Between Races: Citation Heading Toward Fabulous Riches; Jimmy Jones Philosophic Toward Handicaps; Preakness Fans Cast Glance at New York; Virginians Start New Preakness Tradition, Daily Racing Form, 1948-05-15


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BETWEEN RACES By OSCAR OTIS PIMLICO Baltimore Md May 14 Not too many years ago there was a great deal of theorizing that with the rich purses especially in the threeyearold scaleweight classics coupled with a galaxy of twoyear old attractions that a horse might emeree some vear who would win a half a million dollars or more before attaining his four yearold form These theories are now more than that for Citation still comparatively early in his threeyear old form is about a lto5 or even a lto10 shot here tomorrow to elevate his earnings to well over the 400000 mark Trainer Jimmy Jones said today that assuming Citation came out of his Preakness engagement in good shape he was seriously eyeing the Withers with 25000 in added money prior to the 100000 Belmont Stakes the last leg of the Triple Crown After that the son of Bull Lea Hydroplane H will be given a breather j r spell before considering Arlington Washington Park stakes Trainer Jones is quite philosophical about the day when Citation will reach the hands of the handi capper My main concern in any stake and with any good horse is that the horse comes out of the race okay he explained You cant win them all and defeats must be taken in stride I dont mind losing but I do hate to see a horse injured or come out of a race lame or sore Citation of course will hot be entirely in the hands of the handicapper even in his fouryearold form Some races like Erifpire Citys 100000 International at Bel ¬ mont are at scale The 100000 Santa Anita Maturity exclusively for fouryearolds is an allowance race care ¬ fully graded as to weights for moneys won or to put it more accurately not won If Citation proves durable nd there is every indication that ne will he would haye s jrreat edge in the race toward the moneywinning championship of jthe world because he tfas won so much Citation Heading Toward Fabulous Riches Jimmy Jones Philosophic Howard Handicaps Preakness Fans Cast Glance at Hew York Virginians Start New Preakness Tradition so young Stymie for instance raced quite a while until his bankroll grew to impressive digits digitsA A A A Jimmy Jones is not the only philosopher with a horse in this the seventysecond running of the historic Preak ¬ ness Sylvester Veitch who will saddle Vulcans Forge obviously hasnt too much confidence an beating the mighty Calumet colt albeit he is sure that Vulcans Forge a game horse will be hitting along gamely ajb the end But he has taken the rather sensible view that even if he doesnt win it the rewards for place 20000 show 10000 and fourth 5000 are attractive in them ¬ selves and all such moneys help pay for hay and grain The Maryland race fans have taken the substantial stand that after all there Is only one Preakness and this is it If the field be small it willstill be a great horse race They will have seen historymade There is absolutely no grousing about Preakness prestige The fans are de ¬ voting more of their time than usual toward hoping the weather turns fair for the race running They afenrt quite sure what to expect as this year in this part of the country it seems to have turned from winter to sum ¬ mer missing spring almost completely This in turn has given cause to the management for its only Preakness regret The flowers in the clubhouse area are not in full bloom and arent the mass of color whicb usually pro ¬ vides a scenic setting for Marylands most famous race f v Maryland fans are well aware that t he turf capital of America is in Baltimore tomorrow by virtue of the Preakness renewal but nevertheless they will take A quick sideglance at Jamaica and the running of the Gallant Fox Handicap One man who will have more than a passing interest in the putcome is Jack Skinner the MTddleburg Va trainer It seems that the famed Stymie endeavoring to increase his lead in the worlds fiscal race was a patron at the Skinner farm during the winter Now Skinner is an able horseman and is a great believer in the Middleburg area as a fine place to winter He is particularly concerned about feet Stymie went for long gallops all winter in a sixinch snow without shoes along With others in the Skinner establishment He did not don footwear until the snpw had disappeared A ihorse is no better than his feetafid if Stymie does add to his Dun Bradstreet rating vby winning the Gallant Fox you may credit an assist to Skinners Virginia farm t A brilliant new tradition to the already colorful pTe pTePreakness Preakness functions was inaugurated yesterday with the first annual At Pimlico luncheon of the Virginia Breed ¬ ers Association and its corrallory the first running of the Virginia Breeders Association Plate The idea for a prePreakness fete came spontaneflusly frpm a group of the Virginians and they descended in force upon the ancient Pimlico clubhouse to discuss horses breeding in general and the Preakness in particular It was our privilege to attend this first annual luncheon and our Virginia friends gave us to understand that this was only tbe beginning We have no major racing in Virginia one explained it and weve adopted Maryland for this particular lay Among those present and sponsoring the fete plus the presentation of a silver trophy to H A Jimmy Jones trainer of In the Pink winner of the Breeders Purse were C T Cheriery presjdent ivtelvin Church HI and Danny Van Clief vicepresidents Alexander MackaySmith executive director G N S eg mulier field secretary Raymond Guest Colin McLepd Jr secretary and numerous other breeders

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