Reflections: Racings War Relief Announcement Belmont Stakes Alsabs next Stop, Daily Racing Form, 1942-05-26


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; : : ; ; I REFLECTIONS I By Nelson Dunstan . . Racings War Relief Announcements Rich Events Await Withers Winner Belmont Stakes Alsabs Next Stop Little Chance of Meeting Whirlaway NEW YORK, N. Y., May 25. Sixteen colts and 19 fillies have been foaled at Calumet Farm, this year, and they are a beautifully-bred group. . . . The 10 swankiest horse shows, including Piping Rock, will give the proceeds to War Relief. . . . Ben Jones is lavish in his praise of Alsab, but just grins when asked if he considers the "three-year-old a better horse than Whirlaway. . . . Bay View, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap in 1941, ran a fine second to Ocean Blue in his comeback. . . . Anthony Pelleteri may start him in the Massachusetts Handicap, then send him to Saratoga. . . . Ten to Ace, winner of the Kings Plate by 10 lengths on Saturday, will probably cross the border for -racing here. He could not leave Canada without forfeiting his right to start in the Kings Plate. . . . Watch for the announcement of a splendid War Relief program from Empire City. . . . Sun Again "popped" again and has had about the toughest luck among1 current three -year-olds. . . . Henry H Knights ambition and ultimate goal is 30 brood mares who are stake winners, or dams of stake winners, or sisters to dams of stake winners. . . . Alfred Vanderbilt looks to be "in the pink" as he awaits his call to the Navy. . . . Whitney Stone, of The Jockey Club, will serve Uncle Sam as an army engineer. Late Saturday afternoon the wires carried the news that the Lincoln Fields Jockey Club would donate 0,000 to War Relief agencies and appropriate another 50,000 for Victory Bonds. Hardly had that impressed itself in print, before Belmont Park announced that "Belmont Day" would be a medium for war relief funds and that Jamaica would match the amount realized at Belmont on June 6. "It will mean a total of between 75,000 and 50,000," one of the New York officials told this writer. Momentarily the plan being worked WHITNEY STONE Member of The ou br John p. Allen and Ben Lind- he1 of Arlington Park is expected, will Uncle Sam Jockey Club, serve as a 1S no secre ha nese officials an Armv enaineer 7 9 , 0 Chicagos leading track are heart and soul behind racings endeavors to support the agencies caring for our soldiers and sailors and their families. The Turf Committee of America has been criticized and so has racing, for what some construed as a lackadaisical effort. But they have gone along quietly ironing out the problems in their paths and the results of their endeavors are now beginning to flower. By next December, the goal of ,000,000 should be realized. But even if it should fall short, it would not be because the Turf Committee of America and the vast majority of racing associations were not willing to do -their share. No Withers renewal we can recall was won so easily as Alsab took the 67th running on Saturday. The son of Good Goods is now heading for the Belmont Stakes on June 6, and a victory in that mile and a half classic will give him the undisputed title of the three-year-old champion, plus the unique distinction of a career that is a novelty among champions of that division since the days of Hindoo. The charge has already been made that "he beat nothing," but the answer to that is that he defeated the horses they sent against him. Requested, Sun Again, Shut Out and, we must add, Colchis, the four who were behind him in the Preakness, were missing from the Withers, but that in itself is but another testimonial to the iron qualities of this little colt who is now in there punching after being kicked around for the first eight rounds. From the Belmont, Alsab will probably go to the 5,000 Dwyer at Aqueduct on June 20, but as the 0,000 Classic at Arlington Park is not scheduled until July 25, it is hard to guess where "the Sarge" will send him in the gap between. For some unexplained reason, we are told that "Alsab must be raced constantly." Well, the Sabath contingent claim they know their horse and, by golly, it begins to look that way. Alsab is an eligible for Saturdays Suburban, also for the Brooklyn Handicap on June 27; the 5,000 Yankee Handicap at Suffolk Downs on Saturday, July 4, and the 0,000 Massachusetts Handicap on July 15. It may be they will send him after the Yankee and then onto Chicago for the Classic. He will hardly be seen in the older events, for "the Sarge" is too old a hand to send him after horses like Whirlaway and Attention, when he has just four races with 25,000 in added money, exclusively, for three-year-olds, between June 6 and July 25. There is hardly a chance that Whirlaway and Alsab will hook up until fall if then but if they were to meet next Saturday, we would have a ticket out of Mort Mahonys cash register on the long-tailed boy from Calumet. Charley Hatton, over on the Telegraph, is no end amused at our endeavors to "confuse the May and June calendars." When the weights for the Suburban were announced Jack Campbell gave Alcab 112 four pounds over the May scale, and Whirlaway, 128 two pounds over, so judge Hatton stated Campbell regarded Alsab the better of the pair by two pounds. But two days later, the June scale of weights take effect and by that scale, Whirlaway becomes a three-pound better horse on Suburban weights than Alsab. All this is just two days, mind you, we said, and what we still think is that Campbell had the June as much as the May scale in mind. As we opined one day last week, the Juvenile Stakes was more thrilling as a race than the Withers. We think the Suburban will top both, looking, as we do, for an end to end duel between Whirlaway and Attention. In some quarters there is doubt that Mrs. Parke Comings colt can hold his speed over ten furlongs. He defeated Whirlaway at that distance last season, and we saw nothing in his Metropolitan victory a week ago to plant the seed of doubt as to his ability at the classic route of the American turf. Market Wise, Mioland and Challedon will probably answer the bugle, and while the Dixie has been about the most thrilling race among older horses to date, we look for a repetition of Whirlaways thrilling stretch run that never fails to spark a throngs heartbeat. If just the five mentioned went to the post, it would be one of the best handicap fields to face a starter in recent years. An added item of interest is that a victory for Whirlaway would mean a big closing in the gap that exists between his earning figure and that of Seabiscuit as worlds money-winning champion. If he takes the Suburban, it is a pretty safe bet that 1942 will see a new champion on the throne so long occupied by Sun Beau, l

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