Here and There on the Turf: Pimlico Stake List. Foreign Jumpers Here My Own in Condition Bad Weather and Racing, Daily Racing Form, 1923-10-25


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Here and There on the Turf Pimlico Stake List." Foreign Jumpers Here. My Own in Condition. Bad Weather and Racing. The book of stake entries for the Pimlico meeting of the Maryland Jockey Club has been issued, and it holds out promise of rare sport over the old Baltimore course. The meeting this fall begins Tuesday, Oct. 30, and will continue until Monday, Nov. 12. For au opening day feature the big offering is the 0,000 Manly Memorial Steeplechase. This is a two and a half mile race under handicap conditions and an idea of its popularity is had when it closed with eighty-eight nominations. The Pimlico Futurity, a 0,000 added race over a mile distance, for two-year-olds, is the offering for November 3. It is unfortunate that this race falls on the same date as the Latonia Championship Stakes, that is to bring Zev and My Own together. Both of these races have a tremendous appaal and it is unfortunate that it will be impossible to see both. With so many big turf events crowded into the fall season of racing this year there are bound to be such conflicts, but it is truly unfortunate. The Bowie Handicap at a mile and a half, for three-year-olds and over, to be run Nov. 6, and the Fimlico Cup, also a handicap, of two miles and a quarter, to be decided Nov. 12, are two others of the big 0,000 offerings of the Maryland Jockey Club that make its fall racing such a remarkable period of high-class sport. The first shipment of made jumpers bought abroad under the subscription plan have landed in this country without accident or incident and arc quartered at Belmont Park. These are the jumpers that were obtained in France to fill the order. Others that were purchased in England and Ireland will come over before many days, and then there will be a distribution of the horses to the subscribers. There are thirty horses that will be distributed by lot, and, judging from what they have shown in races abroad, they will be of great value in bettering the stecplechasing of 1924. It will be remembered that when this subscription scheme was first announced by Joseph E. Davis, president of the National Hunt and Steeplechase Association, there was wide interest among those who have always taken an interest .in stceplechasing. Then there were Eeveral who had never before been identified with the cross-country sport showed a like interest and the subscription list was considerably larger than was expected. E. J. Tranter represented the subscribers in the purchase of the jumpers, and it was cn deavored to purchase as even a band as was possib!e. Thz average price was ,000, and it was found that for such an amount it was possible to obtain made horses of a reputation that should carry them far over our courses. -There was some apprehension over the report that Admiral Cary T. Graysons My Own had been coughing when he returned to Laurel after his fruitless trip to New York. "W. P. Burch, the veteran developer of the son ofj King James and Bettic Landon, has set at rest all fear that the great three-year-old is in any way indisposed and plans racing him in the mile and a quarter of the 5,000 Washington Handicap, to be run at Laurel Saturday. As a part of his final preparation for that engagement My Own was sent along for an easy mie in 1:44 Tuesday and did it in a manner to leave no doubt of his fitness. In the Washington Handicap My Own is asked to take up 123 pounds against older horses, and at that weight he is three pounds under; Zev, which was handicapped at 12C pounds. Zev will not be a starter Saturday, for Hil-dreth will send him to Latonia, and his next appearance will be in the mile and three-quarters of the 0,000 Latonia Championship, to be run November 3. That is the race that will bring the conqueror or Papyrus and. My Own together, and the Washington Handicap will be a valuable part of the preparation of My Own. It has been the desire of Admiral Grayson and his friends to have My Own meet Zev ever since the Saratoga meeting, where the son of King James and Bettie Landon showed form that surely entitled him to the meeting. All that he has accomplished since has strengthened the belief that he is a worthy contender for the championship, and no race could be framed that is of greater; interestoto ,tho entireiiuxLt inw What was desired above all races was a meeting of the pair before there was a definite selection of the colt that would meet Papyrus: That could not be brought about, and Zev was chosen, but Admiral Grayson and the admirers of My .Own, though Zev was victor, are still firm in the belief that a race of the aspirants for the role of defender before the choice was made would have given the honor to My Own. In the Latonia Championship Stakes that question should be settled to the entire satisfaction of all. It is in the late fall with its uncertain weather that thoroughly tests the popularity of racing with the public, and this year, more than ever before, the sport has come through the test magnificently. The tail end of a racing season frequently finds interest lagging. The regulars are a bit track sore and the occasional are a bit timid, unless the weather conditions are perfect. There is none of the jaded look about the crowds this fall, and the attendance has kept up remarkably in the face of adverse weather conditions. Tuesday at the Yonkers track the weather and the track conditions were the worst that have been experienced all the year, and possibly set a record for many a year, but there was a goodly crowd out, and there was no end of enthusiasm. The contests were excitingly close in three of the six races, and altogether it was an entertainment that made one forget the uncomfortable weather. Of course, the International match between Harry F. Sinclairs Zev and Ben Irishs Papyrus at Belmont Park last Saturday did great good in livening up interest in racing generally, but it is easily seen that racing for itself alone is gaining new devotees every day, and just as long as it is conducted as it has been this year on all the tracks of the country it will hold these devotees.

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