One of Our Greatest Racers: Henry of Navarres Notable Career and Memorable Triumphs, Daily Racing Form, 1907-11-14


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1 . ONE OF OUR GREATEST RACERS. I Henry of Navarres Notable Career and I Memorable Triumphs. Byron McClelland brought to the races at the St. Louis Fair Grounds in the spring of 1S93 a colt that was destined to make his mark as a j horse of great speed and stamina among the top-notchers of metropolitan racing. That colt was 1 Henry of Navarre. He started but twice in the . west as a two-year-old, being unplaced iii his 1 first attempt at the Fair Grounds and winning his next, the Breeders Stakes at Lexington on a heavy track frojn La Joya and Lazzarone. i On July 25 Henry of Navarre made his debut in 1 the east at Monmouth, being defeated in tile Sap- ; ling Stakes by Senator Grady and Hyder Abad. 1 In his next essay he was again beaten by Senator Grady in the Select Stakes at the same course. His next start was in the Junior Champion Stakes, in which Senator Grady for the third time took his measure, he finishing third a neck behind Horn- pipe. Henry of Navarre triumphed over his opponents in his remaining live races of the year, among his victories being the Golden Rod Stakes at ! Coney Island on September 1, and the Dash Stakes the next day. He was given a few weeks rest, when he was taken to Gravesend, where he annexed ; the Algeria Stakes, defeating such good ones as Dobbins and Ornus among others. This was his last start as a two-year-old. 1 On May 15, 1894, Henry of Navarre demonstrated his staying qualities when he finished second to Dr. Rice in the Brooklyn Handicap, a remarkable race for a three-year-old at that time of the year and the first one of that age to finish among the placed horses in that event. His next start was in the Standard Stakes, where he was defeated by Don Alonzo, the only other starter. John Cooper took his measure in the Fort Hamilton Stakes, he carrying 121 pounds to the formers 110. In the rich Metropolitan Handicap at Morris Park, Henry of Navarre again suffered dpfeat, this time finishing third to Ramapo and Roche, two high-class racers, Dr. Rice, the Krooklyn Handicap winner, finishing far back. Then came the Kelmout Stakes, in which, at the prohibitive odds of 1 to 10, Henry of Navarre triumphed over Prig and Assignee, winning in a canter and netting his owner G,0S0. After showing much speed for a major part of the journey, he finished fifth in the Suburban, Ramapo winning, Kanquet, Sport and King Lee being the others to lead him home. At Sheepshead Kay three races fell to his lot, two purses and the Spindrift Stakes, in which he defeated Dorian and two others. Taken to Saratoga, Henry of Navarre started on a career which gained him seven straight races, among them being the Travers Stakes, the Fox-hall Stakes, in which he defeated John Cooper and Key el Santa Anita, running the mile and an eighth in I :.", and the Iroquois Stakes, iu which he defeated his old conqueror, Senator Grady. Starting at Sheepshead Kay in the fall, he won the Dolphin Stakes and Kay Stakes, the latter from such grand racers as Kanquet, Yo Tambien and Sir Walter. Then came that memorable race for the Third Special, in which he ran a dead heat with the mighty Domino, the money being divided. Starting as .1 2 to 5 favorite in the Second Special, he was defeated by a nose by Clifford, his only other opponent, in a spectacular race. His last start of the year was in a three-cornered special against Clifford and Domino, he being victorious by three-quarters of a length, Clifford finishing second and Domino third. Iu all, this year Henry of Navarre won the tidy sum of 32,073. McClelland brought Henry of Navarre west again in the spring of 1S95 and won the Merchants Stakes, the Country Club Stakes and two purses at Latonia. He was then taken east and finished second to Key el Santa Anita in the Twin City Handicap. He won five out of his next six starts, among them being the First Special, defeating Clifford, Sir Walter and Domino. One of his most notable- performances was when he defeated Counter Tenor. Sir Walter and Galilee in the Manhattan Handicap at Morris Park over a sloppy track, running the mile and a quarter in 2:07. His last race of the year was in the Municipal Handicap, where he scored over Key el Santa Anita and Clifford, carrying the heavy impost of 130 pounds. Henry of Navarre started but twice as a five-year-old, winning on both occasions, his first beiug a purse at Morris Park over the Withers mile and his last, the rich Suburban, where he triumphed over The Commoner, Clifford and others, running the mile and a quarter in 2:07 with 129 pounds up. Following is a table of the races run and money won by this good son of Knight of Ellerslie; Henry of Navarre, ch. h, 1891, by Knight of Ellcrslic Moss Rose. Year. Age. Sts. 1st. 2d. 3d. Unp. Won. 1S93 2 10 0 1 2 1 10,GS5 ISO! 3 20 13 5 1 1 32,075 1S95 4. 10 S 1 1 0 14,215 1890 5 2 2 0 0 0 0,235 Totals ...4 42 29 7 4 2 03,810

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