Here and There on the Turf: Added Preakness Interest.; West Has the First Score.; Quality of Revenue Agent.; Hildreth Makes Good Start., Daily Racing Form, 1924-05-06


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Here and There on the Turf Added Preakness Interest. West Has the First Score. Quality of Revenue Agent. Hildreth Makes Good Start. The determination of A. J. Joyner to send George D. Wideners great three year old St. James after the rich Preakness Stakes at Pim-lico next Monday is of high turf interest. There had been a fear that possibly the son of Ambassador IV. would not be sent out of New York, but be reserved for his engagement in the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Now that he is to go to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes it assures that the race will have greatly increased interest. Chacolet has come out of the West to take the Dixie Handicap and Kentucky holds the lead. Wise Counsellor is at Pimlico training brilliantly for the Preakness Stakes, and it is well that such a colt as St. James is to start against him for the reputation of the East. But there is another from New York that is well calculated to give the East worthy representation. That one is the Rancocas Stables Mad Play, the colt that was such a good second to Wise Counsellor in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes last fall. This ster ling brother to Mad Hatter demonstrated Saturday in the mile and a sixteenth of the Kings County Handicap that Hildreth has him ready and that race should do him good in fitting him for his Preakness engagement. Still another Preakness eligible gave a great account of himself Saturday. He is Gifford A. Cochrans Revenue Agent. This good son of Sir Martin Tory Maid, by Yankee, was brought to the races last year by John E. Madden. He was not started after the Sara toga meeting, but Carroll Shilling has done considerable with him this spring and his race in the Dixie Handicap was a brilliant one. Dixie was a mile and three sixteenths dash and the manner in which the colt finished out the route pronounces him a stayer. Right at the end Clarence Kummer, on Martingale, plainly outrode Hastings on the Cochran colt and it was only for that reason that Revenue Agent was third instead of second. If this colt is capable of carrying his weight, he is sure to be a dangerous factor in all of the long distance races of the year. Of course, Sarazen not being eligible for the Preakness Stakes and. also being ineligible for several of the other rich stake races, does not enter into the consideration for the Preakness or the Belmont Stakes, but he still must be seriously considered in estimates for the Ken tucky Derby. It was disappointing that he should be so well beaten in his only start of the year, but The race was so far below all that the 6on of High Time and Rush Box had shown on every other occasion that it must not be consideed Sarazen had shown Max Hirseh enough to «*rant the belief that he was right at himself. for when he appeared on the track it was observed that his coat lacked the healthy polish of perfect condition, while it was evident even while in the parade to the post that the gelding lacked something. It may be that Saraien will not come back to the form that was his last year, but it surely will not do to send him to the discard on that one race. He will have another public trial, according to present plans, and until he has that trial it will be just as well to suspend judgment on his three year old class. But even should Sarazen fail, and it is devoutly hoped that he will not, there will still be high class three year olds enough left to make the races for that division more brilliant than has been the rule in many a year. , Some of those that have already shown high form are St. James, Revenue Agent, Mad Play, Nautical, Big Blaze, Beau Butler, Spic and Span and some others. Wise Counsellor has not yet made his appearance, but he has been doing all that has been asked of him in private and he will probably have one race before he is sent to the post in the Preakness Stakes. Dan IV.. the imported steeplechaser that races under the colors of J. S. Cosden, has come back at the top of the crosscountry class this year. That was demonstrated when I he won the Green Spring Valley Steeplechase at Pimlico Saturday. He took up 158 pounds and under that burden was conceding some pounds to every other starter. He was fault lessly ridden by Norman Kennedy and that i helped along in the victory materially, but the j fact remained that he shouldered the weight and took the measure of as a fair a filly as Quicksand, which was in the race under only 130 pounds. Each steeplechase of the year emphasizes the fact that, over cross country I racing, horses are better and there are more of them than at any recent time. That fact was pretty thoroughly established when there were twenty three named through the entry S box Saturday for the running of the Patapsco i Steeplechase on Monday. Six races in two days made it appear that S. C. Hildreth is in his stride with the Ran cocas Stable. He did not do so well on the opening day, but amends have been made and when Finn Lag beat Mino ; Bracadale beat i Sarazen, and Pedagogue won the last race, there were three Friday victories. Saturday it was Sheridan that started it off and in the other two Rancocas successes that stable was both first and second and Zev and Mad Play j led the others in the Kings County Handicap, 1 while Sarzana and Superlette were first and second in the dash for two year old maiden fillies at the end of the program. There need be no fear for the continued I success of the Rancocas Stable. S. C. Hildreth j has a remarkable string in his care. He I brought the horses down from the New Jersey farm in good condition and there is no trainer more skilled in keeping horses in condition. Even at this early date it would not be farfetched to predict that the Rancocas Stable would lead all the other racing establishments at the end of the year. The Rancocas Stable that has occupied that proud place for 1921, 1922 and 1923. * . — ,

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