Daily Racing Form


Expansion Both in Steeplechasing and on the Flat Contemplated
Vincent Powers Preparing Greatest Collection of Jumpers
in History of the Stable for 1923 Competition

NEW YORK, N. Y., January 14 - During the 1922 season of racing the Greentree Stable was the most successful of the cross country establishments while the silks attained an altogether new importance in flat racing. Time was when the stable was only known for its jumpers and while that reputation has been continued the flat running division has grown to an altogether unexpected but well deserved prominence on the turf. Scott Harlan has ably managed and trained the horses that gave the stable its flat racing importance while Vincent Powers has seen to it that the jumpers finished at the top of the heap. In addition to training and schooling the jumpers himself Powers continues as the foremost rider for the establishment and his skill in the saddle had not a little to do with the stable success.

Last year the victory of the old mare Soumangha in the Brook Cup and that of Damask in the Manly Memorial were the two brightest spots in history of the cross-country string. Those were the two races that gave the Greentree silks a safe lead over the big stable raced by C K Harrison Jr who met with some of his best successes in Canada. Incidentally the success that came to the Greentree Stable is an argument that New York horses can top the list with New York and Maryland racing though so many of the stables ship to Canada on the plea that the opportunities are greater on the other side of the great lakes.


It is the present intention of Powers to keep the Greentree Stable in its proud position at the top of the heap. To that end he has in his care the greatest collection of jumpers that he ever made ready to race under the popular silks. They are quartered at Belmont Park and while most of the old ones will be back in training, several new ones are being groomed for what will be offered and it is the intention to make an early start in Maryland, probably at the Havre de Grace meeting, where the first steeplechases of the year are offered.

Damask, winner of the Manly Memorial, has developed into a magnificent steeplechaser and his high quality on the flat will stand him in good stead. He proved himself in the big $10,000 stake at Pimlico and it is confidently expected that he will be brought back to the races better than ever.

The conversion of such a horse into a steeplechaser is deserving of success and it has ever been the plan followed out by the Greentree Stable that no horse is too good to be put to steeplechasing. Too many of the other devotees of cross-country racing will not convert a horse into a jumper until his usefulness as a flat runner is about gone. It is no wonder that such horses fail when racing through the field with sound horses of class and ability to race with the best of them on the flat.

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