view raw text
OPTIMISTIC IN THE EAST RACING REGARDED AS IN FAIR WAY TO RECOVER FROM SETBACKS OF RECENT YEARS. Suggestion Advanced for Circuit to Include Smaller Cities of New York State to Supplement Season on Metropolitan Courses. New Yoik. December 8. The rich stakes that is, rich considering tne conditions with which the lurf has been coping that have been listed for next season at Belmont Park give some assurance as to the status of the sport in this section next year. New York is the hub of racing in tilis ountry and when preparations are being made for the conduct of tne sport it practically means thai it is recovering from blows struct at it in recent years. .No arrangements have as yet been perfected for a reopening of the popular courses line Slieepslieau Bay ami Gravesend, but it is more than proo-ahie that efforts will be made to hold some sort of racing at these tracks, thougu it can be definitely stalcl mat it will be many years ere the scenes of old will be revived. In fact, they are neither contemplated nor desired. Racing has undergoue a complete change. -Neither will there be the continuous run of the Sort that existed heretofore. All things considered the outlook for a continuation of the sport in this state Is bright. It also is pjss.ble that short meetings may be arranged in smaller cities similar to that held In Syracuse last year. There is no reason why a smaller circuit could not be arranged in towns like Albany, Troy, Utica, Rochester and other places where state fairs are held annually. Horse racing is popular and when properly conducted, minus its objectionable accompaniments, it wouid do much to smother the feeling that has existed up-state that meetings were arranged for no other puriwse but gambling. dipt. K. is. Cassatt, who met with marked success with his stable during the past season, win have juveniles by Rock Saud and Fair May in his string next season that have been liberally engaged, i The iCock Sand youngster is a brawn tillr out of that fashionably -bred matron. Miss l-crigord." while "flic" f Fair May is from Princess Chie. Both of these have been named foiythuv United States and the Grand I ulon Hotel Stakes, while the Miss Per.gord lill is also eligible for the Splnaway and the Hopeful. A chestnut brother to Lawsuit, being a son of Aeronaut and Litigant, is named for the Grand Ciiiou. 1 lilted States and the Hopeful, and a companion to the Miss Perigord lilly in the Splnaway is a chest nut daughter of Aeronaut and Bettie Bouncer, making her a sister to that good sprinter. Spring Board. Others that Captain Cassatt has named in the two-year-old fixtures at Saratoga are a chestnut son of Aeronaut and Trash and a chestnut son of Don de Oro and Sunrise. Last summer the Quincy Stable made many important yearling purchases and unless all signs fail the colors of that racing establishment should be prom inelit during the coming season. Seven of the youngsters that were purchased have been well supplied with stake engagements. They include three from the Haggin lot, two from II. T. Oxnards Blue Ridge Stud and one each from the Ormondale Stud of the late W. OB. Macdouough and the Ramapo Farm of the late Charles Kohler. The top pric? paid was ,000 for a bay son of AVaterboy and Janice that came out of the Haggin sale. This is n half brother to that good horse. Statesman. Foster, a chestnut gelding by Uncle anil Frederlca, came out of the Kohler sale, ,000 being paid for him. A chestnut colt by Duke of Ormonde Rctlcel-la. aud one of the best offered by tc Ormondale Stud, cost ,500. A bay son of Watercress and Captivity was purchased for ,200, and ,000 was paid, for a bay son of Star Unby and Kosamia, both of these coining from the Haggin consignment. Tlu two purchased at Saratoga from the Blue Ridge-lot were a brown son of Golden Maxim and Lady Min that cost ,000, and a chestnut son of Sir Wilfred and Bohemia, for which 1.200 was paid. The seven youngsters cost just 4,500, and it is probable that at this time the string could be sold for twice that amount. They have all been going along well aud can hardly fail to make good. My an amendment to the rules of steeplechase racing just passed by the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association, it will be possible in 11114 to race three-year-olds through the field as early as May 1. In passing this amendment it was excused on the ground that it would stimulate the breeding or jumpers. Not long ago the rule was that three-vear-olds were prohibited from racing through the "steeplechase field until after September 1. Then the date was set forward to August 1 in order that the three-year-olds might have an opportunity to race during the Saratoga meeting.