Next week (says a recent New York letter in a contemporary) the great attempt will be made by Maud S. to bring down her time for a trotted mile to a yet lower figure, and every horsemau is agog with expectation. Meanwhile the evolution of the trotting horse is widely discussed, and a curious array of conflicting facts have been brought together in regard to the illustrious animals which have each in their turn reduced the recorded time, or, as the turfmen say, " broken the record," These facts show in a striking way that the one great secret of speed is something that eludes discovery. It cannot depend on sex, because the first record below 2 mm. 20 sec. belonged to a mare, Flora Temple, while hers was broken by the male Dexter. Then another mare, Goldsmith Maid, beat Dexter's time, and in her time suffered eclipse by a male, Rarus. Rarus' record was beaten by another male, St. Juljen, who was beaten by
Maud S. A month ago Maud S. was beaten by a malo, Jay Eye See, and on tbe second day thereafter reoovered her supremacy, and retains it still. Nor does sjpeed depend altogether on age. Goldsmith Maid broke the record when she was 16, ' and Jay Eye See and Maud S. when they were only six, while the others were of all sorts of intermediate ages. Nor does speed depend on either size, colour, or shape; Rarus is bay, Dexter brown, Maud S chestnut, and Jay Eye See black, Rarus is 16 hands high, and the others settle gradually down to Flora Temple, who was less than 15. Rarus is^known as the long- backed horse, while Jay Eye See is rather compact. This list of record breakers includes long legs and short legs, long tails and short tails, and in Flora Temple's case, scaroely any tail at all ; and it includes all sorts of gaits, dispositions, and peculiarities of temper. Some were well bred, others conspicuously badly bred, and some had no breeding at all. No one of these horses was like the others in any respeot, except that it was swift. Perhaps a similar compilation of facts in regard to the running horses might lead to better results ; but it is plain that we are as much in the dark as ever as to what are the essential outward signs of that combination of speed and endurance wbioh enables a horse to trot a mile in Icbs than 2 mm, 20 sec. In this country, where each second below 2 mm. 25 sec. adds lOOOdol to the value of the horse, such an inquiry is of peculiar interest to breeders.
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Otago Witness, Otago Witness, Issue 1722, 22 November 1884
AMERICAN TROTTERS. Otago Witness, Issue 1722, 22 November 1884
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