Pleased with Bo McMillan: Owner and Admirers Jubilant over Colts Derby Trial-Bradley May Not Have a Starter, Daily Racing Form, 1923-05-17


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PLEASED WITH BO McMILLAN Owner and Admirers Jubilant Over Colts Derby Trial — Bradley May Not Have a Starter. LOUISVILLE. Ky.. May 16.— Followers of the T. J. Pendergast stable, and they are legion all through the Western section as well as in Kentucky, were jubilant this morning as a result of the impressive showing by Bo McMillan in his final Kentucky Derby trial. He worked three seconds better than any other Derby eligible and among the performers were the supposed cracks of the East, including Martingale, Enchantment, Chickvale and Cherry Pie. For some time turf followers here have been inclined to lean towards him as the mainstay of this section. His winning races at Lexington were outstanding and proved his superiority over those colts he met — exeepb-ing in the instance when Nassau beat him. That race must be discounted, for Bo McMillan was given a blundering ride. If Bo McMillan performs next Saturday to his showing of his trial today he will be a prime factor in the decision of the big race. Owner Pendergast naturally was enthusiastic over the colts good work this morning. "It will be a happy occasion should Bo McMillan succeed in landing the big race Saturday," said Mr. Pendergast, "and I am encouraged by his impressive work this morning that he will render a good account of himself Saturday. It has always been my belief that Bo McMillan is a good colt, but I dont underestimate the prowess of the other starters. I look to see the colt run a splendid race Saturday." Mr. Pendergast is modest with respect to the possible outcome of the race, more so than a number of wise horsemen who incline to believe that the colt which beats Bo McMillan home will be the victor. Derby madness seems to be on in earnest now and a steady stream of newcomers is the rule daily and will continue until the morning of the race. The composition of the field is still a quandary. Failure of any three-year-old to show outstanding superiority has given the race its most open aspect in the forty-nine years it has been run. BRIGHT TOMORROW DOUBTFUL. The only probable absentee of the twenty-five mentioned as possible starters in the last forty-eight hours is Bright Tomorrow. Owner Bradley has about decided that he will not have representation in the race this year. In the event that he does not have a starter, it releases two good riders. Lyke is sure to be astride one of the Whitney representatives and C. Ponce, another Bradley contract Jockey will have a mount, possibly on General Thatcher, though trainer Preston Burch was this morning dickering with C. Robinson to ride. Backers of Zev were considerably encouraged by advices that the Rancocas colt would be shipped here. His good race yesterday at Jamaica indicates that trainer Hildreth still believes in him. The colt is Continued on twelfth page] PLEASED WITH BO McMILLAN ,t| IT Continued from first page. scheduled to arrive Thursday night and will II be preceded by Dave Leary and jockey E. Sande. "If the track is heavy Anna ML Humphrey ... can be put down as a sure starter," said j,j owner J. C. Milam this afternoon. "No reason , why she shouldnt have a chance," continued the owner. "She has an abundance ,e of speed and an advantageous position in i_ _ the early part in a big field is always a factor." If she startes Gamer will have the ie mount on her. This may disarrange the plans of Frederick r. Johnson, who had counted on Garner to t0 pilot Nassau in the race. It is truly remarkable how little Vigil is js regarded here, even though his Preakness Sb success entitles him to every considciation. n There seems to be a general belief that his ls triumph was a fluky one. He was cantered a u stiff quaiter during the afternoon, but did jj not command more than passing notice. — — «-

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