Sport: Blue Jacket, Brown Cap

Last week eight fillies were sold in Lexington, Ky. To sportswriters, whose occupational disease is sentimentality, this sale was an occasion for mourning. It followed hard on an announcement by Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney that he was going to give up racing for good, and it marked the beginning of the end of a Grand Old Stable.

That stable was figuratively erected on Wall Street when, near the end of the 19th Century, Financier William Collins Whitney began to buy race horses with the open intention of winning more races than Speculator James R. Keene....