Saw Every Running Of Travers, Daily Racing Form, 1919-08-20


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SAW EVERY RUNNING OF TRAVERS SARATOGA SPRINGS X Y August 19 In the great throng of Saturday which overcrowded the grandstand and clubhouse and fringed the home ¬ stretch and the turns for a half mile were several oldtime turfmen who had seen most of the fifty races for the Travers Stakes W S Vosburgh for thirty years official handicapper of the Jockey lull was one of them his first visit to the Sara ¬ toga races having been in 18C9 John A Morris of Kentucky came in the early 70s and recalled the annual race in which the negro trainer Ansel a famous turf character of old slavery days led the man eater Tom Bowling to the post for the Travers with a long rope which he deftly cut to free the horse as the flag dropped and the son of Lexington ran the race with a piece of it dang ¬ ling about his heels heelsBut But the oldest oldtimer of them all was Leon X Salmon a veteran of the civil war who was scales and acting secretary of the races in John Morrisseys day and is now an officer of the Su ¬ preme Court in Brooklyn Looking scarcely old enough to antedate the first Travers race Mr Salmon said lie had seen them all his summers having been spent in Saratoga since boyhood and he is now in his seventyfifth year

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