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Tired After Half Mile at Belmont Making his seasonal debut in a similar dash at Belmont recently, Bunnys Babe showed good speed for a half mile, then took the final bend extremely wide and tired in the stretch, his rider careful not to punish him needlessly. With that outing under his belt, the gray was a sharp colt yesterday, waiting well off the quick pace set by the Wheatley Stables far more seasoned Laugh and then running over the early leaders in the drive to score for jockey Eric Guerin with something to spare, the time a smart 1:11 for the six furlongs. If all had gone well with this interesting prospect, we had intended to take "a flyer" on him in the Mexican winter book for the Kentucky Derby, and we are still convinced that he is "that kind of colt." The stakes for which he is eligible here at Aqueduct win soon reveai jusi uuw mucu me ib lutein, uciicutii this smoky gray colt. .Repugnant as many of Rex Ellsworths brusque methods have always been to this observer; we give the successful western horseman full credit for an admirable independence of judgment, nobody could be less swayed by conventional opinion than this ex-cowboy from Arizona. When we learned late last week that Willie Shoemaker would be unable to ride Ellsworths colt, Swaps, in Saturdays renewal of the Cali-f ornian at Hollywood Park, we did not for one single moment credit the rumor that Swaps would be scratched from his rich engagement for that reason. No, Willie Shemaker is a fine rider and all that, but Ellsworth is quite aware that many jockeys not in the public eye are quite capable of professional excellence. Ellsworths whole stable is dependent on the work of men quite unknown to fame apart from this connection, and so it came as no surprise when Dave Erb was summoned from Chicago to ride the Kentucky Derby winner in his contest with Determine and the others on the week end.