Kentucky Derby Horses Likely To Start: Milford and Sir Cleges Now Most Fancied of the Prominent Eligibles., Daily Racing Form, 1908-04-19


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KENTUCKY DERBY HORSES LIKELY TO START Milford and Sir Cleges Now Most Fancied of the Prominent Eligibles Louisville Ky April IS There is many a string to the bow of the 1OS Kentucky Derby George J Long has two in Sir Cleges and Balbns W II Fizer expects to strike high with Milford Edward Alvey has Dr Mathews J C Milam relies on J C Ilann and although his colt performed dis ¬ appointingly at New Orleans he still lias faith in him as a possibility In the big race Then there is Dnnvegaii Bill Herron Synchronized Simon Weil Gilvedcar Stone Street Banrldge E T Shipp Marens Aureliiis Winifred Ryan Western Knight Cymbal Zagg Frank Bird Joe Moser and Pink Cap It Is expected that a field of six or eight will go to the post on May 5 at Churchill Downs Men who have witnessed the running of the pre ¬ ceding Derbys thirtythree in number cannot re ¬ call one surrounded by more uncertainty Because of this the race possesses great interest Recently sure winners have been displaced by the fast work of some other eligible With the event about three weeks away no one seems able to select the horse which will go the Derby distance one mile and a quarter in fast time timeCondition Condition will tell the story just as it did last year when W II Fizer sent the victor first under the wire in Pink Star StarUnfortunately Unfortunately this has been a bad season for raining Up to this time Sir Cleges and Balbus have been worked but four times Balhus has reeled off a mile in l4fi Sir Cleges time for the same distance was 1 47J Synchronized lias done some good work a shade better than Sir Oleges but lie is not to be compared with him himIt It C Kamis races at New Orleans are not to be considered Milam says In the first place it takes a goodsized lioy to ride him one that can make him extend himself His races this winter were short ones and it Is claimed that be has not bad a fair chance The horse looked good while in the south but bis performances indicated that he was not himself himselfMilford Milford is the one that continues to attract at ¬ tention and is looked upon by Fizer as a sure thing In Iiis last race lie went a mile in 1119 J and gal ¬ loped on the outside all the way He can carry weight and no kind of a track can stop him He is a Falsetto a grand looker and fast It is conceded by good judges that there will be trouble in disposing of him himTrainers Trainers have been retarded by the inclement weather but there is still sufficient time to have the Derby horses fit if the sun shines shinesLon Lon Jones lias a good stable this season lie will cut loose five corking twoyearolds at Churchill Downs during the spring meeting The youngsters are Lordship a colt by Dr Rice Katie G Battle Fleet a colt by Admonition Miss C Ad monitor a black gelding by Admonition Eothens Pearl Admonish a lilly by Admonition Zera Adder a colt by Admonition Fatality Fatality is the dam of Oak Duke and Artful Dodger Battle Fleet is a fullbrother of Zipango and is an excep ¬ tionally goodlooking horse Jones also has Labor Elvira M and Colonel Jim Douglas The last named is the property of Alt Oldham and has come home many a time with the coon skins though be was first but one time last year Jones says that Colonel Jim Douglas looks splendid but he is uncertain about the old campaigners legs Uoscoe Gosse a Louisville boy will ride all the horses in Jones stable Jones thinks he will develop into a good jockey jockeyThe The number of horses at Churchill Downs and Douglas Park is about 1200 The last of the ar ¬ rivals from New Orleans came Thursday night The special which arrived Wednesday had a rough trip After leaving Memphis several rain storms were encountered and near Louisville the train was caught in a cloudburst The horses and their handlers on this train experienced many hardships All pre ¬ sented a woebegone appearance when they unloaded Tlie journey resulted in the death of one horse Buckman a steeplechase performer owned by Thomas Hitchcock Jr and bandied by Herman Flippcn He contracted pneumonia and bled for nearly thirty hours Throughout his career he was a bleeder Buckman was a chestnut gelding by Dorian Miss Buckman At Brighton Beach and in Canada he won several races but at New Orleans he made no showing for the reason that E W Maginn regarded him as a highclass horse and always assigned him a heavy Impost ImpostWhen When Charier Ellison was here this week lie went to Churchill Downs to inspect George J Longs Derby candidate When lie beheld Sir Cleges he expressed unqualifiedlyHe bis admiration unqualifiedly He is certainly a promisinglooking colt was Ellisons comment commentAfter After looking at Balbus the stablemate of Sir Cleges he sab sabBalbus Balbus Is powerfully built and is a good looker but the other colt shows best In my opinion he will win the Derby

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