Blue Grass Memos: Three-Day Sale Plan Reaction OK; Shorter Session Has Advantages; McGee to Inspect Royal Charger, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-12


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Blue Grass Memos By HUGH J McGUIRE ThreeDay Sale Plan Reaction OK Shorter Session Has Advantages McGee to Inspect Royal Charger ChargerLEXINGTON LEXINGTON Ky June 11 There have been a few scattered complaints from breeders with small consignments over the decision of the Breed ¬ ers Sales Company to confine its vendues at Keeneland to three days this summer but the overall reaction to the plan has been very favorable The reduc ¬ tion of the number of yearlings to go through the ring in each session is also being well re ¬ ceived even though this necessarily re ¬ duces opportunities for breeders to offer as many of their youngsters as they would like The vendues are scheduled for the afternoons of July 27 28 and 29 with an evening session on Tuesday the 28th Bill Evans general manager of the sales com ¬ pany tells us that the comfort and con ¬ venience of buyers was the governing in ¬ centive for both the threeday planv and the reduction of the number of yearlings to be offered Evans pointed out that by concluding the sales on Wednesday trainers were in a better position to return to their racing stables to oversee the conditioning of such stakes horses or others that might be competing in the Saturday features In the matter of the reduction of the number of yearlings to be sold at each session it was obvious from past sales that long sessions became tedious and that fatigued buyers were inclined to watch their purse strings a trifle more closely Many others were even less co ¬ operative and took their departures be ¬ fore the sessions were concluded which is decidedly ungood when totals are being tallied It is quite possible that the same few breeders who now complain that they are unable to get as many yearlings into the sale are the same ones who objected that there were few buyers at ringside by the time their yearlings were offered in the longer sessions In this case a complaint would be wellfounded but the rotation system has about elim ¬ inated such possibilities possibilitiesThere There was an excellent reason behind the decision of the committee to select the yearlings of Leslie Combs and his son to feature the one evening session on Tues ¬ day Under the original agreement between breeders and the sales company consignors were to rotate their day of sale each year Through late unexpected changes in the plans of other consigners the Combs groups were shifted for the general welfare and balance of the sale and he has twice sold on Mondays and once on Wednesday There would appear to be justification in the committees decision that Combs was en ¬ titled to a Tuesday sale saleBlades Blades of Blue Grass Dr William Mc ¬ Gee plans to leave New York on June 26 for Eire where he will inspect Royal Charger for his new American owners McGees other commitments include a vacation that will take him through the British Isles prance and Switzerland He will be accompanied by Mrs McGee Catalogues for the Keeneland summer sales are expected to be ready for mail ¬ ing about June 27 Bill Evans of the sales company will be loaded down with them when he starts his annual pilgrimage of the tracks about July 1 He plans to visit trainers and owners at Arlington Dela ¬ ware Monmouth Detroit and New York As in the past three years Mrs Helen Carruthers will represent the sales com ¬ pany at Hollywood Park and other Cali ¬ fornia points The Campbell House reports that a few reservations already have been made for the Keeneland sales dates datesPreston Preston Burchs book Training Thor ¬ oughbredHorses is off the press and available to the public An excellent job throughout the very first chapter is quite timely in that it deals with the selection of yearlings The Thoroughbred Club meets Saturday noon at the Lafayette to see the new color film with sound Ken ¬ tucky Auction Sales presented by the Breeders Sales Company The film is available for outoftown showings We havent seen it but understand that George Swinebroad is quite photogenic Jim Henderson tells us that Caddis Morriss of Hamburg Place purchased the unraced unracedContinued Continued on Page TArfyNne Blue Grass Memos Continued tnm Page Two Twofouryearold fouryearold filly South Sea from Sydney Glass The Grange West Chester Pa This filly is by Polynesian Sea Pap by An ¬ napolis was bred by Morris Dixon who trained Polynesian and is in foal to Colony Boy Morriss plans to breed her to a Ken ¬ tucky stallion next year yearAt At the time of writing no less than 50 mares at the Crown Crest Farm of Mr and Mrs Howard Reineman have al ¬ ready been pronounced in foal These are both boarders and farm mares In foal to the farms Carrara Marble and shipped to their home at Leamington Ontario were the mares Moston and Queen Boscombe the property of Robert Wales The resultant foals could be Queens Plate eligibles In foal to the same stallion and sent to her Columbus Ind home was C H Howes Sky Ann J W Rodgers quick Spy Song colt Due de Fer winner of the William Penn Stakes was raised for Rodgers at Thomas Carr Piatts Crestwood Farm In part ¬ nership with John Marsch Piatt also formerly had the two Bull Dog mares Camelina and Larksnest dams respec ¬ tively of the stakes Dinners Pet Bully and Larks Music

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