Here and There on the Turf: Estimate of Crusader.; News of the Belmont.; Chance Shots Opportunities.; American Derby Prospects., Daily Racing Form, 1927-06-10


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Here and There on the Turf Estimate of Crnsader News of the Belmont Chance Shots Opportunities American Derby Prospects If it should so happen that Samuel D Riddles Crusader is returned winner of the Queens County Handicap at the Aqueduct opening on Monday he will have the distinction of successfully carrying a greater weight than any other winner of that race Mad Play which was the winner in 1925 holds the present high weight record of 128 pounds Natur ¬ alist was beaten by Starmaster when he attempted to take up 130 pounds in the 1919 renewal while in 1916 the 129 pounds assigned Roamer proved too much for that great gelding and he was beaten by Short Grass Crusader is handicapped at 135 pounds for the mile dash and in the light of his Suburban victory he seems to have earned the impost impostThen Then should Crusader triumph on Monday and be sent in the Brooklyn Handicap to be run the following Satur ¬ day it will bring his weight in that race to the same burden He is handicapped in the Brooklyn Handicap at 132 pounds and there is a threepound penalty for winning the Queens County Handicap HandicapWillis Willis Sharpe Kilmers Exterminator is the only horse to successfully carry 135 pounds in the Brooklyn Handicap This rare old gelding won the 1922 re ¬ newal under that burden when he led as good a horse as Grey Lag home which had been handicapped at 126 pounds poundsFitzherbert Fitzherbert in 1910 and Whisk Broom II in 1913 each won the Brooklyn Han ¬ dicap under a burden of 130 pounds Cudgel won in 1918 under 129 pounds and away back in 1891 Tenny carried 128 pounds to victory while Ornament was the winner on the 1898 renewal when carrying 127 pounds And it must be re ¬ membered that Whisk Broom II after winning the Brooklyn Handicap under 138 pounds in 1913 followed it by taking the Suburban Handicap under a burden of 139 pounds poundsIt It is magnificent to see a champion take up such a burden and win but when the weight is carried so high above the scale there is always the danger of breaking a good horse down to make way for others that do not really belong in the handicap class To race a mile and an eighth under 135 pounds which be ¬ comes possible should Crusader take up the Queens County Handicap is asking much of a horse and it must be remem ¬ bered that Whisk Broom II was not brought back to the races after his won ¬ derful feat in winning the Suburban Handicap of 1913 1913But But Crusader is of sturdy mold He has never had the slightest lameness since the day he was foaled and there is no horse better qualified to stand up under every test Complaint has been made that the Kentucky Derby attracts so much more publicity than the historic old Belmont Stakes which is to be decided at Belmont Park tomorrow One reason for that lack of publicity is found in the fact that right on the eve of the running of the Belmont Stakes it is impossible to dis ¬ cover just how the field for the renewal will be composed composedIt It is known that Joseph E Wideners Chance Shot will go to the post It is also known that both Valorous and Bos tonian which won the Preakness Stakes for Harry Payne Whitney are ailing and it will be surprising if either one of them is sent to the post Edward R Bradleys Buddy Bauer when he took the measure of Whiskery the Kentucky Derby win ¬ ner in the running of the Fairmount Derby last Saturday earnett his way into the Belmont Stakes field but definite information seems to stop right there thereChance Chance Shot and Buddy Bauer are cer ¬ tain starters barring accident before post time and as far as the other eligi bles are concerned it is impossible to forecast the possible field fieldIt It would be unfortunate if the Bel ¬ mont Stakes only brought two starters at post time but there have been five other runnings of the Belmont Stakes that only brought out two starters though it has never been a walkover walkoverIn In 1887 Hanover was opposed only by Oneko The year following Sir Dixon was opposed only by Prince Royal In 1892 Shellbark was raced against Patron the winner and in 1910 Sweep and Duke of Ormonde made up the field The last twohorse race was when Max Hirsch started George W Lofts Donnacona against Man o War WarShould Should Chance Shot come through vic ¬ torious in the running of the Belmont Stakes as is so confidently expected on the eve of the running he will have an excellent opportunity to climb to the top of the moneywinning column as well as the racing championship He is an eligible to the 25000 American Derby to be decided at the Washington Park course in Chicago on June 18 and he is also engaged in the Dwyer Stakes at Aqueduct which is to be run July 2 He was not named for the Latonia Derby the Widener eligibles being Royal Play Kiev and Laddie LaddieThe The Dwyer Stakes is now a mile and a half race and with its 20000 added it will be wort halmost 28000 to the win ¬ ner should as many as five go to the post And it is natural to expect as many as five for by that time there should be every chance to bring back possibly both Bostonian and Valorous from the Whitney entry while Whiskery is also an eligible Others that may be ready for that date are William Daniels Justice F Walter J Salmons Black Panther Adios and Saxon from the Greentree stable the Sage Stables Rip Rap as well as pos ¬ sibly the two good fillies Nimba winner of the Coaching Club American Oaks and Flamino a filly star of William Wood ¬ wards Belair Stud Stable StableThe The Rancocas Stables colts Sweepster Sankari and Cheops have not shown an ability to stay the mile and a half but there are others in the big list of eligi ¬ bles that may be sent against Chance Shot which of course seems to be far and away the best of the list just as he is for the running of the Belmont Stakes tomorrow It was unfortunate that Frilette was off so badly in the mile and an eighth race at Belmont Park on Monday that she had no chance but it was a race to suggest that Laddie the winner from the stable of Joseph E Widener may find his way into a higher class Equipped with blinkers he showed decided improvement and doubtless Coyne will have this as a part of the equipment of the son of Fair Play in his future racing Continued on seventeenth pace HEBE AND THERE ON THE TURF Continued from second page This race may decide on Laddie being sent to Washington Park for the running of the American Derby on June 18 Both he and Chance Shot are eligible to this second running of the renewal of the race and on what other eligibles have shown in public it would make the Widener hand a particularly strong one oneThe The American Derby is a mile and a half dash and of course Chance Shot will have performed in the Belmont Stakes over the same distance before the date falls due The Belmont Stakes is to be decided Saturday and at this time there does not seem to be any eligi ¬ ble calculated to give the Widener 1 Withers Stakes winner any serious con ¬ cern Then if Laddie should train on well between this time and the date for the Chicago race there would be good reason for sending both colts after the 25000 offered offeredOf Of course it is unfortunate that both Bostonian winner of the Preakness Stakes and Valorous from which so much was expected are on the shelf This leaves the Harry Payne Whitney stable with Whiskery winner of the Ken ¬ tucky Derby to carry the whole three yearold load for the popular stable He is an honest and good colt and with some better luck at the Collinsville course he would probably have beaten Buddy Bauer instead of finishing second to the E R Bradley colt coltBut But Whiskery was in no sense dis ¬ graced by his sterling race in the Fair mount Derby and Fred Hopkins has him in rare condition at this time He is not an eligible to the Belmont Stakes but he is named in the American Derby and he is better qualified to give the Widener horses an argument than any other of the prospective starters

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