Capot to Pass Up Dixie Engagement: Mouth Infection Deters Training, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-09


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* IB s Capot to Pass Up Dixie Engagement MYRTLE CHARM — Came back to the races after a two-year absence in winning form, accounting for the Action Purse on yesterdays Belmont Park program. Mouth Infection Deters Training Chicle II. to Be Starting Highweight in Saturdays Pimlico Stake Under 120 By PALMER HEAGERTY PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 8 Greentree Stables Capot, voted Horse of the Year honors during 1949, will be an absentee when the field parades postward for next Saturdays 0,000 Dixie Handicap. According to word from trainer John Gaver, the mouth infection which caused the postponement of Capots seasonal bow in last weeks Toboggan will deter the colts conditioning necessary to brfng him up to the mile and three-sixteenths of the Dixie. Capot had been assigned topweight of 126 pounds by racing secretary Charles J. McLennan. While the week-end happening eliminated Capot from consideration in the Dixie, it also brought out a formidable threat in Alfred Vanderbilts Loser Weeper, driving winner of the one mile Valley Forge Handicap at Garden State. This fellow, winner of Havre de Graces Burke Handicap and a bang-up fourth in Jamaicas Gallant Fox, seems well treated by the weights, having been given only 108 pounds. Highweight starter in the Dixie is likely to be Palatine Stables Chicle U., who must tote 120 pounds. Claimed out of his North American debut for ,500, this fellow swept Hialeahs turf course stakes — the Bougainvillea and Miami Beach Handicaps — and won the Gulfstream Handicap. He was beaten, but not disgraced, by Better Self in the Gallant Fox Handicap at Jamaica. Gallant Fox Winner Carries 118 Speaking orBetter Self, the Gallant Fox winner gets in the Dixie under 118 pounds, the same weight as was assigned to Mrs. E. DuPont Weirs Widener winner, Royal Governor. Better Self, following the Gallant Fox, was beaten at six furlongs in the Toboggan. Should trainer Max Hirsch decide to pass up the Dixie with Better Self, he still can have strong representation, for Robert J. Klebergs establishment has also named Flying Missel, 117; Curandero, 109: Prophets Thumb, 108, and Swap Out, 107 pounds. An invader from Kentucky may figure prominently in this seasons Dixie, for there is every likelihood that C. V. Whitneys Mount Marcy, will be shipped here in company with the same stables Mr. Trouble, who has a Preakness engagement. Mount Marcy, a Mahmoud five-year-old, has been a frequent stakes winner in Kentucky this spring and, according to word from the Blue Grass country, he was never in a better condition. His impost in the Dixie is 114 pounds. The Brookmeade Stable won last years running with Chains, and it will endeavor to make it a consecutive double with either Blue Hills, Dart By, Going Away or Greek Ship as an entrant. Blue Hills has been given 113 pounds: Dart By, 106 pounds, and Going Away, 105 pounds. Greek Ship, a three-year-old, gets in under 104 pounds, but it seems safe to say that, should he make an appearance at the meeting, it will be in the Preakness and not the Dixie. Others expected to contest the Dixie are Clarence E. Tuttles Double Brandy, 110; C. Mahlon Klines Slam Bang, 109; Burton D. Chats Sky Miracle, 106; Richard Carters Oriole, 102, and Beverley Brouns Magna Charta, 100 pounds. Both Double Brandy and Oriole have been winners during the current meeting, the former at a mile and a sixteenth and Oriole at six furlongs. Slam Bangs appearance in the race would add considerable interest, for he has shown his proficiency over the local strip. As a two-year-old in the fall of 1948,vhe was second to Capot in the Futurity and second to Stone Age in the Walden. Following a period of idleness enforced by a broken bone in his foot. Slam Bang returned to competition this spring and recently was victorious in a Garden State sprint offering.

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