Reflections, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-29


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► . — — — — — reflections I By Nelson Dunsfan — Much Interest in Yearling Sales Whirlaways Retirement a Surprise Jones Has Many Good Ones Left Many Rich Handicap Events Ahead When you list "horses for courses" add Best Seller to Arlington and Washington Parks. . . . Private fc Neves rushed back to Fort Riley on Sunday to seek permission to continue riding. . . . Ernest Shaw, the Australian who brought Beau Pere to this country for Louis B. Mayer is better than a green hand with his handicapping at Washington Park. . . . Calumet Farm holds a strong hand for the Arlington Lassie in Miss Keeneland and Twilight Tear. . . . A. T. Simmons, one of Saratogas biggest vearlinff buyers, has already acquired about 20 privately. . . . Tony Pelleted and William Helis, who bought Attention, are also in the Blue Grass looking them over. . . . People are asking: • Is Mrs. Ethel Mars cutting down or making way for a new group from this years sales?" . . . Many mw buyers will be heard bidding this year. . . . We know of six. . . . Sun Again is good again. Even though jockey Bads likes to take a nap while riding him. . . . Fairway and Hyperion led all other stallions with winners at the recent Ascot meeting. . . . India is buying many Australian thoroughbreds. . . . After a session in Chicago, we could stand a race meet on the Equator. . . . Everyone is wondering why the TRA does not release its recommendations on breeders awards. . . . Jim Quinn, crack Chicago photographer who worked at Arlington-Washington last year, is supervisor of a technicolor movie on farm life for the state of Illinois. Nelson Dunstan The news of Whirlaways retirement came as a surprise to the racing world. The worlds money-winning champion was sore after Saturdays race, and one had only to see the serious look on Ben Jones face to realize his thoughts were far from the Stars and Stripes and Massachusetts Handicap. Jones put his own feelings aside in recommending to Warren Wright that "Mr. Long Tail" be sent to Calumet Farm to await the next stud season. One of the best horsemen this country ever produced, he could have brought Whirlaway back to his peak. Of that we have no doubt. "But," he said to this writer a few minutes ago, "Whirly has been very good to me, so it was only fair to the horse and to Mr. Wright to retire him when he was sound. He is too valuable to take the slightest chance with." Whirl-away will go down in racing history as one of the "iron" horses of the turf. In 49 starts since 1940, he was not out of the money until Saturdays race. That he was one of the best of the century in this country few will deny. Now he enters that second phase of possible accomplishment — that of the stud. With both pedigree and racing record he should prove a success, for some of the best mares in the country are at Calumet Farm. Fortunately, Ben Jones has many fine colts and fillies to carry on with. In Sun Again and Mar-Kell he has a pair who will hold their own in the handicap ranks. Nellie L., three-year-old filly, is being freshened up. But, of the 33 now in the Calumet barn at Washington Park, the speculation can well center on the two-year-olds. Two of the most promising, Pensive and Whirlette, have not started. Jones is seldom known to wax enthusiastic about youngsters who have yet to run. But, he does not hesitate to say he believes Pensive will prove a good one. He is going slowly with this son of Hyperion. Whirlette is a full sister to Whirlaway, and the noted I trainer is going slowly with her also. "She will hardly be as good as her brother, but when ready she should win her share of races." Miss Keeneland and Twilight! Tear are the best Calumet babes to show to date. The former has won her two starts impressively, while the latter was impressive in winning her only outing. They will both go in the Arlington Lassie on the week-end and will rule the favorites. Rich events are so plentiful in the days ahead, it is hard to guess how the "name" horses will move on the handicap checker board. Charley McLennan* weights for the Massachusetts are eminently fair, in our opinion, and possibly before these lines meet your eyes, John Gaver will have announced the whereabouts of Devil Diver and Shut Out on July 5. Market Wise, who ran second to Devil Diver in the Brooklyn on Saturday, is not a Stars and Stripes eligible, so it is a foregone conclusion he will go to Massachusetts. The Tufano racer is in well at 126 pounds, two less than he carried in the Brooklyn. Five days after these 0,000 events are run in Chicago and Boston, or on Saturday, July 10, the 0,000 Butler Memorial, will find the older horses back on Long Island. Then, on July 31, they will converge on Chicago for the 0,000 Arlington Handicap, only to find the last days of August awaiting with the 5,000 Saratoga Cup in the East and 0,000 Washington Park Handicap on September 6, followed by the Narragansett Special and many other rich events in the fall. Never was there more lucrative days for handicap stars who have stayed in the fight, than in the weeks ahead. Just add it up and you will quickly see what it is possible for an older horse to win before November rolls around. The Empire City meeting looms as one of the most successful ever staged by the Yonkers organization. They hesitated at first to make the switch to Long Island, due to the many fans who attended from Westchester and Connecticut. But with trains taking the racegoers direct to the entrance at the Jamaica track, the best interests of everyone will be served. During the 24-day meeting, th attractive Yonkers fixtures will be staged, the week-ends card featuring the 5,000 Empire City Handicap, exclusively for three-year-olds. On Monday, the ,000 Demoiselle will be the main event, with the rich Butler on Saturday, July 10. With 0,000 events on the holiday, the Yonkers date for the Butler is a sensible one, assuring the best horses in training and giving the older horses opportunity to complete for a second rich purse in the same week. The Fleetwing, Wakefield and Yonkers Handicaps will follow the Butler. With the Yonkers meeting at Jamaica, this is the first time in the present century that Long Island has had continuous sport throughout the season that leads up to the fall meeting at Empire City.

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