1925: Belmont Stakes Entries Show Absence of Many Good Horses

3YOs lack test (Washington Post, 1925.05.24)“Neither the Preakness revival at Pimlico, nor the fifty-first Kentucky derby running at Churchill Downs determined the 3-year-old championship of 1925. Nor will the Belmont revival June 13, notwithstanding ten or a dozen of the smartest 3-year-olds of American racing, will gallop one mile and three furlongs in the Belmont over the biggest course in the United States for a purse of $50,000 and they will be fitter than the participants in the Preakness and Kentucky derby were.

Three-year-old championships are rarely, if ever, decided in springtime. And the coming Belmont could not possibly serve as the determinative test of 1925, if they were, because the Belmont can not possibly attract all of the formidable bidders for this season’s crown.

Gifford A. Cochran’s Kentucky derby winner, Flying Ebony, is not a Belmont eligible. Coventry, the Negafol colt with which Mr. Cochran won the Preakness to his own surprise and the astonishment of his astute trainer, William Duke, is in the Belmont, but it is questionable whether he will start…

Walter J. Salmon’s fine imported Devonshire is not a Belmont eligible. Neither is Edward Riley Bradley’s Blue Warbler, the crack 3-year-old filly of the West…”
– The Washington Post, 05/24/1925

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