Advertises Her Horses: England Persistently Exploits Thoroughbred Export Trade, Daily Racing Form, 1922-11-10


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ADVERTISES HER HORSES England Persistently Exploits Thoroughbred Export Trade. o Little Publicity Given American Blood In Foreign Lands Yankcc-brcd Marcs Promising Italian Descendant. BY SALVATOR. . One of the cogent reasons for the immense success which the thoroughbred export trade of England has attained is the persistent exploitation which attends it. Qhe "home guards" are always mobilized and never cease firing. "Wherever a line extends, whether a thin red one . or otherwise, all sorts of "special commissioners," et id genus omiies, hasten to "tell the world" of the wonderful results. No bets are overlooked and all texts, both authentic and doubtful, are fully expounded. That this policy pays there is no argument. The thoroughbred is the "great national asset and monopoly" of Britain largely because thereof. Of course, while crying up ones own wares one must at the same time cry down all others. That is one of the first laws of trade, and in so far as monopolies go is the foundation upon which they are build-ed or the girders of the edifice you can take your choice of similes without affecting the similitude. "While the British thoroughbred is exalted to the empyrean those of other countries are duly set down in the summary as "also ran." BltEEDEltS ARE SHAME-FACED. Generations, even centuries, of this sort of thing have not failed of their due result. The breeders of all other countries have been drilled into a shame-faced and apologetic attitude toward their own products and, while boasting about them, which being human they cannot forego, in one breath, in the next are taking it all back, not so much by what they say as what they do. They tacitly concede that nothing good can come out of Nazareth that out of Newmarket only can it proceed. There may be a few exceptions to this rule, but only the necessary ones that prove it. How strange it seems to one genuinely interested in the fortunes and the status of the American thoroughbred that practically no effort is made by "those in authority" to give publicity to what American blood does, or helps to do, in foreign lands. There have, in the course of years, been hundreds of American horses exported to other countries. They have gone to England, Ireland and Scotland ; they have gone to France, to Germany, to Austria and to Italy; they have gone to Australasia ; they have gone to the Argentine. And everywhere they have gone they have "done things." But if you would endeavor to obtain any connected or authentic account of what they have done, or how, you must fumble in the dark and collect such stray odds and ends of information as chance allows. FAMILIAR 2TAMES ENCOUNTERED. Picking up a late number of Le Sportsman, the leading Italian turf journal, I Avas surprised to encounter some familiar names in the tabulation of the pedigree of the winner of an important event. The race in question was the Criterium Internazionale International Criterion contested at Milan on October 8. This event is one of the chief, if not the chief, fall fixtures for two-year-olds on the Italian turf, and is for a purse of 50,000 lire, pre-war 0,000. There were eight starters and the winner was Signor Frederico Tesios Cima da Conegli-ano, which galloped in an easy first by five lengths. His portion of the purse was 3S.000 lire, while 2,500 lire additional went to Signor Tesio as beiny his breeder as well as his owner. The victors blood lines are as rol-lows : His sire is Signorino, for seasons the leading Italian sire, and a son of Best Man and Signorina, by St. Simon. His dam is Chin, by Laveno, son of Bend Or; and his granddam is the American-bred mare Chinook, by Sensation Breeze, by Alarm. "When I saw this pedigree it seemed to me that indeed a "Breeze" had blown out of the past, bringing with it how many memories of brave days that are now distant! For I can still remember the thrill that Breeze gave turfmen when as a two-year-old, on September 19, 18S2, she ran a mile at Sheepshead Bay in the then-almost-unbelievable time, for her age, of 1:42. To be secure, little Higgs, who rode her, was one of the sheerest mites of humanity that ever rode horses at a great metropolitan course weighing in that day at just sixty-four pounds. The event was a selling race, for which Breeze was entered at ,300, and she was bought in afterward for 2,550. She ran, of course; in the Rancocas colors of her owner Pierre Lorillard, and, starting third choice in the betting, simply ran away from the others, which included several good horses, among them Little Fred, Hickory Jim, Little Phil, Topsy and Baby, winning by ten lengths. Previous to that day no two-year-old had over run a mile in anything like 1 : 42, and, despite the feather on her back, the performance of Breeze created a sensation. That same season she won, among other races, the Champagne Stakes at the Jerome Park fall meeting. In her three-year-old form Breeze won eight races, including, the Passaic Stakes, one of the chief fixtures for sprinters at Monmouth Park for many seasons. "While she could get a mile and an eighth, if necessary. Breeze, like most of the Alarms, liked best the shorter distances. She was never partial to weight, but with a light impost could scamper away like a hare and it was hard to catch her. Eventually Breeze became a matron at Rancocas and there produced no less than eight good Avinners. Of these the best was Sleipner, a truly fine performer, and, unlike his dam, able to negotiate high weights. Another, almost equally good, was Sirocco, the winner of some twenty-five races under imposts ranging up to 1155 pounds. Both Sleipner and Sirocco, like their dam, possessed intense speed. Sleipner was by imported Mortemer, and Sirocco by Emperor, son of Enquirer. To the cover of Sensation, the brother of Onondaga, Breeze produced three loals, Chinook, Solano and Blast, that were taken to England by Mr. Lorillard during his period of "invasion" in the first decade of the twentieth century and last years of the nineteenth. All of them were good winners there, and now Chinook, who remained there and became a brood mare, bobs up as the 3am of what is believed to be the best Italian two-year-old of 1922. Everything points to the probability that Cima da Conegliano is the colt which Signor Tesio will depend upon to win him another Italian Derby in 1923. As has been related in Daily Racing Form, this sportsman has won the "Derby Reale" nine times in the past twelve years, and six of his nine winners have been by Signorino, the sire of Cima da Conegliano. Moreover, this colt is named according to Signor Tesios "Derby tradition." His Derby candidates he has made a practice of naming after celebrated painters, Italian and otherwise, and Cima da Conegliano follows this precedent. In addition to the "Criterium Internazionale," the son of Signorino and grandson of the American mare Chinook has won other important two-year-old events in Italy this season. It will be gratifying to American horsemen if he trains on in 1923 and adds the "Derby Reale" to his victories.

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