Between Races: Citation Lauded as Great in Comeback; Count Fleets Popularity at Stud Soars; Hertz Inundated With Season Requests; Chicago Sport of Real Interest in West, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-20


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xlf * BETWEEN RACES * *m °™ HOLLYWOOD PARK, Ingelwood, Calif., June 19. — Citations last outing, the Century Handicap, in which he added ,250 to his earnings to lift them to 52,710, left little doubt in the minds of Southern Calif ornians that Citation not only will attain his goal of a million dollars, but perhaps a considerable sum above that figure before he retires this fall. Citation is eligible to race for 75,000 in added money here within, the next four weeks, and it would be possible for him to gain his monetary objective even before the running of the Hollywood Gold Cup, which guarantees 00,00 to the winner. "It has been my recommendation that when Citation earn his million, that he be sent to the farm," comments Jimmy Jones. "However, conditions may change and well consider this matter when it is the proper time. Maybe you noticed in the Century that Steve Brooks did not lay a whip on the horse. This was on express instructions from me. Until Citation as good ag broke down, I dont think he was hit with a whip as many as a dozen times in his life. He gives his best at all times." The Los Angeles turf writers have gone overboard in their praise of the horse, and of the delicate training job accomplished by Jones in getting the big horse back to winning form. Bob Hebert of the Mirror pontificated that "Citation now looks like a cinch in the Gold Cup." One official remarked, "Citation looks physically better than at any time I have ever seen him." A clocker contended, "He can better his mile time 1:35-% by at least a second the next time he starts." A leading handicapper commented, "Hell be hard to beat the rest of the summer." AAA . John D. Hertz is an arrival from Kentucky with the Citation Lauded as Great in Comeback Count Fleets Popularity at Stud Soars Hertz Inundated With Season Requests Chicago Sport of Real Interest in West word that he has been literally "inundated" with requests for services to Count Fleet, so much so that the matter of refusals has become acutelyembarrassing. The master of Stoner Creek Farm would like to accommodate everyone with a worthy mare, which is, of course, literally impossible. Only one other, stud in America has such a crush of applications, this being Citation who, as noted above, is still racing and has yet to make his mark as a stallion, indeed, a matter which will take at least three years before the,proof is settled where such matters are, on the turf, on the race tracks. "The true way to judge the success of any stallion is he can reproduce himself, or outproduce himself," says Hertz. "Colonel Bradley used to say that any horse who could run the last quarter of a distance race in :24 had a right to be considered as a good race horse. Count Turf ran his last eight in the Polynesian Purse in :11 flat, and this has encouraged me to believe that Count Fleet is reproducing himself." Hertz revealed that he is being forced to curtail Count Fleet services to his own mares to make room for mares whom he simply cannot turn down. One such instance is Bed o Roses, for whom a tentative query has been made. AAA "Id like to clear-up one misconception about Stoner Creek," continued Hertz. "Some people think that we select the mares. This js not true. We have only reserved the right to refuse an individual. Every mare that has ever been bred to Count Fleet, save two, have been sent to his court for a reason. The two exceptions were Nursemaid, owned by Helen Carruthers, and Delmarie, owned by Dr. Frank Porter Miller. Nursemaid was 22 at the -time, and was blind, but I had promised Mrs. Carruthers a season and she held me to it. I had sold her the season with return privilege, and Nursemaid was barren the first season. I wrote a check to Mrs. Carruthers and handed it to her with the remark that here was her money back, and maybe she should send Nursemaid to another stallion. "John Hertz, you cant do this to me," thundered the usually amiable Mrs. Carruthers. Well, that was that, so Nursemaid was given the return, and the foal proved to be the stakes-winning Juliets Nurse. Delmarie, of course, became the dam of the Kentucky Derby winner, Count Turf." The Hertzes are here for the remainder of the summer, "liking California so well that they are spending more and more, of their time here. They will return to Kentucky in time for the Breeders Sales, then plan to return for apportion of the Del Mar season. Their bloodstock operation at Amarillo Ranch is now almost as extensive as at Stoner Creek. There are four stallions at the farm here, Count Speed, own brother to Count Fleet, the grey Sabu, the consistent Count Gallahad, and Solidarity, the latter the property of Mrs. Nat Goldstone. AAA Californians are paying considerable interest to Chi-cagoland racing these days, and are hopeful that homebred stock will make something of a showing, against the top flight competition that always prevails at Arlington and Washington Parks. Rex Ellsworth shipped a band of two-year-olds, many of them by Khaled, quite some time ago so that they would be well acclimated for Continued on Page Thirty-Seven BETWEEN RACES I By OSCAR OTIS Continued from Page Forty-Eight proving up in the immediate weeks ahead. Ruth Lily, the pride of the fillies out this way, shipped via air freight less than two weeks ago, while several powerful stables, among them Calumet and William Goetz, are readying for shipment in the not too 1 distant future. Ruth Lily is hardly bigger] than a pony, but she has a fighting heart i and if she retains her good form she will be able to hold her own against any that can be mustered against her. After all, she beat some of the tops in the country at Santa Anita during the winter, and* won the Oaks here in convincing fashion. The success of the western horses will have considerable bearing upon future years at the Lindheimer tracks. If they do well, it will encourage mor£ numerous forays in the I future. If they do not, Coasters leel that the theory of failure to acclimate in coming from west to east will amount to more than a mere academic point. % * * * Californians are extremely "climate conscious" even within the borders of their own state, and many breeders, when selecting a site for a farm, take the weather into consideration. They, can, select most any kind they like, the only limiting factor being the availability, or lack, of water. Personally, we believe the acclimatization j of thoroughbreds going from west to east has been greatly overrated, for failures of our horses in the past has often been due 1 to causes other than climatical change, but has been blamed on that item, perhaps the easiest excuse to offer. Enough stables are either in the Chicago area or will be In the near ..future to really give the theory a fair test.

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