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New Moon, a son of Sagamore Farm’s legendary stallion Discovery, appeared on the cover. Bred and owned by Henry L. Straus and trained by Frank A. Bonsal Jr., New Moon was the recent winner of the Aqueduct and Capital Handicaps.

It was noted that Bonsal “put on a one-man show” as the Maryland fall racing season got underway. “Bonsal, who has been around horses since he was able to walk. . . enjoyed the unusual experience of sending out four horses on the first program at Laurel and having three win with the other finishing second to one of those victors.”

Two of the wins came in divisions of the Capital Handicap. After taking the first division with New Moon, Bonsal trainees The Doge and Quarter Moon (the latter a half-brother to New Moon also owned by Straus) took the top two spots in the other.

  • Delaware Park’s board of directors authorized the executive committee to proceed with a general survey and the drawing of plans for expansion. The most important change being contemplated was “sufficient alteration in the grandstand and clubhouse structure so that the seating capacity will be considerably increased.” Among other projected improvements was “an expansion of parking facilities so that motor traffic can be more fully accommodated.”

  • Famed scribe “Salvator” took a look at the pedigree of English Derby winner Dante and expounded on the colt’s American heritage through his celebrated sire Nearco.

    The Italian-bred, English-based stallion’s great-granddam, Sibola, was bred by Pierre Lorillard and foaled in 1896 at his Rancocas Farm in Jobstown, N.J. She was taken to England as a yearling, won the One Thousand Guineas and entered the breeding program where she produced the filly Catnip (Nearco’s second dam)."

    Nearco traced back to the Cub Mare, imported to the colonies in 1765 by James De Lancey of New York. The remarkable female line wound through New Jersey with Daniel Hunt in the late 1700s, to Pennsylvania with Aristides Welch in the mid-1800s, to Lorillard.

    Noted Salvator: “The chain of Nearco’s maternal ancestors bred in U.S.A. began as far back as 1769 [the year of birth of the Cub Mare’s daughter Slamerkin] and extended to 1896, or over a period of 127 years. . . This is a longer period than this family had existed in England and Italy [1910 to 1935].”

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