Here and There on the Turf: Weights for the Brooklyn. Aga Khan in Favorably. Latonia Substitute Races. Black Gold to be Busy, Daily Racing Form, 1924-06-06


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Here and There on the Turf Weights for the Brooklyn. Aga Khan in Favorably. Latonia Substitute Races. Black Gold to Be Busy. Six of the seven that started in the Suburban Handicap are eligible to the Brooklyn Handicap at a mile and an eighth, to be decided at the Aqueduct treck of the Queens County Jockey Club on June 14. It is interesting to note how these are treated by Mr. Vos-burgh in the coming engagement. Mad Hatter, winner of the Suburban Handicap under 125 pounds, has had his weight raised four pounds when he is in under 129, equal weights with In Memoriam and just a pound under Zev, top weight of the list. little Celt, which ran such a smashing race to finish second, will have to take up two pounds, his weight being 116 against the 114 he carried Saturday. But Aga Khan, the three-year-old that was third, for some reason has weight off from his Suburban Handicap performance. In the Suburban he carried 102 pounds and was only nosed out for second place by little Celt. For the Brooklyn he has been handicapped at 97 pounds, just five pounds under the weight he carried so impressively. These weights were assigned before Aga Khan ran his smashing race in the Amiryville Handicap Wednesday and doubtless if that race had been run before Mr. Vosburgh had reached his conclusions it is hardly possible that Mr. Woodwards eolt would be in so lightly. It is also worth while to know that no penalty will attach for the winning of the Amityville, for the penalties did not begin to accrue until 6 p. m. Wednesday. Winners after that time will be required to take up an additional five pounds. All of the other Suburban starters that are handicapped for the Brooklyn have weight off. Rialto has been dropped from 118 to 115 pounds, Mad Flay from 106 to 105 pounds and Prince James has five pounds off with his weight only 103 against the 108 he carried in the Suburban Handicap. It is entirely possible that Aga Khan will incur the five pounds penalty, that will bring his weight back to what he carried in the Suburban. Just now he looms up a truly good-class Belmont Stakes prospect. His eligibility to that famous old race was brought home with great force by his race in the Amityvilh. That race was over a mile and a sixteenth distance and Aga Khan carried 104% pounds. He won so impressively from the elder horses that he at once takes altogether new importance. While time is a fickle guide to the class of any horse, this same Aga Khan ran a remarkably fast race and accomplished it with such ease as to suggest entire readiness to go on for the mila and three-eighths of the Belmont Stakes distance. The best record for the mile and a sixteenth was established by Jake Byers imported filly Dot when she raced over the distance last September at Belmont Park in 1 :42V carrying 100 pounds. Aga Khan ran his mile and a sixteenth Wednesday with great ease in 1 :43y3. In all of his races he has shown ability to go on and that is another of his sterling qualifi cations for the Belmont Stakes. Aga Khan was bred by Mr. Woodward at his Belair Stud and the success of the colt is doubly pleasing t» him for that reason. It was indeed unfortunate that two of the Latonia races had to be declared off Wednesday by reason of the scratches that came as a result of the track condition. Weather and track have brought about changes of several of the Kentucky programs this year, but there have always been enough horses available to fill in the gaps with substitute races. This is the strongest argument in favor of early scratching as well as an early closing of entries, such as prevails at all the courses of the Kentucky Jockey Club. It has been possible on each occasion to fill the substitute races, while should New York meet with the same dilemma it would result in a walkover, a two-horse race or no race at all to fill in the gap. With the permission to scratch late there would be no chance to fill a substitute race, and the program would remain incomplete for that day of racing. Mrs. Hoots is not going to miss an opportunity to go after the Derbys of the year with her Black Gold, the son of Black Toney and Useeit. He has already won three, in the Louisiana Derby at Jefferson Park, New Orleans, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and the Ohio State Derby at Maple Heights track. He is an eligible to the Latonia Derby and he has been entered for the Raceland Derby at the new Kentucky racing ground, as well as the Chicago Derby, to be run at the Hawthorne track of the Chicago Business Mens Racing Association. The fast running little black colt promises to have a busy campaign this year and he will do some extensive train riding, according to the present schedule. The Latonia Derby is to be run June 28, the Chicago Derby July 12, while the Raceland Derby is to be decided July 19. The tracks are adjacent enough to make possible the keeping of all engagements, and in fact several have been named for both of these races. There was some surprise expressed at the announcement that Ralph Beaver Strassburger was to sell his string of jumpers. John Ker-math has had a full measure of success with thess steeplechasers that were imported by Mr. Strassburger last fall, and the dispersal of the stable affords a rare opportunity for the pur-chase of a ready made stable. These horses are to go under the hammer at Belmont Park next Thursday, when the Fasig Tipton Company will also offer horses in training of Benjamin Block. Louisiana has its usual fight to retain racing. Bills have been introduced at Baton Rouge that propose to stamp out the sport in the state, and while no copy of the measures is at hand they are said to be the most drastic that have ever been framed in that state. The most peculiar phase of this latest fight is the report that the Ku Klux Klan and tho Louisiana Federation of Catholic Societies is behind the latest attack on the sport. This would indeed be an unique alliance.

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