Gomez Beds down Eight Horses at Centennial: Four-Year-Old Top Production Heads String of California, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-22


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Gomez Beds Down Eight Horses at Centennial Four-Year-Old Top Production Heads String of Califbrnian LITTLETON, Colo., May 21. — One of the stables certain to figure in the top events at the Centennial Park meeting, which begins June 30, is that of the Calif ornian, Al Gomez. Gomez checked in with eight horses and immediately started prepping his charges for the coming features. The top horse in the Gomez string is a four-year-old colt, Top Production, who won the Casa Mateo Handicap at Bay Meadows and also took down honors in the Rosemeade Handicap at -Santa Anita earlier in the year. Top Productions best effort, however, as far as past performances go, found him finishing fifth to the ill-fated Your Host when the Goetz flyer set a new track record at Santa Anita. Although Top Production is the "big horse" in the Gomez band, the real pet and prospect of the stable is his younger full brother, a strapping three-year-old colt named Reporting. The latter has made but two starts in his career, in the first, going a flat mile, he closed with a belated rush through the final furlong to meet defeat by only a neck. In his next and going a mile and a sixteenth, Reporting bounced home a full six lengths in front of a good field and in the better-than-average time of 1:44%. Reportings shin bucked following this race and was removed from training but has been going nicely since being returned to the track. In addition to Top Production, Reporting and the seven-year-old, Talk Fast, Gomez has three two-year-olds, Johnny Paul, Merit Award and Something New, and the three-year-old filly, Racing News. One of the most popular horses seen in action here last season arrived early yesterday. He is "Tod" Netterfields hard hitting sprinter, Vermont II. The latter set the present track record at Centennial, blazing to a six-length victory over the best sprinters here in the remarkable time of 1:09. Vermont n. made two starts in Phoenix this past winter and turned in a sparkling triumph in one but was taken out of training following his next start and returned to Colorado, where Netterfield has been keeping him with an eye to the top purses here this summer. Netterfield also brought in six more horses, but the standout of the stable is, of course, Vermont n. Among the first horses on the grounds were those of H. M. Welborn, Glendale, Ariz., cattleman. Trainer Herb Perry is in charge of the quartet. The top horse in the stable is Bee Crest, a three-year-old filly who turned in four winning races the past winter in Arizona before being shipped to Bay Meadows.

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