Judges Stand: Blue Grass Rough, Not Prophetic Sun Again, Four Freedoms Rivalry Shut Out Enters Stud next Spring Successful Ohio Season in Prospect, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-28


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I JUDGES STAND By Charles HaUon ! Blue Grass Rough, Not Prophetic Sun Again, Four Freedoms Rivalry Shut Out Enters Stud Next Spring Successful Ohio Season in Prospect LOUISVILLE. K$.. April 27. Skytracer s successful sally in the Blue Grass Stakes fell somewhere between Bubbling Overs incandescence in the same stake "up the hill at Lexington and a wheelchair race on a hospital lawn. Frustrated form students who had expected this version of the Derby previews to prove a revelation now have vague misgivings it was any such thing. The rail-running Pitts-burgher stopped after a half-mile pace duel in the Stony Point, but came from ! behind as per custom in the Blue Grass ! i Stakes. He had some help from the Arkansas Traveler," Challenge Me. too. That , ! saucy witch, Hariret Sue. was by way Of winning to the furlong pole. At this crucial juncture the race took a somewhat theatrical turn. Unable to pass her any other way, Challenge Me hit Harriet Sue ■0 hard that she looped the loop. As it tamed out. Challenge Me thereby ran in- j ! terference for Skytracer. who fortuitously ; slipped through along the rail. Skytracer | was bred by Mandel B. Goff and there Bust be some gratification in the results of the Flamingo. Wood and Blue Grass for champion breeder A. B. Hancock. Flares serves at Claiborne, you know, and the Virginian bred Stir Up. whom Mrs. Whitney acquired in the Spa bargain basement ] for ,800. The Derby scene this spring is M inscrutable as a scene by Salvadore Dali. • It has not become noticeably less so with the running of sundry qualifying rounds. Pukka Gin, now one of the most bewilder- j ing segments in the jig-saw puzzle of the race, and Director J. E.. another who has been debited with defeat, may refurbish i their reputations in the Chesapeake, just I as Skytracer did in the Blue Grass. "I wonder", operative 6 7-8 mused dreamily, "if a special race for three-year-old daughters of Bull Lea would not prove good box office"? It would I indeed, were Harriet Sue. Durazna i and Twilight Tear to start. Warren I Wright has several clever juvenile daughters of the Bull Do? stallion under bland Ben Jones wing this season. It is perhaps just as well handicappers J 1 frequently disagree, as Charles McLennan and William Shelley do concerning the relative merits of Sun Again and Four Free- I doms. whose rivalry is one of the fascina- tions of contemporary racing. In thej Southern Maryland at Baltimore. Sun Again spotted Phar Laps nephew four! pounds and reduced him to mincemeat. Inj ! his imposts for the Downs venerable, Clark, at the same route. Shelley gives Mrs. Whitneys colt a pound off. whereas Mc- | i Lennan seems more compassionate, afford- [ i ! ing him five off for the Gittings. McLen- j nan. incidentally, estimates Devil Diver, j I rather generously we think, to be twoj J pounds superior to Shut Out or Thumbs ; Up Princeton Johnny Gaver always has! ! thought Shut Out the better of the Green-tree pair, intrinsically at least. Shut Out is to make his initial stud season in 45. by ; the way, and we learn several mares already are tentatively booked to the late Ekkysj • heir apparent. Four Freedoms sire Peace Chance, and the mares Frederick C. Peters ! ! has at Fort Lauderdale. Fla.. are being [ transferred to Hamburg Place, then owner having leased some acreage there. Crispin Oglebay has made a notable addition to his smallish, select band of broodmares. She is Ivira. an Irish Oaks heroine who was undefeated at three, was imported by Emerson Woodward, and was acquired by Henry Knight and sold to C. C. Tanner for a reported 0,000 before her sale to the Ohioan this week. Ivira has a colt foal by Teddys Comet that remains Tanners property. The Ohio-owned strings, such as Oglebays. Ernsts and Woodvales campaign largely in the East, but racing in the Buckeye State is expected, to flourish this season. We cannot remember when three mile tracks have operated simultaneously in the same state as Beulah, River Downs and Randall Park will this year. At one time, there were six tracks within a 10-mile radius of Cleveland; Maple Heights, Bainbridge, Thistle Down, North Randall, ran wood and Brooklyn. Thistle Down and Randall Park are directly across the street from one another.

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