Here and There on the Turf: Belmonts Progress Airflames Debut Suburban Handicap Curbing Rough Riding, Daily Racing Form, 1936-05-25


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I Here and There j J on the Turf j J I Belmonts Progress j I Airflames Debut j Suburban Handicap j Curbing Rough Riding j i Belmont Park racing goes into its third week today with the meeting progressing handsomely. The weather man has smiled on the Nassau course and, with John B. Campbell arranging good programs daily, attendance figures are higher than theyve been for quite a few years. The next important event on the Belmont schedule is the Suburban Handicap, which will feature a triple stakes program Saturday, the Juvenile and the Corinthian Steeplechase Handicap being the others. During the week the Harlem Claiming Stakes and Acorn Stakes will be renewed, with the latter attracting unusual interest because of its bearing on the Coaching Club American Oaks, the most important spring test for three-year-old fillies. In training for the Acorn are the unbeaten Blue Sheen, the Selima winner Split Second and the steady going High Fleet, while others which may be expected in the starting field are Valse, Beauflower, Danisc M., Floradora, Parade Girl and Reminding. The Juvenile Stakes probably will mark the eastern debut of Airflame, sensational Ariel colt in Alfred Vanderbilfs stable. Friday morning Airflame stepped five furlongs in 1:00 flat in a trial that created excitement even among the dockers who are hardened to such occurrences. The Juvenile is a five-furlongs dash down the Widener course and should just suit Airflame, which hasnt raced since he accounted for the Juvenile Championship Stakes at Santa Anita, where he won all his four starts, in one of which he set a new worlds record of :33 for three furlongs. One of his opponents probably will be Apogee, which beat out Air-flames stablemate Swiftply in the Fashion Stakes, and Vanderbilt will be looking for .revenge, as Swiftply was a stout favorite in that test for two-year-old fillies. Nothing has occurred in th past few days to change the complexion of the Suburban Handicap, which will bring out a field lacking the four top weights. However, the starters promise to be well matched and a keen contest may be expected. Whopper, Hal Price Headleys giant, probably will be the high weight among the contestants with 119 pounds up. Good Goods, recent winner of the Governors Handicap at Narragan-sett Park and second to Dark Hope in the Dixie Handicap, will be the Brookmeade Stables representative and it will not be surprising if the J. W. Y. Martin veteran is shipped from New England for the mile and one-quarter event, to which the Westchestei Racing Association adds 0,000. Observant which raced at seven furlongs Saturday ir Continued on thirty-first page. : : 1 1 I J i . HERE AND THERE ON THE TURF Continued from second page. his first outing of the season, may be made ready for the event, while Vanderbilt can be expected to be represented at least by Gallant Mac and Good Harvest from among his seven eligibles. Granville is a Suburban eligible and the Belair Stud colt may use the race as a stepping stone to the Belmont Stakes at a mile and one-half. He is handir capped at 108 pounds, which is scale weight, showing the high opinion Campbell has of him. Before the running of the Preakness, the stewards informed the jockeys who had mounts in the race in very certain terms that rough riding would not be tolerated and there wasnt any. Bold Venture had to thread his way through the field but he was .not intentionally blocked and the Preakness was cleanly run insofar as the riders had anything to do with it. The same could not be said about the Santa Anita Handicap and Kentucky Derby nor about the next three-year-old event, the Illinois Derby, but the Aurora stewards made up their minds quickly and disqualified Dnieper from second place and recommended to the Illinois State Racing Commission that Joe Renick be suspended for fifteen days. Rough" stuff in important events must be eliminated and it only can be done through fearless and unrelenting action on the part of the stewards, not only in Saturday races but in the ordinary races during the week. Fortunately, Rushaway gained his Illinois Derby triumph without the aid of foul tactics and his victory was well deserved. Ironically enough, Rushaway and Dnieper were former stablemates, the former being sold to A. G. Tarn at Hialeah Pai-k for a sum believed to have been 0,000. The gelded son of Haste and Roseway has been a good performer for the Canadian horses-man, winning the Louisiana Derby and finishing second to The Fighter in the Texas Derby before carrying 120 pounds to victory in the Illinois Derby, which had ,660 for the first award. After the Texas Derby, Tarn wisely gave Rushaway a vacation, bringing him back last Saturday in an allowance affair at the Fox Valley course. As this is written, Rushaway is at Latonia, having been shipped there overnight to compete in the Latonia Derby. Tarn has given his star a tough assignment, but it added considerable interest to the race, if nothing else.

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