Aspiration in Limelight: Conceded to be Only Derby Hope at Lexington with Chance to Win the Big Race, Daily Racing Form, 1923-04-18


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ASPIRATION IN LIMELIGHT Conceded to Be Only Derby Hope at Lexington with Chance to Win the Big Race. LEXINGTON, Ky.. April 17.-Close observers of the horses in training at the Kentucky Association track this morning declared that Benjamin I .lock is the owner of the only Kentucky Derby eligible here that has a chance to win the big race at Churchill Downs. This declaration came after they had seen Aspiration, with more than 130 pounds up. gallop a mile, unextendod, in the center of a slow course, in 1 :45%. He had so much in reserve that the impression expressed by good judges of horses, tracks and pace, was that he could have galloped the distance in 1 :40 and not have been in distress at the finish of the mile. After the work he went to his box. was cooled out and ate every grain of his dinner. Trainer Jack Baker, who never becomes enthusiastic about a race horse, quietly commented that he all along had thought that Aspiration is a good horse and now he is positive of it. Phil T. Chinn, who was one of those present and who acted as Blocks representative in buying the son of George Smith and Inspiration at the dispersal sale of the Hewitt horses here less than a month ago, commented that "The time has arrived to un-1 uckle the old leather wallet and shove in the bank roll." And he added : "This is the horse of the hour and the hope of the West, though his owner be an Eastern man." Splendid progress has been made in the restoration of the portions of the grandstand and pari-mutuel offices blown down in the March storm and in the construction of the new terrace from the betting pavilion to the paddock. Those who attend the races at the forthcoming meeting will have a better opportunity for seeing them than heretofore. This terrace is the greatest improvement that ever has been made at the local track. Mrs. Ed Kane this morning reported the arrival of a half sister to Missionary and Messenger at Major August Belmonts Nursery Stud. It is a bay or brown filly by Black Toney — Mission, by Rock Sand. Another foal there today is a half brother to the good class three-year-old filly Alice Biue Gown, he being a bay colt by Hourless — Herencia, by Roi Herode. W. L. Threlkeld of Pleasureville reports the following foals at his establishment in Henry county: Ray colt, by Cudgel — Pleasant Puss; chestnut filly, by The Manager — Lilly P.. ; brown colt, by Jack Hare Jr. — Lady Manager. Captain Thomas J. Clay says one of the finest foals ever dropped at the Ralgowan Stud is a bay colt by Troutbeck — Hull Gull, by Marta Santa. 4

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