Here and There on the Turf: Xalapa Clown to Be Fired; Ariel Colt Stars Abroad; Offer for Roman Declined; Woolf Decided Derby Rider, Daily Racing Form, 1939-05-08


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Here and There on the Turf Xalapa Clown to Be Fired Ariel Colt Stars Abroad Offer for Roman Declined Woolf Decided Derby Rider Xalapa Clown is to have the firing irons applied to his knees and will be turned out at Xalapa Farm in the Blue Grass for a long period. . . . This decision was reached several days before the Derby by trainer Allie Dettwiler after an inspection of the son of Eternal and Loraa Linda had been made by Dr. Edward W. Hagyard, prominent Lexington veterinarian. . . . The knee trouble may have been the reason Xalapa Clown bore out in his workouts. . . .La France, dam of Johnstown and of Jacola as well, has foaled a full sister to the latter at Arthur B. Hancocks Claiborne Stud. . . . The mare and foal are the property of Louis B. Mayer. . . . The wealthy motion picture producer purchased the mare from Hancock last year for a sum well up in five figures . . . She already has been bred to Blue Larkspur this spring . . . Mayer will inspect his breeding stock after the Derby. El Morocco has won the Manton and Newmarket two-year-old stakes in England . .. . In case youre .not familiar with this colt, he is the son of Ariel and Sable Lady purchased by the British Blood Stock Agency at thei Saratoga yearling sales last August for thej account of Lord Carnarvon . . . The sum paid was ,400 and the colt already has won himself out . . . He is not eligible to the English stud book . . . Ariel had eighty-five foals in his first five crops of racing age . . . One died and sixty-eight started, of which fifty-eight have been winners while eight others placed . . . This is a remarkable record . . . Robert McGarvey made a fortunate purchase for William F. Morgan in obtaining the yearling daughter of Morvich and Cushion for ,400 last fall . . . Known as Downy Pillow she has won her only two starts, including the Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs . . . She is a sister to the handy plater Ottoman. Warren Wright asked Joseph E. Widener if he would sell him Roman . . . The Philadelphia sportsman refused on ยป the grounds that the colt possesses suspicious-looking knees . . . Although Romans knees may be ailing they dont appear to stop his running "... His victory in the Bashford Manor Stakes was achieved with just such an effort that proved successful in the Lafayette Stakes . . . After Black Brummel had won so conclusively at the first asking, A. L. Ferguson was besieged with offers for the gelded son of St. James and Reprove . . . The veteran horseman thought too much of the colt to sell and naturally was much disappointed when he had to take Romans dust in the Bashford Manor . . . Johnny Shanks demonstrated on Patient Saint that he still knows how to ride winners despite his advancing age as jockeys go. Much conversation and comment was! created when Johnny Adams was substituted for Ira Hanford on Technician in the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Ben Jones had taken a definite call on the lad to ride Technician in the Derby Trial and in the Remainder on thirty-first page. HERE AND THERE ON THE TURF Continued from second page. previous six-furlongs sprint . . . The Omaha lad was only tentatively engaged for the Derby as Jones always leaves the matter of riders in important events up to owner Herbert M. Woolf . . .After Technician had dropped that nose decision to Viscounty in the Derby Trial the Kansas City sportsman decided he would rather have another rider . . . Efforts were made to get Eddie Arcaro, who had piloted Lawrin to victory in the 1938 Derby, but that saddle star already had engagements at Jamaica ... So Johnny Adams was selected when his employer decided not to start Porters Mite. Next year Colonel Matt Winn will have to have a better understanding with the weatherman when Derby Day comes around . . . The Louisville meteorologist Friday predicted showers . . . Newspapermen covering the big event wrote their advance stories accordingly . . . News and sports commentators on the radio jumped heavily on the weather angle ... As a result many persons who might have motored to Churchill Downs for the Derby from a radius of several hundred miles around were influenced not to do so . . . Gen. Manager Jack Mac-Kenzic of Hollywood Park has in mind to set aside a section in the grandstand for use of trainers during the forthcoming meeting . . . He also gained many other good ideas during his swing of eastern tracks . . . The Inglewood course desires to do everything reasonable to aid horsemen. t

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