When Louis Winans Luck Turned, Daily Racing Form, 1913-12-16


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li , f t 1 1 j 1 1 1 1 : i WHEN LOUIS WINANS LUCK TURNED. A special correspondent of the New York Sun writes us follows from Surrenden Park, England: "In spite of prominent American owners not. having fared so well, with the exception of August Bel mont, who has done better than ever on the English turf this year by closely studying the returns one finds thr.t American-bred horses have had quite a good season, while American jockeys never have made such a fine showing in Europe as they have this season. "More than 100 races in England have been won by American-bred horses, but not always owned by Americans, for the big batcli of vearllugs sent over here to the Newmarket sales of two vears ago by Henry T. Oxnard, W. OB. Macdonough. James B. Haggin and other American breeders are earning their oats and winning bets for English owners in many cases. So are several of the thirty-three yearlings of 1911 that Harry Payne Whitney purchased that autumn from the late James R. Keenes Castle-ton Stud in Kentucky and which trainer Joyner has weeded out. Stakes and purses won by Ainerican-hred horses this season iu England amounted to nearly 200,000. "American horses made a distinctly good finish to the flat racing season, winning the Liverpool Autumn Cup, running prominently for the Derby Gold Cup and winning the Manchester November Handicap the last three big events of the season besides taking minor events at the same meetings. If Maj. G. H. McLaughlins crippled Columbus, by Sombrero Anna Woodford, had started better he might have won the Derby Gold Cup. thereby helping to credit the United States with all three. "Being the guest at Surrenden Park of Walter Winaus, who was celebrated as the worlds chain- plon pistol shot and a remarkable rifle shot long before he led the United States shooting team to victory at the Olympic games, it is pleasant to le able to record that his brother, Louis Winans, who has most of his race horses sent from Kentucky by John E. Madden, finished the season verv well after travelling all year a long lane of hard luck that seemed to have no turning. His string of thirty horses in training, of which twenty-three are American, had won barely ,000 in eight months, and three weeks ago his favorite mare. Lady Eileen, fractured her pelvis during a strong gallop at Newmarket. He paid !f20.000 for a two-year-old filly bred In Ireland named Her Ladyship a fine looking youngster, but a maiden in spite of four races, and altogether it looked like a sorry season for such an open-handed sportsman, who pays top prices all along the line. With the last two days of Manchesters last meeting of the year the wheel of fortune took a grand turn, and the owners liberalitv and the trainer s patience were rewarded richly. On the last day but one the Baltimore sportsmans high-class cripple Sir Martin, which Madden sent him to try for the Derby of 1910, came but in great fettle and. or. mushy going that seemed to suit admirablv his bad legs, the big chestnut carried 140 pounds io vlctorv in a field of nineteen for the Ellesmere Welter Handicap a six-furlong dash giving away great lumps of weight. As he was-backed from 10 to 1 down to 100 to S. Jt may be surmised that his con nectlons won a tidy sum. "More good fortune was to follow. The next day they played back a good paTt of their winnings on Dalmatian, a horse that won a fine string of stakes for Sam Hildrcth on the New York race courses three years ago. "As a matter of fact, they did not wait until the next day to back this one, for there was considerable overnight wagering on the big race In which Dalmatian was engaged, the Manchester Handicap, the last bigevent of the season. From 20 to 1 thev backed Sam Hildreths old-time ehamplon d6wn to h toJ over night. The next day was terribly foggv. Die i first race was postponed half an hour, and then another half hour. When the horses and riders reached the starting post nobody could see ten feet, the starter could not tell whether all sixteen were there or not, nor how they were lined up: he declined to start them and sent them all back to the paddock. "Eventually the fog lifted a little and the stewards decided to run off the stake race first. In the big field were two other American horses besides Dalmatian. They were Election, by Voter Am-brosine. bred by the late James R. Keene: and Cheerful, by Plaudit French, by Salvator. Betting was resumed briskly and the Winans partv backed their horse down to 10 to 1, at which he went to the post fourth choice. "All that can be said about the race is that F. Herbert, a clever Canadian rider, slipped his field at the start and showed the wav into the fog, which was coming down again heavily. It was touch and go for Dalmatians backers, for any delav at the post probably would have resulted in the race being called off. Two minutes passed without any one knowing anything or hearing anything. The sort turf and heavy fog muffled the hoofbeats of the galloping field. It was a race of a mile and a half. At last "they were hoard approaching. What seemed to e oiie gigantic horse loomed faintly out of the fog. As the apparition came nearer two humps on its back could be made out faintly. "There was red on one of the humps: and it was catching the other one Just in the nick of time. Louis Winans racing colors arc a red cap with a jacket of black-white-red hoops. The humps dimly became two jockeys riding like daredevils for the last big race of the season. The one splashed with red got his horses nose in front it was" much the larger horse of the two and the wondering silence that pervaded the mystified throng was rent suddenly by the strident tones of a lynx-eyed Cockney bookmaker down by the rails In Tattersalls ring in front of the live dollar grandstand. Damnation wins! he roared, giving the commonly current perversion of the name of Mr. Winans American horse. Sure enough Dalmatian did win by a head from a fillv owned bv George Kdwardes of Londons Gaiety Theatre fame. " "Strange to say. Louis Winans won this event in 1910 with a horse named Valet and on that occasion also the race was run in a fog so dense that the jockeys could tell little of what happened. But truth is invariably stranger than fiction. Dalmatian was bred by August Belmont in Kcntuckv. being by the famous Ethelbert. out of lonis, and "is rising seven years of age. To the best of mv recollection he was sold for an insignificant sum to Sam HIl-drelh. whose great skill with a horse made Dalmatian into n winner of many stakes and the horse of 1910, when he won the Coney Island Jockev Club Stakes, the Brooklyn Derby, the Travers Stakes, the Yonkers Handicap, the Iroquois Handicap, etc. In August, 1910. Mr. Winans bonsht him for a large sum through John E. Madden. He has been beaten more than twenty times over here and this is oulv his fourth win in three years. "The Baltimore sportsman began the jumping season by winning a three mile hurdle race an unusual distance on December 2, but with an English horse."

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