Reflections: Leading Juveniles Going Separate Ways; Jet Master Starter in Tremont Stakes; More Feathers in Cap of Count Fleet; Three-Year-Olds Fight Battle Royal, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-20


view raw text

R E F L E C T I O N S *y tiELS0N wnstn NEW YORK, N. Y., June 19.— Three Dot Shorts: The strength of the horse market was obvious last week when the Fasig-Tipton Company staged a sale at Belmont and sold five head, consigned by the estate of Samuel D. Riddle, for 8,100, an average of 3,620 . . .The Belmont Ball, on the eve of the Belmont Stakes, netted about 5,000 for the cancer committee . . . Three two-year-olds, who were sold at Saratoga last August and who promise to be bargains, are Jet Master, ,000; The Pimpernal, ,600, and Cigar Maid, 2,000. . . .Signor Fredisco Tesio, reputed to be the worlds most successful breeder of thoroughbreds, again won the Italian Derby, this time with Daumer, the undefeated son of Nicolo DelArca . .Catalogues for the Keeneland Sales, which open on July 30 and continue through August ,2, list 414 colts and fillies . For a colt who cracked a bone in his ankle as a yearling, Counterpoint made a remarkable recovery. . .Jabot, the daughter of Sickle, who produced Counterpoint, was a winner of the Seluna Stakes of 1933, defeating such a good pair as Hindoo Queen and "Bazaar. To date, Counterpoint is by far the best foal dropped by Jacot . .Thirty yearlings sold at Keeneland by the Breeders Sales Company have won over 00,000, the list including Royal Blood, who sold for an even 0,000, and is the best bargain of all yearlings who commanded that price. In fact, none of the others became bargains. . .Miss Margaret Woolwihe, the Tennessee lady who now operates White Oaks Farm in Kentucky, will sell a filly by Alibhai out of War Flower, the daughter of Man o War, who produced Ace Admiral. AAA Aqueduct will open on Friday for a 20-day meeting Leading Juveniles Going Separate Ways Jet Master Starter in Tremont Stakes More leathers in Cap of Count Fleet Three-Year-Olds Fight Battle Royal that will be featured by two important 0,000 events, the Dwyer Stakes for three-year-olds, and the time-honored Brooklyn Handicap for older horses. The opening days event, however, the Tremont Stakes, will have high interest, as Jet Master is scheduled to go to the post. Unfortunately, he will not hook up with his keenest rival at the moment, The Pimpernel, who is headed Delaware way , for the Dover Stakes. It is just our thought that the Tremont and events to follow will develop others who will be in the running when the days of the Hopeful and the Futurity Stakes roll around. In an overnight race at Belmont The Pimpernel defeated Jet* Jewel, but the latter impressed us as a juvenile who will improve when the distance of two-year-old races are lengthened. The Tremont, which is at five and a half furlongs, has been won by some youngsters who went on to be the best of their division in the fall, and also as three-year-olds in the following year. The winners roster includes Dobbins, Jean Bereaud, King James, Man o War and, in later years, Requested, Lucky Draw, Jet Pilot, and last season, Battlefield, the horse many claimed would not get a distance in the fall and who this year was not expected to last the one and one-half miles of the Belmont Stakes. Last Saturday, even though defeated by Counterpoint, the Widener three-year-old gave a good account of himself in the Belmont. The victories of Counterpoint in the Belmont and Kiss Me Kate in the Delaware Oaks were feathers in the cap of Count Fleet, especially at this time of the year when buyers are becoming "yearling" conscious. The 11-year-old son of Reigh Count; who was one of the best Belmont winners of all time, had another good looking youngster in Recess, who scored a double for the C. V. Whitney by winning the fourth race at Belmont on the week-end. Count Fleet led the United States in the number of registered foals of 1949, with a total of 39. Recess was his fifth winner of a two-year-old event this year, the others being Count Flame, Count Gala, Ensign and Hill Count. The Hertz stallion also boasts such good ones as Be Fleet, Atalanta, Fleeting Star, Juliets Nurse and, of course, Count Turf, who won the Kentucky Derby but finished seventh in the Belmont Stakes. The old wheeze that "nothing succeeds like success can well be applied to horses as well as humans, and those with Count Fleet yearlings to offer at Keeneland andSaratpga are certain to obtain good prices if the* conformation of the youngster is in keeping with the pedigree. We have seen many Count Fleets yearlings and they measure up in appearance. A A A Three-year-old racing reached another signpost with the running of the Belmont Stakes. Before the Kentucky Derby we "guessed" that it might be a year when three different sophomores would win the three "Triple Crown" events. Thak was the wayit turned out, with Count Turf taking the Derby, Bold winning the Preakness and Counterpoint entering the winners circle in the Belmont. The second milestone could be the 0,000 Arlington Classic, which will be run at the Chicago area track on July 21. But meanwhile, the three-year-olds will have no letup, Continued on Page Thirty-Seven REFLECTIONS I By NELSON DUNSTAN Continued from Page Forty-Eight for the Kent Stakes at Delaware Park and the Select Handicap at Monmouth Park will be run this week-end and the division will be busy every week until the Classic. 2 The Kent, which has 5,000 added, drew [ 82 nominations, and on the list are the best members of the ranks, including Count Turf, Bold, Battle Morn, Counterpoint and f Repetoire. Battlefield, second in the Bel- = mont, is one of the few not named for the g Delaware event. Repetoire will be a fav- -| orite with the Delaware fans, for he is owned by Mrs. Nora A. Mikell, who is a 2 resident of Wilmington. This son of Happy S Argo, one -of the few three-year-olds to wir two important stake events this year, 3 is not among the best stayers, but he is a £ horse to be reckoned with at one and one- : sixteenth miles, the. distance of the Kent, f Counterpoint has an edge on his oppo- 3 nents at the moment for the three-year-old «T championship. Making another guess, the *■ C. V. Whitney colt will face something of S a task if he goes to Arlington for the Classic, or later, to Washington Park for the American Derby. It may be recalled e that last year Middleground appeared to " be a cinch for titular honors after Hill C Prince was beaten in the Belmont and be- i j fore that in the Suburban Handicap. After the Dwyer Stakes, in which he was beaten b Greek Song, Hill Prince was on the sidelines until the American Derby in late August at Washington. In that event "he came back to defeat All Blue and Your Host and then win the Jerome Handicap and Jockey | Club Gold Cup at Belmont. In the latter race, he defeated Noor, and on that showing he was voted Horse of the Year We daresay Counterpoint will go west for the Arlington Classic and American Derby and then come back here to oppose older horses m The Jockey Club Gold Cup. If he survives that campaign, he is certain to reinforce his claim to the championship of the division, but he must defeat Rough n Tumble and others who will be awaitine him in the Windy City.

Persistent Link:
Local Identifier: drf1951062001_48_3
Library of Congress Record: