Between Races: Fasig-Tipton Vendue Centers Turf Interest Miscellany Dispersal Set Monday at Pomona, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-19


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™"—--«-s*sa BETWEEN RACES b,oxmotb HOLLYWOOD PARK, Inglewood, Calif., June 18. — Western turf interest will center at the Los Angeles County Fair Grounds, Pomona, over the week end, where on Monday afternoon Fasig-Tipton, in conduction with the CaliforniaThoroughbred Breeders Association, will hold a miscellany sale, a a vendue vendue which which in in all all probability probability will will ™"—--«-s*sa a a vendue vendue which which in in all all probability probability will will become a permanent fixture on the Coast as part of an «r integrated plan to provide an open market for both buyers and sellers. The Monday sale is part of a triangle, the others being the sale of selected yearlings at Del Mar in the August and winter sales early in January, during the Santa Anita meeting, this latter sale also being scheduled for Pomona. The California breeders and Fasig-Tipton now are full partners in the development of the sales picture in California and while there are few minor items in the agreement to be worked out, we daresay the arrangement promises to become a permanent one. Gossiping about the Monday sale, this writer was struck with one attitude which might be termed an "improvement in the breed of buyer." Only a few years ago, whenever anyone sold horses of whatever caliber, a lot of people had the notion that because anyone was selling, the stock so offered must be either culls or something wrong with them physically. They didnt seem to realize that the occasional sale of thoroughbred stock was entirely normal and a part and parcel of the thoroughbred business. But we gathered that people are now beginning to realize that if there are to be any buyers, there also must be sellers, and that in general, reasons for selling are always valid. This writer is of the opinion that the old attitude was responsible for the poorish market Nat times in which horses sold far below their intrinsic worth. Fasig-Tipton Vendue Centers Turf Interest Miscellany Dispersal Set Monday at Pomona Good Prospects for Building Coast Market Humphrey Finney an Arrival From New York Elobee Farms, for instance, is offering a mixed consignment of the stallion Royal Valor, six broodmares, two race horses, and two yearlings. Elobees owner, L. G. "Bob" Burns, is cutting down to just a couple of horses in order to clear his farm and make way for the subdividers. Elobees neighbor, the Circle S Farm of George W. Strat-ton, also is being eyed hungrily by the big scale builders and this important corner of the San Fernando valley devoted to thoroughbreds in all probability will become a mere memory in the near future. Alberta Ranches is selling six broodmares and five yearlings to make room for some of the flossy Irish and English importations which Alberta either has consummated or has in mind. Mrs. John Payson Adams of Edenvale Farms, San Jose, is offering five worthwhile yearlings in preference to shipping them to Saratoga, and in this idea, perhaps she has a point. It is costly to ship to Saratoga from the West Coast and the yearlings are of such quality that they should command a good market here. Thelma Sneed, as reported earlier in this column, is retiring from racing. AAA To continue, Bob R. Roberts, agent for the Gazelle Stable, is offering the sires Heelfly and Atavistic after having acquired them last winter at the Circle S disposal. Roberts explains it this way: "We wanted certain nicks of these stallions, and figured the easiest way to get it was to buy the sires, breed to these desired nicks. We will have a sufficiency of the blood when the foals come along, and therefore, we are offering the stallions for sale. It was a good deal for us and Heelfly and Atavistic, whose record in stud is well known and both of whom are sure foal getters, will no doubt prove worthwhile to someone else. As you probably know, the La Jolla Farms operation is one geared to nicking the mares with what seems to be the best stallion as judged by blood combinations and conformation, regardless of where the stallion may stand. For our program with Heelfly and Ata-vivstic last spring, we are hoping for some fillies to provide us some desirable bottom lines for our long-range program of the future. The Owl Stable of Dewey Burden, offering five race horses, is frankly cutting down and amassing capital to purchase a single top racing prospect. A A A Mondays sale will be conducted in an atmosphere of discussion as to a possible reshuffle of racing days, with the California Breeders Association, and seconded hj the HBPA and other turf organizations, advocating "simultaneous racing" between north and south, and thus make it possible to provide more racing opportunities for horses, more breeders awards, and more revenue for the state. Quite frankly, this writer hasnt been able to pin down an exact plan, although we have learned that Dwight Murphy, chairman of the racing board, has mailed the board of directors of the breeders a list of all race tracks operating in California and a calendar and has asked them to suggest a schedule which would embrace their ideas. Whether some simultaneous racing will actully develop, we wouldnt know, but we are of the opinion that an open discussion of the current problems in the West is to be welcomed. And certainly no harm Continued on Page Forty-Eight BETWEEN RACES I By OSCAR OTIS Continued from Page Sixty has ever come from first defining an issue and then intelligently discussing it. It is possible that if for some reason or another simultaneous racing does hot develop on a major scale, favorable consideration will be given toward allowing California thoroughbred tracks to race their full legal allotment of dates and, in so doing, at least partially solve a problem. As this writer has on more than one occasion pointed out, whenever the thoroughbreds have cut their dates, other types of racing have rushed in to claim these dates and ideas that a cut in dates would prove of real benefit were quickly dispelled. AAA Horses arid People: We infer that trainer Noble Threewitt hasnt given up hopes that Correlation will have some sort of consideration for Three-Year-Old of the Year honors, especially if a freshening up here should put him back in the good form which enabled him to win the Wood Memorial and Florida Derby. ... As we reported last week, claiming is slower this year and the latest statistics show an average of three and one-half horses per day changing hands. . . . Two years ago, the average was about six pec day. . . . Humphrey Finney is an arrival from New York, will be oh hand at Pomona all day Sunday for the "open house" and inspection activities .for the Monday sale. . . . Hollywood president Mervyn LeRoy starts production on another picture in the near future. . . . Tanforan has entirely resurfaced its vast "apron" in front of both grandstand and clubhouse. ... A new clubhouse entrance also has been constructed, and. with the club improvements pretty much satisfactory, the next big project — and it is a big one — will be modernization of the grandstand.

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