Whitneys Silks Missing: Noted New York Turfman Will Not Be Represented in the 1928 Kentucky Derby., Daily Racing Form, 1928-05-16


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WHITNEYS SILKS MISSING Noted New York Turfman Will Not Be Represented in the 1928 Kentucky Derby. NEW YORK, N. Y., May 13— For the first time since 1922 the popular light blue and brown colors of Harry Payne Whitney will not be seen in the Kentucky Derby this year. Although he has twelve eligibles for the Blue Grass classic none will be sent to the post at Churchill Downs next Saturday. This announcement was made at Jamaica today by James Rowe, Jr., son of the head trainer of the stable. Last Saturday, the day after Victorian had won the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, James Rowe, Sr., stated that he would not send the colt to Kentucky for the Derby. Owner Whitney was deluged with pleas to run Victorian, but he deferred to his trainers judgment, the latter fearing that the long journey to Kentucky and the gruelling mile and a quarter contest coming so soon after his hard race in the Preakness Stakes might do irreparable damage to the son of Whisk Broom II. and Prudery. He preferred to hold Victorian here and possibly start him in the Withers, at a mile, a less severe trial, at Belmont Park on Saturday. It was hoped that trainer Rowe would select a Derby starter from among such of his other eleven eligibles — Honker, Agitator, Hush Dear, Fly-across, Bye and Bye, The Tartar, Groucher, Limbo, Tantivy, Gadalong and Pollywog — that might be ready to race. but. evidently, he does not believe that any of them are up to it, even if worthy. The Whitney silks were seen, though not always prominently, in the last five renewals of the Derby. Last year Whiskery won for him after finishing third to his stablemate, Bostonian, in the Preakness Stakes. Bos-tonian also started in the Derby and finished fifth, beaten two lengths and a half and two heads. In 1926 Blondin was the Whitney starter, and he finished ninth. In each of the three previous years the stable had double representation in the big race. In 1925 Backbone finished fourteenth and The Bat seventeenth. The year before Transmute wound up sixth and his running mate, Glondyke, ninth. In 1923 Enchantment ran sixth and Picketer fifteenth. ♦

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