Twenty Years Ago Today, Daily Racing Form, 1923-10-12


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Twenty Years Ago Today Chief Turf Events of Oct. 12, 1903 Racing at Brighton Beach, Worth and St. Louis. Olympian has won three successive purses since becoming the property of J. F. Schorr. The horse cost his present owner ,700, and several owners have signified their willingness to pay double the purchase price to possess him. If what was said at Morris Park yesterday is based on fact J. B. Haggins Water Boy, considered by many to be the greatest race horse in training, will never race again. It was with a feeling of amazement that horsemen learned that the horse had suddenly gone wrong and had been thrown out of training. A. J. Joyner had been putting him under a special preparation for the 0,000 Brighton Cup race, to be run a week from next Tuesday, which would have wound up his campaign for this season, but two. days ago Water Boy developed lameness and everything was declared off. The opening day of the Brighton Beach Racing Associations meeting at Brighton Beach was. a stormy one, and the track was deep in mud. The management was fortunate in the fact that there was no big stake carded for decision, the Rijole Handicap of ,500 added being the main race. This race was won by J. G. Follansbees Astarita, which beat Rostand a length for first place, the latter just getting the decision over Young Henry for second place by the narrow margin of a nose. Bad News, Illyria and Ahumada abo started. The conditions were three-quarters of a mile for three-year-olds and over. The net value of the stake was ,000. The racing at Worth today was interesting and the different contests called out the better brand of horses. The third and fourth races on the program were features, the first-named race falling to Our Bessie, which came from far in the rear to beat Alfredo and By Ways in a close finish. Alfredo ran a surprisingly good race and paid 8 to 1 for place. By Ways was thought to be best and was a stanch favorite, but after running close up throughout tired in the stretch run and lost second place to Alfredo by a head. Nitrate, Major Tenny, Sidney C. Love, Fairbury and Huzzah went to the post in the fourth race, a handicap at one mile and seventy yards, for all ages. Sidney C. Love showed the way from the rise of the barrier to the finish and was one length before Major Tenny at the wire. The latter was the same margin before Nitrate.

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