Sectional Rivalry in Todays Derby: Owners of Entrants Hail from Widely Separated Areas in U. S. and Canada, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-09


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Sectional Rivalry In Todays Derby Owners of Entrants Hail From Widely Separated Areas in U. S. and Canada LOUISVILLE, Ky.. June 8.— It is indeed fitting and proper that Kentucky owners of Derby contestants will be in the majority when the seventy-first running of the great thoroughbred classic unfolds be- j fore an eagerly awaiting throng tomorrow at historic Churchill Downs. Once again, the race will be an inter-sectional affair with owners of the various challengers hailing from widely separated states of the Union and Canada, but the famous Blue Grass State of Kentucky, which has fostered the Derby since its inception in 1875, boasts numerically the largest representation with four. Michigan will have three representatives in the field while others hail from Alabama. Delaware. Florida. Indiana, Nevada. California and New Jersey. In most instances the owners of Derby candidates are as well known in other fields as on the turf. Several are manufacturers, others prominent in financial circles, while the owners of two are in military service. Darby Dieppes Owner Mrs. Willie G. Lewis, owner of Darby Dieppe, who has the distinction of being the only gray horse in the line-up, is the wife of Dr. P. O. Lewis, who has been a practicing physician in Harlan, Ky., for 27 years. In addition. Dr. Lewis owns extensive mining interests near Evarts, Ky., his home. Lt.-Comdr. T. D. Buhl, owner of Air Sailor, is a Detroit manufacturer in civilian life. Presently stationed at an eastern post, Lt.-Comdr. Buhl hopes to be on hand to see Air Sailor perform. Arthur Rose, whose filly, Misweet, is the only member of the fair sex in the Derby field, is from Detroit, where he conducts an automobile business. While fillies have garnered little Derby gold and glory. Rose has long fostered the opinion that Misweet will prove an exception to the general rule. Thomas Graham, who owns Bert G. and Kenilworth Lad, conducts a large restaurant in Detroit and has other business holdings. Graham is the present owner of the old Kenilworth race track across the river from Detroit In Windsor. Canada, a section of which he utilizes for breeding purposes. Fred W. Hooper, owner of Hoop Jr., one of the Derby favorites, is an Alabama contractor. His extensive farm in that state is perhaps one of the most elaborate and best equipped thoroughbred establishments that far south. Harry W. Lunger, who with his wife owns Alexis, the Christiana Stable color-bearer, is a Wilmington. Del., attorney. Lunger was formerly in military service, holding the rank of major. Two Derby Wins for Wright Warren Wright, who will be represented by Pot o Luck, is a financier. As master of Calumet Farm, Wright has seen his devil red silks borne to two Derby triumphs. Whirlaway won in the Calumet banner in 1941 and Pensive last year. Calumet Farm, incidentally, has been the turfs leading money-winning establishment for the past two years. In 1943 the stable garnered 67,915 in purse money and 01,660 last year. Wrights father was one of the principal trotting race owners and breeders in America. James H. Brink, whose Lookout Stock Farm banner will be carried by Foreign Agent, owns a large restaurant on the Dixie Highway, near Covington. Ky. The Brink family has conducted this business for many years. In addition, Brink breeds thoroughbreds on his Lookout Stock Farm. Ned Brent and William Talbot, co-owners of Tiger Rebel, are from Bourbon County, Kentucky. They are the youngest owners of Derby candidates, Brent being 34 and Talbot 35. Both are primarily farmers although Brent additionally operates a tobacco warehouse and is in the seed business. Col. Edward Riley Bradley, the Derbys 4iwinningest" owner, who will be shooting for his fifth victory with Burning Dream, had been active in various businesses up until a few years ago when he retired because of his health to devote his full time to his thoroughbred interests. Colonel Bradleys Idle Hour Stock Farm, near Lexington. Ky., is world famed as a breeding establishment. The colonel is the oldest of a Derby aspirant owner having recently celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday. Mrs. Robert J. Murphy and her daughter, Susan B. Kellogg, who will be rooting for Fighting Step, are in the lumber business in Evansville, Ind., and are owners of Murlogg Farm, near there. Their nom de course, Murlogg Farm, originates from a combination of their names. J. Kel Houssels, owner of Bymeabond, Continued on Page Five Owners of Derby Hopes Hail From Widely Separated Areas Continued from Page Three is in business in Las Vegas, Nev. H* has long been an ardent racing patron and has increased his stable considerably this year. Charles S. Howard, universally known as the owner of Seabiscuit, who will be striving for his first Derby victory with Sea Swallow, is in the automobile business in San Francisco. Howard owns Ridgewood Ranch in Mendocino County, California, present home of Seabiscuit. Andrew R. Wright who will send Jacobs after the rich Derby prize, is from Jersey City, N. J., and is owner of the State Hardware Company of that city. Col. C. V. Whitney, who will be repre-j sented by Jeep, is a financier. Colonel Whitney is presently in this country, but I has seen active service in several of the war zones. He was one of the youngest I I American fliers in World War Number 1. Harry C. Hatch, owner of the Canadian invader, Fair Jester, has extensive business holdings, chief of which are distilleries in this country and Canada. Hatch is a resi- 1 dent of Toronto, Ont.

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