My Malcha Drives to Fore at Tropical; Devil Diver May Compete in Paumonok: Apache Has Sights on Jamaica Stake, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-04


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f IB 9andvB M My My Malcha Malcha Drives Drives to to Fore Fore at at Tropical; Tropical; Devil Devil Diver Diver May May Compete Compete in in Paumonok Paumonok Apache Has Sights On Jamaica Stake Pair Must Shoulder Equal Top Weight of 130 Pounds Against Crack Sprinters NEW YORK, N. Y„ April 3.— Owners and trainers planning to start their charges in Saturdays Paumonok Handicap, six-furlong inaugural feature at Jamaica, have an added reason for keeping an anxious eye on the sky and the weathermans prognostications. John Gaver, who trains Green-tree Stables Devil Diver, said today that the son of St. Germans is ready for Jhe ,500 race and will start if the track is in good condition. Devil Diver arrived from Aiken. S. C, on Saturday and was out on the training track this morning for a gallop. Mrs. Whitneys nimble stallion will carry equal top weight on the week-end with Belair Studs Apache, and the 130-pound impost is not likely to bother either of them. Greentree Stable attaches intimated today that they are more concerned with Devil Divers possible dislike of the Jamaica track than with either the weight or the caliber of the opposition. If only Devil Diver, Apache, Woolford Farms Signator, who gets in nicely under 118: Mrs. DiGiorgios Mettlesome, 112; Tom Heards Boysy. with the same burden; Harvard Square, who will carry Allen T. Simmons colors and 110 pounds, and W-L Ranchs Jamaica specialist. Bill Sickle, who will pack 108, start in the Paumonok. it shapes up as a worthy opening-day feature for the New York season. There will doubtless be others to accompany this fleet-footed septet, but they are the most likely starters at the moment, their trainers say. Tempo of Workouts Quickens The tempo of the workouts at New York tracks has quickened appreciably during the last few days and there will, it appears, be a plentitude of fit horses to fill the lucrative programs racing secretary John B. Campbell has scheduled in his first book. New j Yorkers will get their first glimpse of the 1944 two-year-olds in the curtain-raiser on ; Saturday, and, judging from the number of babes who are training well on the island, they should view an attractive band of l debutantes. Another feature of the opening-day program also is a sprint. This is the Snark c Purse, a five and one-half furlongs dash for three-year-olds which carries a purse of 1 ,000. As this race is under allowance conditions, " it may serve as the seasonal debut j for a number of colts with Wood Memorial and Kentucky Derby aspirations who have e not been seen in action this year. The conditions favor those horses who were not j. raced last winter. _ The third feature of Saturdays card is the King Saxon, a mile and one-sixteenth d allowance test carrying ,000. This is for r four-year-olds and upward, a race which is s framed to draw the best in the division, as s the first weight concession under the conditions - is allowed horses who have not won a 5,000 in 1943-44. JOHN M. GAVER— The Greentree Stable trainer announced that Devil Diver is ready for the Paumonok and will start if the track is in good condition. i

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