Here and There on the Turf: Half-Bred Mounts for Constabulary. State of Pennsylvanias Famous Force. Utilitarian Service, Daily Racing Form, 1922-12-18


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Here andThere on the Turf Half-Bred Mounts for Constabulary. State of Pennsylvanias Famous Force. Utilitarian Service of Racing. High Cloud in the Stud. Lord Beresfords Death. Thanks to the efforts of the New York Breeding Bureau of the Jockey Club there will be another practical demonstration of one of the various uses of the thoroughbred as a stock horse. This will be when the New Yark state police will be given some new mounts next year. Some time ago the Breeding Bureau offered the state police the services of some of the best stallions in the organization. These stallions were mated with western mares and the resultant foals will be four-3ear-olds next month, when they will be broken into service. The efficiency of the mounted police is measured by the excellence of their mounts. These half-bred horses promise to be an ideal acquisition to the force. They have all that could be desired in conformation and size and are up to carrying j the troopers over any sort of course at a sustained pace that makes them infinitely superior to the cold blooded horses. The work required of these horses is often a more severe test than that required of the army horse and the breeding that has been done with the use j of the thoroughbred stock horse has greatly impressed Colonel George Fletcher Chandler, chief of the force. Since the first crop of i foals there have been several others and within a short time the enitre force will be mounted on half-breds. It was in Pennsylvania that a force of state constabulary was first established and the fame of that branch of police has been far-reaching. That force owed not a little of its fame to the excellence of the horses that were employed, but now they too are to have the benefit of a thoroughbred stock horse. Formerly the mounts were carefully selected in the open market and no attempt was made at superior breeding. Selections of suitable mounts at times was something of a task, j But with the advantage of a good stock horse of thoroughbred blood, it is assured that the Pennsylvania constabulary will become even more efficient. The thoroughbred that has been turned over to Pennsylvania to better the state police mounts is Recount, a son of Ballot and Censure, and she a daughter of Star Ruby. This stallion was presented to the Jockey Club by Charles A. Stoneham, under whose silks he raced with succes. He is a horse of an ideal type for the service he is destined to perform. It is thus that the thoroughbred is being usefully exploited and he has not yet failed. It must never be forgotten that there must be racing to have the thoroughbred. It is the testing measure of the thoroughbred and the winning post is the only standard. It is racing that induces the breeding of the highest type and it is racing that is the surest j j and only guide to intelligent breeding. Thus it is that the turf is a much bigger thing than merely a sport. It is the sport of sports, but back of it is the bigger thing of improving the breed. This has been done in every country where horses are raced. Governments have long since realized the importance of presarv-ing and bettering the breed and the govern ment studs of many countries have gone in for racing itself in order that the breeding might be along more intelligent lines. It has taken America a longer time to give the thoroughbred horse his proper place in the production of horses for various uses. But at this time it is being brought home to the army man and the farmer, until there is no longer any doubt of his superiority for stock purposes. High Cloud is the most recent addition to the breeding farm of Montfort and B. B. Jones. He has been sent to Audley Hall, the recently acquired Virginia farm of the Jones brothers and several mares will go to his court next season. High Cloud is a son of Ultimus and Umbra, by Ben Brush, and is a six-year-old. He was only raced four times during the year and won two of his races. Both these vicotries were at Churchill Downs and in his first he raced three-quarters in 1:11, while his other victory was seven and a half furlongs in 1 :30, a new American record for the distance. High Cloud always was a horse of electric speed, as these races would indicate, and he will have every opportunity to transmit that quality, for care will be taken in choosing mares to mate with him at Audley Hall. News of the sudden death of Lord Marcus Beresford in England was recevied in this country with profound regret because of the passing of such a high-class sportsman. His long and honorable association with the turf had made him a figure in racing that was admired and respected in every country and in jhis death the whole turf suffers an irreparable loss.

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