Judges Stand: Many Story Book Horses in Ky. Derby Field We Could Have Sold 200,000 Seats, Corum Preview of Documentary Film at Greentree Whitney Notes Progress on Nat. Turf Museum, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-02


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JUDGES STAND by charles hatton CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 1. — Its difficult to recall a Derby field having more "Story Book Horses" than that preparing for Saturdays mile and a quarter. A few weeks ago Greentrees Big Stretch was one of the "Big Three." It now appears the stables best hope may be Hall Hall of of Fame, Fame, who who seemed seemed honelesslv hopelessly Hall Hall of of Fame, Fame, who who seemed seemed honelesslv hopelessly crippled as a yearling, when he got a leg caught in a fence and the right front tendon was involved. Then there is Phil D., who was only inspected after his purchase for ,500, and was barred for misbehaving in the gate at Centennial. And the colt, Pur Sang, who was educated at a trotting track, and raced at the halfer, Hazel Park. Not forgetting Sonic, the last colt sired by the famed Blue Larkspur, and from a mare who only conceived after a series of surgical operations. This observer doesnt yet have any convictions about the Derby, but we thought Sonic ran very creditably, in going he dislikes, in the Blue Grass, though the officials rated him only fourth best. Boland would have been foolish to have permitted Ruhe to come through inside on the turn. The question has been raised if the Keeneland stewards werent remiss about "Uniformity of Rulings" in the cases of Boland, whom they suspended 15 days, and Dod-son, who was fined 00. The difference is that Dodsons mount, Jumbo, had shown a tendency to bear out and he was fined for failing to straighten him, whereas it appeared Sonic was steered out. At the same time, Jumbos was the more material foal, however inadvertent. It is earnestly to be hoped the Derby is less a chukker of polo. AAA Col. Matt J. Winn was the first to foresee a U. S. track crowd of 100,000, and to achieve it on Derby Day at the Downs. But even he would have been amazed at the demand for accommodations this year. President Bill Coram declares that "If he had the accommodations we could have sold 200,000 seats!" And he adds that "The Kentucky Derby will be heard around the world by more people than ever heard a sports broadcast before." You Many Story Book Horses in Ky. Derby Field We Could Have Sold 200,000 Seats/ Coram Preview of Documentary Film at Greentree Whitney Notes Progress on Nat. Turf Museum may guess how really difficult the seat situation is from the fact Coram was unable to take the time out even to see the Blue Grass. AAA Jock Whitney showed a preview of a documentary film at Greentree House the other evening, and we came away with the impression he has done a constructive thing for the bloodstock industry. It is beautifully done in technicolor by Bernard Livingston, who also filmed the Maryland Horse and edited Cassidys study of race riding. It is called Greentree Stud. And it is not just a pleasant movie of the sort in which the narrator, in this case Joe Palmer, concludes with a sad farewell to Greentree as a glorious sun sets behind a paddock. On the contrary it is highly technical and educational. The sequences range through teasing mares, the actual breeding and impregnation of a mare, an examination of semen under the microscope, the delivery of a foal, care of foals and yearlings, their schooling to the gate, the Aiken trials, stable yard scenes at Saratoga complete with bandaging and painting legs, and finally Capots grand race in the Belmont. Whitney has not decided where it will be released nor if it will in quite its present form, though there is a suggestion it is of value to Thoroughbred Clubs, and it will be shown at Lexingtons Farm Managers Club this month. There are six prints, and one may be kept permanently at the University of Kentucky. We should think it would be helpful to veterinary students and classes in animal husbandry. One film could be edited for mixed audiences of minors. AAA The National Museum of Racing building at Saratoga now has been completely renovated, we learn from C. V. Whitney, president of the organization. It will be something of which the turf sport may be proud. A decision is expected soon concerning whether or not gifts to the museum are taxable. Whitney hardly can help feeling he has some sort of chance in the Derby this year, with both Counterpoint and Mameluke to represent him. Probably you know Mamelukes dam was a sister to Equipoise. His owner observes that "He reminds me a good deal of Equipoise, even to the same color- and mannerisms. I thought Adair rode a remarkable race on him in the Blue Grass. I do not recall that I ever before saw a jockey lose a stirrup at the start and still win." Arcaro won a Wid-ener on Four Freedoms after losing an iron 70 yards from the finish, but Adairs was one of the most extraordinary riding feats in the book. Mameluke had a rheumatic condition in his shoulders, and Whitney last fall sent him to Miami on the theory that the climate might be beneficial to him. The colt appears to have recovered his best form. AAA Turf ana: Long Bow is said to have beaten Sonic in the morning, but he has been less formidable in the afternoon . . . Keeneland may have to order a third iron jockey as a result of splitting the Blue Grass, if it proposes to have them painted in the colors of the Blue Grass and Breeders Futurity winners next spring . . . The Reidingers will offer a sister to Tilly Rose at the Keeneland Summer Sales . . . The Administration of Racing has replaced the German Jockey Club. . Lucas Combs has an Oaks candidate in On Velvet, who is a Menow or Capots type structurally . . Several New York Derby eligibles were flown here this spring, which reflects a growing confidence in this sort of transportation, and a prospect of more representative fields in stakes later in 51.. Citations many admirers hope for the best, but fear the worst in his attempted comeback . . . One of Man o Wars plates is destined for the National Museum of Racing . . . Mrs. Mikell advises she will see Repetoire run in the Derby, "whammy" or no . . Repetoires trainer, Alfred Jensen, is a native of Denmark, formerly conditioned show horses for Sumner Welles, erstwhile Under-Secretary of State.

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