Interesting Visit to Chop Tank Farm: Mrs. Richard Duponts Place in Heart of Hunt Country; Maintains Bohemia Stable, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-06


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Interesting Visit ToChopTankFarm Mrs. Richard duPonts Place In Heart of Hunt Country; Maintains Bohemia Stable By NANCY LEE MIDDLETOWN, Del., June 4.— The well laid out farm with the buildings smartly painted in racing colors of gray and yellow, plus a remodeled brick house, present an ideal picture as one approaches Mrs. Richard C. duPonts Chop Tank Farm near Middletown, Del. Bordering county roads on two sides, Eugene Weymouths Deer Crossing Farm and Bayard Sharps farm complete the boundary lines. Mrs. duPont formerly stayed on an other of her farms just up the road, but some six years ago she moved to Chop Tank Farm so that her horses could utilize the training track on the Sharp place. Progress has reared its ugly head in this section so that some of the former dirt roads which were used for exercising are no longer in existence, having given way to macadam. However, the sandy soil offers excellent footing and the three-quarter-mile training track is nearby. Being a first flighter with the Vicmead Hunt, Mrs. duPonts present farm is in the heart of the country which is being built up by members of the hunt. The hunt has recently purchased a farm and is renovating the house and barn and nearing completion are the kennels. Dr. John M. Lee Trains Unit Horses carrying the gray and yellow colors of Mrs. duPont race under the nom de course of Bohemia Stable and are trained by Dr. John M. Lee*. He also has in his stable horses for Winlochen Stable, Mrs. Allison Fleitas. and a few whom he owns himself. As Delaware Park was to open in a few days at the time of this visit, a van was coming in that day to move some of the Bohemia Stable horses to the track. Mrs. duPont calls Kopes Baby by Blue Swords the champion of the stable, but she has some .young ones coming along who might well give him a run for the title. This now four-year-old was purchased by her last April at the Belmont Park sales, and won five races and was second in the Discovery Handicap. Another four-year-old is the Count Fleet — Maidoduntreath filly, Maid of Flight. She is a half-sister to the stakes winners Mrs. Fuddy and Scotch. While she did not race last year, she was a winner at two and placed third in the Jeanne dArc behind Case Goods and Michikee and occupied the same slot behind Fascinator and Case Goods in the Margate Handicap. The Rosemont four-year-old filly, Arthurette, was a winner last year and is back in training again. In the racing string are three three-year-olds. Djeddorine Djeddah— Gino Patty came from Almahurst Farms consignment to Saratoga and she is a half-sister to Sicily the dam of Flying Fury and Mrs. duPonts broodmare, Dentifrice. Djeddorine will eventually join the broodmare group. She did not race last year, but has shown great promise in training this season. Rumble Cosmic Bomb — Flying Lill, a three-quarter sister to Arisbi, she the dam of Spartan Valor, is another who did hot start last year, but will go postward this season. The other two are Sunday Pitch Bimelech— Three and Two and Magic Toes War Jeep — Fair Foot . There are also three two-year-olds in the group. From the Keeneland sales came Hi Fi Noor — High Frequency. She is the first foal of High Frequency and is due to start at Delaware Park. Also from the Kentucky sales area she bought Bomb Boo Cosmic Bomb — Sunny Boo. Sunny Boo was at Meadowview Farms, Inc., in Moorestown, N. J., this spring, having been booked to Your Host. The homebred two-year-old is Mr. Wister, a bay gelding by Occupy — Panamerica. Panamerica in Foal to Djeddah The mare Panamerica by Jean Val-jeari is now in foal to Djeddah and her best foal to date has been Sea Grass by Continued on Page Forty-Nine [Chop Tank Farm in Heart Of Delaware Hunt Country Continued from Page Twenty-Six Pilate". She is also the dam of Arthur-ette who won her firststart at Delaware Park last year and Mr. Hurry who won five straight this year. Panamerica has a chestnut yearling filly by Your Host. The Bull Lea mare, Meadow Maid, has a brown colt at foot by Your Host and is in foal to Case Ace. At the farm she has a brown yearling colt, also by Your Host. She is the dam of Stop And Look by Pavot who established a new track record for one and one-eighth miles at Delaware-Park in 1953 and the record still stands. The first foal of the Eight Thirty mare, Eight Days, is a bay colt by Your Host and she is in foal to him again.. Eight Days is out of Lady Day, she a half-sister to Triplicate and Inseparable, being out of Fairday. Mares bred in Kentucky are kept at A. B. Hancock, Jr.s Claiborne Farm and one due to arrive at Chop Tank Farm soon was the homebred Peace Chance mare, Sea Fan. She has had her second foal, a bay filly by Spartan Valor and is in foal to Ambiorix. Her yearling is a bay colt by Why Alibi. Following the line the Whit-neys are working on, that of breeding Mah-moud mares to Counterpoint, Mrs. duPont sent the maiden mare, Huba, to this stallion and she is in foal. Her Case Ace mare, Bunchie, is in foal to Spartan Valor and at the farm she has a chestnut yearling filly by Beau Gem. Bringing the number of yearlings up to five is a dark brown colt by Ambiorix— Dentifrice. The mare was sent to Your Host this year. The yearlings are broken at the farm and James Hollahan is in charge of all the horses there. The farm supplies all the necessary grass and hay and with the track and chute nearby, their training is well handled. While they may well start their racing at Delaware Park . next year, the stable is also seen in competition in New York and New Jersey as well.

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