Plans for next Season: Willis Sharpe Kilmer to be Represented by Number of Two-Year-Olds, Daily Racing Form, 1917-08-17


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I J i i " , ! ! . I : i 1 ; i PLANS FOR NEXT SEASON. WILLIS SHARPE KILMER TO BE REPRESENTED BY NUMBER OF TWO-YEAR-OLDS. Now Has Thirty Yearlings Acquired by Purchase at Saratoga Sales and from John E. Madden Early in, Season R. L. Gerry Likely to Be Prominent, By J. R. Jeffery: Saratoga, N. Y., August 16. Encouraged by the success which has attended the racing of his stable under the management of Henry McDaniel this year, Willis Sliarne Kilmer, of Binghampton, is planning with much enthusiasm for the future expansion of his racing operations. It has jUst teen announced that he has closed a contract for the racing season of 1918 for the services of jockey w. Knapp, whose "comeback" after an absence of several years from the saddle is one of the notable features of the present racing season. Jockey Knapp has been seen to advantage on the Kilmer horses, whose owner was especially pleased with the manner in which he rode the good colt Sun Briar to victory in the Saratoga Special last Saturday. Hie closing of the contract for next year may be sa,,V toJ,; the direct outcome of that race. I he Kilmer stable gives promise of being stronger than ever next year. Besides the horses that have been carrying his colors with distinction this year. Sir. Kilmer will bo represented on the turf next year by some thirty two-year-olds. The bulk of these yearlings were acquired by private purchase from John E. Madden early in the summer. Sir. Kilmer has also been a purchaser at the .yearling sales here. In addition to the stock he has been buying, lie will have available for the racing of 1918 some half dozen yearlings of his own breeding, including several from choicely-bred English mares that he imported. The yearlings of his own breeding are by Thomas Fortune Ryans stallion Sea King. For a considerable time after his entry into racing a few years, ago, Sir. Kilmer met with scant success, but perseverance has brought its reward and the prospects are that next year the colors of this stable will be even more prominent than they have been this year. Another Likely to Cut a Figuro Next Year. Robert L. Gerry, prominent New Yorker, who has been represented in racing in a modest way as an owner for several years, is likely to cut more of u figure in. j the sport in the future. Sir. Gerry has commissioned Charles T. Patterson, who selected the champion three-year-old, Omar Khayyam in England as a yearling for Slessrs. Billings and Johnson, brought him to this country and developed him, to purchase some good young horses for his account and train them for the racing of next year. Sir. Patterson has already acquired several yearlings for his new employer and will pick up more from time to time as the opportunity offers. Sir. Gerrys principal interest iu the turf up to this time has been as the owner of the steeplechaser Sharpshooter. He is a member of one of New Yorks first families. J. I. Adkins, racing partner of the Canadian railroad magnate, R. J. Slackenzie, brought only one horse here from Kentucky to race, that being the colt Faux-Col, winner of the Canadian Derby of 1916. Faux-Col has raced only twice this year and has disappointed his trainer upon both occasions, the most recent of which was only a few. days ago. All the rest of the Slackenzie horses, with whicli trainer Adkins began the present racing season in Kentucky, were disposed of because they were below the standard set for this stable. Trainer Adkins will have several home-bred two-year-olds to race next year. Slostly by the deceased stallion Buckhoin, which raced so well for several years in the Slackenzie colors. The nick of the band, however, is a colt by Barney Schrcibers good stallion. Jack Atkiu Adelaide T., a mare that won many races for Sir. Mackenzie. This yearling is pronounced one of the best-Iookiiig racing prospects in Kentucky. The promising form shown by Grant Hugh Brownes good three-year-old King Herod, upon his return to the races after an absence of several months, following the accident in which he figured at Pimlico in. the early part of Slay, was especially gratifying to the trainer of the colt, former jockey I. R. SIcDaniel, who developed this son of the unbeaten Colin, and who regards him highly. It looks as if the mishap, which was one of the most peculiar on record, has left no permanent ill effects on the colt. It will be remembered that his injuries grew out of becoming entangled in the track fence at Pimlico after lashing out with his heels while at the starting post for a race. It was only by sawing the fence down that he was extricated. Meteorite Showing- Good Form. John Sanfords Sletcorite, which took King Herods measure here on Slonday, is this season showing the good form that was expected of him as a two-year-old, but which he failed to disclose at that age. He is a big, fine-looking son of Star Shoot Hamburg Belle, bred at the Hamburg Place Stud of John E. Sladdcn, and has won three of his four starts this year, his only defeat being when R. T. Wilsons good colt Corn Tassel beat him a nose upon the occasion of his initial start of the year at Jamaica. The older stars of James Butlers stable are not racing as successfully this year as they might. Spur seems to be lacking in the dash and ability to win a race that marked his racing as a two-year-old and a three-year-old. The good mare Capra, after having finished second in her four proceeding starts, was the victim of an ill-judged ride at the hands of jockey L. Lykes, in the Hoo-sick Falls Handicap here on Slonday. Instead of utilizing this good mares speed to keep her free from interference, Lykes employed restraining tactics to such an extent that he was surrounded and knocked back when he got ready to make his bid for the race, and the mare could not make up the lost ground when she got into her stride once more in the streteh. James Arthur is here with two horses that he is schooling for jumping. The remainder of his string is at Laurel awaiting the opening of the fall racing in Slaryland after a strenuous campaign on the Canadian circuit. It is reported that Joseph SIcLcnnan is to be offered the position of racing secretary at Havre de Grace. Fred Rehberger, who has filled the position since the opening of the track, will be unable to do so next fall because the dates for the meeting conflict with those of Aqueduct.

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