Rip Rap Reaches Downs: H. W. Sages Derby Hope in Louisville without Mishap., Daily Racing Form, 1927-05-10


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RIP RAP REACHES DOWNS i * H. W. Sages Derby Hope in Louisville Without Mishap. » Imported to Be Formidable Candidate for tlir llig Race — Fred Jr. Jives Convincing Proof of His Advanced Condition. ♦ LOCISVILLE. Ky„ May ».— The invasion of Kentucky by the eastern three-year-olds in quest of honors in the approaching fifty-third Kentucky Derby was inaugurated th.s morning with the arrival at Churchill I owns of H. W. Sages Kip Rap. which came from Pimlieo in charge of trainer Max Hirsch. The son of Broomstick and Sky was reported to have shipped in excellent condition and had for his only traveling companion the two-year-old filly Fillett The two horses are now quartered in the J. K. Widener barn. The arrival of Hip Hap for Saturdays far-famed race aroused no little interest among local horsemen, who were anxious to obtain a glimpse of the big chestnut colt. His appearance made a favorable impression. While Rip Rap is not ranked as being at the top of the three-year-olds, he is. nevertheless, regarded with a good deal of favor and comes here with the reputation of having shown to advantage in his early races of the current year and as a two-year-old. Last year he started in four races and succeeded in winning on three occasions. His training In Maryland the past few weeks has been such as to convince trainer Hirsch that he is of Derby timber and Hirschs decision to keep him out of the Preakness Stakes resulted from precaution against injury or mishap prior to filling his engagement in the I ►erby. Mr. Sage is anxious to furnish the Derby winner and is confident that his colt will prove a strong factor. If not the winner, in the big race. Jockey S. ODonnell. under contract to Hirsch. will leave Pimlieo for Ixmisville Tuesday and will have the mount on Rip Rap in the Derby. Fred Jr.. the big chestnut colt that races for H. V. Jrant and J. Ferris and which will carry their colors in Saturdays prize, gained additional admirers this morning when he galloped a mile in 1 :4D£ and cantered out one mile and an eighth in 1 :55%. His trial reflected further convincing proof of his present splendid condition and was regarded as one of the most impressive •workouts since his Derby training was inaugurated. Nick Burger, who will ride him in the Derby, was in the saddle. He traversed the first quarter in :24%. half mile in :49%, three-quarters in 1 :14%. and seven-eighths 1 :27%. He broke from the stand and raced along in leisurely fashion, tugging at the reins as he finished the mile. He cooled out nicely . and displayed no evidence of being troubled by the small crack in his left fore heel. The colt is scheduled for his first public appearance in a race here Wednesday afternoon. Col. Bradleys Bewithus was sent to the 1 towns track for a short speed test as final preparation for more strenuous work tomorrow or Wednesday. Trainer H. J. Thompson ordered a brisk half-mile for the colt and ho responded with a line display of speed, doing the distance in :48%, the first quarter in :23%. J. C. Milam has engaged W. Crump to ride his colt Mr. Kirkwood in the Derby. F. J. Kellys good three-year-old Bonaire, which spread a foot during a race at Lexington, arrived today from the Kentucky Association track showing no semblance of the injury. He has been working soundly for several days and trainer Van Meter is highly satisfied that he may be entirely relieved of the ailment Bonaire was an intended starter in the Derby and according to trainer Van Meter, had slightly outdone J. If. Parrishs Rolled Stocking, also handled by Van Meter, in early training.

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