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THREE-YEAR-OLDS OF 1935 St. Bernard Exceptionally Fast Golt and Has Excellent Chance to Develop Into One of Foremost Three-Year-Olds of Year Editors Note This is the seventeenth of a series of articles covering the three-year-olds of 1S35, their racing credentials as juveniles and prospects during the current year. Owner, E. D. Shaffer. Breeder, Coldstream Stud. Trainer, A. B. Gordon. fAjax f Flying Fox to f Teddy Amie .Rondeau J Bay Ronald j? f Doremi W "3 f Spearmint S Carbine o Plucky "Liege - ?Maid of the Mint L Concertina J St. Simon 2 Comic Song A o v fCyllene C Bona Vista es f Cicero J . Arcadia S - , Gas Ayrshire pq .2 . " Illuminata lS I . f Springfield s 5 St. Albans to .Last of the Queens Viridis m LChloe . flsonomy Magdalen Sts. 1st 2d. 3d. Unp. Won. 1934 record 11 3 12 5 2,005 By NORRIS ROYDEN. Alex Gordon is training for young Elmer Dale Shaffer, of Chicago, a phenomenally fast colt named St. Bernard, which has an excellent chance to be one of the seasons top-notch three-year-olds. A son of Bull Dog brother to Sir Gallahad HI. andEager Cissy, by Cicero, St. Bernard only has to be able to carry his great speed over a distance of ground to be a contender for the championship in this division. St. Bernard won the Bashford Manor Stakes as a juvenile, but was beaten a half length by Toro Nancy in the rich Arlington Futurity. He also ran five and one-half furlongs at Arlington Park in 1:04 in gaining an easy victory in an overnight race. This time was within one-fifth of Ithe track record and very close to the worlds mark for the distance. The Shaffer colt had some very bad luck at times last season, which undoubtedly prevented him from completing the year with a more impressive record than is now attributed to him. He was severely injured in the Saratoga Special running and was patched up to make an effort in the Hopeful Stakes, but he was unable to show anything like his best form in either and was turned out of training after the latter event. The son of Bull Dog began campaigning at Churchill Downs late in April, when he displayed a fair effort back of the speedy Albuquerque and others. On Derby Day he broke into the winning column with a hard-earned victory over Ross, Star Banner, Early Dawn and other fair maidens. He followed that triumph up with one in the Bashford Manor, in which he led all the way over the five-furlong route to defeat Fraidy Cat handily, with Bye Lo third and Skippy McGee fourth. He had 122 pounds on his back and dominated the field throughout. Transferring his activity to Belmont Park, St. Bernard started in an overnight race and ran third, beaten three lengths by Plat Eye, with Gov. Sholtz second. The going was muddy, which he may not have especially liked. In the Juvenile Stakes he flashed some early speed, but wilted toward the end and was well beaten. He displayed a slightly better effort in the .National Stallion Stakes, but the improvement wasnt enough for him to break into the picture, although he took fourth honors back of Plat Eye, Psychic Bid and Young Native. After a months rest, the Shaffer colt resumed racing at Arlington, where, in a dash of five and a half furlongs through the mud, he ran fourth, Prince Splendor winning, with Fraidy Cat second and Countess Bina third. St., Bernard evidently was short, as he came back a week later with his sensational speed effort, in which he won by four lengths over Mid Victorian, Fraidy Cat, Bye Lo and others. That effort made him popular for the Arlington Futurity, in which he came through with another sterling performance. He moved ug steadily between horses in the early running and was in close quarters turning into the stretch, but he managed to take a slight lead in the final straightaway, only to lose it to Toro Nancy. Behind him at the end of the six-furlong dash were Special Agent, Today, Albuquerque and other fast juveniles. St Bernard then went on to Saratoga, where he suffered an injury to his foot during the Special running. St. Bernard is a well-made, handsome member of Bull Dogs first crop. The latters brother, Sir Gallahad III., needs no introduction to Americas racing pundits. Bull Dog wasnt quite the racer Sir Gallahad was, but he seems to get more quality in the individuality of his offspring. Eager Cissy, dam of St. Bernard, combines the blood of Cicero, Springfield and Isonomy close up and she should contribute much to the colts staying prowess.