The Newbrook Stable
(Article from the Dec 10, 1930 Horse Review)
What proved to be a most happy and satisfactory arrangement made by Mr.
H. Stacy Smith, of Newark, N. J., owner of the Newbrook Stable, was the
spending of the past winter at Pinehurst, N. C., the Mid-South Spa, offering
varied sports and pleasures unsurpassed at any other winter resort. The
Newbrook Stable was really under the supervision of trainer William Hodson,
of Hartford, Conn., but owner Smith spent a pleasant and, healthful vacation
assisting in the conditioning and training of the horses.
There were ten members of the Newbrook cast a majority of them being
trained for the matinees of the Road Horse Association of New Jersey,
at Newark, which the Newbrook Stable owner takes a leading part in. The
members of the stable to be raced professionally by trainer Hodson were
the westernbred and trained gelding Happy the Great 2:041/4, by Peter
the Third, and the sensational four-year-old pacer Prince W., 3, 2:051/4,
by Prince McKinney, purchased during the winter. They were named in the
Bay State and Orange County meetings, Prince W.'s campaign to be governed
by his success once the season was started.
And what a season the wiry built four-year-old enjoyed! Starting with
the call to the score, be literally strode through the Bay State Circuit
meetings without the loss of a heat, not even threatened seriously, his
fastest mile in that famous early chain paced at Springfield, Mass., where
he won the first heat of the 2:14 class in 2:06.
The Newbrook horses then moved along to the Orange County meetings, starting
at Owego, where he won the 2:14 pace, best beat 2:0714. At Elmira, the
2:14 class horses made him lower his winning. mark to 2:051/2, and at
Goshen, Cold Cash, 3, 2:02, was dangerous, but unable to bead the Newbrook
star, as he won in 2:061/4, 2:051/2, 2:053/4, the easy gaited gelding
not losing a heat thus far in eight races. But then, over the very fast
track at Middletown, the Prince and Cold Cash staged one of the best pacing
races of the year over a half-mile track. Prince W. won the first beat
in 2:07, his adversary winning the second round by pacing the last half
in 1.00, flat, time of the mile 2:061/2 ; and then, after another blistering
heat, Cold Cash cashed in 2:043/4 by a length from the Prince.
Prince W. was 2-2-1 to Margaret Grattan in 2:051/2, 2:061/2, 2:051/4,
at Hartford, Conn., the result standing more as a tactical mistake of
driver Hodson than a true bill of the merits of the Newbrook entry and
the Grattan mare. The Prince next won the Republican purse of $2,000,
for 2:14 pacers, at Goshen's Grand Circuit meeting in 2:04, 2:051/4, 2:041/4
; finishing up his year's program with a hollow victory in the Buffalo
Road Drivers' 2:16 pace at Syracuse in 2:033/4, 2:04, 2:031/4.
As further racing would handicap him, so far as classification is concerned
another year, he was then retired with an enviable record made in the
best meetings of the east. His score was 10 firsts and two seconds in
12 starts and winnings of $8,850, in which he had won 25 heats over the
half-mile tracks, in an average time of 2:081/4, and nine heats over the
mile tracks in an average time of 2:04 2/3.
Prince W. is one of the best bred pacers living, his dam being Margaret
S. 2:263/4 (own sister of Captain S. 2:051/2), by Axworthy; grandam the
famous Grace 2:043/4, by Peter the Great.
Happy the Great 2:041/4, also recruited to the stable, made a highly
creditable showing, even though he was meeting the sensational Hollyrood
Dick 2:001/4 almost every week. Happy raced all through the Bay State
and Orange County meetings, also made a side journey to Trenton, N. J.,
winning four races, six second places, and in excess of $6,385. One of
the highlights in his campaign was the winning of the third heat in the
$10,000 trot at Avon, Conn., in 2:06, a new track record for trotters.
In three starts in the Orange County he was twice second and once first.
He also won a handicap race at Goshen's mile track Grand Circuit meeting,
trotting in 2:101/2, 2:09, with a 120-foot handicap. He took another handicap
at Reading, Pa., in 2:113/4, 2:113/4, 2:12, and at Trenton, over the very
sandy track at the InterState Fair grounds, won a sparkling race in 2:083/4,
Very shortly afterwards he was returned to the Weequahic Park, Newark,
track to begin a series of remarkable races and exhibitions in the matinees.
He won the free-for-all trots on both Oct. 4 and 11, and must be credited
with a great performance when he first won the same class on Newark's
Gala Day, Oct. 18, and an hour later was driven by Mr. Smith in the double
team exhibition with the three-year-old filly Laurel Leaf (mat. 2:101/2),
the pair lowering the halfmile track double-team record from 2:121/4 to
2:101/4 in one of the finest exhibitions seen in many years.. They were
carefully rated to the quarter in :34, trotted the next quarter in :311/4,
to the half in 1:051/4, stepping the last half in 1:05, for a magnificent
mile in 2:101/4. The owner, a 220-pound amateur, received hearty congratulations
from many friends fortunate in seeing his splendid work in driving and
rating the mile. This exhibition mile made Happy the Great's twentieth
appearance of the year, a tribute togood handling, with a full measure
of credit to the game gelding.
Another outstanding record made by a member of the Newbrook Stable, over
the delightful track at Weequahic Park, was a mile in 2:121/2 by the two-year-old
pacing filly Wilma Scott, by Peter Scott, the best for a pacer of her
age over the track, which event occurred July 4. Laurel Leaf won the second
heat of the 2:15 trot in 2:101/2, on July 19, to become the fastest heat
winner of any three-year-old trotter ever to race at Weequahic. The two-year-old
filly Allie McElwyn, by Mr. McElwyn, won there in 2:163/4 on Aug. 19.
The Newbrook amateur also won with the two-year-old filly Juniata, by
Peter Montgomery, in 2:151/2, on Sept. 27, and with the three-year-old
Eleanor, by Peter Volo, in 2:131/4, 2:141/4, at the Gala Day matinee.
And the same day the handsome chestnut yearling Maid McElwyn, by Mr. McElwyn,
was driven an exhibition mile in 2:33, and a few days later was marked
in 2:26, the first half in 1:111/4, for one of the smartest performances
ever seen at Weequahic Park.
All told the Newbrook Stable won 14 professional races, and approximately
18 matinee events, a world's team record, and so many minor triumphs that
the year as a whole will ever be memorable.
The mentor of the Newbrook Stable is, as stated, a leading figure in
that famous matinee organization, the Road Horse Association of New Jersey,
every season seeing his imprint affixed in the trotting sport at Weequahic
Park. It is a pleasure to think that his year of 1930 has been so pleasant,
and that the stable is again in winter quarters at Pinehurst. We sincerely
hope, in closing, that the season of 1931 will again see the Newbrook
Stables colors on top.