Trainer Lakeland at New Orleans: Revisits Track Where He Rode When a Boy-some of His Racing Coups, Daily Racing Form, 1908-01-25


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TRAINER LAKELAND AX NEW ORLEANS. Revisits Track Where He Rode When a Boy — Some of His Racing Coups. New Orleans. La.. January 2:;. -William Lake land arrived here a few days ago on his annual whiter visit to New Orleans. In these later years Mr. Lakeland is not so actively engaged in racing as he formerly was iu the days of the elder Engenian and of the old Brighton Beach and Gut-tenberg tracks. Then he owned anil trained a big stable of racers, many of them high class and all of them useful ones. He made a fortune iu the business and is now taking life easy, only racing a few each year, mainly of his own breeding. Near Lexington Mr. Lakeland has a band of some twenty odd broodmares, and his clioicely bred stallion, ioldcrest. This was a good race horse. though not a great one. He combines fashionable strains of English blood, and while he has no really high-class porformers to his credit his get have shown very good average running quality. At Brighton Beach Lakeland has a half dozen two-year-olds by Golderest that he will race next summer. He thinks there may be one or two fair ones in the lot. and besides he has a celt by Nasturtium that he thinks a good deal of. Lakeland belongs to the old coterie of eastern trainers, including such men as Rowe. Rogers. Hylaud. McCormick, Welsh, etc.. all of whom have been eminently successful, and are now after a lifetime devoted to racing, iu positions to retire from the sport, had they the inclination to do so. It is peculiar, however, aiid especially as illustrating the fascination racing has for those who have been intimately associated with, it. that very few of the old-timers ever desire to completely sever turf connections. They want to remain in harness, and could not be contented away from the excite nieut of the race course. Lakeland is one of the l est horsemen this country has ever produced. The writer recalls two instances in his career as trainer that happened years ago, either of which would have made the ropulation of any ordinary trainer. One was when he won a handicap at Brighton Beach. al« ur the third race, with Exile, and then walked the horse across to Sheepshead Bay — both tracks running in opposition — and beat Itanium in ■ cup race at two miles and a quarter. The other was a similar double victory achieved a few years later, though not on the same day, with that high-class, but bad -tempered and erratic horse. Tea Tray. Lakeland won a handicap at Brighton Beach with Tea Tray on the Saturday. put him on a boat, shipped him -to Long Beach and won the Fourth of July Handicap at the idd Moiunoiith l.iik track with him on the Monday following. With such a horse as lea Tray this MM no mean feat, for iu those days the Fourth of Jul Handicap always brought out high class fields, and it was just about as hard to win as a Brooklyn or Suburban i now. In tin- two-year-old racing here two new sires; have MM to the front, as showing winning, indica lions. .-il . ill! which liirle or nothing is gencrall known. These are Chilton, sire ol A. H. a I. H. Morris Cuiiniug. and Hauiuiock. sire of Hammock Continued oil bctoud pu0-c.; TRAINER LAKELAND AT NEW ORLEANS. Continued from first page. Boy, which U. W. Walden recently sold to C. T. l.ioMiineld, alter the coll had indicated quality aliout as good as that of any other youngster that has stalled here. Both these horses were bred and raced by Mr. Wahlcn. Both were well tried as two-year-olds, but went wrong early and were retired to the stud. Hammock is by Hanover, out of a sister to Tremont and was sold some time ago by Mr. Walden to Captain Bunbury, the Texas turfman. Chilton is by Meddler, out of Castalia. bred by D. D. Withers at the Brookdale farm in New Jersey. He is still al Mr. Waldens farm at Middleburg, Md. Becent sensational stories emanating from here to the effect that there will be no spring meeting at Louisville this year, have little or nothing in the way of fact behind them. They originated in the hysterical rumors set afloat here that Matt J. Winn would resign as general manager of the two local tracks and return to Louisville, where his presence was needed to overcome political opposition to the New Louisville Jockey Club. As has already been stated iu Daily Racing Form. Mr. Winn has not resigned and does not intend to resign as manager here, nor is there any likelihood that political opposition at Louisville will prevent a spring meeting at that point. The Lexington. Churchill Downs and Latonia tracks all operate under charters granted by the state. These are s|iecial privileges that give to the tracks named the Tight to conduct racing under certain modified forms of betting. The validity of this charter was tested some ten or a dozen years ago in n suit brought against, the Latonia Jockey Club, the charier being declared constitutional by the Kentucky State Court of Appeals. That a fall meeting was not attempted at Ixwiisville last year, was not because such a meeting could not have been given, uuder restraining orders from the courts if necessary, but merely for political reasons pertaining to the municipal election iu Louisville at that time. Such reasons do not now exist, so that all the talk about there licing no spring meeting at the Falls City is much iu the nature of a tempest iu a teapot. S. B. Weems.

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