Rock Sand is in Fine Condition: The Expensive Lady Languish Disappoints Horse Insurance Business Grows, Daily Racing Form, 1907-09-29


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ROCK SAND IS IN FINE CONDITION. The Expensive Lady Languish Disappoints Horse Insurance Business Grows. Lexington, Ky., September 2S. Rock Sand, the great English race horse, for which Mr. Belmont paid 125,000 last year, served thirty marcs during the season of 1907. Twenty-six of these are the property of Mr. Belmont and the other four were owned respectively by James R. Keene, II. K. Knapp, E. R. Bradley and William Lakeland. The mare Mr. Keene bred to Rock Sand was the distinguished Bonnie Gal, which died a few weeks ago. It was a great pity that she could not have lived to deliver the foal. Rock Sand is in excellent health and his disposition is beyond reproach, but he is not smoothing out exactly to the notion of Superintendent Kane. He weighs now just around 1,100 pounds. Mr. Kane says lie would be better satisfied if he could take 011 another lifty pounds. He would then round into the stallion shape. He now has more the appearance of a horse ready to be put into training. Rock Sand is a glutton. He will eat all that is put before bim and then more. It. lias been necessary at times to muzzle him to prevent bis eating his bedding. There is one big disappointment at Nursery Stud Lady Languish, the daughter of St. Simon and Lady Reel dam of Domino, Hamburg and Correction. Mr. Belmont paid 25,000 for Lady Languish as a weanling at the dispersal sale .of the stud of the late Marcus Daly, Mr. Keene buying her dam for 11.000 and contending against Messrs. Whitney and Belmont for the weanling. Lady Languish was never raced solely because of her temper. She is the meanest mare at Nursery Stud today and it is the impression of those who know her best that she will lose none of her bad temper if she lives to be as old as Hickory Jim was supposed to have been when he went to horse heaven. No light boy could ever do anything with her. It took a man to ride her and even then she would deliberately try to rub him off against the rail as she sailed along with her ears pinned back. She has "been bred three times and never a foal has arrived. Incidentally Lady Reel has had three foals by St. Simon and, as Major Daingerfield recently remarked, there is not one of them worth a nickle. This circumstance of Lady Reels having thrown three great race horses to the cover of native sires and three abject failures when mated with one of the best horses in all of England and the world has puzzled horsemen and a great controversy has arisen among the breeders. Their theories would 1111 a volume. The business of insuring horses is increasing every dav and seems to be a good tiling for the horsemen. The Lloyds have paid claims of over 90,000 in this country this year, and the premiums have not been more than one-tenth of that sum. James R. Keene is the heaviest insurer in America. He believes in It. and with good reason, for be has twice been paid on policies of 100,000. Commando and Sysonby were both insured for that amount. Charles W. Moore has received a check for 2,000 insurance on the two yearling colts he lost at Shoepshead Bay in the last week in June. 1 The colts were both by Ingoldsby and were out o Semper Victoire and Rose Lady, respectively.

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