Fred Jr. Now in Louisville: Reaches Churchill Downs from New Orleans in Fine Condition., Daily Racing Form, 1927-04-19


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FRED JR. NOW IN LOUISVILLE « Reaches Churchill Downs From New Orleans in Fine Condition. ♦ Veteran Trainer Archie Zlmmer Arrlres From Crescent City with Division of Wild Rose Farm Stable. ♦ LOUISVILLE, Ky.. April 18.— The ranks of the locally-trained Kentucky Derby candidates received a notable addition this morning when S. W. Grants Fred Jr. arrived from New Orleans, accompanied by eight other horses whose training is being supervised by Johnnie Ferriss. The outfit came in charge of trainer Frank Stevens, who reported that they had shipped in good condition. Ferriss stopped over in Nashville, Tenn., for a short visit with his relatives, and will be here next week. Fred Jr. appeared to be in fine fettle as he was being led into the grounds, and was placed in the stall assigned him without incident According to trainer Stevens, Fred Jr. has been given only light training since he started in the Louisiana Derby, but he is in good racing condition and will require only a few strenuous gallops to get him back to the peak of his form. His training for the big classic will be completed at Churchill Downs, there being but slight possibility of his being sent to Lexington to race. Fred Jr. is a big upstanding chestnut and, standing over sixteen hands, is one of the biggest of the colts now in local training. His fine appearance commanded instant attention from local horsemen. The colt engaged in fourteen contests, of which he was a victor in three races, all of which were at the Fair Grounds track last winter. He finished second three times and was unplaced in eight other races. His earnings were 2,675. His best performance was in the Mardi Gras Handicap and his second to Boo in the Louisiana Derby was a good effort. He is a son of Wildair — Mana Grass, and in his races he has shown a penchant for muddy going. The other horses to arrive with Fred Jr. were Mayberry and Captain Haney, which occupy adjoining stalls at Churchill Downs, and R. E. Clark, Modna. Special, Florence E„ Clem and Jimmie Quinn, all of which secured stabling at Douglas Park. Nick Burger, the stables jockey, was reported to be motoring here from New Orleans. Archie Zimmer, veteran trainer, also got Continued on twelfth pace j FRED JR. NOW IN LOUISVILLE Continued from first pace in from New Orleans, bringing with him the division of the Wildrose Farm Stable that he had campaigned in the Crescent City. The string was headed by Aregal. a Kentucky Derby eligible, but which is not regarded as a possible starter in the race. Others in the band were Massillon, George De Mar. Pan-neck, Pandale, Pollywitch, Gossoon, Quicken, Cuddle and a number of two-year-olds that have not yet faced the starter in a race. The stables other division in charge of W. H. Blanton. has been at the local track sines last fall. Val Crane and B. M. Rosenheim, owner of the stable, came from their homes in Chicago to meet the horses upon their arrival. They were both pleased with the looks of the horses. These two Chicago sportsmen have branched out considerably since last fall by acquiring quite a number of other horses during the winter. They intend to further increase their turf holdings in the near future by additional purchasea Their colors will be seen on the Chicago tracks the coming summer. Trainer Zimmer brought the stables rider Charles Healey. with him and will apply for a license for the boy to ride in Kentucky. Training plans at Churchill Downs this morning were upset by the torrential showers that started early and just when a number of the Kentucky Derby candidates were being prepared for more or less pretentious gallops. It was trainer George Walkers intention to set Candy Queen down for a stiff trial at one mile and owner H. T. Archibald had made the trip from Chicago especially to witness the filly work. The prolonged downpour, which quickly flooded the course precluded any possibility of working the filly, much to Mr. Archibalds keen disappointment. He found some comfort, however, in the fact that Candy Queen is taking her training in perfect condition, and that she is well advanced in her training. Mr. Archibald continues to hold the filly in the highest estimation and firmly believes that she has a good chance to capture the Derby, and this despite the popular belief that s member of the weaker sex must be of the super type to triumph over the colts. Prior to the rainfall, and when the track was somewhat slow and sloppy, a number of good moves other than Derby works were witnessed and the best of these was shown by Sir Peter from the stable of Mose Gold-blatt, which is being trained by Ben Walters. This horse ran three-quarters in 1:15% and galloped an extra eighth in 1 ::10. He is being prepared for the Clark Handicap, and his appearance would indicate that he is not far from being ready for the race. Dry Moon. another member of the Goldblatt establishment, turned in a good work at five-eighths, running the distance handily in 1:03.

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