Meelick Greatly Resembles MChesney, Daily Racing Form, 1908-03-20


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, MEELICK GREATLY RESEMBLES MCHESNEY. New Orleans, La.. March 18. — The great performance of S. C. Hildreths Meelick in winning two Derbys on the Pacific coast within a brief period of time, then standing a 2,000-mile jouruey and defeating so fast a cojt as Chapultepec in record time for the track in the Fair Grounds event, is still the talk of local horsemen. Meelicks eastern record last year, his performances this season, as well as his individuality, were all sufficient to have made him favorite over Chapultepec, but fof the fact that horsemen doubted whether the colt couhl be delivered here in condition to run to his best form. Probably that he did so was due to the extraordinary care taken and the expense incurred in his shipment. He had an express car to himself with room enough to lie down in comfortably and he received the same care and attention that he would have had in his stable at Los Angeles. The feat of his shipment fit and ready to run the race he did, is nevertheless a remarkable one and it stamps Meelick as probably about as good a traveler as was M. J. Dalys iron horse Claude, which was repeatedly shipped all over the country, winning some of his races within twelve hours after getting off the cars. In build. Meelick is a stout, muscular horse, put up as nearly like McChesney as any other horse the writer can recall. He has deep, well-muscled shoulders, iwwerful quarters and looks like a horse that would carry weight, go a route and campaign on indefinitely, especially under the handling of such a past master in the training art as Hildreth. Chapulteitecs running was a disappointment to many, although a doubt had all along existed in the minds of some good judges as to whether he was anything more than a sprinter, or not. He is a leggy, flashy colt. It was thought, however, that his tremendous speed would carry him over the mile and a furlong journey. It seems now, after his showing in the Crescent City Derby, that a mile will be about his limit in fast company. In spite of his defeat he is a good race horse. Pinkolas showing was not unlooked for. Game and speedy as this little gelding is. he lacks the size anil power to carry much weight in high-class company. It is a peculiarity of br eding that, while Meelick is a big. rugged colt, his sire, Planudes. was a very small horse, a fast one, however, and a well bred one.

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