Between Races: Kilroe Cites Low Ebb of Handicap Division; Potential for Belmonts Closed Circuit TV; Correlations Dam Proven Not So Obscure; Determine to Add Spice to Hollypark Meet, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-08


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BETWEEN RACES By OSCAR OTIS BELMONT PARK Elmont L I N Y May 7 Jimmy Kilroe assist and handicapper confirms that there is a momentary lack of older stake horses of quality in the United States but figures the situation will correct itself before the season is over a phe nomonen that has always transpired in the past At the moment there are only eight horses on the grounds listed in grade A and of these eight only three would be there in a vintage year In case you are interested their names are Native Dancer Royal Vale and Level Lea and the latter is not at racing peak Competition for the better horses along the At ¬ lantic Seaboard is getting more rugged every year ob ¬ serves Kilroe Last Saturday for instance almost every good allowance horse that was fit was in action some ¬ where Make no mistake the backbone of good racing is the allowance horse The competition for good horses a healthy thing for racing and most certainly a most pleasing aspect for the racing patron is bound to get more spirited as the season progresses especially with the opening of Arlington Park We might remark in this respect that in our opinion American breeders are making visible strides in providing a larger share per ¬ centagewise of worthwhile campaigners Conditions in America are quite different than prevail anywhere else in the world where the top horses tend to concentrate at certain meetings and in general the best can be deter ¬ mined by competition against one another Not so in the United States where each region tends to build up its own circuit and it is therefore sometimes as hard to compare horses of the same age as it presumably is to compare horses of different generations But we agree with Bull Hancock of Claiborne when he says that these more dif ¬ ficult conditions in the United States of proving up the Kilroe Cites Low Ebb of Handicap Division Potential for Belmonts Closed Circuit TV Correlations Dam Proven Hot So Obscure Determine to Add Spice to Hollypark Meet breed can only lead to maybe the best horses in the world as well as without question the soundest Alex Robb of the Belmont staff tells me that the ex ¬ periments in closed television have had a sufficient trial here on the grounds to prove its worth and that while there are many extensions possible of the setup all linked to the promotion of racing interest and enjoyment any such projections will be made with caution and only after careful study It is not a matter of news that Bel ¬ mont has this closed circuit which sees every race tele ¬ vised and shown on about five sets scattered from the jockeys room to the office of racing secretary and of the president A suggestion that TV screens be placed in the dining room and the first two races only shown has been tabled for the present But the idea has some powerful support en the theory that people who come to the races for lunch might enjoy their meal and see the race at the same time without necessity of either bolting their food or allowing it to get cold while they dashed out to a van ¬ tage point to see the actual running Perhaps the first extension of the possibilities of closed circuit TV would be the nationwide conference o track executives of horse ¬ men of jockeys or of the demonstration of new veteri ¬ nary procedures For instance if Marshall Cassidy of The Jockey Club had something o vital interest to say he could talk to those he wanted to reach in person to points as far away as Del Mar and Longacres Before dismissing Correlation and the Deroy com ¬ pletely we share the view of owner Bob Lytle that come what may in the future as to his racing career the son of Free America Braydore has earned a right to a chance at stud duty Nothing burns me up more than to hear or see a refernce to his dam Braycore as being of obscure breeding Lytle phones The truth about is that Bray ¬ dore was one of the mares deemed worthy by the French to be smuggled out of that country to England to avoid capture by the Germans and that alone is tribute enough to the regard in which she was held by the French blood ¬ stock interests However I dont suppose I can blame eastern people for feeling the mare is obscure because when Wilbur May and I sent the horse to Nevada we couldnt purchase a single season to a firstclass California sire The stallion owners we approached refused because they couldnt imagine even a mediocre mare being pas ¬ tured in Nevada Out of sheer desperation we bred her to our own sire at that time Harar The minute she got to a good stallion Reading n she Coaled Interpretation and the Free America mating of course resulted in Correla ¬ tion tionA A A A AThe The return of Determine to Hollywood Park is good news for West Coasters and it is presumed the iron gray will be available for some of e big bnes coming up after midJuly at the swank Inglewood course In other words he will have a welldeserved rest of at least six weeks The usual practice is to not hrow a horse out of train ¬ ing but to go lightly with him and if it is done adroitly the horse received almost all the benefits of a vacation but at the same time can be snapped back to racing fit ¬ ness on a fortnights notice The best exampk of this Continued on Page FortyNine BETWEEN RACES RACESBy By OSCAR OTIS i Continued from Page Fifty Six Sixprocedure procedure typically western by the way was Tom Smiths handling of Seabiscuit It can be said truthfully that Seabiscuit was not out of training for well over two years but his races were carefully spaced and he turned in a smasher most every r time he went to the post It is a deal whereby the owner and trainer can have 5 their cake and eat it too tooA A A A AHorses Horses and People Darius Sir Percy r Loraines winner of the Two Thousand Guineas is an eligible for the 100000 j Santa Anita Maturity and Jimmy Kilroe will make a personal pitch to maybe get J the horse to come to the United States for the race Darius is trained by Harry Wragg a frequent Santa Anita vacationer in recent winters Darius won four as a 3 twoyearold and was no worse than second 3 I in his other three starts Aiden Roark the official is back from an extended stay y in Ireland flies to California for a short t stay before going to Arlington Washington i Parks Jockey Conn Errico credits part t of his rapid convalescene to the benign sun i of world famous Las Vegas Nev The e Walter Martys return to the Coast tomor ¬ row after an extended racing tour whifih a included the Kentucky Derby Syl a Veitch remarks that Fishermans toes are e still sore and that while his horse was s definitely powdered in the stretch in the e Derby he wouldnt have won it but un ¬ doubtedly would have been closer His feet are just tender and there isnt much you can do about it said Vetich We e think this foot ailment it isnt really a trouble had something to do with his fail ¬ ure to make a better showing in The Gar ¬ den State last fall more perhaps than not t being at peak shape as some have sup ¬ posed

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