Owner of Americas Hope: Harry F. Sinclair Finds Pleasure in His Horses and Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1923-10-19


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OWNER OF AMERICAS HOPE t Harry F. Sinclair Finds Pleasure in His Horses and Racing. His Breeding Establishment, the Famous Rancocas Stud, One of the Show Places in New Jersey. Harry F. Sinclair, the owner of Zev, is one of the many men of affairs who find in the turf that solace from the cares of business which is a life saver. He takes a world of pleasure in his horses, and while fond of the actual tests of the race track his splendid breeding stud in New Jersey, where he has one of the finest collection of brood mares in the United States, means more to him than the deyeloped product of the breeding nursery that his trainer, S. C. Hildreth sends to the post daily on Jockey Club tracks in the Rancocas colors. Mr. Sinclair was born in Wheeling, W. Va., forty-seven years ago and before taking an interest in racing was a thirty-third degree baseball fan, being interested in the Newark team of the Federal League. The appeal of racing, however, in which sport many of his friends were engaged, weaned him away from the diamond and five years ago he allied himself with S. C. Hildreth, who was racing a strong stable of thoroughbreds in his name. Mr. Sinclair subsequently took over the horses and engaged his present trainer to handle them. It was Mr. Sinclairs desire to have a farm convenient to New York where he could visit his horses frequently and when the Rancocas establishment founded, by the late Pierre Lorillard was on the market he bought it and began to assemble what is now a splendid array of bloodstock, which is being continually added to as desirable specimens come into the market Mr. Lorillard spent a fortune on the Rancocas Stud, which is located near Jobstown, New Jersey and not far from the Brook-dale Farm of Harry Payne Whitney, who is one of Mr. Sinclairs closest friends. The property which was taken over from Mrs. Livingston was only in fair condition, but its present owner has developed it to a point where it surpasses in beauty and extent of accommodations that of Mr. Lorillards day. The fine old manor house has been completely renovated and added to, new barns and paddocks built and fenced, roads made and the two race courses developed to the highest point of excellence. The estate, . which comprises 2,500 acres, Is one of the show places of New Jersey and a model of its kind. It was visited by a devastating fire last winter, which destroyed more than forty head of fine thoroughbreds, including the Tracery stallion Cirrus, a number of choice brood mares and their foals. Some of the champions that have borne the colors of Mr. Sinclair, in his short connection with the turf, outside of Zev, which will represent him in the great 00,000 International race on Saturday next, are Purchase, Grey Lag, Cirrus, and Mad Hatter. Mr. Sinclair is taking an intense interest in the coming battle and is a regular visitor at Belmont Park to see the gallops of his own colt and those of the English invader, for which he has the greatest respect

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