Amaze Races Like A Speedy Colt: Whitney Stable Has Several Good Ones--How Soapy Sponge Was Named., Daily Racing Form, 1919-04-06


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AMAZE RACES LIKE A SPEEDY COLT Whitney Stable Has Several Good Ones How Soapy Sponge Was Named NEW YORK N Y April 5 Albert Simons is cutting his usual swath In the twoyearold purses Two in two days was sufficient to show that he has the Whitney horses ready and there are more to come It is early to predict a bright future for a young horse but if ever a good young horse from the twoyearold ranks in the early spring was shown it was Amaze The colt is a better looking youngster than Blue Laddie which showed cham ¬ pionship form last year and is certainly a runner As Amaze walks around the paddock he resembles a threeyearold Some horsemen remarked that he might be a slow beginner or inay have been a trifle sore in his first race as K rankle Robinson opened him up goiiig to the post shooting off as soon as break ranks was ordered in the preliminary But in the race Amaze led from start to finish This Was probably due to Robinson getting him away so alertly in fact he had just a slight bulge at the barrier which made it appear as if Amaze was a fast beginner Another race or two will prove this But that Amaze is a good horse is unques ¬ tioned anil acknowledged by everyone who has seen his training William Garth praises Amaze highly and at the same time says I have one or two which will keep any mans horse busy busyCaptain Captain Ral Parr jokingly chided Mr Garth about letting Simons get away with the two first two yearold races Simons has shown two rare good horses in Amaze and the filly Flying Witch answered Garth but Captain wait and see He cant run them every day you know and hu may have shown his two aces in the first hand We have a few good youngsters in the stalls and Simons is not going to win all the races he starts in These remarks would indicate that the two youngsters Simons has introduced come pretty nearly being his best If not then the Whitney stable has some marvels to turn loose Both are by Broomstick which again proves his ability to sire quantity and quality qualitySpeaking Speaking of the horses racing in the Captain Parr colors there have been many questions asked how the name Soapy Sponge was selected for what promises to bo a good sort of colt Captain Parr was responsible for the name and selected it after due consideration I then thought of the cele ¬ brated Phiglish book character Soapy Sponge said the Captain and he is as well known in English literature as Mr Pickwick Mr Sponge was such a slick character that he was nicknamed Soapy and today Soapy Sponge is a household expression in England The expression is frequently used iti alluding to a skillful manipulator he is as slick as Soapy Sponge If the colt slips away with as many purses as Soapy Sponge did tricks during his career lie will not bflie the name

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