Coaltown May Be Exception to Rule: Didnt Make Debut Until Past Winter; Theres a Better One in Barn Usually Isnt So, but He Could Prove Its Veracity, Daily Racing Form, 1948-05-01


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Coaltown May Be Exception to Rule Didnt Make Debut Until Past Winter WinterTheres Theres a Better One in Barn Usually Isnt So but He Could Prove Its Veracity VeracityCHURCHILL CHURCHILL DOWNS Louisville Ky April 30 The familiar race track expres ¬ sion Theres a better one in the barn that is often heard when one of the leading stables comes up with a potential or proved champion is usually employed rather de ¬ risively In most cases the better one turns out to be a morning glory but Calu ¬ met Farms Coaltown is by no means a unique exception exceptionThis This son of Bull Lea was unheard of last winter when he made his debut at Hialeah while his stablemate Citation was already a shortpriced favorite in the winter books and was being hailed by trainers of rival three yearolds as one of the best colts of all time Trainer H A Jimmy Jones knew that Coal town could run and makes no secret of the fact that he made his first wager of the year on the son of Bull Lea ii A Jimmy Jones when he first went postward but it is extremely doubtful if the erstwhile mayor of Parnell Mo ever sus ¬ pected that the colt would eventually at ¬ tract a following of fans just about con ¬ vinced that he can beat Citation doing anything horses do doAristides Aristides Beat Chesapeake ChesapeakeThere There have been numerous other in ¬ stances however in the long liistory of the Kentucky Derby of the presumably lesser light beating his more highlyregarded stablemate in the Run for the Roses The first such incident occurred in the inau ¬ gural running of the stake back in 1875 H P McGrath entered Chesapeake and Aristides who were favored in the wager ¬ ing Most of the support was for Chesa ¬ peake who had raced well at Lexington while Aristides had been cut severely during the running of the Phoenix Hotel Stakes at that meeting when the track was the pro ¬ verbial ploughed field The little red chestnut Aristides won the race while Chesapeake failed to beat a horse horseMany Many years later in 1919 the Commander J K L Ross entry of Sir Barton and Billy Kelly were second choices in the Derby and finished at the head of the field in that order with Sir Barton winning by five lengths and going on to become one of the best horses of our time The Star Shoot colt was a maiden at that time however while Billy Kelly was regarded as one of the best of the threeyearolds in training and he was the one most of the crowd was backing backingThe The most famous of all of these intra ¬ mural upsets occurred two years later when the late E R Bradleys Behave Yourself headed the same owners Black Servant Colonel Bradleys horses went to the post at 865 to 1 but he had backed Black Ser ¬ vant to win a sizable fortune in the winter books Charley Thompson who rode Behave Yourself didnt follow the suggestion im ¬ plied in his mounts name saved a world of ground on the final turn and put up the ride of his young life to get Behave Your ¬ self home in front Harry Payne Whitneys Prudery finished a halfdozen lengths far ¬ ther back in third place and there was no need for Thompson to feel he had to save the day for the Bradley colors colorsEddie Eddie Arcaro who is to ride Citation this year as he attempts to draw away from Earl Sande and Isaac Murphy by annexing his fourth Derby got himself into a switch of this 4sort six years ago Arcaro was then contract rider for Greentree Stable which entered Shut Out and Devil Diver in the Derby Having his choice of mounts Arcaro selected Devil Diver while Wayne D Wright rode Shut Out pevil Diver was in fifth place after one mile then finished sixth while Shut Out went on to beat Alsab by more than two lengths lengthsAfter After Coaltown won the Blue Grass Stakes in record time last week Arcaro was asked in the Jamaica jockeys room if he contemplated asking Jones and Warren Wright if he could switch to Coaltown Eddie shook his head then asked Which would you want to ride if you had the choice He promptly received a dozen an ¬ swers divided about equally between Cita ¬ tion and Coaltown CoaltownYou You see the veteran grinned

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