Derby Aftermath, Daily Racing Form, 1928-05-22


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DERBY AFTERMATH •$ — — — LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 21. Chicago has seldom had opportunity to voice jubilation in the Kentucky Derby because of a. Windy City-owned racer. They took advantage of Saturdays occasion and it appeared as if everyone from Chicago gave voice to their joy. They began cheering when Mrs. Hertz, accompanied by her husband, made her way to the stewards stand to receive the gold cup, which Governor Sampson of Kentucky presented to her on behalf of the association. It was truly a gala occasion for Chicago and the West. Chicagoans deserve to have a winner owned in that locaity. They have done much and are doing much to make the Kentucky Derby the great success it is. Mrs. John D. Hertz was highly elated by the victory of Reigh Count and received the congratulations in smiling style, thanking each of her well-wishers in gracious manner. She was persuaded later to visit the press box and to the assembled newspapermen, said: "I wish to express my thanks for Mr. HerU and myself for your generous praise for our great horse. We were confident that he would give his best, and todays happy result brought about the realization of our hopes." Although B. S. Michell, trainer of the colt, and Dr. Southard, veterinary in charge, have offered every assurance that Reigh Count. Mrs. John D. Hertz winner of the fifty-fourth Kentucky Derby, has no serious hurts, considerable apprehension over the star is noted about the Hertz barn. The son of Sunreigh. which easily led horns Misstep, Toro and nineteen other crack three-year-olds in the great race, is being treated for injuries received while training for and during the running of the race. According to Michell, the colt received the nasty cut that blemishes his left foreleg at the ankle when Anita Peabody, his famous stablemate, "cuffed" him while schooling at the barrier last week. The chief of the other injuries troubling the colt include a cut and bruises about the left hind leg, believed to have been inflicted by Don Q., which kicked Reigh Count while at the post in the Derby. The former injury is regarded as the most serious. It is known to have become infected as a result of sand getting into the wound, and its subsequent filling has caused Reigh Count to become quite sore in the member. The leg was "tubbed" for hours previous to the Derby and is said to have given the colt much trouble after the running of his greatest race. Dr. Southard has been a frequent visitor to Reigh Counts stall, and the colt was submitted for public observation this morning. He was not taken from his stall. Michell has announced that Reigh Counts next engagement will be in the impending renewal of the rich Belmont Stakes, to ue run at Belmont Park on June 8. Michell declared that, barring new complications, his star will be able to resume training before the week is out. This was substantiated by Dr. Southard and horsemen who examined the colt. Michell departed last night for Chicago. He will make a visit to the Hertz farm, near Cary, III., and expects to return Thursday. The most serious Derby casualty was the English horse Charmarten, owned by the Wild Rose Farm. This colt was so badly kicked on the left fore knee by Bonivan while at the post that he will be lost to racing for some time. The colt suffered a long deep cut, and heavy filling that developed soon after the colt had finished the race rendered the leg useless. With the exceptions of the Audley Farm Stables Bobashela and Kenton Farm Stables Typhoon, which go from here to Fairmount Park, to start in the Fairmount Derby on June 2, all of the Derby starters owned by eastern stables returned to New York Sunday morning. Two cars were required to load the eight three-year-olds named, he Sagamore Stables Don Q., Frederick Johnsons Replevin, A. C. Schwartz Sortie, John H. Macom-bers Petee-Wrack, Salubria Stables Strolling Player, W. S. Kilmers Sun Beau, A. H. Cos-dens Vito and Wheatley Stables Distraction. Jockeys P. Walls, V. Peterson, H. Thurber F. Weiner, G. Fields, E. Barnes, J. Craig-myle, D. McAuliff C. Kilmer, C. E. Allen and C, Landolt also departed for other racing " points. Both Misstep and Toro. which finished second and third, respectively, in the Derby will have their next important engagement in the Fairmount Derby. Trainers M. Lowen-stein and J. F. Schorr have indicated that they will prepare their stars for the 5 000 added prize, to be run June 2, and a week later will probably take them to Arlington Park to start in the 5,000 added American Derby renewal. Both races are at the Kentucky Derby distance of one mile and a quarter. A number of the eastern three-year-olds are expected to return West for the two races. Col M. J. Winn, executive director of hurchill Downs, whose efforts have been chiefly responsible for the steady growth of the Kentucky Derby, and racing as well, today gave out a statement in which he declared Saturdays renewal of the Kentucky Derby "the greatest on record from every standpoint." "It was the greatest Derby, both as to attendance and financially, we have ever experienced," aaM Colonel Winn. "Our attendance was larger than last year. or any other year, and was the greatest gathering of finest people of this cou try we have ever enjoyed. The rain wasnt welcome, of course, but it did not affect the Derby. "The fact that the Derby of 192S shows a marked advance over those that have preceded it gives us keen gratification, as it shows that the Kentucky Derby is growing year by year in the affections of the American people, to the lasting renown of Kentucky and the special glory of Louisville."

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