Between Races, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-22


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BETWEEN RACES V«"» «* PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 21. — Bolds victory in the Preakness impressed almost every one of the 24,863 fans who witnessed the race as a superior performance by a really good race horse. There has been a tendency this spring to minimize the qualities of the threeryear-old crop, but if time of race is to be accepted as a criterion, which is but one and not the only factor, the victories of Count Turf in the Kentucky Derby and Bold in the Preakness are not to be discounted. An analysis of Bolds fractions in the mile and three-sixteenths of the "Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" are enlightening. Bold clipped off the first eighth in :11%, and then setled down to around :12s and some small change for the remainder of the trip. His only slow eighth was between the seven-furlong and the mile poles. He turned it in :13%, but some allowance must be made because it was on the turn of a mile track. The mile and three-sixteenths were timed in 1:56%, but two-fifths of a second removed from the track record of Capot. Bold had the actions of a good race horse and he appeared as if he could run all day, a circumstance that should gain him support in the Belmont Stakes. We dropped in at the barn after the race and trainer Preston Burch, naturally, was very happy about the outcome of the Preakness. He said, "Were looking ahead already to the Santa Anita Maturity, for which he is eligible." Burch also explained how the colt was named. "We were rather stuck for a name for the offspring of Little Rebel," he related. "However, the history books have it that the rebels were bold in the war between the states, so the name appealed to tis,« and-soi it was applied, to the col$." - Bold an Able Horse in Preakness Win Fractional Times Indicative of Quality Trainer Burch Looks Ahead, Eyes Maturity Estimate Millions Saw Preakness on TV "Bold has a half-sister, a two-year-old called Strings," continued Burch. "In two starts, she has won once and was second the other time. Her yearling broke a leg and had to be destroyed. As to Bolds win as a prestige-builder for By Jimminy, it must help, of course. We sent him from Virginia to Kentucky last year to give him more of a chance of getting better broodmares than were available in Virginia. His book is limited each season to 25." By Jimminy is standing at the Russell Cave Pike establishment of Harrie B. Scott. Credit for Bolds breeding; should go to Bob Humphreys, the farm vet at Brook-mead, who thought he could get Little Rebel in foal where others had failed, and induced trainer Burch to recommend to Brookmeade that they buy her. The purchase price, we understand, was nominal, making Little Rebel one of the great broodmare bargains of our times. Especially in view of the fact that Burch told newsmen after the race that Bold was one of the best three-year-olds he had ever trained, and thats taking in a lot of territory. In his long and successful career on the turf, he has had a lot of good ones. Incidentally, he rates Polante, whom he trained for the Nevada stock farm of George Wingfield as a horse similar to Bold, in that he had lots of quality. AAA The sponsors of the Preakness show on television cant be exactly sure how many people saw it "live," but esti- mates run up to 10,000,000. The race was seen in some 27 cities, although a few, like Philadelphia, did not take it live, but presented the film later, the night of the race. Pacific Coast cities, including Salt Lake City, will see the Preakness tomorrow night. A check of the cities on-the chain showed such far-away points as Omaha, Neb., and Jacksonville, Fla., getting the race while it was being run. That television is coming of age was clearly demonstrated by the fact that the widespread dissemination of the race through the visual medium was given little more than passing notice. It was accepted as a matter of course. It was only two years ago when everybody was exclaiming what a "wonderful age we live in" because the Preakness went out to Washington, points to south and Boston and to the north. What effect the live showing might have had on the Preakness attendance is a guess. The track expected about 27,500, and wouldnt have been surprised if 30,000 had showed up. The crowd may have been somewhat below normal, but the threat of rain, which did not materialize except as a brief sprinkle, might have been a deterrent factor. A A - A Bill Corum, "Mr. Derby," showed up for the Preakness in his dual role of working newspaperman and official representative of Churchill Downs. He remarked that the outcome of the Preakness was certain to , stimulate interest in the Belmont. Corum has a busy schedule ahead of him for the rest of the year, doing a bit of off-season good will work for Churchill. He will be at the Lincoln Fields-at-Washington meeting next Continued on Page Thirty-Five BETWEEN RACES By OSCAR OTIS Continued from Page Forty-Four week, plans to see the Belmont, of course, and the Classic at Ben Lindheimers Arlington Park. He hopes to get to some other places as well. One of the spots on his schedule is Colorados Centennial Park. It is Corums ambition to visit every track in America in the immediate years ahead, Last winter he went to the West Coast for his first visit in a long time. There he "scatttered his play" between Santa Anita Park and Arizona downs. His only "competitor" in the wandering department this season will be A. G. Vanderbilt, who, as president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations, hopes to visit every member track. AAA Horses and People: Laurels John D. Schaplro is en route to Rio and Buenos Aires to inspect the tracks there. He says he understands some German engineers in South America have made spectacular application of the cantilever principle to provide pillarless but covered stands, which might be taken as a hint that when the building ban is lifted, Laurel might be given more than a face lifting. . .The inaugural at Waterford Downs was reported to have been excellent, and there is a prospect that this brand new track will become one of Americas most popular. . .Starter Eddie Blind, who got the Preakness field away to a prefect start, remarks that assistants are 95 per cent of a starters success. Ability of his crew is credited with Pimlico having a schooling list of almost zero . Jockey Glen L. Smith is making a saddle comeback here, and at 36 he has lost none of the skill which made him one of Americas better reinsmen a decade ago. . .Bolds one-eyed blinker, on the right eye, is designed to keep him from bearing out, a trait he developed when a splint was ailing him. He showed no inclination to drift in the Preakness.

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