From The Field Of Battle: Louisville Already Crowded To Near Derby Day Capacity---Morvich In Prime Favor---Letterman Impresses By Good Trial---Field To Be Small, Daily Racing Form, 1922-05-12


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FROM THE FIELD OF BATTLE LOUISVILLE ALREADY CROWDED TO NEAR DERBY DAY DAYCAPACITY CAPACITY MORVICH IN PRIME FAVOR LETTERMAN IMPRESSES BY GOOD GOODTRIAL TRIAL FIELD TO BE SMALL BY J L DEMPSEY DEMPSEYLOUISVILLE LOUISVILLE Ky May 11 This city is again seething with excitement as it usually does on days immediately preceding the run ¬ ning of the Kentucky Derby when arrivals begin to pour in here from all parts of the country The usual bustle and mad scramble for hotel accommodations an old story one that has been familiar for the last ten years was again noted The fortunate ones who have made reservations as far back as Janu ¬ ary heaved sighs of satisfaction when as ¬ signed to rooms Those who met failure carried puzzled expressions and sought after hostelries with varying results Some were successful others not but they are here to witness the fortyeighth decision of the fa ¬ mous race and here they will stay until it is over managing in some fashion to extricate a few hours of rest before they again wend their way homeward homewardEarly Early arrivals this year are more numer ¬ ous than in previous years and lead one to believe that the largest crowd in the history of the race will be at Churchill Downs next Saturday to witness the Derby decision and attending incidents incidentsThis This year brings numerous first timers They have come from distant lands as far as Honolulu and the Orient They seem to be in a maze as a result of the turmoil even at this early period As one remarked If the mad frenzy is on fortyeight hours before the day of the race what will it be at the track on the day of the race raceNaturally Naturally the question uppermost at pres ¬ ent is What horse will win the big race and its 50000 and handsome gold service The questioner usually finds ready response from the majority with Morvich will Of course there are some dissenting opinions some loyal to Bradley others in this section to Deadlock Several easterns opine that Man o Wars brother My Play will triumph a minority giving Startle a chance to repeat Regrets victory and enroll herself in the hall of fame Bets are freely made on the outcome Morvich being pronouncedly the favored one and prospects are that he will be at much shorter odds than the even money he is quoted at around sporting quar ¬ ters here Many of the wagers are horse against horse Morvich barred Deadlock and one of the Bradley entries Bet Mosie and By Gosh being the desired ones Surf Rider and John Finn appear friendless and the recent comer Letterman not being con ¬ sidered in the least leastEIGHT EIGHT PROBABLE STARTERS STARTERSToday Today brought with it a clarification in respect to the composition of the Derby field A canvass among the owners brought out the fact vthat the follcting will comprise the field also the probable jockeys jockeysMorvich Morvich A Johnson JohnsonBy By Gosh E Barnes BarnesBet Bet Mosie N Barrett BarrettDeadlock Deadlock E Martin MartinSurf Surf Rider E Scobie ScobieJohn John Finn T Murray My Play C Robinson RobinsonLetterman Letterman L Lyke LykeTrainer Trainer Shannon had J D Mooney en ¬ gaged to ride Deadlock but after E Mar ¬ tins victory on the colt at Lexington and the fact that this rider has been galloping him since he was a yearling caused him to make the change Shannon is confident that he will take Morvichs measure which he holds to be equal to winning the race Shan ¬ non stands to win a fortune if the colt tri ¬ umphs for he has backed him extensively in the winter books at odds ranging from 75 to 1 to 12 to 1 1Earl Earl Pool was to be astride Surf Rider but trainer Spenco is of tho belief that ho will run better under Scobies guidance and his race in the Camden Handicap at Lex ¬ ington supports his contention contentionChurchill Churchill Downs never looked better than it docs now The additional improvements since last fall have made the plant mas ¬ sive but with all its added space to pro ¬ vide comfort to the public it appears it will prove inadequate Over a hundred boxes have been added to the big reservation sec ¬ tion but these and the numerous other van ¬ tage points have been snapped up with avid ¬ ity and thousands of clamoring latecomers are besieging Matt J Winn and others in the Kentucky Jockey Club with their re ¬ quests for boxes and seats in the reserved section sectionThe The newlyerected grandstand near the paddock will afford viewpoints and shelter for thousands and will prove a boon to many owners and trainers with starters in the races for it will afford them plenty of opportunity to superintend the saddling of their charges and then at their leisure fiud J a good location from which to view the per ¬ formance of their horses Heretofore they have had to make a mad dash to find a van ¬ tage point in the main stand almost a quar ¬ ter of a mile beyond beyondSpecial Special trains during the day were as nu ¬ merous as taxicabs Their frequent arrival with big crowds aboard caused a congestion of the principal thoroughfares The Chicago delegation this year promises to be enormous The Windy City has practically adopted the race as its own and annually sends here a delegation that outnumbers that from any other point the local crowd excepted exceptedSpecial Special correspondents reporting for the jiggest newspapers in the country have been icre for days sending out Derby guff by the ream More are on their way to report he actual race New York newspapers have he largest staff of own correspondents icre and among them more wellknown turf writers from that section are W J Macbeth John I Day and Henry King Harvey Wood ¬ ruff and Sam Hall of Chicago came this morning Staff photographers in droves are icre