Coaltown Wins Gallant Fox in Romp; Ocean Drive Joins Derby Probables: Arrives at Downs By Air From East; To Accompany Olympia in Classic If He Races Well In Trial Stakes Tomorrow, Daily Racing Form, 1949-05-02


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Coaltown Coaltown Wins Wins Gallant Gallant Fox Fox in in Romp; Romp; Ocean Ocean Drive Drive Joins Joins Derby Derby Probables Probables Arrives at Downs j By Air From East To Accompany Olympia in Classic if He Races Well In Trial Stakes Tomorrow CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., April 30. — With the Diamond Jubilee running of the 00,000 Kentucky Derby just one week away, interest in the great one mile and one-quarter three-year-old classic has reached a high peak. Checking in from nearby Keeneland today were Mrs. Royce G. Martins Woodvale Farm-bred colt, Halt, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes; John Kinards Johns Joy, second in the Lexington fixture; Clifford Mooers Santa Anita Derby victor, Old Rockport, and the Green-tree Stable pair, Wine List and Capot. With the addition of the invaders from Keeneland and the arrival of Frederick W. Hoopers Ocean Drive from Jamaica by plane, the field for the Derby is rapidly taking shape and the stake promises to have one of the best renewals in its long and colorful history. Ocean Drive was flown from New York this morning, after he drove to a creditable victory there yesterday in the St. James Handicap. While the Hooper establishments Olympia is the favorite for the big race, trainer Ivan Parke stated today that should Ocean Drive race to expectations in Tuesdays Derby Trial, the colt may be a Derby starter. Basil James, who handled Ocean Drive successfully in the St. James, will journey to Louisville to ride the colt in the Trial, and should Parke decide to saddle an entry in the May 7, fixture, James is to have the mount on Ocean Drive. Both May Go in Trial Late this afternoon, trainer Parke inti- - mated the possibility of a change in the stables plans for the Derby Trial that would see both Olympia and Ocean Drive taking part in Tuesdays stake. This possibility developed during a long-distance telephone conversation between Parke and owner Hooper after Ocean Drive arrived safely at the Derby track. Ocean Drive arrived at Standiford Field via Eastern Airlines at 1:07 p. m. Central Standard Time. The three-year-old progeny of Coldstream — Annabell Lee, departed from New York at 10:15, approximating a three hour and six minute journey without mishap. According to pilot G. C. Blanchard of the DC-4, which transported the Derby hopeful, they encountered rough weather during part of the journey, Continued on Page Two Ocean Drive Joins Derby Probables; Arrives at Downs From East by Plane Will Accompany Olympia itu Classic if He Races Well In Trial Stakes Tomorrow Continued from Page One at which time instruments only were used to pilot the huge craft. Ivan Parke was there to meet his No. 2 charge and expressed complete approval with the manner in which his colt completed the extensive trip. Several of the more prominent Derby candidates were on the track this morning but it remained for Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Seleys Duplicator to turn in the most serious drill of the training period. Duplicator worked the entire Derby distance over the fast" course and stepped to the mile marker in 1:44%, handily, then galloped out another quarter mile, completing his spin in 2:11%. During the final five furlongs of Duplicators work, the west coast hope was accompanied by his stablemate, Front Row. Seley, who recently arrived in Louisville, was on hand for the colts move, and conferred with trainer Sam Sechrest after Duplicator cooled out. Definite arrangements for a Derby jockey have not been completed by the California-owned establishment, but Gene Pederson, a veteran rider, was astride Duplicator today. Tom Smith, who saddled Maine Chance Farms Jet Pilot for that colts triumph in the 1947 Derby renewal, is preparing Mrs. Ada L. Rices Model Cadet for the Diamond Jubilee running. Smith had Model Cadet out for a half-mile work this morning, and his charge sped the distance in :49%, quite handily. The speed test was a preparatory effort for a sterner test scheduled tomorrow. Bobby Wright, regular exercise boy for the Rice unit, handled Model Cadet. Monte Parke, who conditions Johns Joy, brought his star out for an easy gallop and announced that the Kinard colt is to pass ► up the Derby Trial. Johns Joy gave a splendid effort behind Halt in the Blue Grass Stakes, bowing to the Martin star by a scant nose while spotting his rival five pounds. Johnny Longden, who rode Johns Joy in the Keeneland engagement, has been definitely signed to ride the Kinard sophomore in the Derby. Joseph A. Goodwins homebred Ky. Colonel, very much in the Derby picture since his clever triumph in the Glenview Purse at Keeneland, breezed three furlongs this morning in :36%. The short "blowout" was an opener for a more arduous Sunday morning test, planned by trainer John Milton Goode. The Derby Trial is expected to give a further line on the capabilities of several of the Kentucky Derby potentials. The Tuesday mile stake probably will bring out Ocean Drive, Capot, Halt, M. A. Kerns Lextown, Jacks Town and the Calumet pair, De Luxe and Ponder. Jacks Town, a representative of the New Orleans-owned Afton Villa Farm, was given an easy gallop today, and his effort in the Trial probably will definitely determine his Derby starting status.

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