Maddens Derby Hope: Polo Ground Works Fastest Mile at Churchill Downs.; Master of Hamburg Place Plans for Years Campaign--Nellie Morse Shows Speed., Daily Racing Form, 1924-04-06


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MADDENS DERBY HOPE i • -» Polo Ground Works Fastest Mile C at Churchill Downs. ♦ Master of Hamburg Place Plans * for Years Campaign — Nellie Morse Shows Speed. ♦ I/HTISVILLE. Ky.. April 5— The fastest mile of the present spring training season at j ; ■ in Churchill Towns by any Kentucky Derby | v candidate was recorded at that track Satur- i » day morning when Polo Ground, one of J. E. | s Maddens trio of Derby eligibles, worked the ■ distance under restraint in 1:45. The best J previous time was witnessed last Thursday J when Wise Counsellor covered the distance " on In 1:45%. Owner Madden, who was paying one of his ! Infrequent visits to the Downs, witnessed, the colts workout and was much impressed ■ by the easy manner in which the colt ac-complished | I his task. J. S. Ward, owner and J trainer of Wise Counsellor, war. also an in- | J terested spot tator and was not backward in | j 1 congratulating Mr. Madden over the colts , fine showing. Gypsy King and Che k, the ■ . other Madden Derby eligibles, were also ■ . | worked for the edification of their owner, and a. ter seeing them in action Mr. Madden, I j who heretofore held to the belief that Gypsy i King was tlie hotter of the three, was forced j I to revise his opinion and admit that Polo Ground is the one he will have to depend 1 1 mmn if lie wants his colors carried to victory j in the Derby. | The colt, which formerly had been worked , in the company of the other two Derby aspi- j | r ants belonging to the Madden stable, was I j sent out alone in his latest gallop and his 1 I a showing was a vast improvement over his I | J list previous workout last Thursday, when he turned the mil" in 1:50. In Saturdays I I L gallop the colt, with his regular exercise boy j up, began from the three-quarters post and, running with an easy stride, ran the quarter I ! j in JG. the half in 5.. five-eighths in 1:03%. ! L three-quarters in 1:18%. seven-eightlis in lj I 1 il and the mile in 1:45. He was running ; ; bitter in the latter part oi the mile, as 1 ; , evidenced l y the fact that he covered the ! j final eighth in 12"r.. The coifs impressive . , showing was not only pleasing to his owner, l bat it came as a distinct surprise to a ma- | ! . jocttjr Of trainers, who held to the opinicn that Polo ".round was a mediocre colt and 1 . not worthy to be classed with even the sec- J Mat-rate eligibk-s to the Derby. SON OF OMAR KHAYYAM. Polo Ground is a chestnut colt, by the * , Derby winner Omar Khayyam — Prude, by Prig. He wis included in the band of Mad-deq l two-ye-r-olds quartered at Churchill iMwns in the winter of 1922-23. and was sj shipped to Belmont Park in the early spring. • ; Shortly after lie was taken sick, from which 1 j he was a Ions time in recovering. He was * i P.t back in training late in the summer, but j I never faced the barrier in a race, although I j 1 • showed speed in his work. Gypsy King was s : ■too worked out and succeeded in turning the one mile in 1:4*. Check was galloped j j with Nantucket and Best Love a mile in II The hie: hand of two-year-olds that "Check" „ Walker la training for Mr. Madden were also I put through their paces, for the benefit of j I their owner, and thy were sent along at a a jae taster than they have been asked to go o i j at any time this spring. The youngsters s BUOWad up well, and it was not uncommon for r I a number to cover a quarter in •.iH1*. Thn Eaateet Quarter was turned by a chestnut colt by Sir Martin— Gertrude Marie, which ran the distance in £S%. Mr. Madden has completed his plans for his stable this spring. Best Dove. Nantucket. Stage Coach and five two-year-olds will be turned over to Miller Henderson, who will campaign them on the Canadian circuit, leaving here about April 13. The remaining two year oils in the stable will be sent to Betaaont Park in charge of trainer Walker, about April J3. The stables three Kentucky Derby eligibles in charge of a capable trainer -will remain at Churchill Downs, where their preparation for the big race will be completed. The stable is without the services j 1 of a capable jockey, and when a newspaper inquired of Mr. Madden why he didnt ■Oak a rider of ability he retorted in his characteristic fashion. "If an owner has" good horses the jockeys will come to him, and if he hasnt good horses he wont need a good rider." IIH. VI. TRAINING CONDITIONS. Weather and track conditions at both local tracks COOM not he surpassed Saturday morning ami as a result training operations ■went along in a fashion that delighted the railbirds. In many install s horses were Bent along for their best speed of Ike spring. The tw -year-olds in particular showed up amazingly well, and the speed they disnlayed convinced their traincs that they are not far from being ready to carry the colors. pete Coynes youngsters ran three-eighths la a good :.!. and Kocky and Fusilcer. two two-year-olds in the T. 11 Mueller barn, i onlinued on twelfth pafaj MADDENSDERBYHOPE Continued from first page. showed trainer Moody that they could run fast by covering a similar distance in :37%. Tindar Peel and Actuary, both in the Coyne barn, showed up well in a three-quarter gallop, the former going in 1:17%, and the latter in 1 :18. Inver, the Kentucky Derby colt that Will Martin is training for Archibald Barklie of Philadelphia, cantered an easy three-quarters in 1 :20. At Douglas Park, trainer Alex Gordon got in some good work with Mr. Mutt, Nellie Morse and Comic Artist. They were all worked a mile, the best time b"ing recorded by Nellie Morse, which covered the distance in 1 :44 4-5, the best mile covered by any Derby eligible at either local track this Spring. Mr. Mutt also made a good impression, when he ran three-quarters in 1:17%, and finished the mile in 1:45. Comic Artist made the mile in 1:49. but this poor showing, as compared with the other two, was due to the altogether too strong held that the rider had upon the colt. Trainer Cordon realizing this waved for the boy to come on and the colt made the final quarter the fastest of the entire workout. Carl Wiedemann, owner of In Memoriam and other horses, being trained by Bob Oil-mere at Churchill Downs, arrived Saturday morning from Hot Springs, Ark., and was an early visitor at the local track. He was most favorably impressed by the fine appearance of In Memoriam, and gave it as his pinion that the son of McGee would be even a better horse this year than he was a three-yt ar-old. Oeorge Barnes, owner of Bamesdale Parm announced that the first foal of the s-ason had arrived Priday. The newcomer is a filly, by Rickety-Army Maid. Captain B. O. Bunburys stable arrived Saturday morning from New Orleans. In- luded in its list is a filly named Black Dinah, the property of Pryor Phelps, of this city. The good plater R.ocky Mountain, which Lon Jones has been training since last Pall, is getting into fine condition for the Spring races. Saturday he worked three-quarters ifi 1 : 1 S. Bona Vera, a three-year-old filly, also in the Jones Barn, worked a half in 50. The filly Rmily, in the stable of W. L. Drake, which recently arrived from Havana, was taken sick Saturday, but Dr. J. H. ODonncll, who was called to attend her. Stated that her condition was not serious. T. M. Murphy reported that the mares I.rightslone. Lady Rochester, Mae , Mary j Podine, and Lily Mac had all dropped foals recently at the Murphy Parm, near this city.

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