Judges Stand: Requirements High for Arlington Park Horses Artful, Equipoise Top Week at Arlington Filly Feature Transferred from Homewood Boards New Regulation on Objections, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-23


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■w™ JUDGES STANDI By Charles Hatton Requirements High for Arlington Park Horses Artful, Equipoise Top Week at Arlington Filly Feature Transferred from Homewood Boards New Regulation On Objections ARLINGTON PARK, Arlington Heights, HI., June 21. One can wager on the Arlington races with a degree of confidence the horse of his choice is a reasonably healthy quadruped, who is running around in good company. There are five checks on on this. this. First First of of all all the the club club screens screens the the stall stall on on this. this. First First of of all all the the club club screens screens the the stall stall applications carefully and the horses are classified when the blanks are submitted. The stewards have a list of horses barred, as state steward S. L. James explains, "for inability to perform satisfactorily, or for bearing in, or some other trait which endangers rival horses and riders." Fourteen were placed on this list the first five days. Then there is state veterinarian Martin F. Kents list of horses excluded for some physical disability which renders them poor risks, for the public and everybody else concerned. This This one one currently currently totals totals 30. 30. And And the the starter, starter, ■w™ This This one one currently currently totals totals 30. 30. And And the the starter, starter, "Boots" Dickerson, may -bar horses that are not decorous in his gate, though it is rarely he meets up with one he can not start. Dickerson obtains singularly fast starts, and usually sends them away before they can think of any mischief, or become overanxious. Finally, there is the element of competition. No trainer worthy of his credentials likes seeing one of his trainees finish at the furlong pole. And several we know have remarked how very "tough" competition is during the Chicago summer season. Larry Thompson remarks that "they come at you with sharp horses » from all directions. Just when you feel you are about to win a purse, three you never heard of run you out of the money." A trainer who campaigns in New York or New England all season comes to have at least a vague idea who he has to beat. He can recognize a "bear trap" when he sees one in the condition book. Arlington is a little like Saratoga used to be, with a convergence of strings from such far flung circuits as California and the Eastern Seaboard. As you might .guess, the per cent of winning favorites rarely is very high, and was .26 in 1951. It is not that the racing is unformful, but rather that the form is somewhat less clearly established than it is among horses that have raced together all spring. If the form is not simplified, the racing certainly is more interesting. Arlingtons sport promises to be better as the meeting goes along. There are two stakes of importance daring the week ahead. These are the revival of the 5,000 added Artful Handicap of six furlongs for fillies and mares on Wednesday, and Saturdays renewal of the 0,000 added Equipoise Mile. The Artful used to be a Washington •* Park feature, and this is its first appearance on the Arlington roster. When last seen, in 1949, it was won by Calumets Two Lea, and there is a theory here that it isnt going to look very much different Wednesday, if Plain Ben Jones saddles Real Delight for it. Perhaps the best of the older mares nominated and on the grounds is H. F. Krimendahls Roman Miss. The race also could attract such as Flyamanita, Last Greetings, Whirla Lea and the Easts Tillie Rose and Boot All. Wednesdays at Arlington usually are punctuated by a noticeable increase in week-day patronage. A good many Chicago doctors and lawyers take the afternoon off each week, and recently more of the stores closed at noon Wednesdays. Weights for the Equipoise Mile are due and naturally will influence the size of the field that will defy "The Jersey Lightning.* Possibilities include To Market, Be Fleet, Woodchuck, Volcanic and the recent Lincoln Handicap winner, Seaward. The. Equipoise Mile was thought up not only as a memorial to a great horse, but as a challenge to beat his 1:34% at Arlington, which was a world record when first it was inscribed in the American Racing Manual. Though the mark has been bettered, it still is the Arlington track standard. The fastest time in the Equipoise Mile is 1:35, flat, and three winners, With Pleasure, Star Reward and Oil Capitol, have won the race in that identical time. The Illinois Racing Board not long ago adopted a new regulation concerning horses involved in foul claims. It seems to have been suggested by the renewal of the Miss America back at Lin-coln-at-Hawthorne. Perhaps you recall that Biddy Jane won the ace, at the direct expense of Sweet Patootie, and that Biddy Jane went over on her rival and there was an objection. The two fillies were walked about for an unconscienable time while the stewards deliberated, and their trainers naturally were not charmed at the delay in returning them home to be washed and cooled out. The matter was called to the boards attention, and as we understand it, in future instances the horses involved will all go to the saliva box and may return to their stables immediately after a specimen is taken, instead of awaiting a decision as to the official winner. This seems to us much more satisfactory than the old rule, for it is every trainers first concern after a race to care for his horse, and a 20 minutes delay can make a great deal of difference in the serviceability of one that has been injured during the running. Turf ana: Several columns ago, Snowden Carter and Frankie Catrone were wondering whatever became of Spartan Valors sister, Bernadette S. A Detroit reader, Doris Jean Gorshe, writes that "Bernadette S. is owned by Mr. E. P. Taylor of Canada and this year had a bay colt by Chop Chop and was booked to Tournoi". . .Max Gluck, Elmendorfs new owner, has purchased the improving three-year-old filly, Constant Susan, we learn from farm manager Lou Doherty. She will be turned out 30 days, then ships to New York for route racing. Eventually she will become the sixth Questionnaire mare at the Gluck stud, which now includes Aladear, Quibble, Alquests sister Al-dayli, Aleterns half-sister Alxanth and Alorters half-sister Alnaire. A Questiannaire recently won the Gazelle . . .E. E. Dale Shaffer was a visitor to see the Primer, in which Pete Battle saddled Mrs. Shaffers clever Fiddle. This ones name might suggest he is a First Fiddle, but he is by Roman out of Fairday, so is aptly named in any case ... A bus plies the mile or so of the stable area here at Arlington . . . Ivan Thomas is carding some turf course events for sprinters . . . Arlingtons Jack Drees will radiocast the Chico Vejar — Chuck Davey scrap for CBS on Wednesday evening at Detroit . . . Miss Mar j Lindheimers avocation is golf. Reputed to shoot a good game . . . Arcaro modestly attributes his success to Ticking the right * mounts."

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