Judges Stand: Corum Sees Prospect of Record Derby Gate Columet More Has Unusual Stud Record Wright, Jones, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-03


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tv-..1. — — ri ■KH JUDGES STANDI By Chaths Hatton 1 CortHH S««fi Prospect of Record Derby Gate Calumet Mare Has Unusual Stud Record Wright, Jones, Arcaro Seek New Marks Prepare to Open Ohio, Michigan Seasons CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 2. BUI Corums first Derby has an excellent chance of attracting the largest crowd ever, if only the weather behaves on Friday and Saturday. "The reservations have set a new track record," tv-..1. — — ri Mr. Mr. Derby Derby said said over over his his morning morning coffee. coffee. Mr. Mr. Derby Derby said said over over his his morning morning coffee. coffee. "Of course, the general admission sale depends a good deal on the weather forecast at the end of the week. Tom Young tells me that many drive here each year from cities in Ohio, Indiana and Ilinois and reach the track very early on the morning of the race. Naturally there will be more of these if the weather is clear when they set out. Here in the Three Falls Cities and the Blue Grass area the weather on the day of the race will be the determining factor. factor. As As for for the the rare race Itself. itself, T I dont dont see see ■KH factor. factor. As As for for the the rare race Itself. itself, T I dont dont see see how it could have shaped up any better. Frankly, if I were doing my column now I shouldnt have shaped any very decided opinion about the result, even at this late date." Estimates of the Derby Day crowds always vary about 20,000, but the late Col. Matt Winn saw his dream of 100,000 come true. Most of the work in connection with the presentation of this 76th Derby has been completed, and it seems to us that Corum has done a splendid job as the Downs new general-manager. Among other things, he has rearranged the seating facilities in the stand for the publics convenience, added some trophies to the stakes events, and remodeled some of the lounges. One of these is called the "Winn Room," in which sportsmen here to see their colors in the Derby may entertain their guests. In future years Kentuckys Lieutenant-Governors will present the Derby Trial trophies, Louisvilles Mayors the Oaks souvenirs, and the Governors those for the "Run for the Roses." The Calumets already this season are working: on their fourth 5100,000, and Theory must be considered a formidable Derby eligible, if only because he has Ben Jones for a trainer and a leg: on each corner. But Calumets horses-in-training: arent taking- quite all of the bows, for the Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders Association has honored the Calumet Farms sleek black mare, Easy Lass, as the champion producer of 1949. She is the dam of Coal-town and Wistful, two of last seasons champions. We shouldnt think it was a difficult choice for the KTBA to make. If it interests you, Coaltown and Wistful are her only foals to come to the races, and she now has a two-year-old Pensive colt called Fanfare in Ben Jones string at the Downs, and a filly foal who is a sister to Coaltown. Either the breeding of horses is very important or a lot of intelligent people are wasting millions of dollars on bloodstock annually. But nobody has ever reduced it to an exact science, nor does it seem likely anyone ever will. For instance, Easy Lass first foal was a full brother to Coaltown "who was gelded, served as a lead pony about the training barn and finally was destroyed. The Derby this Saturday may result in new owner, trainer and jockey records. Eddie Arcaro hopes to better his own mark on Hill Prince, who is one of the choices to become his fifth winner of the Downs classic. The Covington restaurateur has their names arranged around the facade of his establishments, a little like the entrance to the Downs, and if he continues riding Derby winners he may have to enlarge his facilities another floor to get them all on. Ben Jones also will try to break his own training record on Saturday, for he has put the tack on five winners of the classic, and now is one up on the late Derby Dick Thompson. Warren Wright and E. R. Bradley are tied as leading owners, with four each, one more than Belair Stud. Of course, Idle Hour is out of the running, and in late years Belair has been preoccupied with trying to win the Epsom Derby. The only record that is safe this Derby Day is A. J. Alexanders distinction of having bred five Derby winners, which was before the turn of the century. The Downs is Americas Turf Capital this week, but there is much activity at other tracks in the Middle West. Sportsmans is in the midst of Chicagos first 1950 meet, Beulah Park opens the Ohio season on Saturday with a meeting which extends through May 30, and work on the ned MRA course at Detroit is progressing satisfactorily for the introductory card there on May 25. There also is some construction work going on at Hazel Park, which is preparing to accommodate more horses. Hazel Park was the scene of avery successful inaugural meeting last year. Beulah Park is under the direction of the Columbus sportsman, Robert Dienst, who recently negotiated the purchase of River Downs and who races a string under the nom du course River Divide Farm. Perhaps you know that theres an improvement program at River Downs, in the hope of renewing interest in the sport about the Queen City. Turf ana: The NATBs Jack Denis and Grant Dorland met in Lexington recently, are putting the results of Ellis Suttons mutuel study in type, and announced a directors meeting will be held immediately preceding the summer sales. . .A new owner, James C. Roberts, of Ft. Worth, purchased a yearling Goya colt from Hope Eternal, and a yearling Whirlaway filly from Hug Again, by private treaty at Calumet Farm recently. . .Mr. Trouble is a prospect for the next running of Santa Anitas Maturity. This is, incidentally, one occasion when an owner may say he picked a top horse as a yearling, though we doubt if you will hear it from C. V. Whitney. . .Cornells Dr. John McLeod planed from New York for a days racing.. .Ed. Thomas is well pleased with the young sire Triplicate. . .Charlton Clays Carmen, who ran at Keeneland, has been bred to Princequillo.we think. ...Mrs. Helen Carruthers has an interesting collection of original Stulls. . .Dooly was as out of place in the Ben All as Senator Capehart at a dockers convention, but he improved a bit in the Blue Grass. Beulah Park Stables Filled to Capacity COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 2. — With the arrival of the stables of Norman "Butsy" Hernandez and Al Smitha, the stabling capacity of 700 horses has been reached for Beulah Parks spring meeting opening Saturday. Hernandez shipped 12 horses from New Orleans, while Smitha brought six from Keeneland. In Smithas shipment was South Dakota, holder of two Beulah track records. South Dakota owns the mark of 1:10% for six furlongs, and 1:43% for one and one-sixteenth miles.

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