Here and There on the Turf: Black Helen Disputes Omahas Claim Showed Remarkable Effort in Derby Discovery Back in Top Form May be Favorite at Detroit, Daily Racing Form, 1935-06-25


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Here and There on the Turf I Black Helen Disputes Omahas Claim Showed Remarkable Effort in 1 Derby Discovery Back in Top Form May Be Favorite at Detroit i Two amazing horse races were presented to the public Saturday, just as numerous persons had suspicioned. On the eastern front, Discovery returned to the best form he had attained as a three-year-old, which meant breaking a worlds record, and in the Middle West Black Helen once more demonstrated that she is one of the most remarkable fillies of all time. Racing kindly for the first time this season and benefitting from a blistering pace set by King Saxon, Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilts colt won his second straight Brooklyn Handicap with much to spare. King Saxon held on to be second as Omaha finished a poor third, once more proving that a three-year-old has to be well above the ordinary to take up his weight and to race creditably against capable older horses such as the pair that beat him in the Brooklyn. Circumstances may have prevented Omaha from showing a better performance in the Brooklyn, but who is there to say he can run a mile and a furlong in 1:48% when at his very best and under favorable conditions? In the American Derby at Washington Park, Black Helen defeated some of the leading three-year-olds Omaha had turned back in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, also some others that have come along of late. Black Helen and Omaha never have met and -.ntil they do, which may take place in the Classic at Arlington Park July 20, the championship of this division must remain in abeyance. Except for a conditioning race a week ago in which she was barely headed home by Bloodroot and Count Arthur, Black Helen has not been defeated this season. In that race she wasnt ridden quite as well as trainer William Hurley had wished. Omaha took an overnight event besides the Triple Crown and bowed to Rosemont in the Withers, to Today and Plat Eye in the Wood Memorial and to Discovery and King Saxon in the Brooklyn. E. R. Bradleys good filly has been triumphant in the Florida Derby and Coaching Club American Oaks besides a pair of allowance affairs. With the older horses claiming the bulk of public interest until the Classic renewal, Discoverys brilliant effort takes on added importance. The son of Display and Ariadne, by Light Brigade, which apparently came to himself of his own free will and Continued on fifteenth page. HERE AND THERE ON THE TURF Continued from second page. through no special attention of his trainer, is to appear Saturday in the Detroit Chal-lege Cup, a weight-for-age test of a mile and three-sixteenths in which his opponents certainly will include Head Play and Azucar and possibly Cavalcade. Even though he failed to show anything over the Detroit track in the Derby there last year, Discovery may rule favorite in the 5,000 Challenge Cup because of his sensational Brooklyn performance. Head Play has shown fine ability over the Motor City course and he holds a decision over the Vanderbilt colt in the Suburban Handicap, in which he had an allowance of nine pounds but hardly gave the latter that much of a beating. They will be at level weights Saturday and Discovery appears himself again. Much may depend upon whether he cares for the track. Omahas failure in the Brooklyn must be attributed almost wholly to the fact that we was meeting his masters at the distance. His defeat, however, draws a parallel to his loss in the Withers to Rosemont. That race came two weeks after he had taken the Preakness with a display of ample speed. The Preakness was at a mile and three-sixteenths and the Withers at a mile and he could not cope with the fast early pace and still have something left for the stretch battle. His training was lengthened out and he was at home over the mile and a half distance of the Belmont Stakes. Trainer James Fitzsimmons then was called upon to sharpen up the Belair Stud colt in two weeks time for the nine-furlong test of the Brooklyn, but the three-year-old star was no match at any time for Discovery and King Saxon which had been brought up to the engagement not brought down to it. Getting back to the American Derby, Black Helens effort is very meritorious, even though there are many who entertain doubts that the three-year-olds amount to much this season. Under 118 pounds, the small daughter of Black Toney and La Troienne, by Teddy — it is unlikely that she weights as much as 900 pounds— gave allowances to all her opponents save Roman Soldier. They were at levels according to the scale, both having three under the standard. She made the pace throughout the mile and a furlong journey over a treacherous track, staving off repeated bids including the determined one of Count Arthur through the stretch. The latter covered more ground than the Bradley filly, being on the outside all the way, but he might have been in better going. Donald Meade gave Black Helen masterful handling, which was a very important item, because George Woolfs impatience had something to do with Roman Soldiers defeat. Roman Soldier was hemmed in along the rail until reaching the stretch when any change to the better part of the track was too late. Boxed by Black Helen, Judy OGrady, Bloodroot and Count Arthur from the start around to the final turn, Roman Soldier was all but mired in the deeper portion of the course next the inner rail. Woolf might have eased back Roman Soldier and taken him to the outside, but he didnt and the favorite was done when called upon to do something during the final three furlongs. Bloodroot likewise weakened as she too was on the inside in spots, but she may not have cared for the track as much as her illustrious stablemate, to whose rescue she came a week back in a preliminary event and which she might have defeated in the Coaching Club American Oaks. The American Derby further proved that Count Arthur has improved, just as is customary with Reigh Counts get, and that Tearout a dependable colt in his class. He finished fastest of all in the race after having been held well back of the pace. Among the Derby spectators was young Vanderbilt, who had been in Detroit for the previous two weeks. He could have gona to Aqueduct for the Brooklyn or to Providence for the Narragansett Handicap, but instead he journeyed on to Washington Park to supervise Cold Shoulders preparation and handling for the three-year-old event. As a consequence, he missed Discoverys world record performance and Dreefs nose triumph at the New England track He undoubtedly would have been at Aqueduct had he any suspicion that Discovery was to perform as he did, but the Maryland sportsman was not surprised when he heard the news although naturally much elated. He had worried to some extent that Discoverys hard race in the Maryland Handicap last fall when the colt was not at himself had dampened the colts ardor for racing, but on the other hand he was confident that sooner or later the star of his extensive stable would find himself. Now Discovery is the only other horse save Man o War with two worlds records to his credit, having run a mile and three-sixteenths in 1:55 at Narragansett last autumn for his first mark. Man o War holds th$ records for eleven and thirteen furlongs, re-Sgectivelyr-- -- --- - -- - iii«nii«« • L I j i i i ! 1 J 1 i i, s j 1 j c _ I 1 B J • 1 . - 2 i I i yr 1 1 r • - e * 2 3 3 1 ; i e t y is s i i t e t i i ? " " f s f .. e s - i $. .

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