Here and There on the Turf: Derby Holds Attention. Kentuckians Cheered. Popular Stable Scores. Broomsticks Influence., Daily Racing Form, 1927-05-10


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Here and There on the Turf Derby Holds Attention. Eentnckians Cheered. Popular Stable Scores. Broomsticks Influence. * ■ 4 Much of the racing interest will be found centered at Churchill Downs this week, with the Preakness Stakes passed into history. There remains the Kentucky Derby, to be run Saturday at the Louisville course, and many turfmen only remained East long enough to see the running of the big race of the Maryland Jockey Club before moving over to Kentucky. It is Derby Week instead of Derby Day for many who can conveniently spend so long a holiday in Louisville and the Kentucky city is thronged as it seldom was before with those who will remain until after the running of the Derby. The result of the Preakness Stakes has not discouraged Kentuckians who have Derby eligibles and recent developments at Churchill Downs make it more and more apparent that invaders from the East will find abundant competition for the big race. The defeat of Osmand, Candy Queen and Kiev by J. R. Parrishs Rolled Stocking on Saturday heartened the Kentuckians not a little. It was a race to suggest that the H. T. Archibald filly is eliminated, while Joseph E. Wideners Kiev does not seem to measure up to Kentucky Derby requirements, and grave doubts of the ability of Osmand to race a mile and a quarter successfully were demonstrated. Of course, it was the first racing appearance for all these, but each had been training brilliantly. Then, it is also to be remembered that Scapa Flow met defeat in his first race of the year, while various other of the candidates for the big race that have started did not show to advantage on the first time out. That is reason enough for the hope that the best of these will improve over the initial showing, but there will have to be a vast improvement. Osmand is a gelding with a truly brilliant flight of speed, but he does not shape up as a stayer should. That has been apparent in all of his work for the Kentucky Derby and his performance behind Rolled Stocking was further evidence that he probably is merely a sprinter. Rolled Stocking had some advantage in seasoning but, even taking all that into consideration, there is no really good reason now for Osmand being considered above the Parrish colt, in racing at a mile and a quarter, evea though Osmand was conceding five pounds in the Saturday race. The popular colors of the Greentree Stable have been meeting with great success during the present meeting of the Metropolitan Club and with Saxon victor in the Wood Memorial Stakes; Cherry Pie, winner of the Long Beach Handicap, and Navigator in the Kings County Handicap, with old Cherry Pie finishing third, much has been accomplished. Clyde Phillips and Vincent Powers share in these triumphs, for while Phillips has most of the flat runners in his care, old Cherry Pie is on in his division and he has brought the old son of Chicle — Cherry Malotte back to the races in rare condition. This is the same Cherry Pie that ran a mile in 1:35% for Scott Harlan at Belmont Park four years ago. He is now in his seventh year and he gives every promise of continuing as one of those rare long-wearing geldings with which the turf is blessed on occasions. Navigator has been standing up mar-velously well under long campaigning and is surely a worthy son of Broomstick, one of the greatest American sires. As for Saxon, he has surely begun his three-year-old season auspiciously and with the various engagements he has he will have every opportunity to race on to a full measure of fame. Seldom has there been a thoroughbred sire of any time that has carried on as brilliantly as has Broomstick, the magnificent old son of Ben Brush — Elf, now in his twenty-sixth year. Some idea of the potency and brilliance of this old stock horse is furnished in some of the best three-year-olds of the year. Some of these are: Saxon, Bostonian, Black Panther, Whiskery, Sir Harry, Triton and several others. Black Panther has Broomstick in his dams line, for he is a son of Black Toney and Greenery, a daughter of Broomstick and Black Toney carries the same blood through Belgravia, a daughter of Ben Brush. Whiskery is a son of Whisk Broom II. and, accordingly, a grandson of Broomstick. Sir Harry is of the same relationship, being a son of Wildair, one of the truly good sons of Broomstick. Then, Triton is a grandson of the old horse. His sire is Golden Broom, a son of Sweeper, which was begot by Broomstick, while Saxon and Bostonian are sons of Broomstick himself. • ■ This is of special interest at this time on account of the prominence of these candidates for the spring stake races, and there are various others of the candidates that also have a strong infusion of the Broomstick blood. The old horse made a lasting place for himself on the American turf while in training and his brilliance in the stud both at home and in England will always keep his name green in turf annals. Broomstick was bred by Milton Young and is a son of Ben Brush — Elf, a daughter of Galliard, which was imported to this country by the late James R. Keene. Going back on his blood lines, it is found he bears a close relationship to the young stallion Man o War, whose progeny placed him at the top of the winning sire list for 1926, a proud position which was held for three successive years by Broomstick. Broomstick, on his sires side, goes through Ben Brush and Bramble to Bonnie Scotland and to Australian, the latter being the sire of Ivy Leaf, which, in turn, was the dam of Bramble, the sire of Ben Brush. Elf, the dam of Broomstick, was a daughter of Galliard. Now, Man o War, being a son of Fair Play — Mahubah, by Rock Sand, has his relationship on the sire side of his house. Fair Play goes to Australian through Spendthrift, while Fairy Gold, the dam of Fair Play, was a daughter of Bend Or and Dame Masham, a daughter of Galliard. Thus Fairy Gold, the dam of Fair Play, sire of Man o War, was a half-sister to Elf, the dam of Broomstick, while the American blood is right along the same lines. . — «

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