Blue Man in Swift Trial For Belmont Engagement: Works Six Furlongs in 1:11 2/5; One Count Sent Mile and Quarter, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-04


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Blue Man in Swift Trial For Belmont Engagement Works Six Furlongs in 1:11 2/s, One Count Sent Mile and Quarter BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 3. — Two of the leading Belmont Stakes candidates were seen on the mam track this morning, while another prepped on the training track. White Oaks Stables Blue Man, the probable favorite in this eighty-fourth running of the 00,000 mile-and-one-half classic, showed his fitness by working six furlongs in 1:11%, easing up another eighth in 1:24%. Though the son of Blue Swords has come from far off the pace in all of his best races, including his recent smashing triumph in the Preakness, he has frequently showed an abundance of early lick in the morning. This could be important, as it indicates that Blue Man does not have to depend on a swift early pace to "cook" his rivals. In the event that Conn McCrearys rival jockies attempt to make a false pace on Saturday, Blue Man has the speed to take command at any stage. Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords One Count was the other Belmont prospect seen on the track this morning. This son of Count Fleet, who finished third in the Preakness last out and showed a liking for Belmont Park before that, is not going into the Belmont a "short" horse. One Count was Continued on Page Forty Blue Man in Swift Trial For Belmont Engagement Works Six Furlongs in 1:11%; One Count Sent Mile and Quarter Continued from Page One sent a mile and a quarter in 2:05 this morning, accomplishing the journey in handy style. This move followed a similar extended prep in 2:07 Saturday morning. Eddie Arcaro wilL ride One Count, who bore out badly near the finish of the Preakness, bumping Sub Fleet. Before that, he finished second to Armageddon in the Withers, only a few days after an impressive victory here. C. V. Whitneys Cold Command, who has been unable to regain his fine Keeneland form, but who showed improvement when finishing second to Quiet Step at a mile last out, worked a handy half mile in :49% on the training track. It was a good move for that slower strip. The older Mameluke was caught in identical time. Most of the other Belmont probables will get their final preps tomorrow morning. At this writing, Cain Hoy Stables Armageddon, Dixianas Sub Fleet, Isidor Biebers King Jolie, Belair Studs Golden Gloves and Myhelen Stables Master Fiddle appear certain to go postward for the third tier of the "Triple Crown," along with Blue Man, One Count and Cold Command. Fred W. Hoopers English colt, Olympic, is a doubtful prospect, with a decision on his status likely during the afternoon. While Blue Man is the logical favorite and boasts the best record of any of the Belmont candidates with victories in the Flamingo, Experimental No. 2, and Preakness, and a third in the Derby to his credit, there is increasing sentiment in favor of Armageddon and Sub Fleet, which will doubtless be translated into dollars on Saturday. While Armageddon is just another horse at other tracks, his victories in the Withers and Peter Pan indicate that is a reasonable facsimile of a champion at Belmont Park. The services of Ray York, who has been showing the most consistently good form on any of the jockeys plying their trade in New York this year, will not frighten any one away. Sub Fleet, who will be ridden by Steve Brooks, finished some eight lengths before Blue Man in the Derby and his defeat by Heap Big Chief last Saturday is dismissed as a rehearsal. The Count Fleet colt is aU leged to have disliked the footing at Pimlico when beaten by Blue Man and others in the Preakness, while the same excuse was offered for Blue Man at Churchill Downs. Of the two alibis. Blue Mans seems the more plausible as the Churchill Downs strip was aptly described by the Derby riders as "a sun-baked country road without the ruts," while Pimlicos surface was termed ideal.

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