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Image 3 of The Kentucky farmer and breeder, March 16, 1906

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FRIDAY, THE KENTUCKY FARMER AND BREEDER MARCH 16, 1906. Los Angeles, Cal., March 4, 1906. The management of Ascot Park decided on Wednesday last .to extend the meeting just three days, closing it up on the 17th day of Ireland I should say of March. But for the recent scandals brought up by some disgruntled horsemen and shown to any serious foundation, be without there was a probability of fifteen days extra being given. But in view of the unfavorable comments made by the Times and Express, the directors of the association concluded merely to round out the week, ending it up on a Saturday instead of a Wednesday. The '"scandal" came to an ending on Wednesday last by a session of the Jockey Club directors, who acquitted Mr. James W. Brooks of any and all charges made against him as manager, and Mr. Edward Jasper of any and all charges against him as official handicapper. John J. McCaf-fert- y was supended for one year for administering dKigs to the horse called The Huguenot, and Charles E. Durnell was suspended for a similar term for racing the horse 'Alderman Batt two races in his training shoes and getting him well beaten, so that on his next outing he got 25 to 1 against him and won the race with the greatest ease. The three judges were present at the investigation Messrs. Hamilton, Cole and Pomeroy. The first named of these gentlemen got hold of the blacksmith's books who did the plating for Mr. Durnell's horses, anji, when the case of Alderman Batt came before the board, Col. Hamilton asked: "Mr. Durnell, did you have Alderman Batt plated for his race of December 21?" "Yes, sir." "And did you have him plated again on the 2'th, when he ran last but one?" "Yes, sir." "And then," continued Col. Hamilton, "you had him plated on the 26th, when he won at such long odds?" "Yes, sir. "Well, Mr. Durnell," said Hamilton, "here is the account of your blacksmith against you, in his own handwriting, and all marked paid. The only charge for plating any horse in your possession for the last week in that month is for plating Alderman Batt on December 26th, when he won, showing most conclusively that he ran the two prior races in his training shoes." Fate of Others Undecided. This settled Mr. Durnell, and the sworn affidavits of three veterinary surgeons, to the effect that they sound traces of heroine a drug used to simulate horses in the body of The Huguenot on the day that Durnell took him out of a selling race, to get evidence against his owner, was what settled the sate of John J. McCaffer-tJust what disposition will be made of Charles T. Boots, Frank Van Meter and Harry McDaniel for preferring groundless charges against Manager Brooks, has not yet transpired, but that something will be done to them at the end of the meeting is very evident to me. A gentleman well versed in racing matters at the North said to me yesterday: "This association can not afford to quarrel with the owner of any large stable or with his trainer. It needs horses and lots of them, too. Is it does not have big fields of starters it can not rent stalls to bookmakers at $20 per race; and you know, as well as I do, that the bookies are the track's principal source of revenue. Hence I predict that all these penalties will be remitted at the close of the meeting. Is they were not afraid of offending owners, why did they not rule off Dr. Leggo for crooked running here? You know, as well as I do, that he does not belong to either Charley McCafferty or to G. W. Wilson, in whose name he won the Ascot Derby of 1905. He belongs to Adolph Spreckels, who is good for at to the stake entries least twenty-fiv- e races here in every year. Is he had belonged to me or to you nothing would g expulsion." luie saved him from "So you think that these rulings made here against the two McCafferty brothers, Charles Durnell, F. T. Wood and others will all be rescinded before the opening of another meeting do you?" 'I certainly do. They need their horses here and can not get along without them," he replied. "Then they will have to get along without the services of Col. Archie Hamilton as presiding judge," was my answer, "for he is a man who is slow about imposing punishments, but when he does hand them out he expects them to stand." y. life-lon- Van Meter's Charges. Frank Van Meter charged that Brooks ordered J. M. Glass, the track superintendent, to soak the track on the race benight before the tween Bearcatcher, iCruzados and Hand-zarrthe latter being Van Meter's property. He claimed that Bearcatcher's best races were run on heavy tracks and that Handzarra needed a dry track at least. He also claimed that he went to George Rose, who is the second largest stockholder in Ascot Park, and got him to countermand Mr. Brooks' order. When Glass was put upon the stand, under oath, he denied having received any instructions from Brooks, except to make the track as fast as possible, as he wanted to see the track record broken, is such a thing could be done. As Mr. Brooks and Chief Glass have never been on very good terms and have barely spoken for the past two years, this testimony of his disposes pretty effectually of Mr. Van Meter's charge, as well as of the gentleman himself. I certainly do not expect to see him here again. Garnett Ferguson was one of the witnesses examined also. He testified that he was