Gallant Fox Son, Omaha, Wins Kentucky Derby: Roman Soldier Second; Whiskolo Finishes Third and Nellie Flag in Fourth Place.; Race Run in the Rain and Before a Crowd Estimated as Many as 70,000., Daily Racing Form, 1935-05-06


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GALLANT FOX SON OMAHA WINS KENTUCKY DERBY ROMAN SOLDIER SECOND Whiskolo Finishes Third and Nellie Flag in Fourth Place Race Run in the Rain and Before V Crowd Estimated as Many as 70000 LOUISVILLE Ky May 4 Omaha true distance running son of the great Gallant Fox duplicated his sires victory in the Kentucky Derby before some 70000 wild cheering spectators at Churchill Downs here this afternoon Sporting the red dotted white silks of William Woodward chairman of The Jockey Club Omaha scored a con ¬ clusive victory over Roman Soldier best colt seen in winter racing and the repre ¬ sentative of Elwood Sachsenmaier and Phil Reuter Third honors were taken by Whisk olo ovned by Mrs Ethel V Mars of Chi ¬ cago and fourth was the share of Warren Wrights Nellie Flag only filly in the field of eignteen and the post favorite favoriteTodays Todays renewal of Americas most pop ¬ ular sporting event was held over a fast but greasy track because of a steady drizzle which fell for an hour before post time Omaha ran the distance in 205 to defeat Roman Soldier by a length and a half Whiskolo was four lengths farther back at the finish and a length and onehalf before Nellie Flag FlagOmaha Omaha a big long striding chestnut colt by Gallant Fox from Flambino took the lead on the large field shortly after leaving the back stretch to hold it under a steady hand ride from William Saunders He was under mild restraint at the finish In addi ¬ tion to giving Woodward his second victory in the classic Omaha became the third Derby winner duplicating the success of his sire sireRACE RACE WORTH 39525 39525With With 40000 added the Derby was worth 39525 to Mr Woodward who is prominent in New York banking circles as well as being long a leader in metropolitan racing He is the master of Belair Stud and bred Omaha The colt was prepared for his great victory by the veteran trainer James Fitzsimmons FitzsimmonsThe The conclusiveness of Omahas triumph was considerably influenced by the unex ¬ pected ability he displayed in obtaining a good position in the early running Saun ¬ ders had the big colt away in faultless fashion from his number ten position in the Bahr starting gate and even though Plat Eye crossed over in front of him soon after the start he was not molested molestedAs As the field swept into the clubhouse turn Saunders had placed Omaha on the outside but not many lengths away from the leader which at that point was St Bernard by a slight margin over Plat Eye In running on the outside of the field around the turn Omaha was not compelled to shorten his stride and he continued to maintain his ex ¬ cellent position as the horses which by this time were well spread out straightened out for the run down the back stretch stretchNO NO EFFORT TO HOLD LEAD LEADFeeling Feeling the powerful horse under him Saunders allowed him to gain slowly far down the straightaway but when the far turn was reached he eased his restraint Without the touch of the whip Omaha bounded to the front and at the threefur long post had assumed command Entering the stretch he had a good lead and It seemed but little trouble for him to hold his opponents at bay in his victorious march to the finish finishRoman Roman Soldier in the middle of the pack during the early stages made up ground slowly as he weaved his way between horses in the run down the back stretch On the second turn he began gaining on the lead ¬ ers and turning for home the black son of Cohort was in fourth place Continuing to gain in game fashion Roman Soldier was Continued on nineteenth page OMAHA Continued from first page OMAHA WINS KENTUCKY DERBY in undisputed possession of second place i vith a furlong to go but he was unable to further cut down the advantage held by Omaha despite the whipping tactics of his jockey Leslie Balaski BalaskiWhiskolo Whiskolo another winter campaigner also flashed a splendid performance in gaining third honors He was further back than Omaha and Roman Soldier during the open ¬ ing threequarters but a convenient opening suddenly developed at the far turn and he dashed through in such a hurry that the son of Diavolo was able to take second place at about the time the Belair colt assumed command commandIn In the terrific battle through the stretch Whiskolo was unable to stave off the bid of Roman Soldier and