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final iinai six six aays days ne: JUDGES STAND By Charles Hatton Busy Week Ahead in Midwest Turf Circles Lot 0 Luck Training for Distance Stakes Ontario Commissioners Revising the Rules Shannon ll/s First~Progeny Are Impressive CHURCHILL DOWNS. Louisville. Ky., May 13. All the signs and portents point to an unusual amount of activity during the week ahead in midwestern turf circles. The final iinai six six aays days ne: here re in in South south Louisville Louisville will will be be climaxed climaxed on on Sat- re in in South south Louisville Louisville will will be be climaxed climaxed on on Sat- Saturday with a new ,000 handicap, and the success of the meeting seems assured. Crowds and play were up on the first Saturday and Derby Day, and if the daily average shows any decrease at all it will be slight. Chicagos decorative little Sportsmans Park will close on Monday, and on Tuesday the Lincoln Fields club will open its annual spring meet of 29 days at Washington Park, which was thecene of some rather dazzling world and track records last season. We suppose that Lincoln will attract some Downs strings, and that the MRAs new Detroit Detroit Park, Park, which which is is to to otien open Mav May 25. 25, also also Detroit Detroit Park, Park, which which is is to to otien open Mav May 25. 25, also also will help to relieve the stall situation here. Each of these clubs offers purses that are graduated upward from a ,000 minimum, but the next towns appeal to turfmen is traditional. George Haggerty incidentally has denied rumors, which somehow gained currency about the Motor City, to the effect that the new course will not be ready. The stables were opened to receive horses last Thursday, and among the early arrivals •were L. W. Kidd from California with a string of 25, S. J. Brown with 20 and Ray Coons with a dozen. The Downs brought all of Americas best three-year-olds here, and some of the "Best Horses of the Year" are pretty sure to be developed during the summer season just ahead in Chicago and Detroit. Harry Trotsek plans to freshen up Oil Capitol, but he has another prospect for three-year-old stakes in the somewhat angular form of Lot O Luck: This brother of Pot o Luck races for his patron, A. E. Reuben, a former show horse enthusiast of Ohio, and he acts a natural router. Lot O Luck was second to. Donke Serenade in an overnighter of seven furlongs here recently, then worked out a mile in 1:ZS%, which reminded everyone that he is eligible for the Preakness. He seems to.be a bit of a rail runner and, indeed, was taking some of the paint off it with his stifle. Perhaps you know that Reuben bought Lot O Luck for 0,100 out of a draft of Calumet Farm readings that were offered at Keeneland in 1948. He hasnt quite won a stake, but he has earned about 4,000 »nd will, we are sure, earn more if only he stays sound. The olive branch hangs high in Canadian turf circles at the moment, and the new -Ontario Racing Commission has announced some amendments to the old Rules of Racing. It has advised the NASRC of these changes, and they may be of general interest in several particulars. For one thing, it has adopted a regulation under whiqh no licensed track in the Province may accept the entry of any horse that has arrived at the age of five and started eight times in the past two years without ever being one, two, three. And it has established a rule that "Requests for all changes in equipment must be made to the stewards and permission secured in writing not later than 2 p. m. the day previous to the race.No changes will be allowed after that time." This one is of particular importance to the public, though some of them do not appear to think these details matter very much. Even such seeming trivialities as whether a horses tongue is tied down, and the type of blinkers, bits, plates and bandages worn can make a great deal of difference in the form of many horses. One can never be sure what sort of foals a young stallion is going to sire, but the first Shannon II.s are coming along this spring, and some of them are true little corkers. There are doubtless too many stallions, and some that one ought not breed a thoroughbred mare to, but Shannon II. is a horse we would feel right in recommending to friends. Of course, he is syndicated 18 ways, so there probably wont be many available seasons, for a few years at any rate. Shannon II. was a first-class race horse in both Australia and the United States, and he shares world records at a mile, mile and a furlong, and mile and a -quarter, which is where most of the money is in this country. It got so that when he only broke a track record it was considered disgraceful. Though he raced hard five or six years, the Anzacs legs are a study. He seems to be stamping his, get, for most of those weve seen are like himself, of medium height with short cannon and backs, strong quarters and smart as paint. Shannon II. has almost as many owners as American Can. They are Neil McCarthy, Les Combs, Brownell Combs, R. W. Mcllvain. Harry Warner, J. C. Brady, Chaswell Farm, Mrs. Alfred Roberts, Dixiana, Mrs. E. M. Greenwood, S. I. Crew, S. W. Labrot, L. P. Doherty, J. S. Phipps, Mrs E. duPont Weir, Mrs. W. W. Townsend, Mrs. E. E. Bobbins and Pete VVidener. Turf ana: Monmouth is maintaining its 15 stakes at their 49 values for the 47 days beginning June 16... Bud Burmester-bought some horses recently in the Blue Grass, and writes he plans to return soon. . .Centennial Park will have the TelAuto-graph, which expedites the pay-offs and places a premium on tote clerks accuracy, since it will transcribe figures instantaneously, right or wrong. . .Coldstream has a filly by War Admiral from First Gun whos closely inbred to Man o War...S. E. Veitch thinks Mr. Trouble remarkably light on his feet for a big horse. . .Last weeks New Yorker carried an interesting story on the inexact science of bloodstock breeding, with Charley Kenney the interviewer. . .Dale Shaffer is progressing nicely after his appendectomy.