the owner of the horse Bearcatcher; that his horse ran his best races on a dry track; that he had notified Mr. Brooks that he would scratch his horse is the track should be muddy on the day designated for the race, and gave it as his belies that his horse never could have won the race except under exactly such conditions as prevailed on that day. three-corner- a, Complaint of Boots. Now as to Mr. Charles T. Boots, owner of Borghesi and all the other sons of imp. Brutus. In his complaints against Mr. Jasper, the handicapper, and Mr. Brooks as well, he places himself in a most anomalous position, as he has won the three most valuable handicaps run here and each of them under an increase of weight. The Riverside Handicap, at one mile, was run on the 9th day of December and won by Mr.' "Boots' horse Borghesi with 103 pounds in the saddle. On the 3rd day of February the same horse won the Ascot Handicap (the most valuable of all races run at this meeting) with 108 pounds, and, to wind up the story, lugged off the Ascot Cup, two miles, in 3:27, with 118 pounds up. Now where does that man's grievance rightfully originate? My own belies is that Borghesi could have won the 115 and the Cup with Ascot Handicap with Re122, even is he is not a big horse. member that Hermis is less than 15 hands high and yet holds the best American record for a mile when weight is considered. My prediction is that Mr. Boots will hereafter be persona non grata at this place, just as he is at Oakland and Ingleside.. He will not be ruled off, but will be quietly informed that his horses are not needed here any more; and the eloquent and emphatic words of Mr. Edward Duke will be quoted: "Take 'em home." The man for whom I feel sorry in this matter (and I may add the only one of the lot) is Harry McDaniel, who trains the Tichenor stable. I have known him many years and have always sound him truthful and polite as he is capable. That he should have allowed himself to be led into this auarrel between Durnell and McCafferty is regretted by many and by none as much as himself. Might Have Been Prevented. Some of this trouble might have been prevented, to my notion, had the gov erning body of Ascot Park "taken the bull by the horns" in the earlier stage of the game and got the two principals in this warfare together, saying to them in un$ istakable language: "Look here, now. You two fellows are making a great deal of trouble and it may not end here. You are liable to drag, others into your,', quarrels and this club will be the real,J3iffei?er in the long run. We have trouble" 'enough already with two cranky newspapers sighting us at every stage of the game and we don't want any more. Either patch up your differences and end this incessant bother right here and and now, or else take yourselves your horses away from our track." In my humble belies that would have ended the row at once, for McCafferty knew he could ,not race his horses at Oakland, and Ascot Park was the only place in California where they could earn their hay and oats. There would have been an immediate cessation of hostile movements and the. sport would have been the cleaner and. in every way the better for it. As it is, Mr. Brooks and Mr. Jasper have been sully exonerated, Mr. but the talk is not yet ended. McCaffer- , The Kentucky Racing Association offers three stakes for its spring meeting, to be held at Lexington April 23 to May 1, inclusive. One of them is for s another for s and the third for and upwards. The entries close Monday, April 2. To each stake a thousand dollars is added; each has an entrance see of ten dollars, with fifty additional to start. The stake is very properly called the Senorita, in compliment to Capt. Brown's stock farm in this county. It is run at sour and a half furlongs, with weight conditions compelling a penalty of three pounds to the winner of a sweepstakes, five pounds to the winner of two sweepstakes, and allowing maidens five pounds. The Phoenix Hotel Stakes is a renewel of that "well known classic, and this year, as in times past, it will no doubt offer a correct line on the Kentucky Derby, which is run a week later at Louisville. It is at a mile and of a race a sixteenth. of $1,500 in 1906 are allowed five pounds, of a race of $1,000 in 1905 or 1906, ten pounds, and maidens fifteen pounds. The Distillers' Handicap, for and upwards, is likewise the renewal of a classic that has been associated with the Lexington course for many years. It is run at one mile and the official weights will be announced by the handicapper three days before the race is run. Winners of others than a selling purse, aster the announcement of the weights, will be penalized five pounds. three-year-old- s, three-year-old- Non-winne- three-year-ol- Comparison With Last Year. It will be remembered that last year sour stakes were given the three that are offered this year, with an additional, stakes, known as the Lexington Stakes. Under this arrangement the Lexington Stakes was for colts and geldings and the Senorita Stakes for sillies. The same amount of money was added last year as this, except in the case of the Phoenix Hotel Stakes, ty's horses, racing in the name of J. A. Wernberg, are standing idly in their stalls, and the Durnell stable is also in a condition of "inocuous desuetude," while the entire stable of M. H. Tichenor & Co. is to be sold at public auction at the track on the 10th of this month. The stable of C. T. Boots is still here, but contains