Performances And Pedigree Of A High-Class English Colt Engaged In The Kentucky Derby, Daily Racing Form, 1917-04-15


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PERFORMANCES AND PEDIGREE OF A HIGH-CLASS ENGLISH COLT ENGAGED IN THE KENTUCKY DERBY 1 I The re-cut purchase of Minister Toi by tbe astute Emil Hen is an interesting occurrence, quite Illustrative of the eager ambition of owners to paaaesa a Kentucky Derhy candidate that has a chance. The:-.- is no shrewder judge of the essential qualificmtiona of a race horse than Mr. Hera and it may be set down, now. as a certainty that Manist. r Toi is one of those to be viewed respectfully, in r onuldcilni the claims of the three-year-olds catered in the race, dear to Kentucky heart-. Tbe coll is w.-ll enough bred to l anything. His transfer is praaablj tbe fare-runner of similar transactions to come prior to the running of the Derby, other men with long parses are willing to pay heavily for a candidate of prom to . At pre seal tbe Kentucky Derhy seems an oth ii r. ce and yet the day of decision is only a few areeka away. No doubt tbe Lexington meeting will introduce several of the presumptive favorites to the public. ii generally does, without furnishing any reliable forecast. The probability is that most of the starters will face the barrier May 12, without having previously been seen in a race la their tin e-year-old form. If there wna now any such tiling as aate-paot betting, tbe weight of performancea in racing as a two-year-old would make North star lit. the logical favorite. There is no gainsaying his high-class at that age. Whether he was the lust two-year-old in England last year or not. i open to debate, bat nl any rate he was one of the beat. English writera of experience generally take the view that their leading two-year-obbi of 1010 were of BMsre than average merit. So far as Bnglish classification goes, that is aayfaag a great deal. !t is no slight tang that an English bred colt of tin best class. N for the first time in Kea-backy Derby history named to easay the task in which star Hawk fail.-. I hoBornbly bud ye: r. la their respective careers in England, Star Hawk waa simply a good colt, but Nor;!: Btar Hi. was much more than a g I cdt. if he rcmea to tin post rit and ready on Derby day, tie- apactatora will view a magnificent youag hois., up to the ; -t English standards. North Star 111. was bred by Mr. .1. !.. No. 1. In tie opinion ■: some Englisli critics his pedigree is one that indicates extP :11c speed, instead of the .■ ..iu.. to •! !.. But that is a mere matter of opiu ion. baa ! 1 B 9 theory that may not work out a. ing to specifications. Certain lines of in-ceding maaifi st well defined family tendencies, hut in such eases then- are always exceptions and North Star III. may stay as well as lis daddy did. lie started in six races in England last year in canape tition with the best of his age and :-i several as. s ■bowed the uncompromising pluck of a bull dog, win ri called on for his best. His first start was in the Tuesday Two-Year-OM Plate at New market. May SO, and he ran third to the Minora-Via filly and Lammermuir, with twelve others behind bun. This waa a good begiaaing i.s in- was backward and tbe two fillies whh h finished in front of him are exceedingly so «dy things, lie bad even wane luck in his next race, running unplaced to tin fly -ing filly Diadem. This was in the valuable New Coveatr Btakea for wl-i.h Diadem was first, Geidea Maid second and King GeOTgea good colt Llewelyn, third. Ll.xcii emcka started and North Star III. finished fifth, the race occurring Jane --. Having had two educational races the coir was not started again until September Ll. when at Newmarket be won his first race and vanquished fifteen speedy opponents in the Barton Mills Nurs- 4. cry Handicap, at seven eighths of a mile iu 1:27%. He carried 100 pounds. Sanpicr. 103 pounds, fin ishing second and Rothesay, !I7 pounds, third. North Star III. w :s the" at ." to 1 and won jjy -: "•• ■ His next easay wis in the Buckenbam Stakes ;,t Newmarket, October :;. This race was of Hi ratae of tllSO to Ine winner, which in this ease was K. Hultons splendid Sunstar filly. Mar g.l-ethal. Sh. was the favorite at L to 1 and ran the five furlongs and 194 yards of the race in l:07r . North Star III. was sc.-oml choice at 2.. to 1 aad ran second. Athdara finishing third. In passing it might I..- remarked that in English racing hut y.-ar some truly remarkable fillies v. ■,-.■ engaged, such as Diadem. Margarethal and Mollv Desmond, being of a type rare to nay year. The running of the famous Middle Plate on October M brought ■bast the crowning achieve-in. -nt of the colta career in England. The atarters and weights were North Star II!.. Vr. pounds: Molly Desm 1. 120; Grand Fleet. !_!»: Magi ie 120; Dresden. Ill: Tagamor, 128 and Kingston Black, 1l. Twa days prior to the running of this I-.,,,.. Molly Desa 1 had won tin- Cbevely Park Stakes with 117 pounds up and shown such a aroaderfal flight of speed that abe Beared many intended Middle Plat.- candidates from Storting anil w.-nt to the post a 1 to 2 favorite, liralld Fleet was second choi..- at 7 to 1. while it waa M to 1 against Magpie, 12% to 1 again-. North Btar HI.. Dresden Kingston Buck, and 10 to 1 against Tagamor. It not long imlil Molly Desmond was out in the lead but. at about what would be the head of the horuesirotch on on.- of our ordinary tracks. North Star III. challenged the fleet filly aad. holding on with unflinching gamenesa iu an exciting finish, won from her by a head. Two 1 agtna back Grand Fleet was third! The race waa of the value of 2,475 io the winner. After the race there were critic- in plenty who declared M.dly Dean i owed her defeat to having been started in the Chevely Park Stakes, with only two days between the two r.-u.-s. Whether they were right or not. no one denied tin- merit of the achievement of North Star IH. His next and last start as a two-year-old was in the Dewhurst Plate of seven-eighths of a mile at the Newmarket BoughtOB meeting Nov. nber L*. For this the st mors and weights were Telephus, lil pound-: Athdara, 1-.": North star III.. KM: Gadshili, 121; Verderer, 128 and Dresden, 121. North Star III. was the favorite ai i b. S on. with Athdara second choice at :i to 1. The othera being at 10 to 1 or more. Had he gotten away from the barrier favorably tin- weald probably have Justified tbe preference accorded him. but he and his Jockey were unprepared at the start and this unlucky happening cauaed him to lose several lengths, then and there. The effort required in partially overcoming this mbschanci while racing up into a good s.ioml t- Athdara, combined with his high weight, caused him to tin- in the final struggle and in a tight fit Teiephos, a g 1 colt. won by a head from Athdara. the favorite finish-in, third, three lengths back and easing sat. Prom all of this it can be deduced without l.iu.h trouble, that in a year of high-chum two-year-olds. North Star III. ranked with the beat, if h" was not tie- actual best. Whether !:•■ is now acclima-tiaed and ready hi reproduce bis Knglish victories in this country, can only lx- determined by the touchstone ..f racing. We snail know all about this b.for.- long. In the mfBlllhlu tie- aristocratic pedigree of this fme youag horse is as follows:

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