Ira Hanford Welcomes Boland into Select Derby Circle, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-09


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Ira Hanford Welcomes Boland Into Select Derby Circle PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 8. — Jockey Ira Hanford sent a congratulatory telegram to apprentice Bill Boland following the latters victory astride King Ranchs Middleground in Saturdays 76th running of the Kentucky Derby. Hanford, known to his many friends as "Babe", was, until Saturday, the only apprentice rider to win the Derby, and fl was with the Max Hirsch-trained colt, Bold Venture, sire of Middle-ground, that he accomplished the feat. Hanford said this morning that "Boland has now joined my club, and I hope he derived as much pleasure from the accomplishment as I did in 1936." Hanford stated today that he was almost deprived of his mount on Bold Venture when he was working the colt several days prior to the race and fell off when a stirrup iron broke injuring his leg and causing a noticeable limp. The veteran booter chuckled this morning when he related the story that Mary Hirsch now Mrs. Charles McLennan knew of his injury but helped him conceal it from her father, Max Hirsch.

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