Tracks Deep in Mud: Fast Moves Out of Question at Both Louisville Courses, Daily Racing Form, 1923-04-07


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TRACKS DEEP IN MUD * Fast Moves Out of Question at Both Louisville Courses. ♦ Donges Appears in Fine Bodily Condition — All Derby Box Reservations Exhausted. LOmnmUS, Kv.. April 6.— This morning brake clear and cool and many of the Kentucky Derby horses were out The track was in such condition that fast moves were out of the question, the courses at both Churchill Downs and Douglas Park being deep in mud. Trainer J. S. Ward sent Donges out for a gallop of a quarter, with former jockey Ros-coe loose in the saddle. The son of Celt" was ready to run and it was all Roscoe could do to restrain him in 2S. Donges is training admirably and. barring unforeseen accidents, is sure to be a starter in the big race. He has every sign of a Derby colt, not only on last years form but the manner in which he covers the ground this spring. He is in competent hands and his backers feel sanguine he will give his best when he runs in th Derby, and that best, they say, will be first money. Actuary, the R. H. Anderson Derby candidate, worked three-quarters in the heavy going. He took to the soft going like a duck to water. He was pulled up at the end of his gallop in 1 :27. good work for the heavy track. Chittagong and Flowers of Dove, from the Keene Drothers stable, were cantered five-eighths in 1 :12%. Both seemed to run easily in the going and were scarcely blowing at the finish. Cartoonist and Hyperion were given a short canter at Douglas Park in preparation for more strenuous work tomorrow. In Me-moriam. at the same track, also was galloped slowly. He will be given a stiff workout tomorrow and puobably will be sent for a fast move Sunday. SKKE/.IX OCT FOR GALLOP. Trainer Van Meter had Skeezix, the F. J. Kelley Derby candidate, out on the track, but he was not asked to do anything, for the reason that he was just taken off the train after a long trip across the continent from California. Skeezix looks as if he was well along in his preparation for the Derby, and has tilled out into a spanking looking racer since last fall. He ranked along well with the other western colts last year, winning four of his lifteen starts and .:ioT in money. Mr. Van Meter had some ill luck with the ■ string of horses he took to California last fall. lour of them dying from the strenuous trip. The horses that succumbed were lang-way. Bastinado. Rencelaw and a two-year-old. Mr. Van .Meter also was forced to leave in California Anne Elizabeth, one of the stars of the stable. This filly was turned out at the new ranch recently bought by Mr. Kelley between Oakland and San Jose. The ranch is intended for a breeding farm by Mr. Kelley and contains I.*** acres. The large band of matrons ha has quartered at the Waldeck Farm, near Louisville, will be transferred to the California place next fall. The management of the Churchill Downs track announced today that the box reservations for the Derby May 19 have been exhausted and that there are no more for sale. Advertisements for boxes from out of town turf enthusiasts are appearing in local papers, hut it is said that the Kentucky Jockey Club people took particular care to see that none of the boxes fell into hands of speculators. All the holders of boxes have been "vised" and it does not seem there is a leak anywheie. The boxes sold include those in the new clubhouse, which is still under course of construction. Inquiries for reservations for single seats, which are coming in thousands, are met with the reply that there will be no reserved single seats, as it has been the policy of the club for many years that those seats will go to the first that get there, without the reservation clause. It is estimated that 2and.0M persons can be comfortably s-ateil at Churchill Downs this year and equally that many can get a view of the Derby from terraced ste"ps and lawns in front of the stands. Others who come will have to take pot luck from the field, roofs of stables and buildings adjacent to the Downs. FOALS AT MlRlHY FARM. Tom Murphy reported several foals this morning :ii his slock farm near ljouisville. Kiva tooled a bay filly by Golden Maxim, May C. a chestnut coit by Golden Maxim, Kharamaneh. bay colt by Golden Maxim, and Lily Mac a bay colt by Golden Maxim. The latter is a brother to Maximac, which won the Thanksgiving Handicap at Bowie loot year and proved himself a real racer. Mr. Murphy says he has about fifteen mares yet to foal. Most of these are in foal to Boou and Saddle. For the first time this year the starting gates to educate the baby laeers at the barrier were installed at both the Louisville tracks this morning. Starter William Ham- ilton had charge of the gate at Douglas Park and his assistant, Hugh Gilmorc, looked after the one at Churchill Downs. Jockey A. Yerratt took a leave of absence of a few days to visit his family in Detroit. Trainer Peter Coyne is off duty for the present. He had his tonsils removed a few days ago. Metric, the Short Grass colt recently purchased by Ifooe Gotdbtatt from the EL H. Hewitt dispersal sale, is out of the Derby according to Mr. Goldblatt. John Bchorr, trainer for the E. B. McLean stable, notified Tom Young, track superintendent at Chun-hill Downs, to reserve stalls for the McLean horses having stake engagements at Churchill Down* At the conclusion of racing in Maryland, the Me- I Lean stable will be snipped to l.atonia and race on the Kentucky circuit this year. Mr. Young also received a t legram from ,".. K. Brysoo to reserve tWO stalls for Setting Sun and another horse. This makes it appear that Setting Sun will be s r.T here to fill his engagement in the Kentucky Derby.

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