Sunshine at Downs: Warmer Weather Puts New Life into Training Operations, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-26


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SUNSHINE AT DOWNS Warmer Weather Puts New Life Into Training Operations. Worthmore, Black Gold, Wise Counsellor and Other Derby-Candidates Under Saddle. LOUISVTLLE, Ky., March 25. The advent of sunshine and warmer weather in this section Tuesday morning revived the spirits of horsemen at both local .tracks and put new life into training operations. The horses also appeared to welcome the passing o dreary weather, for they went about their tasks with snap and dash that had been lacking heretofore this spring, and, although the tracks had not dried out sufficiently to be termed fast, they were in a condition to permit of some useful w-ork. This applied more particularly to Churchill Downs, where all of the fifteen Kentucky Derby candidates in training figured conspicuously in the morning exercise. The preparation of the Derby colts has advanced to such an extent that their trainers are beginning to send them along over greater distances than they have been asked to go since their spring training commenced. Wise Counsellor and Worthmore, which have been working a half mile, were among the number that on Tuesday morning were required to extend themselves by covering the five-eighths route. The colts, as usual, went out together, and both, under restraint, covered the distance in 1:08. They both pulled up in excellent condition. W. S. Walker had the J. E. Madden trio of Derby colts Gypsy King, Polo Ground and Check out for a gallop at a similar distance, which they worked in l:07Vs. Bourbon Boy and King Gorin II., whose training is being directed by-Pete Coyne, covered the five-eighths in creditable time, and ran as though they were ready to go a mile. JtEADY FOR STIFF GALLOP. Sanola and Glide, in the care of Lon Jones, were jogged around the course three times. They will be sent out for an ambitious gallop, Wednesday morning. Quivero and Frank-man, both of which wintered in New Orleans and are therefore well advanced in their Derby preparation, are being given a short respite from hard work. Both colts, however, will soon have to knuckle down to hard work and will not be permitted to train off. Black Gold got his first introduction to the Churchill Downs track, since the fall meeting, when he was brought out this morning for exercise. The black colt, with Charlie Akers up, attracted much attention from the spectators as, with an even stride, he galloped slowly around the track a number of times. j H. Webb, trainer of Black Gold, was unable to be at the track to direct the training of the colt Mr. Webb was taken ill Monday and, in consequence, will be confined to his room for several days. John Loftus, trainer of the Oak Ridge Stable, now quartered at Belmont Park, has applied for stabling room at Churchill Downs during the forthcoming meeting. Loftu3 has under his care five Kentucky Derby eligibles belonging to his employers and, in all probability, intends bringing several of the number to Louisville to start in the Derby. The stables candidates are Mino, Apprehension, Faenza, Plough Boy and Laurano. GLIDING FOX INJURED. Gliding Fox, two-year-old filly by Moss Fox Gliding Belle, one of the most highly prized in the barn of Harned Bros. and Jones, will be on the shelf for some time as the result of having struck herself while in her stall a few days ago. The filly is suffering with a badly wrenched shoulder. Judge Charles F. Price, presiding steward and assistant manager of the Kentucky Jockey Club, who is spending his usual winter vacation at Naples, Fla., is due to return to his home in this city March 30, according to a letter received at the clubs office today. Walter Davis, whp for a number of years was employed by the stable of, C. C. Van Meter, returned Tuesday from Tijuana, where the "Van Meter horses are being raced. He brought the information that jockey Bert Kennedy, who left here last fall to ride for the Van Meter stable on the coast, had left the stable and signed a contract to ride this year in Kentucky for the Audley Farm j Stable. Mr. Davis also reported that Chat-terton, former star of the Van Meter stable, is now being bred to fifteen mares at Mr. Van Meters California farm. It is probable that Chatterton will be put back in training again next fall, according to Mr. Davis. II. P. Headley has written from Lexington requesting stabling room at Churchill Downs for twelve horses. Among the number he will bring here are Chacolet, Hopeless, Sayno j and Digit, the latter a Kentucky Derby candidate. I Jockey Harry Stutts, who is visiting his i home at Hot Springs, Ark., will arrive in j Louisville next Monday to report to the : Audley Farm Stable, for which he will con-I tinue to ride.

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