Here and There on the Turf: Jockey Maibens Skill. Judgment of Pace. Prospects for Brooklyn. Enquirer at Latonia, Daily Racing Form, 1924-06-13


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2 2 Here and There 4 * on the Turf i 6 Jockey Maibens Skill. 7 7 Judgment of Pace. Prospects for Brooklyn. J 2 1 Latonia. 3 3 Enquirer at 4 4 Johnny Maiben is rapidly coming to the i 5 5 fore as one of the best lightweights riding in , the New York circuit and that means he is s just about one of the best riders anywhere I 7 7 on this continent. His recent performances at t Behnont Park have revealed that he knows I , 1 something of pacs and that he is capable of * ■ 2 putting up a particularly vigorous finish. With I 2 3 his exhibitions of skill he is coming into 4 4 greater demand and it is natural that he has s _ 5 hai recent mounts on good horses. That goes a long way in establishing the reputation of f « 6 any rider. But Maiben had to prove himself , 7 on inferior mounts before he could enjoy the , present demand for his services and at present he is a valuable asset to New York racing. • , 1 Maiben seems to know pace, he is courageous, 5, I 2 has flood hands and sits close to his horse. , 3 These are just about all the qualifications that t 4 go to make a good rider. 5 . A glance over his recent performances shows s 6 that in his last fifteen mounts Maiben has 18 only finished worse than second on four occasions, :- while he has won nine of those races. , It was Maiben that made Relentless beat Outline and he brought Simoon home in front ;, of Ceylon Prince in one of the most sensational r , finishes of the meeting. He won with II , Priscilla Buley and scored twice with Brainstorm, »- on one occasion beating Hephaistos, on n : which Sande had the mount Then on Wednesday . he made Hephaistos beat Brainstorm. He e also won two races with the French plater Negociateur. But it is not so much the number 1_ of races that Maiben has won as the manner 1- in which he has scored his victories that it has impressed. Most of his races called for r real skill and he has shown rare judgment in making his rush at the right time and requisite te energy when it comes to the drive. Two of the winners Wednesday, Abu Ben tn Ahdem and Hephaistos, both ridden by Maiben, n, told the tale of the value of properly pacing [g a horse. Plough Boy had beaten Abu Ben n Ahdem and, under Ifiaben, he turned the ie tables, while Brainstorm had defeated Hephaistos; a yet the Frank Brown campaigner, under d- Maibens riding, reversed the order. Incidentally Maiben had the mount on Brainstorm when he beat Hephaistos, and no less a star than Sande was riding Hephaistos. Of course it will be argued, with good reason, that in the Brainstorm and Hephaistos race there was an additional eighth as well as weight difference in favor of the Brown horse, * i and it also held good in the Plough Boy and . Abu Ben Ahdem meeting, but the Maiben ride , had much to do with each victory. On both occasions Maiben evaded a fast early pace . and made his winning rush through the stretch. On the previous meeting between Plough Boy and Abu Ben Ahdem the latter was severely used chasing the pacemaker, just as as Plough Boy was Wednesday, and it resulted in 111 a victory for the Ryan colt. There is no denying his brilliant finish in In bringing Simoon home a winner, and while k Fator was guilty of several mistakes serving nB to bring about the defeat of Outline, it took a rarely good ride to land Relentless home victorious c~ over the Rancocas filly. Altogether Maiben has honestly earned his lis way to his present place among the light- it- n, [g n ie a d- as and * i . , . as as in 111 in In k nB a c~ his lis it- weights and it is to be hoped that he will hold his form and not be the flash in the pan that many another promising lightweight has been before him. With a favorable track condition for the running of the Brooklyn Handicap at Aque-duct Saturday it is promised that there will be a great renewal of the old fixture. Several of the best handicap horses have been coming up to that engagement to the entire satisfaction of their trainers and both a large and a representative field should be seen at the post- . . Those that have not been racing into condi-ie tion for the Brooklyn have been showing well in their gallops and all that is needed is favor-ce ab.e weather and track conditions to make the opening day of the Queens County Jockey Club a truly big affair. James Rowe has Enchantment as one of his best cards for the handicap and the gelding has besn doing what has been asked of him in a thoroughly satisfactory manner. The latest move for this horse was a mile and an eighth, the Brooklyn Handicap distance, in 1:52%. He was worked in blinkers and it was a de-a cidedly impressive move. Enchantment is in the Brooklyn Handicap under 120 pounds and it is probable he will be the one to carry the H. P. Whitney hopes, Zev and Mad Hatter were sent along for a mile and a quarter in 207 as their final for the handicap and each is fit and ready. Old Mad Hatter demonstrated by his victory in the Suburban that he has lost none of his speed and it would be a big thing for the old horse if he could take the Brooklyn as well as the I I I Suburban. But Hildreth has several other excelent candidates and it makes no difference what one is depended upon to bear the white and green colors, it will be a fit horse that is raced. Max Hirsch is bringing King Solomons Seal up to the race skillfully and he is another that must be seriously considered. the Brooklyn Handicap will be run at Aqueduct Saturday, the Enquirer Handicap wdl be decided at the Latonia course of the Kentucky Jockey Club. This is a mile and a sixteenth dash, to which ,000 is added in addition to a trophy that is presented by Edward B. McLean. It is unfortunate that both of these handi caps fall on the same day, for it precludes the chance for any real Kentucky invasion of New York, just as it prevents a New York invasion of Kentucky. But Kentucky does not need I 1 any of the New York candidates to make the Enquirer renewal a notable race and Aqueduct is well supplied with top-notch material for the running of its Brooklyn Handicap.

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