Thirty-Three Still Eligible for Classic; American Derby List Totals Four More: Occupation and Ocean Wave May Be Count Fleets Main Threats in 0,000 Events, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-19


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ThirtyThree Still Eligible for Classic American Derby List Totals Four More Occupation and Ocean Wave May Be Count Fleets Main Threats in 50000 Events EventsOccupation Occupation and Ocean Wave the two horses who seem to stand out most promi ¬ nently as the principal threats to Count Fleets complete supremacy of the three yearold division are expected to test their speed and endurance against the fleet Count in the 50000 Arlington Classic and 50000 American Derby two of Americas richest most important and highly coveted racing fixtures fixturesOccupation Occupation Ocean Wave and Count Fleet himself are among the 33 horses re ¬ maining eligible for both of those outstand ¬ ing midsummer events it was announced yesterday In addition four other three yearolds also are eligible for the American Derby only making 37 altogether altogetherThe The 15th running of the Classic on July 24 probably will afford the first oppor ¬ tunity for Ocean Wave and Occupation to meet Count Fleet as neither is expected to start against him in the Belmont Stakes on June 5 5Due Due to a slight injury Ocean Wave was withdrawn from the Kentucky Derby and his name was not put in the entry box for the Preakness both of which stakes re ¬ sulted in facile victories for Count Fleet Occupation has been returned to training following a long rest after being injured last fall and is training exceptionally well The Classic probably will be his first im ¬ portant engagement engagementSo So if Count Fleet wins the Belmont Stakes as most observers expect the three yearold situation will remain until Classic day much as it is now Many horsemen are of the opinion that if there are any three yearolds who might beat Count Fleet in one or both of the two big Chicago races Ocean Wave and Occupation are the most likely prospects prospectsOcean Ocean Wave is expected to arrive at Washington Park for the Arlington meet ¬ ing along with Whirlaway and other Calu ¬ met Farm horses under the care of trainer trainerContinued Continued on Page Twenty EligiblesforTwo Big Local Stakes ThirtyThree on Classic List With Four Additional Named for American Derby DerbyContinued Continued from Page One OneBen Ben Jones Occupation of course heads the stable which trainer Burley Parke will have here for the Chicago owner John Marsch With all payments made except the 750 starting fees the Classic now carries a total value of 66000 with 66450 being the gross value of the American Derby which will liave its 33d running on August 28 Supplementary nominations may yet be made upon payment of 3000 up to 30 days prior to each race raceThese These two important threeyearold fix ¬ tures are outstanding highlights of the rich 67day meeting with its 37stake program and purse and stake distribution of ap ¬ proximately 1500000 Eligibles for Both the Classic and American Derby Horse ALL HOSS ALQUEST AMBER LIGHT ASKMENOW BLUE SWORDS BOURMONT BURNT CORK CASTLEMAN CHOP CHOP CORONAL COUNT FLEET CREST DOVE PIE EYE FOR EYE FAMOUS VICTORY GANADO GENERAL SICKLE Eligibles for American Derby Onb COORDINATOR FIREDUST Horse HorseHYPERIONION HYPERIONION KANOPOLIS LITTLE WIZARD LITTLETOWN MODEST LAD NO WRINKLES OCCUPATION OCEAN WAVE OUR PAGE SEA MARRIAGE SEA PATROL SLIDE RULE SWENTHE SWEN THE NATIVE THISISIT VINCENTIVE PICKET TOO TIMELY No winner of the American Triple Crown Kentucky Derby Preakness and Belmont Stakes ever has won the two rich and important Chicago fixtures the Classic and American Derby Whirlaway came the closest to doing so in 1941 He was stopped temporarily in his sweep through the three yearold fixtures that year when Attention beat him in the Classic but Whirlaway came back to win the American Derby DerbyGallant Gallant Fox in 1930 and his son Omaha in 1935 won the Classic after taking the three earlier stakes but they did not start in the American Derby Mate in 1931 Gusto in 1932 and Cavalcade in 1934 won both of the big Chicago features but they were not Triple Crown winners winnersOther Other eligibles for the Classic and American Derby include Allen T Simmons Blue Swords who has become a sort of habitual runnerup to Count Fleet and W E Boeings Slide Rule Two fillies are among the eligibles They are Hal Price Headleys 1942 juvenile champion and Pim lico Oaks winner Askmenow and Wood vale Farms Our Page PageThe The four horses on the American Derby list only are Greentree Stables Picket R W Mcllvains Coordinator Lt Col C V Whitneys Firedust and the King Ranch filly Too Timely

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