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In the June issue of M.A.P. appear some interesting particulars of the caieei of Mr W. C Whitney, the owner of Volodyovski, who won the last English Derby. Just 60 years of age, clean-faced, except for a pronounced moustache — pince-nez set firm on a determined nose, clear brown eyes that look direct, a high forehead with crisp wiry hair outlining three sides of a square — such, says the writer, is the first impression of the face of Mr W. C. Whitney, the second American to win the Derby (Mr Pierre Lorillard, in 1881, was the first) and break all records at the same time. Chat with him and he'll not use a superfluous word. Quiet, contained, interested, and interesting, full of pleasant little an:cdotes, but never drawn on business, one pricks the surface only to find the lawyer and the keen" business man. Pub"" affairs are his recreation, policies his amusement, horseracing his hobby. By ira w stairs he has achieved his position. A 1 - Secretary of the Navy in Grover Cleveland's Administration—in 18E5 — he reorganised the Ameriea.n. Navy just in tim? r ov Santiago and ilanila in 1597. As a fi':? ?i c r he holds the highest rank in New V \c City. Insurance companies, theatres, ""-anks, and railroads claim him as a directo--: but his great work— the seizing and ho!'" : .ig of the Metropolitan (New York) str'-cc tramways, backing them with his ea\r<> and counsel — is. perbaps, the work of his life — next to winning the Ensr^V- r>prby. which has given him most satisfaction. By slow und sure degrees Mr "Whitney has attained his nosition in the racing world. In four years his "speoidingV stand thus: — Stables and pack at Roslyn £20,000 Garretscn place, Sheepshead Bay . . . . 35,000 Brood mares, etc 60,000 Twenty two-year-olds .. .. 20,000 Horses in England 15,000 Kilmarnock II 6,000 Volodyovski (leased two years) .. .. 4,000 Lissak 3,000 Admiration , .. .. 2,000 Total £165,000 In addition to the above Mr Whitney recently paid £10,000 for the American colt Nasturtium. Only a few months ago he leased Heath House, the training quarters of poor "Bill" Beresford, where he secured John* Huggins as his rtainer, and the brothers John and Lester Reiff as jockeys — all at princely fees. He novr heads the list of American owners on the British turf, and at last there is something more than a>n excuse for his oftrepeated, impatient phrase: — "Bw't talk politics: I want to talk horse. It's more interesting."

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W. C. WHITNEY., Otago Witness, Issue 2472, 31 July 1901

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W. C. WHITNEY. Otago Witness, Issue 2472, 31 July 1901