Judges Stand: Quantity of Quality for Filly Features Yankees Root for Turco in Epsom Derby Maturity Stimulates World Horse Trade Rough Riding Mars Important Ky. Stakes, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-07


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JUDGES STAND by charles hatton CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 5.— The Kentucky Oaks must have been rather gratifying to Ben Lindheimer, Don Ross, George Widener and other track heads who are offering rich filly races, for it suggested there is an abundance of material for them. Herman Delmans How, How, sold sold for for ,700 ,700 at at Saratoga, Saratoga, How, How, sold sold for for ,700 ,700 at at Saratoga, Saratoga, repurchased at a small profit, then risked in a ,000 claimer, won her first stakes event in the "Filly Derby." And she won it as if she will be formidable in other Oaks during the season. El Grande Senor Luro is to be felicitated for his skill in having her ready for her best effort at the appointed time and place. And Eddie Arcaro has yet to be beaten on her. How is hardly larger than Bed o Roses, but she stays well. The maiden Astro, the colorful Sickles Image, and the slick striding Tilly Rose also ran creditably in the Downs filly classic. We think it safe to say that Sickles Image, who was giving the first two weight, will go a respectable route. Several of the unwieldy Kentucky Oaks field have yet this season to quite run their races. One of these is Aunt Jinny, who may be the sort that will run best in the fall, as her owner has suggested. We thought Tilly Rose might have been closer except for her aggressiveness early under the maximum weight. As matters now stand, the Delman filly is the one to beat in the Coaching Club American Oaks, Sickles Image in Hollywood Park events. AAA William Woodward didnt have an entrant in the Kentucky Derby this year, but his tall colt, Turco, bred at Claiborne Farm, is one of the favorites for the Epsom Derby. His appearance will give Yankees a rooting interest in the English original of all the various Derbies. Unbeaten at two last season, he was unplaced to the Chinese-owned Irish horse, Ki Ming, in the recent 2,000 Guineas, but the form of that event isnt taken very Quantity of Quality for Filly Features Yankees Root for Turco in Epsom Derby Maturity Stimulates World Horse Trade Rough Riding Mars Important Ky. Stakes seriously. If Turco crowns Woodwards long quest of Epsoms uphill, down dale classic with success, he wilf become the second American-bred winner in the 171 -year history of the race. Pierre Lorillards Iroquois, bred and reared in Pennsylvania, earned that distinction in 1881. Also, if Turco wins, it will be quite a creditable thing for his sire, Fighting Fox, who has sired an American Derby winner in Fighting Step. AAA Santa Anitas revised stakes program, with its fabulous Maturity purse, has attracted some attention abroad. Recently we learned that some yearlings from Down Under had been nominated for the Maturity. More recently. Tal Davis, U. S. agent for the Bloodstock Department of Wright, Stephenson and Co., Ltd., has written from California to fill us in a bit on the Anzac nominees. He informs us the eligibles were bred in New Zealand, and not on American time as we had supposed. The national birthday for horses there is August 1, whereas it is January 1 here, thus the New Zealand nominees for the 1953 Maturity would be at an actual age disadvantage of five or six months. Davis doesnt think this would be any serious hardship for rugged New Zealanders however. And he points out that under the terms of the Maturity, any invaders from there would not carry much more than the minimum weight of 112 pounds, since they pick up one pound for each 0,000 won. In this connection, he notes that purses in Australia do not compare with our own, and that the 1951 three-year-old champion of New Zealand has won only about 0,000, though he has been successful in 15 consecutive races. We should hesitate to guess if any of the New Zealand eligibles will be shipped or imported here, but the Maturity is something to stimulate world trade in bloodstock. AAA It is regrettable, we think, that so many of Kentuckys spring classics have been marred by foul riding. The clubs are endeavoring to further the quality and appeal of their sport, and the stewards have not been too indulgent, meting out suspensions and disqualifications. But that is a little like locking the barn after the horse is stolen. The rough riding is not confined to the Kentucky meets, if we judge correctly from reports. It doesnt become the Jockey Guild members to make farces of the best races with a lot of illegal tactics on the one hand while their organization urges more discipline on the other. In some instances the fouls have been excused because of the unwieldy fields, but the Keeneland club split its Blue Grass Stakes in the hope of affording everyone a fair shake, and it was to no avail. Perhaps the stewards should go the Jockey Guild one better and adopt Earl Moyers suggested scale of uniform penalties. AAA Turf ana: Crownlet is a prospect for the Fashion Stakes . . . Some 300 horses were coughing at Churchill Downs and Douglas Park last week . . Mrs. E. E. Dale Shaffers string of fillies moves from here to Detroit . . A rare few of this Derby crowd spent the day cribbing on mint juleps. . Downs distribution will be up this year, if only for the reason the ,000 Brown Hotel Purse filled, after failing to do so in 1950. . .Waterford Park execs attend the Derby. . Fanfare wears a Citation overcheck . . Fleecy Cloud is an Acorn prospect . Ev Clay reports that the housing shortage has extended to Hialeahs famed Flamingoes, with a bumper crop of more than 100 eggs this season .Claibornes 1951 yearling consignment will be largely, if not exclusively, comprised of colts.

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