lost second honors to him by four lengths In gaining fourth honors Nellie Flag displayed a remarkably game effort as she was in close quarters practically all the way Unable to gain a forward position right after the start she was pocketed by horses and was compelled to fight her way through to a clear position on the lower turn The Calumet miss again was placed in a tight spot after reaching the back stretch and not until approaching the far turn vas she able to get clear from that thatIn In the last half mile Nellie Flag finally got clear but she lacked the finishing power to become the second victress in the sixty one runnings of the Blue Grass classic classicAfter After Nellie Flag at the finish in the fol ¬ lowing order were Blackbirder Psychic Bid Morpluck Plat Eye McCarthy Com ¬ monwealth Sun Fairplay Today Whopper Bluebeard Tutticurio Boxthorn St Ber ¬ nard and Weston The fractional time over the greasy track was 23 47 113 138 and 205 205As As the problem of weather and track con ¬ ditions for the Derby remained unsolved during the early afternoon those persons with any doubts about the choices for the race refrained from doing their wagering on the event Those visitors with fixed opinions about the outcome of the special regardless of the track condition took ad ¬ vantage of the early mutuels selling on the Derby to obtain their tickets and avoid the last minute rush which was extremely heavy heavyWhile While the public may have been tardy In making up their minds the connections of the Derby starters anxiously awaited the time to saddle having completed all their preparations many hours before All the jockeys coming from the East to accept Derby mounts reported to the clerk of the scales at the appointed time including Rob ¬ ert Jones and Raymond Workman the last to arrive They came from New York yes ¬ terday and today Silvio Coucci and Wil ¬ liam Saunders the other pilots from the East came with their mounts earlier in the week Jones guided Psychic Bid Work ¬ man was on Today Coucci on Plat Eye and Saunders on Omaha George Woolf who was engaged for Commonwealth motored from Maryland where he had gone from Texas tcr ride Billy Bane in the Aberdeen Stakes With the fifth race out of the way and the Derby just ahead the Churchill Downs crowd had reached its peak Varied esti ¬ mates were made of the size but the gen ¬ eral notion was the gathering totaled more than 70000 persons Matt Winn himself said the paid attend ¬ ance established a new record but he was unable to give out any figures figuresEvery Every available inch of space in the grandstand and clubhouse was occupied and it was next to impossible for any one to elbow his way through the mass of hu ¬ manity in front of the stand and around the paddock Even when the races were be ¬ ing run the betting enclosures were well filled with people But for the cold and damp weather the attendance unquestionably would have been much greater especially in the infield and for the grandstand Not since 1919 when Sir Barton was victorious in the Derby has the weather been so wintry for a running of the race Sleet fell during the morning of that Derby and with just a slight fur ¬ ther drop in the temperature today the rain might have been changed to sleet or a light snow snowLong Long before the holders of boxes and their guests began to arrive in good numbers the terrace in front of the grandstand was amply filled The early comers quickly took possession of the few thousand seats In the bleachers but they were slow in fill ¬ ing up the benches and free chairs In the clubhouse section i As the first race was run the thousands of boxes were hardly half filled but the vast crowd in front of the grandstand needed only a few more to take up every available inch The cold damp weather ap ¬ parently had the effect of delaying arrivals but there was every prospect that the crowd at its peak would be so large as to prevent many of them having a view of the Derby DerbyThe The many precautions taken to prevent persons in the infield from breaking through to the main enclosures were eminently suc ¬ cessful up until the first race and with every indication they would continue so through ¬ out the afternoon If anything the gath ¬ ering in the centerfield was smaller than in recent years probably because of the inclement weather They made several at ¬ tempts to break down the wire fence bor ¬ dering the inner rail but were repulsed by members of the state militia stationed in close order along the fence fenceC C V Whitneys Today which bruised his heel in his fast half mile work