stud he lias sired several fair performers. The elder BebtVOUt had no little admiration for Met ormicks borsmanshlp. Mr. Lelmont raced his horses only in the stakes. Some of his eolt culls he sold to McCormick while some of the fiilles not up to stake form were leased to him with, tlie understanding that if run iu selling races McCormick must protect them, as Mr. Helntont rarely permitted any of his lillies, out of his grandly bred and high priced imported marcs, to get out of his hands. line d" tlie lillies thus leased to McCormick was Glory, the .lam of Clamor, now racing here. One McCormick Started Glory in a selling race at Clifton, entering bet for Sl.mH. He took considerable money out of the ring over her victory, but after the race some bookmaker, who had been hit hard, bid her up to l.i knowing that McCormick could not let her go. It was a bitter pill for Me Oormlck, but there was no recourse, there was nothing for it but to protect the tilly. which he did. The next day .McCormick wrote Mr. Belmont a letter, acquainting him with tlie facts. He stated I hat he was a poor man and that lie thought Mr. Bebaoat ought to make good half the run up, ,909. McCormick received In reply a character istlc, tart memorandum from Mr. Belmont slating that he had nothing to. do with the matter, and that he McCormick would have to stand the loss, it wis eqiiaiiv characteristic of tbe famous beaker and sportsman that one day at the Jerome Park spring meeting, two months later, when lie noticed McCormick in the paddock he should call out: "Jimmy, eeaae over here." "Jimmy" went over to him. "Come into the secretarys office. Jimmy." ".Iiiiiiay" weal in, the old genlleinan hauled out his check iHiok. Wrote a check for ,." »0, handed it to McCormick. and said, ".limiiiy, you did right to protect my awe."

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