Swaps Outruns Downs Foes; Swift Stakes to Nances Lad: Steps Six-Furlong Distance in 1:10 1/5; Californian Scores by Wide Margin Over Trim Destiny to Indicate Readiness for Derby, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-02


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M. A. TENNEY — Trainer and developer of Swaps, winner of the Derby prep race at Churchill Downs on Saturday. Swaps Swaps Outruns Outruns Downs Downs Foes; Foes; Swift Swift Stakes Stakes to to Nances Nances Lad Lad , Steps Six-Furlong Distance in 1:10 Californian Scores by Wide Margin Over Trim Destiny to Indicate Readiness for Derby By DON FAIR Staff Correspondent CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville Ky April 30.— Rex C. Ellsworths Swaps, a homebred son of Khaled and Iron Reward thrilled a crowd of some 20,000 spectators here this delightful afternoon as he easily captured the Jefferson Purse in near-record time. Ridden by Willie Shoemaker, who apparently was in good condition after his recent spill at Golden Gate, the California hope for Kentucky Derby honors literally ran away from his four rivals, reaching the end of the six furlongs with eight and one-half lengths on G. R. Whites Arkansas Derby victor, Trim Destiny. Mrs. A M Creech s Styrunner -ran third another three-quarters of a length away while W J. Lewis, Jr.s Royal Mon and George Schwab, Jr. s Derby Morn trailed Swaps, Santa Anita Derby star and winner of two other stakes, shouldered 123 pounds and raced the three-quarters of a mile over the fast track in l:10/5, just one- S£ a S.econd off Bernwoods record. The Ellsworth ™ colt, hard held for the major part of the trip, was hustled a bit by J Shoemaker after entering the stretch and after passing the wire, worked out seven SESf%-then Ba,loped °ut the Game But Futile Effort af5?lmi. Destiny made a game but futile effort to reach Swaps in the initial four furlongs but he simply was not good enough for the western invader. He was under rather stern pressure through the last eighth mile to take second honors from Styrunner. The latter gave a fair performance but it was quite obvious that neither he or Trim Destiny measure up to Derby quality. All in all, Swaps race was indeed a "big °.n,e-. He, earned his speed along in scintillating fashion and the manner in which the handsome chestnut colt moved caught the fancy of the big inaugural day gather-tng;u When shoemaker galloped him back to the scales, the combination was accorded an unusually hearty round of applause Swaps paid .60 in the straight "tote** pool and he earned ,250. The victors portion of the ,000 Jefferson puree. Mr. and Mrs. Allie E. Reubens Hasty House Farm silks were carried successfully by Torch of War in the eighteenth run-Continued on Page Forty-Six Swaps Gallops Home In Downs7 Derby Prep - Leads Trim Destiny by Eight and Half Lengths in Fast-Run Race , Continued from Page One ning of the 1,650 Churchill Downs Handicap. Finishing courageously under a strong ride from little Johnny Adams, Torch of War went under the wire with a length decision over Clifford Lusskys fast-closing Tuosix. Walmac Farms Vagabond King, who reached the lead during the drive in the six furlongs stake lasted for third a head further back while Buddah Stables Scrutinized was fourth in the field of seven starters. Torch of War, pegged at 112 pounds, raced the three-quarters mile in 1:11%. The five-year-old Bimelech-sired stallion was second choice in the wagering at 17-to-5. Mrs. E. E. Dale Shaffers On the Bit, a homebred daughter of Olympia and Edgey, defeated 11 juveniles in the Sprightly Purse. Benefited by a hustling ride from jockey Dave Erb, the Shaffer filly took command soon after the break, then held on gamely during the stretch run to beat Lea J. Caillouettes hard-charging Joes Best. Three lengths off the lapped leaders, Miss Jo Ann Demings J. R. Jones finished third and he was a length and one-half on Warner L. Jones, Jr.s So Cheerful, who salvaged fourth money in the dash. Immediately after the finish of the four and one-half furlongs event, jockey Willie Carstens, who had the mount on Joes. Best, lodged a foul claim against the winner. Carstens stated Joes Best was bothered by On the Bit leaving the upper turn. The stewards then checked the film patrol pictures before disallowing the objection and making the original result official. On the Bit, making her racing debut in the Sprightly, completed her graduation trip in :53%. She went to the post at 30-to-10. - Theodore D. Buhls Nags Head, with Carroll Bierman at the reins, proved best of the dozen platers meeting in the six-furlongs third race. Joe Hardwicks favored Vandanell, early pacemaker, lasted for second, while D. J. Gleesons Chombro was along for third. Nags Head, clocked in 1:14, paid a 1.60 mutuel. L. Dotters Feuding, with Alfred Popara up, won the six-furlong opener, and B. A. Thompsons Jean the Joker, handled by Lois Cook, captured the three-quarters of a mile second. Feuding, 7.60 straight, and Jean the Joker, a 17-to-l shot, returned 86.20 cou-j pled in the daily double pool.

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