Between Races: Warner Jones Offers First Royal Gem Crop Actions of Citizens Puzzling to Turfmen Hal Seley Extracts Vitamins from Seaweed Arizona Closes Its Most Successful Season, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-07


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■Sf -**r ~" BETWEEN RACES * oscu ore CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 5. — Horses and People: It is quite obvious that Citation will attempt to pass the million dollar mark in earnings at Hollywood Park this summer. He is there now and conditions of stakes, totalling 85,000 in added money and ranging from six furlongs furlongs to to a a mile mile and and five five furlongs, furlongs, ~" furlongs furlongs to to a a mile mile and and five five furlongs, furlongs, fit him. Word drifting back from Bay Meadows is to the effect that while Citation ran third in a couple of overnight sprints, he looks well . .Jockey Eldon Nelson has quit the saddle to try his hand at cattle ranching in Kansas. Nelson still can do about 100 pounds, and was doing right well when he decided to retire. He figured there is a lifetime future with cattle, however. Most riders hang up their tack only when too old, or too heavy . . . Warner Jones, Jr., master* of Hermitage Farm, will offer some of the first crop of Royal Gem at the Keeneland Sales. Among them are a half-brother of Salmagundi, a half-brother of Challenge Me and a half-sister to Flashco. Royal Gem, one of Australias great stake winners, is producing horses larger than himself, but stamped with his likeness, and Kentuckians are of the belief that he will become an important influence in American bloodstock lines. Royal Gem is an unusual horse in one respect; he is deceptive in appearance, looking smaller than he really is. He measures 15.3, but is so perfectly balanced that an illusion is created. AAA Certain people have come to the conclusion that people are funny, and wish human natu/e were not what it is . . . William Veeneman, chairman of the board at Churchill Downs, came across a character at the track here last fall who broke up a chair and built a fire, supposedly to keep warm. The very thought of fire sends a chill Warner Jones Offers First Royal Gem Crop Actions of Citizens Puzzling to Turfmen Hal Seley Extracts Vitamins From Seaweed Arizona Closes Its Most Successful Season down the spine of the Churchill people, who have taken extraordinary year-round precautions to guard against it. Lou Doherty of Elmendorf encountered a citizen on his farm, his car dragging a trailer, which carried a speed boat. The visitor blandly informed Doherty that he was going "cruising down the Elkhorn" with his high powered yacht ... Calumet Farm lost so many plaques from the walls of its office that those remaining have been bolted, which is one reason why the property has been partially closed to visitors . . Dr. Frank Keef e, breeder of Repetoire, is selling the yearling half-sister, by Alsab, at the Saratoga vendues. She heads a consignment of six from the good doctors Warrenton Farm . My Hattie, dam of Repetoire, has been bred to Devil Diver . . . J. Hal Seley, whose stable has shipped to Hollywood Park after a fling at Keeneland, is an expert on nutrition and vitamins. He produces feed supplements and the like, but his most curious product is a vitamin made from seaweed, specifically kelp, which is abundant on the West Coast. The kelp contains almost every mineral known, particularly iodine. The rivers, which, in effect, leach the land, pour into the ocean, and the kelp absorbs them. John Hertz was one of the first horsemen to discover the merits of kelp concentrate and feeds it regularly to his stock at Amarillo Farm in California to counter the effects of too much lime in the water there. AAA Dixiana will introduce its 1951 crop of two-year-olds at Arlington Park this summer. The potential of the eight in the care of trainer Jack Hodgins is of stake calibre. Two who have been voted the most likely to succeed are Sub Fleet, a striking colt by Count Fleet, who is a half-brother to Wondring, and Fabola, a filly by Roman who is a half-sister to Heres Hoping . Danny Van Clief and Bull Hancock have decided to retain all the fillies produced by Black Wave and expand production from her line, founded by Black Curl. A. B. Hancock and the late R. A. Van Clief were partners in Black Curl, dam of Black Wave, and their sons are carrying on the relationship in the offspring, at least on the distaff. Black Wave was the dam of Jet Pilot, among other good ones. She has a daughter now racing, Tides, who will return to Claiborne. Perhaps the top offering of Claiborne at the Keeneland Sales will be a colt by Count Fleet — Black Wave, and the next best, only inches away, a colt by Bull Lea — Risky Reigh, she the dam of the stake-winning Riskolater, AAA Tom Gray is agitated because he cant change his stable silks, at present white and grey stripes, which blend into the scenery and make a blur. Last fall, Gray purchased new silks of bright orange, but trainer Henry Trotsek forgot to put them on Oil Capitol, and the horse won, so it is deemed bad luck to change, especially in view of the fact that Oil Capitol is going to New York in quest of early summer stakes there. Oil Capitol, early future book favorite for last years Derby, looks like a new horse after a winter on the farm. "He needed the rest, and deserved it," comments Gray, "for he was given a long campaign at two and three" . . Arizona Downs closed the season in cactusland with its most successful meeting. General manager Jim Herbuveaux gives credit to the Arizona legislature and Gov. Howard Pyle for a sane tax law which, on the one hand, has enabled Arizona tracks Continued on Page Thirty-Six BETWEEN RACES By OSCAR OTIS Continued from Page Forty to pay purses of a calibre to attract good ■ horses, and which in the long run will result in greater revenue to the state. , A * * One of the highlights of the season at Arizona Downs was the six wins in seven | mounts one afternoon for young jockey Lonnie Knowles. The sprint champion of | Arizona turned up in Illdoit, who started five times, won all outs, and set new track | records, one at each of the three tracks in Phoenix. Illdoit is by Snark. Just to prove . his versatility, Illdoit forced Pub to a new world record for quarter horses at Rillito I Park, Tucson three furlongs in :33% from a standing start* and hung up another track record at Arizona Downs, racing 440 yards in :23 flat, also from a standing start . . .Allen Brewer, the horse artist of Lexington, has found a keen demand for his work to adorn calendars and playing cards. While best known for his portrait oils, he is not above allowing his art to reach the "masses" via these mediums . .Willard F. ] Tunney made good use of his time in Kentucky, getting stable owners interested in the summer meeting at Centennial Park . . .Denver had some good horses last summer, including Kings Hope and Phil D., but this year should see a marked increase in the number of better grade allowance horses.

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