Here and There on the Turf: Zevs Defeat.; Rialto an Unlucky Colt.; Master Charlies Victory.; Dearth of Good Riders., Daily Racing Form, 1924-05-13


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Here and There on the Turf Zevs Defeat. Rialto an Unlucky Colt. Master Charlies Victory. Dearth of Good Riders. Weight has ever taken it? toll. There were those who have expressed the opinion that a mistake was made by Laverne Fat or when he waited with Zev in the running of the Ex celsior Handicap at Jamaica Saturday. It was argued that the son of The Finn and Miss Kearney was "crying to run" all through the backst retch and that he was under restraint until about three eighths from the finish of that mile and a sixteenth. It may be that had Zev been free and in front he would have shown to better ad antage, but the 133 pounds on his back had more to do with bis defeat than the Fator ride. He was more or less bottled up back of Rialto for a considerable part of the race, but when he came clear in the stretch he failed to catch the son of Chicle and Matinee. It was because of the 133 pounds that be failed to catch the Green tree Stable colt. The celt ran an excellent race whpn the weight he was giving away is taken into consideration and it was no disgrace to be beaten by Rialto and the lightly weighted Sunsini. This same Rialto was cut out for a high-class colt and it was his bad luck, both as a two year old and a three year old, that prevented his attaining greater fame. As shrewd a judge as James Rowe, who developed the colt, rated him highly before he ever went to the I races and it was his inability to have the post running freely that accounted for several of his defeats in his previous year. He was third to Vigil and Martingale in the running of the Preakness Stakes last year and i with a bit more luck in its running might have been first. He ran a good race in the Kentucky Derby, but there too he had some raring misfortune. In the Excelsior Handicap Rialto had a pull in the weights, such as he has seldom enjoyed. He left the post running fast from an insid? position and was good enough to hold his place throughout. It is doubtful if ever before Rialto left the post as swiftly as he did Saturday. Altogether, the result of the Excelsior Handicap in no manner disgraces Zev. He under took too big a contract. Rialto had a turn if luck that never came his way before and he made good the promise that he has so often extended both in private and in his races. It was a race that gave Sunsini increased importance, for had John Callahan been able to find his way through on the inside with the Lilane Stable candidate at the head of the stretch, he would have undoubtedly finished first instead of second. It was just another case of weight bringing them all together. Many a good horse has failed under such a burden as was taken up | by Zev Saturday. It did not make him any the less a good horse. Zevs race was a good one, but be attempted just a bit too much and failed. It is the fashion to more or less discount winter form, but it was winter form that made good in the Colorado Stakes at Jamaica Saturday when William Daniels Master Charlie I won from Alex Woodliffe. Charlie was the winner of the Tijuana Futurity and when he was first home in the Colorado Stakes it brought his record to three victories out of four starts. It may be that the going wa more to his liking than to some of those that finished behind him, but he had shown | I himself to be a good class colt, and he will probably go on to still better things before the end of the racing season. Master Charlie is an imported eolt. He was one that was brought to this country by Phil Chinn, and William Daniel paid only ,000 for him as a yearling at the Saratoga sales last August. He is a son of Lord Archer and Bachelors Choice, by Bachelors Double, and was bred by J. Musker in England. It may be that Master Charlie will prove the best bargain of the 1923 yearling sales. By his winning of the Colorado Stakes Master Charlie inscribed his name on a roster that carries the names of many a good one, so that it is not at all extravagant to suggest that it may be only the beginning of real greatness. The Colorado Stakes was first run in 1917, when it was won by August Belmonts Lucid lite. In 19 IS it was Walter M. Jeffords Star Hampton that was its winner. W. R. Coes good filly Cinderella was the winner the follow ing year, and another filly scored when Walter ; J. Salmons Careful, under 127 pounds, finished in front of East View and Runatrix. Kai-Sang and Little Chief, both from the Rancucas Stable, were first and second in 1921 and in 1922 the Riviera Stable colors were borne first with Great Man. Last year August Belmonts Lucky Play won from Tester and Mr. Mutt. Thus it will be seen that it has gone to horses of good class in its every running. Careful has the distinction of carrying the greatest weight to victory, while Major Belmont is the only owner whose colors have been successful twice. The lack of good jockeys this year is brought home with force every time a big stake is down for decision. New York suffered Monday by reason of the fact that the best riders were employed at Pimlico for the running of the Preakness Stakes, while there will be a like handicap for the New York racing on Saturday, when the best will be employed in riding in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. It was unfortunate that Dunlin had to be ridden by Maiben instead of Clarence Kummer in the Excelsior Handicap. Little Maiben failed to get away from the post promptly with the Cosden candidate and was utterly unable to do him justice throughout the race. With Kummer in the saddle it is a sure thing the colt would have shown to much better ad vantage.

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