Judges Stand, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-23


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I JUDGES STAND By CHARLES IIATTON Continued from Page Sixty . at Arlington-Washington. Seems the long rein is more effective on grass surfaces. . . . Lea Lane carries her head a trifle high in action. Is a likely candidate for the Polly-anna on July 5. . . . The stretch at Arlington is 1,500 feet in length, that at Washington Park, 1,531. . . . Four horses share Lincolns nine furlongs track mark of 1:50: Sir Harry, Golden Prince, Lady Broadcast and Rushaway. . . . Claims must be filed 30 minutes before post time of the first race at Arlington. Kentucky commissioner Headley feels this regulation should be in effect everywhere. JUDGES STAND " *" «■ ™"w LINCOLN FIELDS, Crete, HI., June 22. — Chicago racing- comes to perhaps the most important midweek of the season with the close of Lincoln and the Au Revoir Handicap on Wednesday and the opening of Arlington with a renewal of the Primer on Thursday. Despite some atrocious weather, weather, the the meeting meeting at at the the rebuilt rebuilt weather, weather, the the meeting meeting at at the the rebuilt rebuilt Crete course has been not only an unqualified success, but the finest in the history of the club operating at home. And general manager Peter J. ODonnell expressed his gratification over public response here this morning. As we previously mentioned, the reconstruction program at this course is not entirely completed, and it is indicated there will be more parking facilities and more accommodations for the horsemen next spring. The Au Revoir has a well-matched field and on paper appears a very playable closing-day feature. Among others, the Hasty House veterans, Inseparable and Seaward, would seem assured a. following, for the Reuben string is nowhere more popular than in Chicago. Each now is nine, however, and has seen better days. The race will have a certain nostalgic quality if either proves still able to win stakes. Another who will be the medium of more or less extensive wagering is Samuel Tufanos invader, Rush Prince, who is by the classic sire Princequillo, and comes recommended by some acceptable form in Florida and the East. Although the Au. Revoir could readily be a closer race, we suppose that last week-ends 0,000 Lincoln will be put down as the most important of the waning meeting, and not merely from a monetary point of view. For it revealed the successful Sir Mango as a much more formidable handicapper than many, including this observer, had ever thought him. We are going to be interested to note how he fares at Arlington Park, where the competition will be of the keenest. Lincoln Fields Closes Record Meeting Today Rush Prince Invader for Au Revoir Purse Sickles Image Prospect for Chicago Stakes Lindheimer Programs Notable or Variety Among perfbrmers we are looking forward to seeing at Arlington Park this summer is that colorful careerist, Sickles Image, the champion handicap mare of 1953. The only daughter of Sickletoy resumed her campaigning at Detroit last week end, and Clarence Hart-wick each summer points her specifically for the lush stakes at the Palatine course. Indeed, it was here that she scored some of her most distinguishing successes, including one in the Matron of 51, and another in the Modesty. Even after seeing this latter race we find, it difficult tc believe a horse could overcome such odds as the gladiatorial brown mare did that day. And she only brought it off with one of the most breathtaking exhibitions of broken field running this observer can recall. Perhaps the Michigander is less formidable now that she is six, but winning or losing it is always a pleasure to watch her in action. She is ever in cadence, as the French say, and moves with a verve and bounce all her own. As you doubtless know, her dam, Ariel Image, died recently in the Blue Grass, orphaning a filly foal by the swift Bolero, who is said to closely resemble Sickles Image in her format. This implies unusual substance and muscularity. Thus Hartwick now finds himself with two desirable broodmare prospects, and he may be glad again he rejected 00,000 for Sickles Image as a three-year-old. AAA Ben Lindheimers programs are notable for their variety, for it is his experience that in merchandising racing as a spectacle this lends it a broader appeal. Also this creates opportunities for horses of all bents and classifications, so that it is a sound policy for those invested in them, and in accordance with the thinking which prompted the increased minor awards. Though much of the interest in the ensuing meet will be focused on the Classic, because it assumes a special significance this summer, there are two events for older horses of extroar-dinary importance. These are the 0,000 Equipoise Mile and the Arlington Handicap, which is expected to be worth 60,000. Indeed, the Handicap, to be presented on July 31, is billed as the richest race ever decided on the grass. There still is in some quarters a hesitancy to run a champion on a turf course, but races such as this, and programs such as Laurels, Santa Anitas and Atlantic Citys are calculated to overcome it. As a matter of fact, there are champions like Mark-Ye-Well and Native Dancer who would conceivably be serviceably longer in racing in this context. We are going to be interested to note the quality of the field attracted by the Arlington Handicap, and it will be surprising if anybody can ignore such a prize. AAA Turf ana: Pat Farrell proposes an occasional optional claimer, and claimers for fillies and mares. . . . Frank Ashley will be the announcer at Arlington and Washington Arlington admissions are remarkably low, held to t .20 in the stand, .75 in the clubhouse, all taxes included. . . . Mrs. Graham has made 51 nominations to various of the North Side stakes. . . . Fascinator is a prospect for the Cleopatra Handicap. . . . Johnny Adams usually leads rival riders in. the number of turf course winners Continued on Page Forty-Nine

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