Mount Marcy Opposed by Nine in Clark Handicap at Downs: Whitneyite Has Oiskipper, Dart by, Sun Herod to Beat in Mile and Sixteenth Test, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-04


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, — — Mount Marcy Opposed by Nine In Clark Handicap at Downs ° Whitneyite Has 01 Skipper, Dart By, Sun Herod to Beat In Mile and Sixteenth Test By DON FAIR CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky.. May 3. — C. V. Whitneys Mount Marcy, a five-year-old homebred son of Mahmoud and the good producing mare, Maud Muller, tomorrow will attempt to win his third straight Kentucky spring season stakes when he opposes nine other high class middle distance performers in the historic Clark Handicap. The mile and a sixteenth fixture, which is as old as the Derby and the Oaks, is to have its seventy-sixth running and the probable starting band for the 1950 renewal shapes up as one of the best to contest the Clark in several years. Mount Marcy was pegged at 121 pounds for the Clark, one pound less than the original topweight burden assigned to John A. Kinards Johns Joy. The latter colt is presently campaigning in New England and the Whitney star is to pick up the highest impost in the feature. Mount Marcy -started but twice this year and he won the Phoenix and the Ben Ali Handicaps at Keeneland. Partial to the Downs racing strip, the Whitney horse also is remembered by local racing patrons for two impressive victories last autumn and a sharp second to Inseparable in the Louisville Handicap. Marsch Sends Out Entry While Mount Marcy is expected to go postward as the choice he will meet some unusually sturdy opposition in the Clark. Brookmeade Stables Dart By gets in the stake at 114 pounds; John Marschs Ol Skipper also drew 114 while P. L. Grissom hard-hatting Sun Herod will parade under Continued on Page Five g Mount Marcy, Nine Others Seek Clark Whitneyite Has 01 Skipper, Dart By, Sun Herod to Beat In Mile and Sixteenth Test Continued /rom Page One 113 pounds. Whirling Dough who Is to race coupled with or Skipper, gets in with a feathery 100 pounds. Others named overnight for the attraction include E. Constantin, Jr.s Proph, 101; Woodvale Farms Halt, 106; Loray Stables Between, 95; S. I. Crews Commodore Lea, 108, and James Paddocks locally-owned Royal Tulip, 100 pounds. Getting back to Mount Marcys present Kentucky form, the son of Mahmoud proved quite versatile at Lexington in" capturing the Phoenix and Ben All. In the Phoenix, the Whitney speedster stepped three-quarters mile in 1:10% to down B. J. Bax King Bay. or Skipper, and S. I. Crews Commodore Lea, among others, under a 115 pounds burden. Coming back eight days later. Mount Marcy shouldered 117 pounds and raced the mile and a sixteenth Ben All in 1:43%, defeating Commodore Lea, Flying Disc, and Fancy Flyer as well as several other useful performers. Mount Marcys victorious margin in the Ben Ali was six lengths and he appeared to have something left at the wire, indicating that he not only is capable at the sprint distances but quite able to take care of top flight thoroughbreds over the longer routes. Included in the band following Mount Marcy home in the Ben Ali was Halt, 1949 victor in the Blue Grass Stakes. The Wood-vale Farm colt was decisively beaten but recent trials indicate that he may show a sharper effort in the Clark. Conn Mccreary will be at the reins on the son of Haltal, assuring the Mcllvain representive good handling. Won Forest Retreat Handicap Ol Skipper scored a convincing and game triumph at Keeneland in the seven-furlong Forest Retreat Handicap, beating Provocative and Sun Herod. The Marsch colt, a son of Occupuation, set a new track record in the Forest Retreat, which was cracked a few days later by the Kentucky Derby candidate, Your Host. Sun Herod finished fast to take third honors in the Forest Retreat while under the steadying high weight of 118 pounds and his return engagement with Ol Skipper has aroused considerable interest along the shedrow. The Marsch colt ran second to Fleeting Star in the Churchill Downs Handicap in- augural day with Sun Herod again third. The longer distance Clark probably will better suit Sun Herod who worked exceptionally well for the engagement. Dart By, shipped here with the Brook-: meade Derby hopes, Sunglow and Greek 1 Ship, started eight times this year and has been five times second and third on three occasions. During Dart Bys 1949 campaign he won four of 17 startrs, was four times second and once third, picking up earnings ; of 1,015. During his winter campaign, the homebred gelded son of Whirlaway, was I sent to the Fair Grounds for a try at the rich New Orleans Handicap, but the best he could do was third to Joseph W. Browns good filly. Red Camelia, and E.M. OBriens Blue Thanks. Trainer Preston Burch announced this morning that Con Errico will guide Dart By in the Clark. Other than the Clark Handicap, racing secretary Fred Burton has programmed some well-balanced supporting events, chief of which is the six-furlong Whiskery Purse. Included in the group of eight Whiskery entrants are Brown Hotel Stables stakes-winning Go Jeep Go, C. T. Chenerys Squared Away, a "recent Downs winner, and P. L. Grissoms French-bred Djymy. Squared Away is the early choice for the Whiskery and he is to have the saddle services of Job Dean Jessop. .HORACE WADE— The well known racing official arrived at Churchill Downs to take in the Derby running.

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