On the Wire: Dave Erb High in Praise over Swaps Colt Has Attributes of Great Horse Trainer on Spot in Hiring of Groom, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-15


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On the Wire j ā€”iā€” By Hugh J. McGuhe 1 Dave Erb High in Praise Over Swaps Colt Has Attributes of Great Horse Trainer on Spot in Hiring of Groom WASHINGTON PARK, Homewood, 111., June 14.ā€” Back at this course after having traveled faster for a mile and a sixteenth than any other jockey on a thor j I j I oughbred, Dave .Erb had nothing but praise for Rex Ellsworths fleet Swaps, who, on Saturday, sped over that distance in the Calif ornian in 1:40%. It was not by chance that Erb was selected to guide the Ellsworth speedster, for he had been engaged to ride him in a pre-Derby sprint race at Churchill Downs when it was doubtful if Willie Shoemaker would recover sufficiently from a spill to enable him to accept the mount. Erb had also ridden previously for trainer Mischa Tenney here in the Chicago area, and his talents were known and acceptable. In addition to stating that Swaps was definitely the best horse that he had ever ridden in a seasoned career, Erb said that the colt had all the attributes of a truly great horse, and that much would be heard of him as his future unfolds. Erb noted that the colt had put on about 50 pounds since his Kentucky Derby engagement, was vastly improved even since that time and that every race indicates additional improvement. Most im- . pressive to Erb was that Swaps had a rare combination of willingness and determination that found him responsive to his riders slightest request. He will go to the front or come from behind and will do anything asked of him.

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