New England Notebook: Durable Algasir Can Still Step Along Has Won over 50,000 for Kimball Party for Crippled Children June 18, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-09


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New England Notebook By JOE HIRSCH Durable Algasir Can Still Step Along Has Won Over 50,000 for Kimball Party for Crippled Children June 18 ROCKINGHAM PARK, Salem, N. H., June 8. Memories were stirred once again in New England the scene of some of his greatest triumphs when Henry Kimballs Algasir accomplished the six furlongs of the Rochester Purse in a snappy 1:10 over the week end. The eight-year-old gelding was one second off the track record a mark set last September by Algasir. The powerful bay is in the -twilight of a colorful racing career. His legs arent what they were in the days when he ranked with the Easts leading sprinters, and his appearances must be carefully spaced. But he can still come up with a good win on occasion, scoring in his favorite fashion by coming off the pace to nab the leader. Kimball has owned Algasir for four years and during that time the son of Sir Galahad in. Alpoise has accumulated over 50,000 in purses. Even this season, at the rather senior age of eight, hes been in the money better than 50 per cent of the time and hes been competing against some pretty fair horses, too White Skies, Pet Bully, Brazen Brat, Just Sidney and Soldier Son. Bred by A. C. Ernst, Algasir was sold to the. late Mrs. F. Ambrose Clark for 05,-000, the highest price ever paid for a gelding. Mrs. Clark tried to make a jumper out of him and Carleton McRae, Kimballs foreman, recently met the man. who schooled the big bay. He recalled that Algasir was "a good jumper and a good runner but he couldnt do both." Since he had real speed, Mrs. Clark sent him to the flats and as a two-year-old he set a worlds record for Vz furlongs at Belmont Park. Kimball bought Algasir for ,500 at the dispersal sale held after Mrs. Clarks death in 1950. The owner-trainer is a veteran New England horseman who lives in Great Barrington, Mass. Hes got a small breeding farm there with a pair of broodmares and one of the results is Sassy Spright, a good looking two-year-old by Teddy Weed Witches Choice. The young filly hasnt raced yet, but shes been training well and her future looks promising. June 18 is the date set for Lutza Smiths big party at Kennedy Hospital in Brighton, Mass., for 152 children. Mrs. Smith, wife of Rockinghams vice-president and executive manager, has devoted herself over the past six years to the non-sectarian Crippled Childrens Fund which provides the necessities and some of the pleasures of life to these. stricken youngsters. The fund helps without regard to race, creed or color and not one cent has ever been deducted for expenses. Mrs. Smith, who has received assistance and encouragement from many quarters, works in close cooperation on the project with Bostons Archbishop Richard Cushing. Around the track: Judge Pappas of Suffolk Downs leaves for Europe Thursday. Hell head first for Greece and repay a visit to Boston last year by the King and Queen of that country. Judge Pappas served on the hub committee welcoming the Royal couple and they extended an invitation to him to tour Greece this summer. Hell visit other European countries as well before going to Ireland to confer with Irish horsemen about the possibility of shipping to this country at his expense for turf racing at Suffolk in the fall. He expects to lure at least 30 of the Gaelic thoroughbreds . . . Mark N. Sarlan is bringing his stallion Steel Bull, the nine-year-old son of Bull Dog Alkit, by Stimulus to Bill Morans farm at Medfield, Mass., to stand at stud. Steel. Bull had previously been standing in Maryland. He has produced nine colts and three fillies and is remembered as a popular New England campaigner . . . Tony DeSpirito and his big Cadillac took off for New York today where hell handle Fascinator in the Top Flight Handicap Wednesday.

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