Judges Stand: Best Horse Won 76th Run for the Roses Preakness Date May Increase Attendance TRPB Direct Police, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-09


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• IBtflUHI JUDGES STAND I By Charles Hatton Best Horse Won 76th Run for the Roses Preakness Date May Increase Attendance TRPB Direct Police at Two More Meets Bold Venture Proving Bargain as Sire CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky.. May 8. Middleground had to be the best horse to win Bill Corums first Derby, breaking from somewhere out on Central Avenue, running interference for Hill Prince to the stretch, then beating • him him off off in in 2:01% 2:01% on on a a rather rather spotty spotty race race him him off off in in 2:01% 2:01% on on a a rather rather spotty spotty race race track. Nevertheless, it was indicated today that Your Host, Mr. Trouble, Hill Prince, Sunglow, Oil Capitol and, perhaps, Hawley, will try him again for 0,000 in the Preakness. If there were any extenuating circumstances for the King Ranch colts Derby rivals, it seemed to us Mr. Trouble had the most valid. Somebody had to make Your Host run and he moved a half mile from home. It would have been a good story had Hallieboy, who had vanned from Lincoln Downs, Downs, won won this this Derby. Derby. This This son son of of Silver- IBtflUHI Downs, Downs, won won this this Derby. Derby. This This son son of of Silver- Silver-dale, a stallion who is said to have helped With the plowing when he isnt doing stud duty, had an irresistible appeal for many of the crowd. Fantastic as it seems, he was at shorter odds than Hawley, Trumpet King and Stranded. There were wagers he would finish first, and others he would be last. Actually he was tenth, and he beat the Derby Trial winner. There was a report that a wealthy sportsman took an option for a 50 per cent interest in him at less than 5,000, Which expired at 2 oclock Derby Day. It was not a week-end Eddie Arcaro will commit to fond memory. He might have been on the winners of the Derby, Oaks and Debutante, but took himself off the first two, and told friends with a wry smile he was taken off Juliets Nurse. Ken Church had ridden her so well at Lexington he was given the mount. Its news when this sort of thing happens to plain Eddie. Pimlicos Preakness may be a more entertaining rac« as a result of the lapse of two weeks between it and the Derby instead of the customary one. We should think it will attract a larger field, and perhaps a larger crowd, as Dave Woods will be afforded an extra week of tub thumping-. Preakness attendances have been estimated up to 40,000 in past years. The Hilltop track this spring has automatic turnstiles for the first time. The "Bun for the Black-Eyed Susans" will attract whats left of the Derby horses, and probably some of the field for this Saturdays 5,000 Withers Mile at Belmont. It would not much surprise Free Staters if the MJC transfers the scene of the Preakness to its Laurel Park course in some future season. In any case the club is developing its Southern Maryland property, where it conducted a most successful spring meet. Bob Laughlin of the TRPB was here last week-end and we learn that he will, set up the policing organizations at Monmouth, Delaware and possibly Narragansett this season. The TRPB first assumed the direction of track police on the West Coast a year ago, and it worked out so satisfactorily that TRA member tracks in some other areas placed them in charge. Laughlin now makes his headquarters in New York City and is the agent in charge of all investigation for the TRPB. He hasnt found occasion to search the hinterland for a ringer with a store-bought pedigree in several years, and observes, "The stimulation cases constitute most of our work, I suppose. But on the whole, things are pretty quiet." Of course, the TRPB was formed to achieve precisely that, and when it has no news it really is good news." By the way, it is understood that a number of the TRA tracks now have a rule which precludes the entry of any horse that has not been tattooed. These include Hialeah, Pimlico, Laurel, Garden State, Havre, Monmouth, Narragansett Park, Rockingham, New Orleans Fair Grounds, and the new Detroit Park course. In view of the fanciful sums paid for sires, Bob Kleberg obtained a rare bargain when he bought Bold Venture from Morton L. Schwartz for just 540,000 a few years ago. The 16-year-old son of St. Germans and Possible, by TJltimus, must be about the best sire ever to stand in the Lone Star State. He does not get a great many foals, but Assault was in his third crop, and since then he has been represented by Saturdays Derby winner, Middleground, and the ill-fated Air Lift, not to mention the champion quarter horse, Miss Princess. H. P. Headley doesnt often ship mares outside Fayette County to be bred, but this spring he sent two from Beaumont Farm to the King Ranch to be mated with Bold Venture. We suppose you know that Middleground is out of the Klebergs mare, Ver-guenza. In case you have wondered about it, this is Spanish for shame, we are told by Joe Hernandez. She is by Chicaro, which is Spanish for little imp., out of the mare, Blushing Sister. Turf ana: Everett Clay reports Hialeahs remodelling program under way. Also that theres a disturbing rumor those fine-feathered fowl, the flamingoes, taste like chicken... a TRPB official recognizes that urinalysis are more thorough than saliva tests. . .E. E. Dale Shaffer reports work on the new MRA track progressing for the opener May 25, when the ,000 Curtain Up for two-year-old fillies will be the feature. . .The Derby. Day crowd is estimated to have consumed several miles of hot dogs . . .Tanforan has shown the largest gain in "tote" play this year, one of 21 per cent. . .Pete ODonnell returned to Chicago, where he is busy with details of opening Lincoln-at-Washington on May 16.

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