Rogues in Thoroughbred Ranks, Daily Racing Form, 1913-12-31


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ROGUES IN THOROUGHBRED RANKS. Nothing is more remarkable in modern racing than the number of young horses that will not try. That there are infinitely more rogues in training than at any former period is, I should think, indisputable, says a prominent English racing writer. Once these rogues seemed to have become so, to have conceived a not in the least unnatural dislike of racing after taking part in hard finishes, sometimes, unhappily, ridden by jockeys who either had not the wit to know that they were beaten or the humanity to abstain from driving their unfortunate mouut when he had done his best and could do no more. Nowadays, however, young ones shirk iu their first season a considerable number of them and "born so" is the only explanation: I have a black mark against several of the young sires whose ofllsprlng show a marked disinclination to run their races out; but this is a delicate subject, and I am by no means going to quote examples. A striking feature is that some of these sires that are apparently lacking in a chief essential, that of imparting gamencss to their sons and daughters, were themselves at least so far as is generally known irreproachable when in training. A horse may have speed, stamina, soundness and all sorts of other excellent qualities, but they are no use If he will not display them If he curls up at the critical moment.

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