How Eclipse Was Raised: Feeding of a Great American Thoroughbred over a Century Ago, Daily Racing Form, 1922-03-30


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; 1 1 f j , 1 I ■ 1 . 1 [ r 1 , I J . I I ■ ; ! . ■ I HOW ECLIPSE WAS RAISED Feeding of a Great American Thoroughbred Over a Century Ago. It is Interesting, if not instructive, to contrast pros, -nt day methods of developing the running horse with tho-,. „f a. hundred years ago when heat racing at long distances was in vogue. From a memorandum in the handwriting of Cen. Nathaniel Coles of Dosoris. L. I., who bred and raised Ameri- can LcliiiM. we have an authentic account of the handling of this old-time turf champion from the parts*] when he was weaned until he ran his first race over the Newmarket course on Hempstead Plains: "The colt was weaned November 10. 1S14. At the commencement of winter fed with four quarts of shotts, which was increased during the winter to eight quarts per day; hay, clover, dampened. "t-eiond year. Mli, in the spring, turned to rrass with no grain. November 10. put up. fed with eight quarts of shorts per day; during winter shorts increased to ten quarts, bay the t-ame as winter. "Third year, turned to grass, with four quarts of aborts per day. September 1. commenced break- ing: feed, eigiit quarts oats: through the wiuter hay as formerly, grain, ground corn and oats, equal lo eleven quarts oats. March 1. 1M7. commenced training and trained for nine weeks, theu gave a Ilia! of two miles aad found the colt superior. "Fourth year, in ummer turned to grass, fed with ground oats and corn equal to nine quarts outs in winter hay as formerly, with nine quart- o.ils per day till March 1. IMS. when commenced training: feed, oals and clacked corn equal lo twelve quarts "Fifth year, late in May. ISM, ran three-mile heats at Newmarket, on Laag Island, and won the f.rst days purse with ease, beattag Black-Eyed Susan and Sea Cull, then called the best three-mile baric of the day: turned to grass June 1, with alxiut -ix iiu.iris of oats a day: in winter, fed with bay us before, with ground com and oats. "Whil • a colt lie was not confined, but during the winter seasoa turned out every fair day. He was first shod in the spring when three years old."

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