Seventy-First Kentucky Derby Draws Crack Field of Sixteen: Hoop Jr. Likely Favorite in 5,000 Attraction at Churchill Downs Today, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-09


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% Jmand Mm m - -■mM mm «■ ■! ml JKl Seventy-First Kentucky Derby Draws Crack Field of Sixteen Hoop Jr. Likely Favorite in 5,000 Attraction at Churchill Downs Today Jeep, Pot o Luck, Alexis 1 And Burning Dream Main Rivals of Hooper Colt LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 8.— Sixteen of the lands finest three-year-olds were named at Churchill Downs this morning for Saturdays seventy-first edition of the world-famed Kentucky Derby. The first entry received for this ensuing renewal of the 5,000 added mile and a quarter event was that of Mrs. W. G. Lewis Darby Dieppe, whose name passed through the box at 7:32 a. m. to the accompaniment of a thunderous cloudburst, which indicated that the going for the "Run for the Roses" cannot possibly be better than "slow." The entry of the surprise winner of the Blue Grass Stakes was followed by a series of aspiring "name horses" including Fred Hoopers Hoop Jr., who is expected to rule a slight choice over Col. C. V. Whitneys Jeep, in what is perhaps the widest open Derby since 1935. Other entrants who have large followings are Calumet Farms Pot o Luck, Col. E. R. Bradleys Burning Dream, and Christiana Stables Alexis. Many of the townsfolk, vividly recalling past Derby triumphs recorded by bearers of the Calumet and Idle Hour banners, will have sentimental wagers I on Pot o Luck and "The Dreamer." Misweet Only Filly Named The remaining runners range interestingly through a more or less talented gamut I of Lt. Comdr. T. D. Buhls Air Sailor, Brent I and Talbots Tiger Rebel, Charles S. How-! aids Sea Swallow, Lookout Stock Farms j Foreign Agent, Murlogg Farms Fighting ! Step. J. Kel Houssels Bymeabond, Kenil-; worth Farms Kenilworth Lad and Bert G., • A. R. Wrights Jacobe, and Arthur Roses i Misweet, the only filly in the field. Once again, the Derby looms a struggle for supremacy between the East and West, with the former represented by the favorites, although ODT restrictions make for an attendance that is almost exclusively drawn from the Louisville area. The Downs management has set the stage for the presentation of Americas most colorful turf spectacle and, rain or COL. MATT J. WINN— Whose efforts have made the Kentucky Derby Americas outstanding horse race, will witness his seventy-first Derby this afternoon, having viewed each running of the Downs classic. shine, a gathering of true Derby day size and enthusiasm will be bulging the fences, so to speak, when the bugle blows at 5:15 Central War Time. Experts in such matters calculate that the favorite should be at least 2l2 to 1 in tne old fashioned "iron men," what with the "off" footing contributing to the be- [ Race to Be Contested Over Off Track; Bradley After Fifth Victory in Fixture wildering Derby form. Hoop Jr.s sensational mile in l:3t%, and the presence of Eddie Arcaro on the Wood winners back, are ponderable factors, however, and will determine many confused racegoers to back the Alabaman. The connections of both •Junior" and Jeep declare their charges aro impartial about track conditions. Fair Jester Not Entered The only absentee from yesterdays probable Derby line-up missing from the field today was H. C. Hatchs Fair Jester, who is distinctly a non-mudder, it is said. The probability of a tricky racing surface may result in the withdrawal of one prominent entrant, Burning Dream. Trainer Jimmy Smith will consult with Colonel Bradley at Idle Hour regarding the rather green, long-striding Bimelech colts status. The roster of Derby riders was completed with the arrival today of Sea Swallows pilot, George Woolf, and jockey A. Snider, who will be up on Burning Dream. They came from New York. Arcaro was reported visiting a few hours with relatives at Newport, Ky., en route to Derbyville. having left Gotham on the Cincinnati Limited yesterday. When Fair Jester reneged, most Canadians hopes of a victory in the States turf classic went glimmering. But the presence of Kenilworth Lad and Bert G., who are Dominion campaigners, and Sea Swallow, victor in the Tijuana Derby, lends the stake an international tone. Sea Swallow, who was bred in California, is estimated to have infinitely the brightest chance of this trio, and he will be an out-! sider, if not included in the "mutuel field." All over nine runners will be grouped on a sinele mutuel field ticket. A combination of inauspicious weather Continued on Page Three Seventy-First Kentucky Derby Draws Field of Sixteen Postward at Downs Hoop Jr. May Be Favored * Over Jeep, Burning Dream, Pot o Luck and Alexis Continued from Page One and an unwieldy field places a premium on I strategic post positions and the dash to escape crowding, such as marred the Blue Grass renewal last week-end. The going promises to be best on the crown of the track. Positions nearest the inner rail may prove disadvantageous for : slow beginners. The speed of the field is embodied in the racy forms of Hoop Jr., Air Sailor, Sea Swallow, Fighting Step and Bymeabond. "Junior carried his a mile and a sixteenth in the Wood, turning in 1:45 flat, j whereas the stretch running Jeep won off I in 1:4545 in his division of Jamaicas "pre-i view" of the local fixture. Sea Swallow and the offending Bymea-j bond stopped forcing the pace in the mile I and an eighth of the Blue Grass, wherein Air Sailor and Fighting Step still were running at the finish. Pot o Luck, Darby Dieppe and Jeep will endeavor to win "a la Whirlaway," if they pursue their natural bents. Scarcely anybody, aside from their im-| mediate connections, concede Tiger Rebel, i Misweet, Kenilworth Lad. Bert G. or Jacobe the remotest chance of sporting the roses. | A victory for any of these would be in the nature of a surprise quite as stunning as Donerails or Exterminators. Along with Bymeabond and Sea Swallow, they are "fielders." Misweet will, incidentally, be defying Derby history in attempting to j emulate Regret, the only filly winner in its j long annals. She must improve over the vainglorious efforts of such capable members of her sex as were Bronzewing, Pru-j dery, Startle and Nellie Flag, to achieve this objective. This is, in many of its aspects, the strangest of all Derbies. Not only because t . i i is decided a long month later than usual, but also because the nominee generally i esteemed as "the best mudder" of his age, ! Best Effort, pulled stakes and shipped to i California in weather comparable only to the rainy season in Bali Bali. Saturdays will be another "street car Derby." The archaic Louisville trams will ! ply the 3C minute run from midtown to the parks entrance in a constant proces- I sion. The turnstiles will start whirling at 7 a. m. Many of the crowds at past Derbies reposed outside the fence all night, forming long queues before the gates at dawn, but any such hardy souls had better bo equipped with umbrellas this evening . Andy Frains gate staff, a detail of state I militia and Louisville police assure that the ; Derby crowd will be an orderly one. The ! hundreds of the towns youth who each Derby Day perch on the roofs of stables bordering the backstretch, surging across the track into the centerfield between races, will, of course, be present. There are the usual mint iulep stands. The traditional wreath of gorgeous Lady Bountiful roses and the mountainous gold cup presented the winner were long ago ordered, and all is, as the cliche goes, in readiness.

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