Mr. Croker Will View Our Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1916-12-08


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MR. CR0KER WILL VIEW OUR RACING. New York, December 7. Richard Croker, who returned to this country last Sunday, expects to see considerable racing here next year. In answer to the question as to how long his present stay here would last, he said: "I hope to see the racing at Saratoga next Summer, as well as at some of the other tracks, but probably that at Saratoga will appeal to me most, as a number of youngsters will be under colors whoso daddies I have seen racing in England. I also understand that a banner meeting was held there this year and that next season promises to be even better. "From what I can gather tlie racing here next year should be excellent, and with new blood that has been brought over, there is little doubt that in a few years the American horse will be the equal of any anywhere. "At the present time I do not think they rank with the average high-class horse in England. Of course, the reason for that is well known, inasmuch as the best can trace back through generations of really scientific breeding, so that it is only natural that they should be better. "While American thoroughbred blood Is not considered of much importance in England just now, the progress which has been made and must be improved upon in the near future must force itself upon the attention of those who now look askance at it." Mr. Croker has a decided admiration for Sunstar, which ranked third among the winning stallions in England for 1910. This one is the sire of North Star, recently purchased by A. K. Macomber, the American sportsman. Orby, Mr. Crokers Derby winner, was placed sixth on the list of winning stallions for the year, while the former Tammany chieftains silks earned 2,030 on the Irish turf, thus placing his name fourth on the list of winning owners. The two that gave Orby his place in the stallion list were Eleanor M. and Eos, a pair of three-year-olds, and the two-year-old Diadem. All three of them have been sold by Mr. Croker. Although he disposed of a number of his stock at auction last month, he states that Glencairn still houses Orby and a dozen broodmares of which he has great expectations. Among some of his thoroughbred possessions are two fillies, both by Orby. One is a sister to Eleanor M. and the other out of Blakestown, the dam of Flash of Steel, a frequent winner of big stakes in India.

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