Head Play at Homewood: Preakness Winner Reaches Washinton Park to Prepare for American Derby, Daily Racing Form, 1933-05-24


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HEAD PLAY AT H0MEW00D Preakness Winner Reaches Washington Park to Prepare for American Derby. HOMEWOOD, 111., May 23 Head Play, Mrs. Silas B. Masons winner of the Preakness Stakes and runner-up to Brokers Tip in the Kentucky Derby, arrived at Washington Park at noon today completing a fast jump from Jamaica, where he finished third in the Wood Memorial Stakes Saturday. Although the son of My Play and Red Head was not expected to arrive until Thursday, Washington Park officials had everything in shipshape for the care of the American Derby favorite, and within a few minutes after reaching the Washington Park unloading chute he and three stable companions, including the veteran handicap racer, The Nut, were in comfortable quarters. T. P. Hayes, trainer of the Mason and Warm stable horses, personally looked after Head Play and his companions during the trip west. He was delighted with the condition of the American Derby candidate after the trip and further pleased when immediately after being released in his stall, he rolled and, taking a good stretch, settled himself to the new surroundings. When asked about the defeat of the colt in the Wood Memorial, trainer Hayes said: "I am satisfied that he did not like the track which cupped out badly and was against a long-striding horse. Frequently during the race he refused to fully extend himself." Hayes is confident that Head Play will redeem himself in the American Derby and clinch the three-year-old crown. Hayes made the important announcement that jockey Lee. Humphries, who is leading American riders with ninety-seven wins in four hundred and thirty-six mounts, probably would ride Head Play in the American Derby. Humphries contract has been purchased by Mrs. Mason, according to Hayes, and the lad is reporting to him here. Humphries has fully recovered from injuries received in a fall at Agua Caliente, according to recent advices from the coast and will report ready to ride. From New York Hayes sent his assistant, Cliff Porter, to Lexington, whence he will ship Epithet, Marse Chan and four two-year-olds to Washington Park. In addition to Head Play and The Nut, Hayes also has Sabula, Ray Blades and Blast here.

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