Owners of an Old-Time Turf Prize.: The Woodlawn Vase to be Restored to Racing in the Preakness Stakes., Daily Racing Form, 1917-03-24


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OWNERS OF AN OLD-TIME TURF PRIZE. The Woodlawn Vaso to Be Restored to Racing in the Preakness Stakes. Another valuable and historic turf trophy has been put into competition for the coming racing season in the- Woodlaun Vase. The Maryland Jockey Club has come into possession of this beautiful silver trophy. The Woodlawn Vase is. historically, if not actually, the most valuable "cup" on the American turf. Di signed and produced by Tiffany in 1888, to the order of Col. R. A. Alexander, it was presented by him to the Woodlawn Association of Louisville. Kentucky. It was won that year by Captain Morris great mare Molly Jackson, beating Magenta. Sailor and Bettie Ward. The- next winner was Idle wild, from the stable of the same owner. During the Civil war the Vase was buried with tin- family plate at Woodlawn. In 1881 it was won by Harry of the West, and in 1887 by Merrill. It was next won by that good harm Bramble, ridden by James McLaughlin, in the great American Stallion Stakes at Louisville in 1JS77. Brambles owner, the Messrs. Dwyer, brought the Vase east and presented it to the Coney Island Jockey Club. In 1SS3. F. Gobharilts Fob- added his name to the list of illustrious winners by defeating Bushwhacker for the Vase at four miles. The peerless Miss Woodford then won it two years in succession. The Vase was not offered again until IMC,, when it was won by Pickpocket and later by the gnat Raceland. In 1S94. Sir Excess beat Banquet and was in turn lieaten by Banquet, in two races, for the- Vase, at Jerome Park. The next contest for the Vase was at Morris Park, in 1901, when Gold Heeds won it. In 1902 Advance Guard was the winner. Finally in 1903 and 1904. Shorthose duplicated Miss Woodfords record by winning the Vase twice consecutively. By the victories of Shorthose. the Vase became the property of Thomas Clyde, who has now. in the interest of the sport, presented the Vase- to the Maryland Jockey Club, to be- added to the Preak-lic ss of 1917. and so make this valuable piece of plate more historic in value, if such a thing is possible, by associating it. in years to come, with the victories of many illustrious thoroughbreds. It is the Maryland Jockey Clubs bedief that a trophy of such unique importance should not again become private property, in the sense that it may be withdrawn from competition indefinitely. Therefore, its successive winners here-after shall he re quired, each in his turn, within one year from bis coming into possession of the Vase, to otter it again through any reputable racing association, and for u suitable race. Thus the Vase will pass back and forth north, south, east and west, ever growing in value and in time, let us hope, reviving some, at least, of the sectional rivalries that lent such in tease interest to racing in the good old days.

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