The Speedy Milers, Daily Racing Form, 1907-09-19


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THE SPEEDY MILERS. By way of comment on a table of miles run In 1 :39 or faster, published in Daily Racing Form of July 10. tin? veteran writer about affairs of the turf. Captain Thomas B. Merry, says in a recent letter of interest: Los Angeles. Cal., September II, 1007. Editor Daily Racing Form: I have just read u copy of Ihe Daily Hat-lug Form containing a table of miles in 1:39 or better., made in the past few years. I note one omission: lu .lime or .Inly, 1S92, a mare belonging to tin; late Pierre Ixrlliard. called Kibleer, by imp. Dare-bin, out of Ixm Lanier by Lever, covered a mile at Monmouth, N. .7., in 1:."!7J, but I have, forgotten ; tin; weight carried. She was a full sister to Lucky Dog. owned by my friend, the late Simeon G. Reed, of Pasadena, and as Lucky Dog was then only u two-year-old we felt, good at bis prospects and had a cold buttle over lie affair. Kildeer afterwards passed into possession of William C. Whitney, and produced Goldsmith, by imp. Meddler. He was quite a slake horse. 1 saw Prioress when she reduced the mile record to I:-!.", and half the people in New York and Louisville were disiosed to discredit it. In 1801 I was at Louisville when Captain Tom Moores mare. Idlewild, cut the mile record down to 1:4-11. She was four years old and carried 101 pound i, ridden by Tom Patton. She beat Austerlilz ridden by Take Piueus. He got off badly and she beat him quite handily. Austerlilz had up IIS pounds, and if .lake had dreamed it would lie a go, he would have got off on even terms witli her, and tin. race would have been run in about 1:4-1, anil I have no idea lie could have, beaten her at that. Idlewild was a racehorse from one mile to four, and could beat Molly Jackson at least twenty yards in three miles, although Molly has the record for a third heat at that distance. If the figures in your table are correct and I presume tliey are you may not agree witli me, liul I consider they make out l.ammckhuru to be about the best horse ever foaled in these United Stales of ours. I do not pay any great attention to lie time test. Give me the horse that can carry the weight and win. Yours trill v, THOMAS B. MERRY. Kijdeers mile was not overlooked. It was simply omitted because it. was made over the straight ;oprse at Monmouth Park. For the same reason S.Uvators faster mile and Kaveloes mile In 1:39 J, made over the same course, were omitted.

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