Derby Work at Lexington: Dark Eagle Electrifies Onlookers by Covering Mile in 1:40 1/5-Refuse 0,000 for Dodgson, Daily Racing Form, 1928-05-02


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DERBY WORK AT LEXINGTON Dark Eagle Electrifies Onlookers by Covering Mile in 1:40 % — Refuse 0,000 for Dodgson. LEXINGTON, Ky., May 1.— Kentucky Derby candidates assumed most prominent roles during the training period here this morning. While horsemen were discussing the impressive performance of Lucky Hit on the previous day and the purchase by Stuy-vesant Peabody of Martie Flynn from C. W. Moore, the maiden Dark Eagle, owned by R. S. Clark, took to the course to work the fastest and one of the most outstanding mile gallops of the year anywhere. The son of Star Hawk, under an impost of about 122 pounds, negotiated the full course of the track in 1 :40s very handily. He began from the stand and worked back to the staring point. Some horsemen who timed him caught him going a trifle faster and all agreed that the gallop was one of the most impressive of the year and not far from sensational, considering that it was Dark Eagles initial opportunity to display anything like his speed over a distance. The colt turned the opening eighth in :12%. the next eighth in -.llh and completed three-eighths in :35%. For the half mile he was timed in :48M and five-eighths in 1:00. With unflinching strides he moved up to the famed hill that leads from the three-eighths post to the top of the stretch and completer three-ciuarters in 1:13%. He finished seven-eighths in 1 :27 and after completing the mile galloped an aelditional sixteenth briskly, trainer A. Bakers instructions to the colts rider b:-Ing to take him up slowly. He was not distressed when he returned to the Clark stable and his condition after being unsaddled added to the brilliance of his gallop. Trainer Baker, who has high hopes for the colt, expressed himself as being well pleased with the move and intimated strongly that the horse will carry the Clark colors in the Churchill Downs fixture. Previous to Dark Eagles appearance on the track the Everglade Stables Dodgson figured in a speed test that was all that trainer John S. Ward desired. He was sent a half mile in :21% i.nder mild pressure and eased up five-eighths in 1:01%. The trial was in the nature of preparation for a longer gallop tomorrow. Ward, who is part owner of the Everglade Stable, let it be known that he and Mr. Burton, his partner, had refused an offer of 0,000 for the son of Dodge. It was understood that the offer was made by Stuyvesan* Peabody, prominent business man and sportsman of Chicago, who has been in the market for a top grade Derby candidate. Mr. Peabody late yesterday afternoon acquired Mar-tie Flynn, an eligible for the Kentucky Derby that won his first race as a three-year-old last week. The horse was purchased from C. W. Moore. Lucky Hit, the Derby hopeful of J. C. Milam, won additional admirers by his fine performance yesterday and Mr. Milam was visited by several prospective purchasers this morning. Up to this time Milam has refused to place a price on the son of John P. Grier — Gold Mine. This afternoon he said he preferred to give the colt opportunity to show his best ability and that he is not anxious to part with him.

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