Ross Plans Invasion: Canadian Sportsman Returning to New York Turf This Year, Daily Racing Form, 1926-04-07


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ROSS PLANS INVASION + Canadian Sportsman Returning to New York Turf This Year. * Old Glories of Montreal Turfmans Local Campaigns Recalled by the News. V.Y APT. DENIS KKTTLE. NEW YORK. N. Y.. April G. — The chance purchase of an oyster, for the oyster sometimes yields an unexpected pearl to boot: in like fashion a chance inquiry into the prospects of seeing the sensational jockey Munilon on our New York tracks this season has led to the interesting discovery that we shall not only have Munden, but the racing stable of Commander J. K. L. ROM as well. From Tijuana, where master Munden closed his season in a blaze of glory with his Coffroth Handicap victory, the young westerner has come on to Bowie. There eastern race-goers will have opportunities for the rest of the meeting to observe his action and judge his skill, what time he is not busy with the morning gallops of his contract employer. Commander Boss. The Ross stable will go into action a fortnight hence, at Havre de Grace. Then, if his horses train to their early promise and Munden proves the same capable jockey in the Kast that he did in the West, it is safe to predict, perhaps a beginning at Jamaica and certainly no later than the Belmont Park meeting, a regular old-time Boss invasion. It is nearly five years now. if memory serves me well, since the black and orange colors of the Canadian turfman appeared on a race track in New York State. That would lie in the summer of U 21 when, after a brief and thoroughly unprofitable season at Saratoga, his horses packed themselves off to Canada and never came back. lUSASTKOrS SARATOGA INVASION. They came to Saratoga with high hopes that year. Although Sir Barton had called quits the autumn l efore and Milkmaid had retired after a single spring victory in Maryland, there were still vestiges of the strength that had made the Boss colors unconquerable in the year of 191!». And what a strength that had been ! Sir Barton sweeping all before him — Derby, Ireakness, Withers and Belmont. Billy Kelly returning to the scene of his amazing triumph in the Crab Bag, where he carried US pounds to victory, and fresh laurels gained from a Toboggan victory -with more weight up than any other three-year-old has won with before or since. Milkmaid, a regal mistress of the fillies, though Vexatious caught Iter weak in the Alabama. What a trio! And what a fitting climax to a brilliant campaign when, with 132, 125 and 117 pounds, respectively, they ran one-two-three in the Potomac Handicap at Havre de Grace! Of the three— only Billy Kelly remained when the stable arrived at Saratoga in the summer of 1921, but he had won his third straight Harford Handicap that spring: was still rated highly enough to enjoy a position near the 130 mark in the handicaps ; and there was considerable otlier material in the string of better than moderate quality. But they didnt win a race. Billy Kelly refused to run. Motor Cop turned sour. Baby Grand plainly showed that he had seen his best fajTB, And so on down the line. It was a sad showing for a stable that had so recently swept the turf, and I think Commander Boss must have made up his mind, at that time, that he would not return again until he saw a fair prospect of knowing his old glories. STAR IN FBI rSTICK. I!y the same token, I think he Lfl coming back to the New York turf this year because lie MM quality in his string to make it look worth while. He has made no secret f his confidence that his three-year-old Cudgel colt, Penstik. is a worthy candidate for the 1 erby and any other fixture. Penstick is a nominee for the Dixie Handicap, in which he drew 110 pounds. He will probably dodge that race and it seems most likely that BO will receive his Preakness and Derby trial in Marylands preparatory, the Chesapeake. But I hear that trainer Me- Daniel la also thinking of sending him up to Jamaica to run in the Wood Stakes, in which oventry, Backbone. Swope and others re-celved their final winding up for the last year. M Daniel will not center his guns on New York racing in earnest, however, until the Belmont Park meeting He has some good two-year-olds this year, and he wants to hat a try at the Juvenile, the Keone Memorial and the newly revived National Stallion r-i.ikes. Also he has the three-year-old filly Tattling, a stake winner of last fear, which •v. nt through without a defeat until Friar V w;is unhappily — for her — brought back for one linal ra ■ late in October at Ixiurel, to beat her by a whisker. Except for that Continued ou atbntt paste ROSS PUNS INVASION Continued from first pace race and the Pimlico Home-Bred, in which she cut out the pace for her victorious stablomate. Pcnstick. Tattling did not taste defetit last year. And if Mr. Vosburgh docs nrt take enre of her quite well, she should ha v.j a great deal to say about the Ladies llandieap at Belmont Park in May. The stable also expects to try for the Suburban with Hallucination. The powerful son of Fitzwilliam did not attend the races last year, but he is reported going soundly again, and those who saw him in his brilliant racing of 1924 in Canada are endless in their praise of him. Two Dominion Plates, a Hamilton Cup, Durham Cup, Toronto Autumn Cup, a Kenilworth Handicap 135 pounds all fell to him in a season that saw but one defeat, when Big Blaze won the Washington Handicap at Laurel. Hallucination is still a young horse, only six years old, and his best may still be before him. It is -with that belief, at least, that he will be pointed for the big handicaps and, if he stands up under training, for the Jockey Club Gold Cup in the autumn. It is quite fitting that the best two-year-old Commander Ross will show us is none-other than the first son of the mare the turf was still talking about when New Yorkers last saw his colors. Milkmaid. The union of Milkmaid with Cudgel has produced a handsome bay fellow, named Lactarius. Recalling that day in 1020 when Milkmaid, 126 up, beat Cleopatra, 115 up, for the Ladies Handicap, we must naturally look forward to a meeting between Lactarius Bad Cleopatras son. Pornpey ; though we are more likely first to see Lactarius pitted against Cleopatras younger child, Selene, as they are of the same age. Another good colt which the Ross stable will send for the stakes here and at Saratoga is The Maple, also by Cudgel, from Pris-cilla Mullens. The latter may also be remembered in Ladies Handicap history, since she ran second to Tony Astes speed bundle. Eyelid, in that stake two years before Milkmaids victory. The stable holds a promising son of Exterminators old rival, Boniface. He is from Tiarco, by Uncle, and is named landlord. In the filly division the best are Samara, by Marathon— Samura"; Junetta, by Junior — Spearetta ; and Lost I*ady by Sir Berkely— Mirim.

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