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JUDGES STAND* CHARLBS HATT0N LINCOLN FIELDS, Crete, 111., June 18. — Hal Price Headley has a saying that "A good horse trade is one in which everyone wins." This occurred to us when we read that Lord Derby and Les Combs have agreed to a proposition • whereby Spendthrifts Spring Beauty will go to Stanley House for three years, in exchange for the producer Lunaria. Derby is by no means unaware of the importance of the American family of Myrtlewood, the dam of Spring Beauty. In fact, he was interested in having the two-year-old bay filly by Mahmoud, out of Durazna, who was sold at Keeneland last season, leaving a bid on her when he returned to Newmarket following his first visit to. the Blue Grass. She made 0,000, however, and this was a bit more than he had anticipated. Lunaria is by the marvelous Hyperion, out of the high-class Garden Path. This latter mare ran forwardly, if unplaced, in an Epsom Derby and is a sister to Watling Street, a winner of that most-coveted" of all turf fixtures, and a moderately successful sire whom A. B. Hancock, Jr., imported to Claiborne. Combs, and for that matter all other American breeders, have a high opinion of Hyperion mares and the master of Spendthrift doubtless hopes that this one produces him some fillies for the stud. In all probability she will be bred to Royal Charger, the fashionable Celt imported to Spendthrift and syndicated last summer. AAA Americans have been fortunate enough to obtain some genuinely top-class stallions in Blenheim H., Mahmoud, Nasrullah and others in late years. But one reflects that a breeders universally recognize the influence of the mare on the foal is greater than that of the sire. With this Combs, Derby Bargain Should Benefit Both Exchange of Mares Introduces New Blood Hasty Road Has Five Chances in Au Revoir Lindheimer Program Is Vote of Confidence in mind the interchange of young producers from established families seems to us a good thing for all concerned. There is much more of this sort of thing between European studs than on a transatlantic scale, but we think it would be beneficial to bloodstock production in America were others to follow Combs and Derbys example. AAA The Lincoln is the richest, but not quite the last, of the Crete clubs roster of eight stakes. There is also the Au Revoir Handicap of 0,000 added for three-year-olds and upward on closing day, next Wednesday. This is at a flat mile, out of the chute, and it has 19 candidates, more than 25 per cent of them the property of the Hasty House Farm, which seems to have a carload of handicap horses. These are Pomace, Ruhe, Mister Black, Seaward and Inseparable, surely enough to surround the field If it were decided to employ such tactics. As we recall, Allie Reuben had benevolently proposed to pension Seaward and Inseparable, but like Mrs. Thourons Royal Governor, a life of leisure sobn palled on them and they appeared so sound and vigorous they were returned to training. Pom-Nelson Dunstan is visiting Kentucky breeding: farms, inspecting yearlings that will be sent to the Lexington and Saratoga Springs sales this summer. His column will be resumed on Monday. ace seems the most formidable of those Hasty House is likely to send to the post, however. He is a shifty sort of sprinter, who just might "get the trip" in a field composed largely of allowance horses and emancipated platers. Best known of the prospects not owned by the Ruebens is the G and G Stables Money Broker. Horses of this caliber have occasionally found it difficult to get the better of this son of Half Crown. He recently won a mile stake at Detroit, which is reassuring concerning his present form. Altogether, it appears the Au Revoir could develop an interesting "getaway day" feature. AAA Several weeks ago we remarked that it was encouraging to note the stakes agenda and improvement programs undertaken by Ben Lindheimer at Arlington and Washington in view of the trend of racing at many points this season. Apparently this occurred also to the Chicago Tribunes Arch Ward as a rather bracing "vote of confidence" in the sports future. He commented recently that when business about the country showed signs of faltering not long ago, General Motors, steel companies and other basic industries, announced vast expansion programs. This tended to stabilize the national economy and was an inspiration to small buisnesses. Lindheimer is pursuing a similar approach to the business of race track management at the two mammoth Chicago courses. We know of nobody in the sphere of American racing who has a more perceptive grasp of the countrys economic condition. And this is just as well, for each autumn he takes a long-range view of what the following summer is likely to bring, in order to announce the early closing stakes. These announcements have sort of keynoted dis- sitTsaaaife Continued on Page Forty-Eight JUDGES STAND By CHARLES HATTON Continued from Page Sixty tribution at some other tracks over the country. Arlington was in position of giving poor prizes when he assumed its direction some year ago, but this summers program is its richest ever. A. A A Turf ana: The meet here has met with some rather bizarre prairie weather, what with the deluge Memorial Day and a small "twister" blowing up a dust storm last Tuesday. . . . Lincolns new press coop has a lounge, indirect lighting, an elaborate observation deck, and a concierge. . . . The club has "a mile of roses," planted along the highway fencing. . . . The veteran Steve Brooks is at the top of his form these days, and making a sharp race of it for the meets riding honors. ... It is a little shocking back East that Determine is rated within a pound of Native Dancer on the scale in California and five pounds superior to High Scud. . . . Lincoln certainly has ample room to expand with 1,000 acres. . . . The Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico has little on the mound in one of the three innerfield lakes. ... J. Graham Brown was a recent visitor from Derby Town. . . . Sunny Dale is an interesting proposition for those many Arlington and Washington filly-and-mare races. . . . The stakes-winning Nasrullah two-year-old, i Nashua, is a half-brother to Sabula.