Three-Year-Olds of 1935: Chance Sun, Favorite for the Kentucky Derby, Earns Fine Reputation as Superior Mud Runner, Daily Racing Form, 1935-04-05


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THREE-YEAR-OLDS OF 1935 Chance Sun, Favorite for the Kentucky Derby, Earns Fine Reputation as Superior Mud Runner Trainer Confident Widener Colt Possesses Qualities of First Class Race Horse . Editors Note This is the fourth of a series of articles covering the three-year-olds of 1935, their racing credentials as juveniles and prospects during the current year. Owner, J. E. Widener. Breeder, W. S. Kilmer and J. E. Widener. Trainer, P. Coyne. f Hastings $ Spendthrift f Fair Play ...J Cinderella FairyGold tBend Or m DameMasham s S- 8 " fEthelbert Eothen - js Quelle Chance... Maon tt I QuElle est Belle II 5 Rock Sand o Queen s Bower - c fSundridge.... CAmphion 3 f Sun Briar. .. ... ....... Sierra m I I Sweet Briar II... t St. Frusquin g 3 I Presentation e "3 , Sal f Rochester fRockSand O xn LMissinaibi. . Caparison IMistrella fCyllene Ark Royal Sts. 1st. 2d. 3d. Unp. Won. 1934 record . 13 3 5 0 5 3,985 By NORRIS ROYDEN. Considering the first ten races in which Chance Sun performed as a two-year-old, he would be a 100-1 shot for the Kentucky Derby, but the final three efforts of Joseph E. Wideners colt furnish the reason why he is the future book favorite in the Blue Grass classic, as well as one of" the outstanding three-year-old prospects for the coming season.. In his first ten starts Chance Sun scored one victory, defeating a so-so field of maidens, and was second four times. Some pretty fair youngsters defeated the brown -colt by Chance Shot and Sunaibi in most of these events, but to the casual observer his ! record was anything but suggestive that Chance Sun would quit the season at the top of the two-year-old heap. Chance Sun did not jump into the limelight until his eleventh try, which was in the Grand Union Hotel Stakes at Saratoga. He was an added starter in that dash of three-quarters, for which the track, was heavy with mud, but he scored a convincing victory over Rosemont, Nautch, Pitter Pat, Sailor Beware, Esposa and Old Story. Trainer Pete Coyne felt all along that Chance Sun was a good colt, and even though he failed to earn brackets in five efforts during the spring meeting at Belmont Park, the colt was taken to Arlington Park to prepare for the Arlington Futurity. Failing tocome around as Coyne had hoped Chance Sun dodged the Chicago stake and moved on to Saratoga, where in his first appearance he finished fifth behind Rosemont after having been in close quarters much of the way. Then came his graduation effort, in which his immediate victims were Dancing Cloud and Col. Greene. After another disappointing attempt Chance Sun showed Coyne something that made the Widener trainer believe the ster was about due to snap out of his lethargy. In a dash of five and a half furlongs, in which Special Agent was the victor, with Galon Boy second and Bluebeard third, Chance Sun came from well back to finish, fifth. He was all but knocked down about midway on the turn, and when he came back -to the scales much whitewash was on his side, having gotten it when Chance Sun was knocked against the fence. Coyne had no. intention of running Chance Sun in the Grand Union and did not trouble to enter him overnight. Balladier was in the field and he appeared a sure winner, "but a heavy rain during the night changed the track condition and the Bradley colt was scratched, so Coyne entered Chance Sun at the last minute. Don Meade, who was to have ridden Balladier, was engaged, the regular Widener jockey, Wayne Wright, having been loaned to the Bradley forces for a mount at Narragansett Park. Racing to the promise he had shown in his last effort Chance Sun dominated the Grand Union all the way, breaking fast but being taken in hand to assert himself through the stretch. He won by two lengths going away over Rosemont. Chance Sun sidestepped the Hopeful to move to Belmont Park to await the Futurity. He was given his final preparation for the rich stake in an overnight dash of three-quarters, open to horses of all ages. The Widener colt came from back of the pace to finish at the heels of theveteran Deduce, which was in his top form at that time. Behind Chance Sun ran Only One, Chicstraw and Miss Merriment, nil three-year-olds. The time was 1:11, and with 102 pounds on his back Chance Sun carried only three pounds less than the scale. He was asked to give Deduce 11 pounds, Only One 12, Chicstraw four and Miss Merriment five. For the Futurity Chance Suns opportunity was considerably brightened when the track was muddy. With 122 pounds up and breaking from the outside position, he was up with the leaders in the early stages, and then was sent to the front by Wright approaching the final, furlong, steadily drawing out, although he gradually bore over towards the rail. His victory over Balladier was by four lengths, others in the field being Plat Eye, Omaha, Good Gamble. Rosemont, Boxthorn, Shoeless Joe, Nautch, Candy Prince, Psychic Bid, Conte, Royal Command and Motto. Chance Suns reputation is based considerably orl his mud-running ability, but Coyne is positive the Widener colt could have done just as well in the Futurity over a fast track. He is a well-made colt of fine length, but he is not leggy. Bred by Willis Sharpe Kilmer and Widener on shares, because the former wished to experiment with the Fair Play Sun .Briar cross that produced Sun Beau, Chance Sun was purchased by Widener at auction for ,200. He is by Wideners Fair Play stallion, Chance Shot, from the Sun Briar mare Sunaibi, a sister to the stout campaigner Sun Mission. The female line is replete with stake winners, so Chance Sun has class in his breeding just as he has it in competition.

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