The Judges Stand, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-30


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• — _ 1 THE JUDGES STAND By Charles Hatton Hertz, Wright Are Commended Famous Victorys New Status N. J. Meeting Looms Success Joyners Unique Distinction NEW YORK, N. Y., June 29. John Hertz exhibited his customary good judgment in his decision to forego hurriedly preparing Count Fleet for Arlingtons 0,000 Classic, much as Warren Wright did in arriving at his decision to dispatch Whirlaway to Calumet Farm, where a veritable royal suite of a box stall awaits him in the impeccably kept stud barn. The announcement by Stoners Creeks meditative master is not surprising. On the contrary, anyone having access to a calendar might have noted the intervening time until the running of Ben Lindheimers mile and a quarter summer annual on July 24, is comparatively short, though it is inconceivable The Count outclasses possible three-year-old rivals so ! widely he might have won with the "proverbial hair cut and shave." The Scot, Don Cameron, managed to prevent his charges lapsing too far from condition to breeze while his ankle reduced. But Hertz is understandably reluctant to risk aggravating the wrenched leg or to unduly hurry The Counts prep. It is confidently expected Reigh Counts doughty son will be thoroughly fit for the American Derby or Travers in August. To summarize. Count Fleet and Whirlaway are being handled as good thoroughbreds deserve to be. The obvious postcript to Count Fleets deflection from the Classic would be: "It is an ill wind." This prolonging of his vacation injects one element of the ~ , . ~ competitive into the Arlington-at-Washington stake. Lharles nation |g renews enthusiasm for those dubious stayers, Slide Rule and Occupation as Classic eligibles. And especially for the possibilities of Mrs. Payne Whitneys stretch-running Famous Victory, who is glamorous in a grade "C" way, who narrowly missed winning the Dwyer and who is not the least formidable aspirant for Saturdays 5,000 Empire City Handicap. Johnny Gaver will bid for 25,000 worth of features in three days on three different racing fronts this week-end, what with Famous Victory having designs on Empires 5,000 handicap, Shut Out making menacing gestures at Suffolks 0,000 mile and a furlong Massachusetts and Devil Diver drawing a bead on Arlingtons Stars and Stripes, of similar monetary significance. This project is more workaday than grandiose with Greentrees indefatigable trainer. There is the usual string attached to Shut Outs deploying at Boston. It has to do with that colts allergy to wet footing, by the way. Charley McLennan, it is clear, is among those pale pinks who are obsessed with a notion Devil Diver is superior to Equipoises stoutest son. Shut Out last week at Aqueduct defeated Market Wise, another Massachusetts probable in a consummate fashion that verged on the spectacular. It will be interesting to note if he can reproduce that form in the 0,000 Massachusetts. Garden State Park may not revive "the glory that was Monmouth," quite, during its second summer season, which begins on July 7. It is nevertheless this observers fond belief the meeting will prove an unqualified success. Especially after perusing a map that describes three Quaker City bus routes flanking the course. Our understanding is that Garden States statisticians estimate the meeting will escape "the red" with a daily average attendance of 4.000 and will in all probability prove profitable with an average of 5,000. Some of Long Islands more fashionable strings will be represented by divisions at the meeting, others by commuters for stake engagements. Bert Mulholland applies Jack Joyners principles of horsemanship to the Erden-heim performers with some original ingenuity and all to excellent purpose, it seems to us. He is interesting on the subject of Lucky Draw, too. It develops that clever gelding is indeed one of the last yearlings to be tutored in the rudiments of racing by the dean of American trainers. Moreover, he is one of the most highly regarded broken by Erdenheims trainer emeritus. . The other day it was noted in exploring his pedigree that Lucky Draw stems from a distance-running French family. Mulholland, however, is authority for it, his precocious charge has the physical and temperamental characteristics associated with his sire, Jack High, who is in turn a typical Broomstick. It is a two-dimensional tribe. Somewhat less free-running than that of Jamestown, perhaps. But we can think of no braver breed in a pinch. There is an interesting marginal note concerning Joyner and Lucky Draw. The latter represents the fifth generation of a fashionable branch of the old American strain of Bonnie Scotland, which the Carolinian did so much to develop. Joyner, the breeder, is quite as formidable an authority as is Joyner the trainer. He advised the late Harry Whitney to purchase Broomstick, then just embarking upon a stud career, out of the Capt. S. S. Brown dispersal, himself acquiring Whisk Broom II., a member of the initial crop - by the sturdy bay son of Ben Brush. Joyner later disposed of Whisk Broom II. to Whitney, who had conceived a fancy for the colt, for the same sum that had been paid for him when he was a yearling. In 1913 "Whisky" scored the notable Metropolitan — Brooklyn — Suburban triple under the famous Eton blue and brown silks. Whisk Broom II. was retired and equalled, if not surpassed, his excellence on the course, as a* sire. Among countless other stake winners, he begot John P. Grier. Jimmy Rowe, the elder, trained Grier, whose misfortune it was to be contemporaneous with Man o War. Joyner, however, developed his most distinguished son, Jack High. Now he has sent up a worthwhile runner of still another generation of the line in Lucky Draw. We wonder if racing annals contain a parallel for the successful developer of an individual sire line by an individual racing man. It seems scarcely probable any similar instance may be cited. It is a minor tragedy of the worlds sparse turf literature that Joyner never would submit to a biographers irksome interview. It is characteristic of him to shunt "the limelight" though, of course, every one in racing knows how tremendous a figure he is, how many of the turf citadels he has stormed in his day, both here and in England, and how very profound his knowledge of racing and the thoroughbred is. There is something faintly anachronistic about the sight of the Empire City Associations Celtic green and gold flag flying atop Jamaicas grandstand. But everyone seemed pleased that th.e Butler heirs meeting is removed there. There is much about this war-time season that is strange. The New England turf, much to nobodys surprise, has its war casualty, too. This is Lou Smiths Rockingham Park meeting. In lieu of the Salem season, Suffolk proposes an extension of its racing dates to help advance the Turf Committee of Americas War Relief fund towards its ,000,000 goal for 1943.

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