Judges Stand: Suffolk Jockey Race Raises Technicality; Crack Fillies Assemble for Delaware Oaks; Astro Invader From Midwest for Feature; Blentigo Qualifies for Yankee Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-14


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J U D G E S STAND *y charles hatton SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., June 13. — The local club this summer inspired the riders with two 00 awards in U. S. Savings Bonds, one for the apprentices, the other for journeymen jockeys, and started an argument. Of course, it doesnt matter now, since the competition ended with Mondays last race, but the . technicality which had riders, agents, sundry officials and turf writers busily engaged in splitting hairs for several days could come up again. At one stage of the compe-tion jockeys Dick DeStasio and Joe Spinale were credited with 16 winners each, and were leading the older riders. Turned out that a urinalysis of No Meg, one of Spinales , successful mounts, was positive and the purse was awarded the second horse. This brought up a question of whether Spinale should be credited with a winning mount. It was an unfortunate development. Spinales followers pointed out that the track bookkeeper paid him for a winning mount, and that the public who had backed the second horse to win were not paid off. But then No Meg is not credited with winning in the records, nor penalized for winning in future engagements. And if Spinale were an apprentice and No Meg had been his first winner, his one year apprenticeship would not have begun on that date, though we believe a commission in one state reversed the stewards on this point In such an instance earlier in the year. Triangle Publications records ire officially recognized by the National Association of State Racing Commissioners. It long ago established a rule that riders are not credited with a winner when their 4 mount is disqualified from the purse. Happily for Spinale, he later rode enough duly authenticated winners to earn the award anyway. AAA Several columns ago we made the statement that in our opinion How could beat most of the colts of her age. A Long Islander, John Kohler, writes to ask if fillies figure to beat colts. We should think not, since our reader is generalizing, and of course that is the reason for the weight allowance fillies receive in stakes. Usually Suffolk Jockey Race Raises Technicality Crack Fillies Assemble for Delaware Oaks Astro Invader From Midwest for Feature Blentigo Qualifies for Yankee Handicap it takes an exceptional filly to carry her weight and defeat the best horses. That is why the Thoroughbred Club of America has advocated more races exclusively for fillies and mares, and why Ben Lihdheimer, Jack Campbell, Doc Strub and others have programmed many rich events for them. The Bushers, Gallorettes, Black Marias and Princess Doreens run very few. to the acre. There has been some talk of Hows candidacy for the Belmont Stakes in recent days. The first Belmont in 1867 was won by the filly Ruthless, but Tanya is the only other of the sex to win it since, so far as we know. AAA Delaware Park will offer one of the seasons best filly races this .-week-end, when it renews its 5,000 Delaware Oaks of a mile and a furlong. This event was introduced in 1938 and never has been won by a bad filly. Last summer it brought together Next Move and Busanda and A. G. Vanderbilts durable mare won at a nine-pound weight disadvantage. The prospects for this edition include Jacodexria. Vulcania, Ruddy, Kiss Me Kate, Wisteria, Tumeric, Signal, Sweet Talk and Astro. Vulcania, incidentally, is out of the Delaware Oaks winner, Vagrancy. Kiss Me Kate and Astro may add to Count. Fleets growing prestige as a sire in this event. The Hertz stallion was represented by another winner of an important 1951 three-year-old stake the Other day when Syl Veitch saddled C. V. Whitneys homebred Counterpoint to win the Peter Pan Handicap. Kiss Me Kate won off in the Acorn Stakes and Astro was a creditable second to How in the Kentucky Oaks. Astro trained well at Washington Park for the Delaware Oaks, appears partial to distance racing and gets all the .allowances as a maiden. It still is a good trick when a maiden can win a stake of such importance, but Jack Hodgins hopes she can bring it off. The Delaware Oaks is a futurity and closed to nominations July 15 of 1950. That was before How began being so formidable and she was not made eligible for this event. AAA Suffolk patrons may have seen a good prospect for the 0,000 Yankee Handicap when Blentigo, who races for Texas* Ralph Lowe, outran his field in the mile and a sixteenth of the Constitution Handicap last week-end. This was the first stakes success for the son of Blenheim n. and Ore-the-Lea, who was purchased privately from the Calumet Farm as a two-year-old. Lowe has another Yankee candidate of some ability in the 1,000 Pictus, who runs his best races in the worst going. Of course, ? it has to be remembered that Blentigo was getting 20 pounds from Whirling Bat, who was the runner-up in the Constitution. And the May colts followers feel sure he would have won had he remained straight in the drive. Probably he will be the favorite again in the Yankee, which his sire, Whirlaway, won in 1944. AAA Turf ana: Waterford Park admits children accompanied by their parents. . .Counterpoint was freshened at C. V. Whitneys Old Westbury place for the Peter Pan. The Belmontstake was named for the sire, Peter Pan, who stood at Whitney Farm. . Dr. Robert S. Watts, Jr., writes us that he has a two-year-old sister to Break of Day, whom he calls Square Dancer. Thomas Hyland has her galloping at Unionville, Pa., with a view of starting her in the late summer. . Belmonts Turf and Field Club has an exhibit of Thelma Herricks horse artistry. She has done a splendid likeness of Stymies head. Her studios are at Middleburg, Va.. . .Jimmy Jordan has advised Centennial officials that Phil D. will race there, perhaps in the Colorado Mile. . .Centennial this season goes to nine races daily, 10 on Saturdays and holidays. .. .Stephen Foster was being prophetic when he wrote -.the line, "Goin to run all day. Goih* to run all night." ...The Michigan Owners Association virtually captured the state division of the Horsemens Benevolent ancLPro-tective Association. . .Del Holemans Condiment sired a fast filly in In Taste.

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