Here and There on the Turf, Daily Racing Form, 1922-10-10


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1 p ff ere and There on the Turf a " No Two -Year-Old Champion. Latest Candidates for Dis- tinction. . E Mile Race for New York Is t Suggested. r Efficiency at Laurel. v Canadian Campaign Ended. J 1 With the waning days of racing there comes 1 some powerful bids for the top of the two-year-old heap, and two of the most powerful come from Robert L. Gerrys Cyclops and Richard T. Wilsons Wilderness. Each has raced "his way into an altogether new impor-tance and each still has an opportunity to go , still higher. They have had some pull in the j weightstin their winning races and it remains j to be seen whether they are able to give away, j rather than receive, weight as champions should. These colts met under equal weights in the Futurity each carried 119 pounds, and each ran a high-class race. Wilderness was ; third and Cyclops a fast-running fourth. But i in that race each was in receipt of weight from Zev, which ran second. When Wilderness ; won the National Stakes at Laurel Saturday i he took the measure of Dunlin, winner of the Hopeful Stakes, but he took up only 114 : pounds, while Dunlin had 130 in the saddle. . Then, going back to Dunlins Hopeful Stakes j victory, it must be remembered that he only shouldered 115 pounds in that race, while both Goshawk which finished second and Zev - which was third carried 130 pounds. This 3 has been the story of every good two-year-old that has flashed to the front this year. One after another they have won brilliant races, but just as soon as the acid test of giving away weight was applied one after another has fallen by the wayside. Both Wilderness and Cyclops escaped those early winning penalties, and that is one of the reasons for their present prominence. If it is the only reason, then their recent good form means nothing in settling the question of two-year-old supremacy. In the handicaps that are to come they will have to meet the other good ones at less difference, while with some of them there will be such a revision of weights that they will be the ones to concede some pounds. Just how they stand up under that condition will determine the degree of greatness of each. While on the question of the two-year-old racing it would be well if New York would stage a big two-year-old stake race at a mile to be run at one of the fall meetings. Both . Maryland and Kentucky have important stake races over this searching distance and it would be well if New Yorkers could have an opportunity to see the two-year-olds race at a mile. In the fa.!l there arc always some races over a considerable distance for all ages, in which the two-year-olds occasionally take part, but what is wanted is a mile exclusively for the two-year-olds. Such a race would surely be tremendously popular with the racing crowds and it would be welcomed by many of the trainers. p a " E t r v J 1 1 , j j j ; i i : . j - 3 The mile of the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, that was won by H. P. Whitneys Enchantment, was run at Churchill Downs September 9, while the racing was still on at Belmont Park. There were nine fit horses ... r raced for that big prize. At both Belmont Park and Aqueduct the long stretches make 1 them ideal courses for such racing of two- : 2 3 year-olds and it would be pleasing if a mile 4 4 stake race for two-year-olds was framed for 5 r the fall racing there next year. Jamaica and C Empire City, which follow these two meetings, could readily follow along the same lead and 1 the two-year-olds of high quality would not 2 have to go elsewhere for such racing. It is . 3 agreed that it is the best test for the young 4 racer that is-had all through the racing sea- ! son and New York conducts its racing so well into the cold months that it should take its proper place with Kentucky and Maryland. At Laurel it will be strange indeed" if there are any cases of sponging. It is doubtful if any other race track is so carefully Doliced through the night. All courses are well policed when the crowd comes racing, but too many of them are without adequate protection at night. Then, if the horseman wants ha5 stable policed, he has to do it himself with his own watchman. Of course, all of the tracks have their night watchmen, but they are chiefly employed to protect the track property, rather than to watch over the horses that are stabled on the grounds. At the Laurel track there is an elaborate armed patrol and anyone on the grounds at night must give a satisfactory account of himself or be promptly and efficiently ejected. To carry out the scheme stable employes, in addition to their regular badges, are furnished with an identifying numbered button. It is a check on all who are on the track and a method of safeguarding that tells cf the efficiency of the Laurel management. With the racing at Kenilworth and Mai-sonneuve Saturday the Canadian racing sea- son was brought to a close. It has been a tremendously successful campaign of racing at both the large and small tracks. With the closing of each course there has come an-: nouncement of more elaborate and more liberal plans for 1923 racing. Many of the horses that have been engaged in Canada all through the racing year will be shipped to one or other of the winter tracks to continue their cam-1 paign, while others will round out the racing season in Maryland at Laurel, Pimlico and Bowie.

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