December 1902: Articulate’s parentage in question

Articulate parentage headline (CDT 1902.12.28)“The running of the Christmas day handicap was responsible for a bit of turf gossip leaking out that will interest Chicago racetrack followers, because it relates to Articulate. The statement is made on authority that Articulate is in all probability not a son of St. Andrew, as he is registered, and as he is believed to be by all but a few persons, but is really a son of Barney Schreiber’s noted young sire, Sain.

Colt Looks Like a Sain
As the story goes, Utter, the dam of Articulate, was first bred to Sain and afterwards, under the impression she was not in foal, was sent to the stable of St. Andrew. For some reason W. C. De Lopez, who bred the colt, did not think it worth while to register Articulate as by “Sain or St. Andrew,” as colts in such cases usually are registered, but accredited the youngster to St. Andrew. The facts in the case, however, are known by some horsemen, and now most of those so informed feel convinced that the colt which won so many successive races at Washington park last summer is in reality a Sain, and that his successful career should go to swell the brilliant list of performers that carry the blood of the imported Australian horse.

The thing in the Christmas day handicap that brought the story to the surface was the remarkable resemblance presented by Articulate and Corrigan as that pair came down to the wire together leading the field at the end of the first quarter of that mile and a quarter race. If ever two horses looked alike in actions and markings these two did upon this occasion, as they strode along side by side, and a turfman of national prominence who had heard the story of Articulate’s breeding said:

“There is not a particle of doubt in my mind that Articulate is by Sain. His resemblance to Corrigan is sufficient to establish that fact.”

The horseman refused, however, to allow his name to be used in connection with the story, explaining:

“If the mistake made in registering Articulate should become known it would vitiate all the earnings of the horse up to the present time.”

It may be stated that the horseman was not Barney Schreiber and that he was not speaking in the interests of Schreiber’s breeding farm. For that matter, Schreiber has more than 100 mares on his farm in Missouri and he is probably not looking for outside engagements for his most successful stallion.” (Chicago Daily Tribune, 12/28/1902)

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