For the Preakness: Mr. Mutt and Comic Artist to be Started in Pimlico Feature, Daily Racing Form, 1924-03-27


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I FOR THE PREAKNESS Mr. Mutt and Comic Artist to Be Started in Pimlico Feature. Both Thriving So Well That They Will Be Pointed for Both Preakness and Derby. LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 26. The preparation of "Bud" Fishers Mr. Mutt and Comio Artist for the forthcoming renewal of th Kentucky Derby has been so satisfactory that their trainer, Alexander Gordon, who has had the colts in training at Douglas Park all winter, has entered both in the Preakness Stakes and expects to start them both in the Pimlico race prior to running them in the Kentucky Derby. Gordon believes that his colts are not only good enough to clash with the other three-year-old cracks in the Pimlico feature, but he is also of the opinion that the race will fit them for the Kentucky race that is to be run five days later. Accordingly Gordon has arranged to transfer the colts, together with others of the stable, to the Maryland track About April 15. Another division of the stable will bo sent to Jamaica on the same date under Gordons care. The Fisher horses have done remarkably well during the winter months and are now in quite an advanced stage oC training for the spring races. This applies more particularly to Mr. Mutt, Comic Artist and Nellie Morse, the latter an eligible to tho Kentucky Oaks and other stakes for three-year-old fillies to be decided this year-Mil. MUTT BIG COLT. Sir. Mutt has thrived exceedingly well and. has grown to be a big strapping three-year-old, having developed more than any other three-year-old in local training. Both he and Comic Artist were kept in moderate training all winter and, regardless of weather conditions, were given their daily gallops over the Douglas Park track. They have advanced in their training to such an extent that both are ready to be sent a mile at a fast pace. They have both been sent this distance already, but only in comparatively slow time. Of the two colts Mr. Mutt is the most highly regarded. As a two-year-old he engaged in nineteen contests and won 0,550. His last start, which was in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs, proved disastrous for his backers, for, after running away four miles, he was withdrawn from the race. Comic Artist, by the Kentucky Derby winner, Omar Khayyam, is out of Honey Bee, by Hamburg, and is bred to go the Derby route of a mile and a quarter. He started fifteen times as a two-year-old and won only one race. This was at Churchill Downs in the fall, when he ran seven-eighths in 1:26. Nellie Morse is expected to develop into a corking fast three-year-old and, judging by her two-year-old form, this splendid daughter of Luke McLuke La Venganza ought to justify the high hopes entertained of her. As a two-year-old she did better than either Mr. Mutt or Comic Artist. She engaged in twenty-two races, of which sho won four, was second six times and third twice. Her total winnings amounted to 512,515. IMPORTANT TRANSACTION. The biggest sale of the season was effected Wednesday when C. Bruce Head, owner of Waldeck Farm, transferred to J. F. Peck, owner of the Tri-State Stable, the speedy fcur-year-old Lady Marian ; the brood mares Miss Cynthia, Athena and Scotia, and two yearlings by Master Robert. The consideration was not announced. Miss Cynthia. Scotia and Athenia are all in foal to Mr. Heads stallion, Master Robert. Mr. Peck also purchased a two-year-old filly by Master Robert Epsom May and a black colt by Moss Fox Crestwood Girl, from Robert AV. Hunter, former member of the Kentucky State Racing Commission. All of tho Peck purchases were turned over to the care of Al Steele at Churchill Downs. The sale of five horses by Mr. Head leaves that owner with the stallion Master Robert, the broodmare Brimful, and the three-year-old colt Altawood as his sole thoroughbred . holdings. It gave rise to the report that Mr. Head intended retiring from the business of breeding and racing altogether. But this Mr. Head denied. He will continue in the business, although on a much smaller scale, and, in proof of this, stated that it was his intention to shortly move his family to Waldeck Farm to occupy the fine mansion situated on the place for the summer months. The farm is still owned by Mr. Head, and 1 he stated that he has no intention of disposing of the property. Altawood, which will carry the colors of . Mr. Head in the Kentucky Derby, has wintered at Churchill Downs in care of G. IL Keene and has already entered his spring . training for the rich event. Last year he. started eleven times and was successful in : four races. He finished second in three races, and was unplaced on four other occasions. Three of his winning races were xyer a heavy track, -

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