American Derby Day Nigh: Indications Point to Large Attendance at Washington Pak Saturday - Whiskery and Buddy, Daily Racing Form, 1927-06-16


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1 AMERICAN DERBY DAY NIGH Indications Point to Large Attendance at Washington Park Saturday Whiskery , and Buddy Bauer Among Probable Starters r American Derby day is nigh. Saturday all roads will lead to Washington Park at Homewood, where the Illinois Jockey Club will stage the second renewal of a race dear to the hearts of Chicago lovers of the thoroughbred and. the great sport of racing. All the doubt and uncertainty of the past has vanished, racing in Illinois is again firmly reestablished and, under the recently enacted Lager law, which becomes effective July 1, the sport will flourish and thrive in this state, even to a greater extent than in the paling days of old. So it is with genuine relief and satisfaction that Chicagoans and neighbors from the surrounding towns, as well as many visitors, will go to Washington Park Saturday, in large numbers, to enjoy a great race conducted over a Chicago track and under the most auspicious conditions that have prevailed in over twenty years. A steady request for reserved tickets and boxes in the grandstand and clubhouse is indicative that an immense attendance will be at Washington Park to witness the decision of the American Derby renewal. During the last forty-eight hours the requests have been particularly large, and if the same ratio is maintained there will be a shortage of reserved space. Only a limited section of the grandstand space has been reserved. These are the seats for which an additional tax of .40 to the regular admission of .30 will be levied. Those holding general admission tickets will find ample vantage seats in the grandstand for which there will be no extra charge. The early-comers will have choice of the vantage places in that portion of the grandstand which is not reserved. Requests for reservation have come from many sections of the country and a brilliant assemblage is certain to view the premier three-year-olds fight for supremacy over the trying mile and a half distance. The first to reach the track that is regarded as a formidable contender is Buddy Bauer, winner of the Fairmount Derby. The E. R. Bradley representative came from New York in charge of French Brooks, who saddled him for his Fairmount Derby engagement. Jockey Alfred Johnson will have the mount on him. It is almost certain that his owner, Col. E. R. Bradley, will be on hand to witness the colt perform. Chicagoans are lucky to have an opportunity to witness Whiskery, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, in action again in these parts. He should have added the Fairmount Derby to his credit and would have done so but for the faulty ride Ambrose gave him. Ambrose admitted he rode the colt poorly, and it was mainly responsible for Buddy Bauer beating him out for the big prize. Trainer Fred Hopkins is keen to have Whiskery reverse the Fairmount finish with Buddy Bauer, and prevailed on James Rowe to send Whiskery here to start. Fred Hopkins will accompany the horse, and he is due to reach Washington Park Thursday. It has not been definitely decided yet who will ride him, but probably, Abel, the stables jockey, will have the mount. Kentuckians will have opportunity to see former Senator Johnson N. Camdens Hy-dromel strive to make amends for his Kentucky Derby failure. True, the colt performed brilliantly in the Louisville fixture, and finished fourth. His connections still hold to the belief that he would have won but Continued on nineteenth page. AMERICAN DERBY DAY NIGH Continued from first page for the attack of fever he suffered a few days before the race, which left a big doubt if he would be able to go to the post Hydromel has been training well lately, and trainer Steward feels sanguine that he will give a good account of himself at the mile and a half distance. There is disappointment that Rolled Stocking will not go to the post He had many admirers in the Kentucky Derby, but in that race he met with a mishap that eliminated him as a serious factor. A good performance in the American Derby would have discounted the general belief that he is a sprinter. Two of the Derby invaders, Buddy Bauer and Hydromel, were on the Washington Park track during the day. Buddy Bauer worked a mile and a quarter under restraint for the entire distance covering it in 2 :14. The fractional time was as follows: quarter in :25, half in :51, three-quarters in 1 :17and and mile in 1 :46. Buddy Bauer returned to the stable in a playful mood. Hydromel, which dnly arrived during the morning, was on the track in the afternoon for a limbering up process. He was only cantered three miles, accompanied by the stable pony. Trainer Dan Stewart will arrive tomorrow to supervise his final training. Trainer John F. Schorr has decided not to start Jock in the Derby. This information came late Wednesday afternoon. Handy Mandy will again try to annex a Derby and will be the only filly to make the contest Saturday. Earl Pool has been engaged to ride her. Late quotations on the American Derby makes Whiskery three to two on a play or pay basis. Buddy Bauer is six to one, and Hydromel is eight to one.

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