The Judges Stand: Dwyer Tests Old Turf Adage; Simmons Explains Mystery; Counts Classic Chances; Racing Calendar Improved, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-16


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Charles Hatton THE JUDGES STAND Bv Charles Hatton Dwyer Tests Old Turf Adage Simmons Explains Mystery NEW YORK N Y June 15 15The The ancient turf adage that better races result from the absence of standout performers occurs to this observer as the sourest grape since Aesop originated his fable But then perhaps The Judge is just a stuffy old eccentric At any rate it is the hope of seeing this academic premise tested that makes Saturdays 25000 Dwyer a source of absorbing interest for us Conditions will be perfect For the Aqueduct stake promises to attract the most remarkably unremarkable field in its history Thus if there is a shred of truth in this adage the ensuing Dwyer should develop an even Counts Classic Chances Racing Calendar Improved more memorable spectacle than when Man o War defeated John P Grier Count Fleet will be an absentee Blue Swords is hors de combat for the remainder of the season Gold Shower Famous Victory and Pops Pick disclaimed any pretentions to being name horses when they dazed rather than dazzled Aqueduct audiences in what were to have been their qualifiers So the Dwyer is entirely free of any blight of either standouts or big names The field will boast a completely nonstar cast It will be composed exclusively of thoroughbreds of anonymity and mediocrity There is not the remotest possibility of a minus pool But strangely we have not seen Theodore Knapp dancing in the streets about it We should think he would be pleased as punch every ¬ thing is working out so auspiciously auspiciouslyAllen Allen Simmons has explained the mystery that has surrounded Blue Swords in recent weeks Sev ¬ eral days ago dockers observed The Fleet s shadow was conspicuously missing1 from their labs Other sources were insistent he would appear for the Dwyer The Akron sportsman says Blue Swords probably will not resume racing this season We must string along with owner Simmons You may recall it was noted in the Preakness running story Blue Swords pulled up limping It seems he rapped a leg He could wish it were something more trivial The possibility of a threedimensional epic among Count Fleet Alsab and Whirl away which so fascinates sports followers assumes that all three will be in the pink simultaneously This strikes us as rather an optimistic expectation Their connec ti6ns are well aware that the proposition of a threecornered engagement is inherently one by which more may be lost than gained So each would be understandingly reluctant about running unless he was thoroughly satisfied his standardbearer is ready to do himself full justice At the moment it would be the sheerest nonsense to speculate on any specific date which may find all three fiddlefit especially remembering Alsab and Whirlaway have been languishing on the sidelines many months At any rate John Hertz has said with characteristic sportsmanship We want to meet the older horses at the proper time This scarcely wouldbe before December Threeyearolds then have muscled up and matured sufficiently to give them a reasonably good chance against older horses on the scale scaleYou You may think it only a figment of a biased observers fantastic imagina ¬ tion but a good many others with whom we have exchanged viewpoints on this dream race regard it as intrinsically a dull effort One of these is Tom Shaw who ventures Count Fleet would be the favorite and feels sure the winner winnerCount Count Fleets extraordinary versatility would give him a ponderable advantage over two confirmed stretch runners such as Alsab and Whirlaway He could allow them to pick the track and distance Who it is permissible to wonder would attempt to force Count Fleets pace early were Longden to shoot him to the front There is a thankless Alfonse and Gaston that Whirl away and Alsab would have to decide Don Cameron the tall ruddy Scot who conditions Count Fleet has him pro ¬ gressing under saddle again steadily deflating his filled ankle A good deal of whether or nob The Count appears for the Classic depends upon how he responds to training during the next fortnight The thing about the Triple Crown winner is not so much his ankle which suffered no damage to the bony structure but the fact he was stopped in training abruptly We believe that if he resumes breezing satisfactorily within the next two weeks Mrs Hertz colt will be ready to run amok among the records at Washington Park ParkDepend Depend upon it the Hertzes and trainer Cameron will not jeopardize The Counts future If he does not display his accustomed vigor and bounce they can wait patiently enough And if he ships to the Toddling Town he will be ready to give the race track a thirddegree burn Occupation has done everything mildmannered thorougrhgoing little Burley Parke lias asked of him thus far in 1943 Bull Dogs photogenic son approximates 34 seconds for threeeigrhths with or without blinkers This seems to indicate he retains the lick that made him the Futurity specialist and that his zest for racing has not dulled John Marschs longrbodicd colt is confronted by his first test of the stamina to negotiate a mile and a quarter in the Classic Probably Parkes concern is not about liis speed but one of the long moves and prep events to experience andcondition his chargfe to attempt a distance It is perhaps just as well Occupation was not hurried to the spring classics for the sequence of off tracks hardly would liave been in his favor as they were Ocean Waves Ocean Wave and Devils Thumb appear more or less remote Classic possibilities at this writing They are emerging from the woods The American Derby may attract the larger field Briefly the threeyearold crop currently looks as if it were blitzed this spring And that is the general effect of what happened to it Those who can possibly achieve racing fettle and have any class will be seen in the Classic and American Derby however Marshall Cassidy is to be complimented we suspect for those new departments in The Racing Calendar which is The Jockey Clubs official organ and is published monthly This current calendar is a decided im ¬ provement over its forerunners which were about its interesting as an outdated SearsRoebuck catalog They do say dentists substituted for gras We have often accused Cassidy of having a flair for journalism and he has hassteadfastly steadfastly denied the impeachment but this calendar is our exhibit A Not the least valuable feature is the complete list of breeders awards It is sometimes astonishing how vast a difference in the sense of A sentence one deleted letter will work For instance the other day we wrote Commissioner Swope pointed out thab New York tracks receive the least commission from the handle Florida coffers the greatest There was a distinction between track receipts and State receipts Somehow this word coffers came out offers We are filing the whole thing in the department of utter confusion

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