only sour horses. A rumor prevailed on Tuesday last to the effect that Mr. Boots had sold Borghesi for $10,000 to Barney Schrei-be- r, and on the following day the rumor was partially contradicted, to the effect that Adolph Spreckels was the real purchaser, but I have no confirmation of either report. Bannockburn as a Sire. Barney Schreiber has a good colt in Horace E., by Bannockburn, out of Miss Lynah. He won his fourth victory, yesterday, in the Santa Monica Stakes, at five furlongs, Allerion being second and Kilter third. We had three watches on the race in the timers' stand. Mr. E. R. Smithmade it 1:00, Mr. Ryan stopped on 1:00, and my watch, which does not split, seconds, so we hung out made it 59 1:00 as the corrected time. In any event, it was a very fast race, for the winner was the only one to carry 118 pounds, as against 110 on Allerion and 111 on the Holland colt. The winner is a very handsome chestnut colt with a narrow blaze, and has a most mechanical way of handling "himself. He got off fourth in a field of six and made all the running aster In the first furlong had been traversed. the last furlong he merely cantered and could have easily covered the distance in 59 seconds had he been urged at all. I am particularly pleased at the success of this colt for the sake of his sire, who was an ideal race horse in any country. The race was worth over $1,900 to the winner. This is the best showing made for several years by any horse from the Blair Athol branch of Stockwell blood, in America at least, although it has been at the head of affairs in Australia for several seasons through Lochiel and Clan Stuart. Is others of Bannockburn's get do as well hereafter, we may expect the handsome brown horse at Woodlands to occupy a very prominent place among HIDALGO. our native sires. 3 which had a value of five hundred dollars greater than now applies. A telegram to the manager of The Kentucky Farmer and Breeder from Mr. M. J. Winn, president of the American Turf Association, on last Saturday stated that the Association at its monthly meeting at New Orleans had just-- confirmed the dates originally granted the Lexington track and that the meeting would be held here April 23 to May 2, as previously announced. It is in accordance with this announcement that the stake entry blanks are being gotten out. The stakes will close on Monday, April 2, and with the enthusiasm and sentiment that all horsemen feel about the Lexington track, there can be little doubt that an excellent entry list will be secured. Subscription List. About $400 has been subscribed since the report of subscriptions last week, and there will no doubt be othei subscriptions within the next several days. A full list of those subscriptio-- j as they have thus far come in sollows: $fc00.00 Phoenix Hotel Company Lexington Railway Company .... 400.00 Lexington Brewing Company .... 300.00 Col. Milton Young, McGrathiana Stud 150.00 J. N. Camden, Jr., Hartland Stud.. 100.00 Clay, Runnymede Stud.. 100.00 Col. E. F. T. C. McDowell, Ashland Stud 100.00 C. F. McMeekin, Oakland Stud 100.00 Leland Hotel 100.00 100.00 Stoll & Co 100.00 Stoll & Hamilton 100.00 Home Construction Co 100.00 Hendricks Bros Bluegrass Traction Company 100.00 G. D. Wilson 100.00 100.00 E. L. March Leonard Hotel 50.00 Company Combs Lumber 50.00 Cigar Stand Phoenix Hotel 50.00 D. Purcell 50.00 J. 50.00 Hinde & Baker, Millcreek Stud Lexington & Eastern R. R. Co. . . . 50.00 50.00 Graves, Cox & Co C. F. Brower & Co 50.00 50.00 Smith, Watkins & Co 50.00 Hagyard, Bryan & Shannon 25.00 Barnes & Hall 25.00 E. T. Graves 25.00 Reed Hotel 25.00 Kaufman, Straus & Co Bluegrass Commission Co 25.00 25.00 Kearns & Brandt R. H. Anderson, Tea's Over Stud.. 25.00 25.00 Victor Bogaert 10.00 J. H. Wilson & Bro Lexington Drug Company 10.00 10.00 Fred J. Henitz 10.00 John B. Payne 10.00 King & Metzger 10.00 F. T. Justice & Co '10.00 Lexington Roller Mills Co 10.00 R. Lee Cassell Total $3,330.00 . Mr. Paul J. Rainey, the young Cleveland turfman who owned the unfortunate Yan- kee Consul, will not be deterred in his quest of turf honors by the lamentable death of the promising son of Sempro-niu- s. He will campaign a select string on the Eastern tracks this year, as last, under the name of the Tippah Farm Stable. The well known Lexington trainer, J. W. May, who prepared Highball for his various victories, will again be in charge of the string. There are the Heaslip and Toots Mook, and Chestnut the following two year-oldcolt by imp. Deceiver Lydia II.; chestnut silly bySt. Leonards Veva (half sister to Delhi); chestnut colt by Gold Heels Sister Tenny; bay colt by Belvidere imp. Lucasta (half brother to Lux Casta); chestnut colt by Sir Dixon Kismet (half brother to Whimsical); chestnut silly by imp. Mirthful Brune. The Sir Dixon Kismet colt is at the Lexington track in the stable of Jack Baker. The remainder of the string is at Memphis, having been shipped from here several weeks ago. three-year-old- s, s: It is stated that Barney Schreiber, the Missouri breeder and turfman, who has had a most successful winter season in California, will race an extensive string at the Eastern trades the coming summer. It is his present plan to ship Dr. son of BanGardner, the nockburn Uarda, to Memphis for the Tennessee Derby, come from there to Lexington, then on to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, and from Louisville to go East. three-year-o-

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