The Preakness: Intimate and Interesting Items Concerning Pimlicos Old and Historical Race, Daily Racing Form, 1935-05-11


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The Preakness I Intimate and Interesting Items Concerning1 Pimlicos Old and Historical Race The Maryland Jockey Club which insti ¬ tuted and Sponsors the Preakness Stakes is one of the oldest racing organizations in the country As far back as 1745 races under its auspices were conducted at Annapolis and in 1762 George Washington chronicles in his diary his expenses while attending a meet ¬ ing of the club at that colonial town The scenes of meetings changed from time to time and the club flourisheu until 18SO when the Civil War put a temporary stop to its activities activitiesAmong Among the distinguished members of the Maryland Jockey Club was President An ¬ drew Jackson whose letter dated Washing ¬ ton October 24 1831 acknowledging his elec ¬ tion to membership is among the most prized possessions of the present club clubThe The present race track Pimlico where the Preakness is run was purchased by the Maryland Jockey Club in 1868 and is lo ¬ cated within the city limits of Baltimore and easily accessible from all parts of that flour ¬ ishing city cityA A picture of Survivor first winner of the Preakness presented to the Maryland Jockey Club by the son of his former train ¬ er is typical of the racer of that period showing a lot of daylight under the body with the conformation of a greyhound and tremendous length from stem to stern He was bred by John M Clay of Kentucky and defeated a moderate field in the Preak ¬ ness of which M Jordan Cos John Boul ger and H P McGfaths Artist were second and third thirdThe The Irish contingent had a field day in 1874 when Hugh Gaffneys Culpepper by Revolver Gentle Annie ridden by the re ¬ doubtable Donohue won from August Bel monts King Amadeus with the same own ¬ ers Scratch third there being twentytwo subscribers and five starters in the slowest time the stake was ever run 25612 25612In In 1875 John F Chamberlin captured the Preaksess with Tom Ochiltree which also won the Dixie in the following autumn the son of Lexington and Katonah ridden by Hughes defeating E A Clabaughs home f Continued on thirtyfirst page THE PREAKNESS Continued from first page bred Viator by Vauxhall and M H San fords Bay Final in 243 and displaying the quality that made him one of the great horses of the day Tom Ochiltree was ac ¬ quired by George L Lorillard who raced him with success and presented him to his trainer R W Walden of Bowling Brook when his racing days were over overThe The 1876 Preakness was won by Shirley ridden by Barbee in Pierre Lorillards taste ¬ ful cherry black hoops on sleeves black cap gold tassel with Thomas W Dcswells Vir ¬ giniabred Rappahannock second and his Algerie third and in 1877 Maryland fur ¬ nished the winner in E A Clabaughs chest ¬ nut colt Cloverbrook by Vauxhall Cyrus Holloway in the saddle over P Lorillards Bombast second and George L Lorillarda Lucifer by Leamington third thirdThe The period from 1878 to 1882 inclusive was strictly a succession of triumphs in the Preakness for the stable owned by George L Lorillard and trained by R W Walden starting off with that grand individual Duke of Magenta which defeated P Loril ¬ lards Bayard and Albert another G L Lorillard horse In the next year 1879 the colors were carried to victory by Harold with Hughes up followed by D J Grouses Jericho second and E A Clabaughs Rochester third and in 1880 Hughes again rode the winner for George L Lorillard on Grenada by King Alfonso dam Mattie Gross with Oden owned by Mr Clabaugh second and J J Bevins Emily F third thirdThe The Lorillard luck seemed invincible as the stables candidate Saunterer by Leam ¬ ington Costello up won the Preakness in 1881 from Oden Bowies Compensation a wellthought of stablemate of Crickmore a Dixie winner and Burnham Sons Baltic the same stable winning again in 1882 with Vanguard a son of Virgil that with Cos ¬ tello in the saddle defeated Mr Somer villes Heck second and Oden Bowies Col Watson third thirdIt It is a curious coincidence that Harold Grenada and Saunterer did the mile and a half of the Preakness in exactly the same time 240 while it took Duke of Magenta 241 to do it although the Duke was far and away the best of the quartet and after ¬ wards won the Dixie DixieOne One of the best fields that ever went to the post in the Preakness started in 1886 when that grand colt The Bard owned by A J Cassatt ridden by Sammy Fisher beat his stablemate Eurus ridden by J Mc Laughlin and Walter Gratz Elkwood W Donohue up third A J Cassatts Eolian ridden by Hayward and Richmond Stables Rock and Rye with Spillman up also ran Three horses in this race Eurus Elkwood and Eolian were products of T W Doswella Bullfield Farm near Richmond Va and were sired by Eolus and both starters and riders were about the best of their day dayWhen When the Maryland Jockey Club decided to revive the Preakness iri 1909 the distance was fixed at a mile and 2000 was added a field of ten going to the post on May 12 W T Ryans speedy Effendi ridden by Wil ¬ lie Doyle showing the way to the finish Oneck Stables Fashion Plate was second and R Angarolas Hill Top third in the fast time for the then Pinilico track of 139 The victory of August Belmonts Water vale in 1911 was noticeable from the fact that he broke the track record the distance having been increased to a mile and an eighth Ridden by Eddie Dugan the son of Watercress defeated n good colt in S C Hil dreths Zeus with Schilling in the saddle and the very moderate The Nigger owned by T R Condran third No one who saw the race will forget what an imposing appear ¬ ance the Nurserybred colt made in the race and how he fairly flew over the ground when challenged by the son of Adam AdamAfter After the sparkling race of 1911 the Preakness suffered a decline and it was not until 1917 that the old glories of the race were revived That year the added money was increased to 5000 and the Preakness became one of the most popular and sought after contests on the turf turfIn In 1918 with the added money at 15000 twentyeight AVere named to start and the Maryland Jockey Club decided to divide the race into two divisions and add 15000 to each contest War Cloud won the first divi ¬ sion and Jack Hare Jr the second secondSir Sir Barton was the first horse to win both the Preakness and Kentucky Derby the crack racer in Commander J K L Ross stable winning in 1919 1919The The Horse of the Century the mighty Man o War added his illustrious name to the roster of Preakness winners defeating Upset and Wildair in 1920 1920From From 1922 to 1932 the Preakness was one of the most valuable of American stake races with an added value of S50000 The richest Preakness was in 1928 when Vic ¬ torian was the winner winnerGallant Gallant Fox the first horse in turf his ¬ tory to win over 300000 in one year dupli ¬ cated the feat of Sir Barton by winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Burgoo King did likewise in 1932 The great Cavalcade met his Waterloo in the Preakness of 1934 when he was beatert by his stablemate High Quest and this was the only reverse of Mrs Sloanes marvelous thoroughbred

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