Lexingtons Costly Fire: Twenty-Seven Thoroughbreds Perish When Stable Burns.; Lightning Cause of Conflagration--Many Promising Horses Burnt to Death., Daily Racing Form, 1922-05-11


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LEXINGTONS COSTLY FIRE Twenty Seven Thoroughbreds Perish When Stable Burns Lightning Cause of Conflagration Many Promising Horses HorsesBurnt Burnt to Death LEXINGTON Ky May 10 Within twenty minutes after it had been fired by a stroke of lightning during a sudden and heavy downpour of rain shortly after 8 oclock last night a fortystall stable at the Ken ¬ tucky Jockey Clubs Lexington race course and all except seven of the valuable thor ¬ oughbred horses quartered therein were re ¬ duced to ashes and charred carcasses carcassesThe The stable was the property of the Ken ¬ tucky Jockey Club and for several years had been allotted to former United States sen ¬ ator Johnson N Camdcn president of the Kentucky Jockey Club chairman of til State Racing Commission and owner of the noted Hartland Stud of thoroughbreds Twenty of the horses in the barn were the property of senator Camden and the others were owned by J C Milam who trains the Camden racers racersThe The horses saved were Camdens Mojave which finished second in the Idle Hour Stakes yesterday afternoon the twoyearold brown filly by Light Brigade Enigma the two yearold chestnut filly by Peter Quince Satin and twoyearold Louis Adair and the twoyearold Dust Flower by Peter Quince Edna Hall HallVALUED VALUED AT NEARLY 225000 225000The The horses destroyed were valued at more than a quarter of a million dollars and the barn and its contents of feed and racing equipment was valued at more than J10000 It was the most costly fire in connection with thoroughbred horses in this section since the destruction of a barn on James B Haggins Elmendorf Farm approximately ten years ago agoAmong Among those lost by J C Milam was King John the twoyearold son of Sweep Sour noise the only animal covered by insurance Milan having 10000 on him and the bay colt by Von Tromp Isolation bred by Edward Cebrian and regarded by Milam as a 25000 prospect Little Sallie which raced yesterday and once previously Senator Ernest and Saghonet the two sons of Ballot for which Milam recently gave Charles H Berryman a large price the twoyearold bay colt by Jim Gaffney Hull Gull and the Theo Cook fillies Karo and Argo Another among those lost was Polly a twoyearold chestnut filly in which B B Jones had a partnership with Milam Others the property of Senator Camden given as destroyed were Golden Apple and Menlo both starters here Angelia Maricopa Evander Miramar Fedora Little Rotha Dulcy Estrelle Big Bertha and several others unnamed unnamedThe The good colt Mojave was badly burned and has lost an eye and Polly is in a bad way Three other of the twoyearolds how ¬ ever will do to race They are Chalmette by Peter Quince Satin and the fillies by Peter Quince from the mares Eden Hall and Stock Pin These and the threeyearold filly Merle by Light Brigade Grackle and old Louis Adair were the seven saved It may become necessary to destroy Mojave and Polly though they are exerting every effort to save them themLIST LIST OF HORSES LOST LOSTThe The following is a list of those lost Prop ¬ erty of J N Camden Bettina Darjeeling Angelia Fair Agnes Menlo Maricopa Evander Miramar Fedora Little Kotha brown filly by Light Brigade Muriel brown filly by Light Brigade Rugosa brown filly by Light Brigade Enigma black colt by Light Brigade Casuarina brown gelding by Light Brigade Honey Dew brown colt by Light Brigade Disincline chestnut gelding by Peter Quince Envolved and Golden Apple Property of J C Milam King ONeil Emu Little Sallie Senator Ernst Saghonet John P Harris bay colt by Jim Gaffney Hull Gull bay colt by Von Tromp Isola ¬ tion and chestnut filly by Dick Finnell Octavo OctavoSuperintendent Superintendent J M Keegan who rushed to the burning barn got out the horses that were saved but he and those who were as ¬ sisting had great difficulty In getting Mojave away from the flames flamesThe The stable was according to the state ¬ ments of men on the grounds struck on the roof about the middle the flames spreading rapidly to both ends and completely en ¬ veloping the structure which was arranged with the stalls in the center with an in ¬ closed shed all around aroundThe The rapidity of the flames and the arrange ¬ ment of the stable made it very difficult to get any of the horses out and superintendent Keegan really is unable to tell just how he did perform the herculean task of bringing from their stalls through the fire and smoke those horses that were saved There were several late arrivals upon the scene who at ¬ tempted to get into the stable to help in the work of rescue and these had narrow es ¬ capes from cremation themselves as the burning timbers of the structure began fall ¬ ing about them themIt It was stated by several of the attendants In various parts of the racing grounds that a few seconds before the lightning flash and the bursting forth of the flames there was a display of nervous excitement among the horses quartered in nearly all the stables They whinnied and neighed and nickered some of them walking about in their stalls and others kicking against the sides They seemed it was stated to have sensed danger dangerJ J C Milam was at his home in the coun ¬ try when appraised of the fire and he hur ¬ ried to the scene but the destruction was complete when he arrived Senator Camden was advised by phone at his home near Ver ¬ sailles but had nothing to say for publica ¬ tion

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