out yester ¬ day morning was on the track very early this morning for a leisurly gallop He showed no signs of lameness and cooled out nicely However Dr N E Southard was in constant attendance and everything pos ¬ sible was done to have the colt in excellent condition to start if his owner wished His injured heel was tubbed for a long period before paddockFrom time to go to the paddock From near and far persons have assem ¬ bled at Churchill Downs for the sixtyfirst running of the Kentucky Derby using every known modern means of transportation to reach here Judging by the thousands of automobiles coming into Louisville from all directions this was the most popular method of getting here but large numbers of the Derby horde arrived by train by steamboat and by airplane airplaneThe The influx not only is much heavier this year than at any time in the past five years but it began sooner This was indicated by the very large attendance at Churchill Downs yesterday Automobile parties have been arriving all week and so have special railroad cars However the special trains did not begin to steam into the local yards until yesterday yesterdayThe The Louisville Nashville Railroad re ¬ ported as many extra cars arriving over its line as was the case in 1929 when its peak was reached Over it came special trains from New York St Louis Cincinnati and many other cities it serves The Southern Railway was another reporting vast im ¬ provement its volume of business amount ing to five times that of 1934 Two specials from Chattanooga two from Atlanta one from Knoxville and still another from John ¬ son City Tenn came into Louisville over the Southern SouthernReporting Reporting its best business since the gold ¬ en jubilee Derby in 1924 the Baltimore Ohio Railroad ran special trains from Co ¬ lumbus St Louis and Cincinnati while its crack train the National Limited ran in two sections from the East All records for the Chesapeake Ohio were broken but the Pennsylvania did a trifle less business than last year although handling trains from Chicago Pittsburgh and Indianapolis IndianapolisThe The only river steamer arriving with Derby visitors was the Tom Greene from Cincinnati but its ample accommodations were well filled It arrived here this morn ¬ ing after an overnight trip tripAt At Bowman Field are seventy privately owned airplanes while many more Derby visitors were brought here by the American Airlines and Eastern Airlines both of which had extra planes on their regular schedules as specialsAt well as running several specials At the regular scratch time this morning J H Rileys Color Bearer and J J Flani gans Chanceview were withdrawn from the Derby but it was not until after the second race that any more declarations were made Precisely at 211 oclock Ben Jones removed T C Wordens Prince Splendor from the starting lineup and three minutes later Bert Williams took out the Calumet Farm Stables Calumet Dick Withdrawal of the latter cplt left Nellie Flag to uphold the in ¬ terests of Warren Wright and it also re ¬ sulted in eliminating any couplings in the Derby field Each starter will race for a different interest and will be saddled by a different trainer trainerDespite Despite a slight swelling in the infield crowd and more intensive efforts to break down the fence to permit a mad scurry to the grandstand and enclosure no person was able to get by the barriers unless showing proper credentials Only a rabbit driven out of his nest in the infield was able to get by the guards He scurried across the track dodged several policemen in front of the judges stand end took refuge in the shrub ¬ bery adorning the latter structure structureThe The track continued fast for the third event although a light drizzle had fallen but a short time before and also just after the third race There was another mild shower in midmorning but the cold weather apparently was doing its best to prevent the dark clouds from opening up with a copious downpour downpourAbsence Absence of the usual extensive crowd in the center field gave the appearance of a smaller Derby attendance but there was every indication that the number of paid ad ¬ missions would surpass any previous total A large force o militia patrolled the fence tunning around the stables and their efforts h much to do with cutting down the num berrof nonpaying guests in the infield also reducing the pressure placed on the guards looking after the front stretch and regular enclosures The militia vas under the direc ¬ tion of H H Denhardt adjutantgeneral of Kentucky KentuckyJust Just before the fourth