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J U D G E S STAND bycharles hatton DELAWARE PARK, Stanton, Del., June 15. — The three-year-old ratings will be open for alterations again this week-end, what with renewals of the Belmont Stakes~on Long Island and the Delaware Oaks at this course. Herman Delmans genuine little How now stands at the head of her class, Huf but if. it is ie o a Inner long season cooenn and gnrl the TV lo_ Huf but if. it is ie o a Inner long season cooenn and gnrl the TV lo_ Delaware Oaks has -attracted Walter Jeffords* Kiss Me Kate, who beat her in the Acorn when she cast a shoe, and was second to her in the Coaching Club American Oaks. Later in the month Aunt Jinny and Sickles Image resume at Arlington, which could make a difference, as both have been refreshed. Since coming here this tourist has the impression Delawarians will back Kiss Me Kate into favoritism for their Oaks. Her form seems to warrant it. And "The Count Fleets are hot just now," as the Kentucky breeder, Ed Thomas, observed when we chanced to meet in Boston recently. Count Turf, -Counterpoint, Kiss Me Kate, Astro, Juliets Nurse, County Delight, Be Fleet and Ennobled all have added to the Hertz stallions stature this season. Count Fleet, incidentally, has been the medium of some interesting experiments in inbreeding, but we dont think there is anything really incestuous about the pedigrees of any of these with the exception of Count Turf. Kiss Me Kate was raced conservatively last season, making only three starts. It is possible that she will develop further, and the race this week end affords her an opportunity of retiring to the stud as an Oaks winner. Its a bond of quality down in the Blue Grass. AAA Delawares trend is up, even when the daily double is subtracted, and much of the best racing at this meet is still to be offered. The Oaks will be followed on next Saturday by the 5,000 Kent Stakes for three-year-olds, on June 30 by the 0,000 New Castle Handicap for fil-lies-and-mares, on July 2 by the 0,000 Dover Stakes for two-year-olds, and on the Fourth of July by the 5,000 Leonard Richard Stakes for three-year-olds. These features are interspersed with the Roby, Spring Kiss Me Kate Looms Choice in Oaks Delaware Improving Stakes Program See Increase in Randall Patronage HBP A Divisions, Tracks Now in Accord Maiden, Georgstown and Indian River steeplechases.*-The Delaware Park executives, Don Ross, J. Simpson Dean and Bryan Field, have constantly improved their program. For example, the New Castle this year has been increased in added value from 5,000 to 0,000, and in distance from a mile and a sixteenth to a mile and a quarter. And the club each season adds a bit more to the Oaks and Leonard Richards, which are futurity events. They had" 2,500 added in 50, have 5,000 added this summer, and will be .enriched with 7,500 next year. AAA Several columns ago it was observed that there is a growing evidence of a new circuit, which begins in Maryland, and extends through Delaware Park, Waterf ord Park and Charles Town to Randall Park. J. Gilbert "Gil" Haus is a familiar figure at tracks in this area, serving as the script writer for the show here at Delaware Park and functioning in the same capacity at renovated Randall. Saul Silbermans Cleveland course had a number of Maryland and Delaware strings at his first meet last summer, and we should think it will attract more and better horses hereabout with the. proposed increase in distribution this year. Randall is to open July 27 and operate 44 days through September 15. Haus tells us that new stabling facilities were constructed after the meet in 1950, and other stables placed in good repair. The stands and clubhouse were remodelled in advance of that meet and the club is one of the most pleasant we know. Silberman recently added William "Bunty" Almy, Jr., to the official family, appointing the Bostonian one of the stewards. Almy serves very ably in this capacity at Suffolk Dowks and formerly officiated also at Rockingham. i Randall set some track records for patronage in its first meeting under the new management and Haus is optimistic thaj it will catch on with more of Clevelands populace this summer. AAA The Horsemans Benevolent and Protective Association has been uncommonly busy during the past two weeks. It has protested purses in Detroit, the 48-hour entry close at Suffolk, and the Chicago division a track rule in the condition book for Arlington Park. These differences appear to have been settled, and for the moment the olive branch hangs high. This observer believes that the source of most of the difficulties between the tracks and horsemen might be removed if representatives of the clubs and the HBPA conferred before the first book is printed and agreed on the distribution and conditions. Many clubs discuss the pattern of their programs with horsemens representatives. Then have increased purses if business warranted. Of course, this should work both ways, as it did last summer at Scarborough Downs. West Virginia has a clause in its stall application blanks which is a binding agreement between the management and horsemen. Cynics may think it naive to suppose it is enforcable, but we have a high enough opinion of the horsemen and track operators we have met to think they abide by their agreements. A A » Turf ana: Tyson Gilpin writes us that Fasig-Tipton Company has imported Unsinatus, a son of Arctic Star, for P. H. B. Frelinghuysen, and that he is expected to start soon at Belmont. . .Loridale, whom many Yankees consider the smartest of the New England three-year-olds, may appear in the Kent here. He is by the Elmen-dorf sire, Rustom Sirdar. . .Keenelands yearling auctions, the week of October 22, parallels dates of a standardbred auction at Trenton, N. J. Piquant situation for auctioneer George Swineboard. . .Delaware has one of Americas leading riders in Sana Boulmetis. . .Rockinghams Lou Smith attended Suf folks Massachusetts Handicap . .Suffolk is in conflict with-a dog track, one which offers a 5,000 Derby.