Current Notes of the Turf, Daily Racing Form, 1916-12-08


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CURRENT NOTES OF THE TURF. Frank Regan, contrary to usual custom, will winter his string of horses at Gruvesend. He says he will feel lonesome away from a winter racing resort. When asked why Polycrates did not make a better showing in the Caulfield Cup, jockey M. Con-nell replied: "He did not race kindly, for one thing, and was not fast enough, for another." The latter reason fits the cap to n number of starters in other events. Joseph W. Bailey, one-time United States Senator and owner of Guy Axworthy and other noted light-harness performers, has deserted the trotter for the thoroughbred. Mr. Bailey will both breed and race runners. At the last sale of thoroughbreds in Lexington, Ky., he was a liberal buyer of broodmares and weanlings. In Australia Carbine just missed the Victoria Derby, but his sons, Wallace and Amberite, were successful. In turn Wallace has been successfully represented in that race by his sons, F. J. A., Mountain King, AVolawa and Patrobas, and his daughters, Lady Wallace and Wilari. No other sire approaches Wallaces Victoria Derby record, the nearest to him being The Premier, Boiardo and Fisherman, with three winners each. From Austria-Hungary comes word that next year the bar against foreign jockeys, that has prevailed during the past season, is to be lifted. Only Austrian, Hungarian and German jockeys were given licenses to ride this year, but the lack of good jockeys, and at times jockeys of any kind, has been so great that the racing promoters feel it will be necessary to admit neutral riders hereafter. The accident to Foxhall P. Keene, Tuesday, is not the first which Mr. Keene has met in his career as a horseman. In April, 1902, he was severely injured while riding with the Melton-Mow-bray pack when his mount stumbled at an awkward fence with a ditch in front. Before that, in January, 1S92, Mr. Keene fell from his horse while riding to hounds in Ireland, and the cables at first reported him killed. He has been in several other minor accidents. Trainer Tom Bird, who has been associated with Captain Presgrave in the training of the horses of Lieut. J. K. L. Itoss of Montreal, after attending the burial of the late trainer in Mount Royal Cemetery at Montreal, left Tuesday night for Salisbury, Md., to take charge of the Ross horses and will winter them there, the property being under lease till next season. In .future, years they will winter at the Ross farm, near Vercheres, Quebec, and the establishment is taking on extensive proportions.

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