race another driz ¬ zle began and being much more severe than ts predecessors umbrellas came into view n many of the exposed boxes in the terrace fronting the grandstand in the infield The rain had the makings of a steady one and with post time for the Derby still more han an hour and a half away the chances for other than a fast track appeared very good All owners and trainers paid close atten ion to tjhe weather those that wanted the rain to increase and those who wished for clearing skies Needless to say practically all the horsemen have instruced their platers to equip their Derby charges with caulks which can be filed off should the track be fast at post time timeEven Even though the fourth event was run in he rain the track was in fast condition as was shown when Coldstream carrying the silks of C B Shaffers Coldstream Stud stable established a new local record for he four and onehalf furlongs lowering by onefifth of a second to 52 the mark set in JoyColdstream 1921 by the speedy Miss Joy Coldstream named for the farm where he was bred and raised ran the opening quarter in 22 and the half mile in 45 which reflected the excellent condition of he course despite the rain Coldstream is a son of Bull Dog the brother to Sir Gal lahad III from Nimble Hoof and he is a stablemate of the Derby candidate St Ber ¬ nard another son of Bull Dog St Bernard s owned by Elmer Dale Shaffer son of the master of Coldstream Stud StudOtherwise Otherwise fiveyearold Wise Counsellor gelding inaugurated the Derby sport with a local triumph when he carried William E Smiths red white and blue silks to a hard earned win over Sun Boy and eight others at six furlongs The Smith fiveyear old was an oddson choice jn the betting and led throughout after Pana Franka which eventually landed in third place had of ¬ fered stiff contention for more than five eighths Sun Boy came along and forced ihe victor at his best until he was safely under the wire Otherwises final margin over Sun Boy was a neck with Pana Franka three lengths farther back and so closely attended by Black Miss that the numbers had to be awaited to ascertain the outsome of their lively finish for minor honors Glen Fowler piloted the victor victorBien Bien Joli a son of Blue Larkspur which finished fourth in the 1929 Derby won by Clyde Van Dusen carried the colors of his breeder E R Bradley to victory in the four and a half furlongs contest of maiden twoyearolds that was second on the pro ¬ gram In bearing over as he raced arounc Upholder and Johnnycake the leaders al the time the Bradley colt crowded them together but the interference was slighi and as Bien Joli came away to win by a length and onehalf it probably had no bearing on the result With clear sailing Johnnycake came on to outfinish Upholder for the place award Bulwark led the others in the field of twelve twelveC C Leroy King Memphis owner am breeder had the pleasure of seeing his gooc sprinter Hecla drive down in front in one of the earlier races Competing with eight others over six furlongs in what was the third race the King fiveyearold had speed enough to make every post a winning one Ridge Mor raced to second place with Bartering Kate third The favored Rubio could do no better than fourth and excep for a short time in the stretch where he moved up slightly was never much of a threat to the three leaders Bartering Kate forced the winners pace to the stretcl where Ridge Mor advanced to the runner up berth which he Tield safe while running the last furlong furlongSilvio Silvio Coucci had a thorough warming up for his Derby ride asjride Plat Eye when his best and strongest efforts were required to bring A L Fergusons Vitamin B through a close winner over Hank Mac Tavish in the Old Kentucky Home Handi ¬ cap which preceded the blue ribbon event The sprint engaged six and of the four to finish behind the mentioned two First Entry was the one to finish third The others Beaver Dam Where Away and Open Hearth finished in that order The time was 118 118After After setting all the pace and a fas one at every stage the quarter being timed in 23 half in 47 and threequarters in 11156 Hank MacTavish refused to quit his conqueror being forced to come through with a faster finish to get up in time to win by a head Finishing boldly under Couccis handling the Ferguson colorbearer raced for a short length back of the E D Axton threeyearold while running the final furlong They went under the wire a length and onehalf before First Entry with Beaver Dam three lengths farther back

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