Jeep and Alexis Work Well for Derby: Latter Goes Full Route in 2:053/5, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-05


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► r- : — ; - 4 Jeep and Alexis Work Well for Derby ALEXIS — Indicated his readiness for Saturdays Kentucky Derby by working fast mile and quarter at Jamaica. Latter Goes Full Route in 2:055 Accomplishes Move Over Jamaica Strip; Whitney Ace Is Timed Mile in 1 A22/s ELMONT?-L. I., N. Y., June 4.— Changed track conditions and cold rain brought about a sharp drop in training operations at the three Long Island tracks. Conditions at Belmont on Sunday and Monday were disagreeable, the track was fetlock deep in slop and mud, and. as a result, horsemen decided to postpone many trials, awaiting improved conditions. However, several stars of the equine colony were out for exercise, namely Col. C. V. Whitneys Jeep, Walter M. Jeffords Pavot, William J. Zieg-lers Esteem, and Christiana Stables Alexis. Under the handling of jockey Arnold Kirkland, Jeep was given his final prep for his Derby engagement this morning. He galloped through the slop one mile on the main track in 1:4225, a work that was pronounced good by interested watchers. He will leave for Louisville on Tuesday. Trainer Ruff, who supervised the final test of the Whitney colorbearer, was satisfied that his charge will come up to his Kentucky engagement in perfect condition. Jeep upon his arrival in the Blue Grass country will be given a light test to accustom him to the track surroundings. In his trial this morning, he stepped along three furlongs in :3735, half mile in :4945, six furlongs in 1:15%, and the full distance in 1:4225, with speed in reserve. Has Running Mate Last Seven Furlongs The Christiana Stables Alexis was given his final trial for his Derby engagement over the Jamaica oval during the morning period. The colt was tested over the full route and was timed in 2:0535. The final seven furlongs he was accompanied by Service Pilot and that distance was timed in 1:2925. Alexis will be transferred to Louisville for his Derby engagement. The fractional times for the trial were as follows: :24, :4835, 1:01, 1:14, 1:41 and 2:0533. Pavot, the unbeaten son of Case Ace and Coquelicot, owned by Walter M. Jeffords, was breezed the same distance over the main track on Sunday and moved along j well within himself in 1 :43. Pavot will make his seasonal debut at this meeting and he, through his training and all-round condition, established himself a prime favorite .with trainers and work watchers. Esteem, who was knocked out of his opportunities to race in the early three-year-old events, the Wood, Derby and Preakness, by falling a victim to the coughing epidemic, is moving along slowly. Trainer Brady called upon the Zieglers homebred son of Stimulus and Esposa for a five-furlong jaunt. The colt relished the going and was hard held, covering the distance in 1:05. The improved condition of many of the juveniles, the more numerous victims of the coughing epidemic, is reported by trainers. They, within the next few days, hope to have their charges under saddle and back in training for the numerous events programmed in the stake and overnight condition books. The training track over the week-end was on the slow side and the tab from that point was exceptionally light for this period of the racing year. Similar conditions prevailed at Jamaica and Aqueduct.

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