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 Looking Back

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 The Fair Hill fall races were not kind to champions Tuscalee, Haffaday and Bon Nouvel, all of whom failed to win.

Tuscalee, carrying top weight of 162 pounds, fell at the fourth fence in the Manly Steeplechase Handicap. Edward S. Voss’ *Atamisqui, trained by W. Burling Cocks, ridden by Doug Small, and carrying next highest impost of 139 pounds, was the winner.

Timber star Haffaday lost his rider, Paddy Neilson, at the second fence in the Cecil County Steeplechase (Alfred H. Smith’s Hunters Risk was the winner). And Mrs. T.A. Randolph’s Bon Nouvel, the nation’s top steeplechaser in 1964 and 1965, finished fourth in a flat race. A record crowd of 18,200 bet a record-high $177,000 on the seven-race program.

 The eighth annual Eastern Fall Yearling sale broke the $1 million mark in gross sales, and the 225 yearlings sold averaged a record $4,992, 10 percent higher than the previous year. The sales topper was a Maryland-bred colt by Delta Judge out of Scarlet Lilly, by *Bernborough, a half-brother to stakes winner Balustrade purchased by Sonny Werblin for $30,000. The breeder and consignor was 28-year-old Cornell graduate Michael P. Martin, who purchased Scarlet Lilly at Keeneland for $12,500 in 1965 when Balustrade was a weanling.

Twenty-two yearlings sold for $10,000 or more, among the buyers W. Burling Cocks, B. Frank Christmas, D.W. Carroll, Peter Fuller and Mace Siegel.

Mace Siegel’s purchase was a filly by Francis S. later named Samantha S. The filly failed to win in two starts but was a productive broodmare for the Siegel family  – Mace, his wife Jan and daughter Samantha – with 11 winners from 14 foals, including stakes performers Buy My Act, Unreal Ragout and Feel the Zeal.

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