Here and There on the Turf: Improvement in Eastern Steeplechasing.; Good Jumpers from Abroad for This Year.; Would Fix New York Gate Fees by Law.; Harry D. Coming East to Race., Daily Racing Form, 1923-02-20


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Here and There on the Turf Improvement in Eastern EasternSteeplechasing Steeplechasing Good Jumpers from Abroad Abroadfor for This Year Would Fix New York Gate GateFees Fees by Law Harry D Coming East to toRace Race It will be surprising if the steeplechasing of 1923 does not show improvement over the crosscountry racing of recent years Un ¬ fortunately this picturesque branch of racing has been permitted to reach a low ebb on occasions and it will be remembered that at Saratoga several steeplechases that had been programmed were declared off by reason of the lack of entries and interest interestLast Last year there was improvement and for 1923 the promise is brighter still Additional steeplechase stakes have been arranged and new stables will be in the field R H Specs Crawford will train and ride a string for James and George Clark who have come into that branch of the sport and Mrs William Hitt who was Miss Katherine Elkins will have some imported jumpers that will be brought over by Arthur White the accomplished gen ¬ tleman rider Tha Clark horses that is three of them were purchased abroad by Crawford and they arc already on their way to this country One 1 of the most notable of the purchases made for Clark is the fouryearold White Satin a son of White Eagle and Jeans Folly This colt has not been raced through the field but his performances on the flat have been of a 1 nature to make him a decidedly notable im ¬ portation and he may be valuable as a stock horse after his racing days are over White Satin was raced three times as a twoyearold without winning but he was raced against the best twoyearolds of his year and one of 1 his races was in the Gimcrack Stakes He was 5 the winner of three races last year was second I in another and third on two occasions occasionsHe He was started in the Two Thousand Guineas s and the St Legcr among his other engage ¬ ments showing the esteem in which he was s held heldThe The other two Clark importations have j already proved their worth as jumpers al ¬ though it was as hurdlers These arc Doubh 3 Tip and Not Much Double Tip proved to be e one of the most brilliant jumpers in Ireland j and later he was a good class hurdler in i France Not Much raced well in England In ¬ dia and France and has shown form over the e hurdles that leaves no doubt of his provinf g i brilliant racer through American fields fieldsWhen When Ards was brought over by Al Davis 5 it was demonstrated that the foreign hurdler r is the ideal horse for American steepkchasing The performances of the son of Marajax last t year induced Crawford to choose hurdler r rather than steeplechasers for the Clark string j Thsre will be some other importations before e the opening of the racing season in Mary ¬ land and as most of them will be meant for r crosscountry races that are offered about t New York it seems assured there will be a boom in this way of racing racingIn In addition to the importations the native jumpers are all going along well in preparation for what may be offered and at Benning there are a number of young horses that will be seen for the first time in racing through the field this year Representatives from the jumping stables are decidedly encouraging and with an improvement in the value of purses and stakes it would seem that steaplechasing is destined to come back to its proper place in racing racingA A bill regulating track admissions has been introduced in the New York legislature at Albany by assemblyman Louis A Cuvillier but has not occasioned much of a stir By this measure it is sought to reduce the price of admission to one dollar for an adult and fifty cents for a minor under the age of fifteen years yearsThe The text of the amendment to the present law reads The State Racing Commission may fix the maximum admission to be charged by any corporation or association formed under the provisions of the membership law to any race meeting for running races or steeplechases which in no case shall be in excess of SI for an adult person and fifty cents for a minor under the age of fifteen years No complimentary ticket pass or other free admission to any such race meeting shall be issued by a racing association except upon the written approvel of the State Racing Commission and no complimentary tickets shall be issued to any public officers The penalty for a violation is a misdemeanor and the punishment shall be a fine of not less than 100 nor more than 500 for each offense offenseThere There have been similar amendments offered at other sessions of the legislature that have havefailed failed of enactment It is not clear just what is back of this proposed amendment and the reason for its presentation It might be said in connection with that section relating to the admission charge for minors that there is a rule at al of the tracks under the jurisdiction of the Jockey Club that minors are not admitted admittedThe The question of the price of race track ad ¬ mission has frequently been discussed and for the good of the sport the present charge was agreed upon A cheaper rate of admission would probably swell the attendance materially and would probably bring a greater revenue through the gate But it was decided that to cheapen the gate even though it produce a greater revenue might attract an element that would do racing no good For a time the associations had fixed days when the field was thrown open to the public free of charge That is considered by many as a good move It gave those who could not afford the gate price an opportunity to view the races and the free field days always drew drewa a big crowd to the infield It would be better to have a free field on occasions than to reduce the price of ad mission To the layman it would seem that any law that would arbitrarily fix the price of aclmis slon would be going a bit far in racing legis ilation C B Irwin is one of the western horss men who has promised to invade Kentucky with his string later in the year The Irwin Irwinsilks silks have been tremendously successful at the Tijuana meeting and his nineyearold gelding Harry D a son of Barnsdale and Turn away by Nimrod has been the sensation of the meeting through his consistent racing Though Harry D has broken all Tijuana records for consecutive victories in the same length of time there arc many better ones in the Irwin stable and it is a sure thing that when the Wyoming sportsman heads for Ken KenI I tucky he will come well supplied with some horses of good class Harry D was bred by Mrs Samuel Watkins at Petersburg Illinois and while his blood lines are not especially fashionable he has much of the sturdy American strain in him particularly on the side of his sire Barnsdale is a son of AllanaDale and Countess Irma two that brought some fame to Major Thomas C Mc Dowell AllanaDale was a son of Halma he a son of Hanover and Julia L by Longfellow Ilia dam Sudie McNairy was a daughter of Enquirer Countess Irma the dam of Barns dale was a daughter of Sir Dixon and V51 lette by Virgil Turnaway the lam of Harry D was a daughter of Nimnxl and Tern Nimrod was a son of Springhrook and Edith by Saxon Tern was a daghtc of Black Depn a son of Rosicrucian So mch for tac bh od lines of the old gelding tha has been ci eating such a sensation at Tijuana

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