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JUDGES STAND By Charles Hatton C. S. Howard String to Invade N. Y. Turf Hansman Among More Apt Apprentice Boys Education Helps Maine Chance Juveniles Jeep Logical Preference in Rich Belmont NEW YORK, N. Y.. June 22. Notes on the Belmont Bugle: Jeep raced his way into odds-on favoritism for the Belmont Stakes in winning the Peter Pan, named for the late Whitney Stud stallion. Jeeps connections, incidentally, gaxe some thought to withdrawing him from the Tuesday stake to await the Belmont and, had it rained 45 minutes earlier, this may have been a discreet maneuver, as there are doubts about his capacity to ••mud." . . . "It was a good work." Eddie Ar-caro said when dismounting from Pavot after his mid-week Belmont prep. "He must have gone that last eighth in 11 seconds!" . . . Belmont will charge Saratoga one dollar to operate on its property this summer, which is not only neighborly, but good business. . . . Frank Hackett describes C. S. Howards Sea Sovereign, recent winner of Santa Anitas Santa Catalina Handicap, as "the best California-bred I have seen in years." . . . Bud Stotler is shipping to New York after the Arcadia meeting. . . . Familiars "behind the scenes" at Belmont Park commend track superintendent Neil Boyle on keeping the bon-ton Long Island track in such good shape these war years. . . . "Shorty" Adams success in New York this season is an object lesson in the wisdom of the old "If at first you dont succeed, try, try again." . . . I Nearco was unbeaten, we learn, belatedly. Our informant must have him confused with Donatello. who was beaten only once, in the Grand Prix . . . Then there is the suggestion to take up a subscription among racegoers and change the name of Pete Wid-eners two-year-old Happy C. to Ingrate. . . . Rather than riding Hoop Jr. badly in the Preakness. Snider rode him artfully to prevent Darby Dieppe from beating him for the place award. . . . Charley Fishers Amber Light should capture his share of Detroit features in his present keen fettle. Seven Hearts was developed there last summer. Everybody talks about the shortage of riders, but Green-tree is one of the few stables that does something about it. John .aver, who conditions the string and is head of the American Trainers Association, set a good example in giving a couple of lads named Wankmueller and Belanger mounts in New York this spring. Even before the introduction of the "triple bug" allowance and other inducements to contract employers of apprentice jockeys, George Widener developed a number of riders, among them Nick Coule and Johnny Breen. It Is our notion that Lawrence Hansman is the most proficient of the bug riders active at Belmont Park this season. At least he does not excite easily. Hansman, who began at Mexico City, is an 18-year-old Hoosier. Another, Buddy Mills, is growing rapidly and when he was suspended 10 days recently he packed his tack and returned to Nebraska to resume his career as a farmer. His apprentice allowance would have expired during his stay on the ground. It should be remembered that the business of developing a race rider can be expensive both to the public and racing stables, thus aspiring jockeys should have plenty of experience galloping and working horses. In some areas officials have seemed to be remiss about this. Belmont staged a race for bug riders Thursday. This morning we visited Tom Smith at Mrs. Elizabeth Grahams swanky Belmont Park establishment and looked over the ; ! stables large collection of blue-bookish two-year-olds. Everyone j remarks on their good dispositions and praises their condition. ! "Some of them win because of their class, but many just because they run straighter and are fitter than their rivals," the railbirds say. This is no exaggeration. A good many Long Island two-year-olds have been shelved by the coughing epidemic and some are just learning their racing lessons. Smiths charges have been training all winter at Santa Anita and are like veterans. It is a ponderable advantage. We were especially interested in Beaugay and Colony Boy. "She is a lovely thing, and any filly that beats her will know she has been to the races." her doting attendant says. Beaugay is very much like her sister, Little Risk. As she is by Stimulus, she is naturally a filly of more "finish" than her yearling half-sister by Blue Larkspur, who will come close to popping the Claiborne sales. Another Maine Chance filly we ilked is Pure Gold, who was bred by Mrs. John Hertz at Stoner Creek, sold for 3,000, won the latest of her two sallies, and is a royally bred daughter of Blenheim II. — Faucille dOr, by Sardanapale. She is a half-sister to Elpis. Even with the aid of bifocals, so sensitive a glass eye can see a Widener chute start, we cannot find a standout three-year-old, but tomorrows Belmont may be revealing. Possibly there is another By Jimminy in the field. Jimmy Smith, who developed Mrs. Parkers colt, will saddle Burning Dream, and he believes this son of Big Bim will give a good account of himself. "The going may be muddy, but I think he can handle the Belmont variety better than that at the Downs," Smith said. He added that his charge missed a work because of the leg cuts sustained in the Derby. The Bradley trainer was an interested Preakness spectator, incidentally, and says he thinks it may be hasty to condemn Pavot. Col. C. V. Whitneys Jeep seems to us to be the logical Belmont Stakes favorite, excusing him in " his dismal race in the Derby.. If he is a punctual choice, it will mark the first victory in this particular event for the Eton blue with brown cap since Johren captured the 1918 renewal with the able Frankie Robinson in the saddle. Cynics used to say the Whitney -breds were Futurity rather than Belmont horses, but the theory they lacked stamina was dissipated long ago. By the way, whatever became of Bounding Home, who dusted off Pensive in last summers Belmont?