and two motion picture companies are taking advantage of the Derby location to secure color for racing plays that are in the making makingOWNER OWNER AST TRAINER COiJTFIDEITT COiJTFIDEITTBenjamin Benjamin Block and Fred Burlew respect ¬ ively owner and trainer of Morvich feel supremely confident that the unbeaten colt will inaugurate a triumphant threeyearold career with a victory Saturday Arrange ¬ ments have already been made for his return to Jamaica next Sunday and his future program includes a return trip to Latonia o race in the projected 50000 Special to DO run there in which the winner of the Preakness Stakes is to meet the winner of the Kentucky Derby Morvich will be kept at Latonia after that race to try conclusions In the Latonia Derby over its mile and a half distance distanceMany Many of the visitors Journeyed to Church Ill Downs early this morning some particu ¬ larly bent on getting a close up of Mor ¬ vich They were disappointed in this for this was his day of seclusion and his trainer intends to give him a stiff halfmile gallop tomorrow which will be his final prelimi ¬ nary to his race Saturday The visitors to the track were partially repaid by witnessing My Play in a mile workout This brother to the illustrious Man o War covered the dist ¬ ance with Cliff Robinson holding him well in restraint in 1 42 He went along at an even pace the fractions as follows Quar ¬ ter 21 the half mile in 49 and the three quarters in 1 15 He was cantering the remainder of the way and his gallop made a favorable impression impressionNotables Notables from every part of the country have advised of their coming and are due to arrive in private cars tomorrow and early Saturday morning morningLETTERMANS LETTERMANS FAST GALLOP GALLOPSomewhat Somewhat of a sensation was created late in the afternoon when Mrs Payne Whit ¬ neys Letterman which only arrived from the East early this morning was worked a mile and a quarter Derby trial covering the dis ¬ tance in 203 He carried his full Derby weight and finished in good style cooling out without a sign of distress distressMose Mose Goldblatt who wilt have him in charge said after the workout that he did not know what kind of horse he was beyond that in appearance he measured up to Derby requirements and that he had been advised by Scott Harlan who sent the colt here that a work of a mile and a quarter arounc 213 could be regarded as excellent the coll not being one of tho work variety The frac ¬ tions were as follows Quarter 24 half 49 threequarters 114 mile 140 After finishing in 208 he galloped on out the mile and a half in 240 240The The first of the special horse trains from Lexington came in last night It was made up of seven cars and brought tho estab ¬ lishments of J C Gallaher H H Hewitt W L Lewis G Drumhcller W A Baum gartner the remainder of the E R Bradley stable and several others othersJames James W McClelland manager of Edward F Simms thoroughbred interests was an arrival from the East Simms journeyed to his Xalapa Farm Paris Ky to spend a few days before coming here to witness the run ¬ ning of the Derby DerbyJockey Jockey Mack Garner departed for Pimlico to pilot Miss Joy in the Preakness He wil return here in time to ride on Monday Gar ¬ ners contract is held by J C Milam but there may bo a change in hia riding ar Continued on twelfth page FROM THE FIELD OF BATTLE Continued from Tint pace rangements now as his employers stable has been reduced to such a low ebb by the recent fire at Lexington that ho will not require the services of a contract jockey jockeyJockey Jockey C Studer who was seriously in ¬ jured in a fall at Tijuana sometime back that almost cost him his life is here with W T Fatty Anderson his employer and will resume riding at the Downs meeting Jockey Jackie Huntamer who is leading the riders of North America was in the same accident with Studer StuderMoso Moso Goldblatt today disposed of Whippet to Joe Thomas The latter will send his stable to Toronto Monday MondaySeven Seven horses owned by H C Murnan of Mobile Ala came in from that city and were assigned quarters at Douglas Park Mnrnan recently purchased one of the horses that was burned up in the Milam fire and it was to have been delivered to him here hereThomas Thomas M Murphy local breeder reports the arrival of a brown colt by Golden Maxim Yankee Tree brother of United Verde at his farm He also has a yearling brother of the same horse A brother of Pegasus winner of the Grab Bag at Saratoga last summer a bay colt by Golden Maxim Bright Stone is another newcomer at the Murphy farm Eva 1C has foaled a bay colt by Golden Maxim MaximCaptain Captain Fred Fenchler and his brother Louis were among the early arrivals from El Paso Texas for the Derby They plan to remain for the greater part of the meet ¬ ing and will bo guests of general manager Matt J Winn of the Kentucky Jockey Club ClubG G M Johnson brought four horses from Latoiiia where they wintered winteredJockey Jockey George Fields came down from the Milldale course where he has been galloping the J B Respess horses He will ride free lance at the Downs meeting meetingThe The task of collecting the city licenses imposed on the Kentucky trainers and jock ¬ eys was begun this morning City officials took no chances on missing anything aa seven men showed up to assist in the work Quarters have been provided for the license collectors in the racing secretarys office officeEntries Entries for the Seelbach Hotel Handicap worth 1800 over the distance of three quarters to be run on Derby day closed today The weights to be carried will bo bulletined tomorrow tomorrowHigh High Cloud owned by John Lowe showed senstional speed this morning at Churchill Downs in working threequarters in 112 112Many Many of the stables have been split into two sections one being quartered at the Downs while the others were sent to Douglas Park

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