New Jersey: Star Rover Shows Promising Form in East Starts Saturday in Wright at Arlington Juvenile Monogram Impresses in Racing Bow, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-28


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New Jersey By Fred Galiani Star Rover Shows Promising Form in East Starts Saturday in Wright at Arlington Juvenile Monogram Impresses in Racing Bow MONMOUTH PARK, Oceanport, N. J., June 27. Nashua and Swaps stand out in the three-year-old division like the Ambrose lightship on a clear night, but there are a few other capable sophomores in the division that are worthy of note, since they could conceivably develop into threats to the leading two. One of these is Mrs. Irving Gushens Star Rover, the gray colt who has won the Select and Lamplighter handicaps here. The homebred Flushing n. colt had established credentials as a sprinter and on the past week end showed that he could also negotiate a distance. He set all his own pace over.the slow track, which was just up his alley, as he does not perform at his best over a hard, stinging surface. Star Rover went out to a long lead early, then had plenty left to withstand the late charges of Mr. Al L. and Westward Ho. The margin of three-quarters of a length is not indicative of how much he had left at the finish. His closest rivals were not gaining on him, and wouldnt have been any closer if they had gone another eighth of a mile. Jockey Blum Praises Gushen Colt Walter Blum, who rode the Gushen colt in both the Select and the Lamplighter, goes right out on the limb and says the gray is the nicest horse he has ridden in his comparatively short career. "He does everything," commented the Brooklyn booter. "You ask him for anything and he responds right away. I didnt have to use the stick on him at all Saturday, except once when he tried to get out a bit, but not to rouse him. Hes a good colt." Star Rover now has five victories in nine starts. His lone poor effort came in the "Suffolk 21," when he was sixth, and he was fourth in his first start. Everything else was a win except two sprints at Suffolk. In one he was beaten by an older horse and in the other he dropped a neck decision" to Chris Cross, a three-year-old, one he should not have lost. Chicago fans will get a chance to see him next as he will be flown westward for the Warren Wright Memorial this Saturday. Thats seven furlongs to which he is perfectly geared. Walter Blum, who now looks like he will be the colts regular pilot, will journey out to handle him. Bobby Dotter sent out a corking looking two-year-old Saturday in Monogram, a homebred son of Djeddah out of Gold Crest, racing in the white , red and black of James Cox Brady. The chestnut colt had been working well, and it was apparent to all in the crowd, as they battered him down from 10-to-l to a 3-to-l choice, and Monogram ran like one, winning by five lengths. Brady, on hand to see his colt win, and Dotter were naturally enthused over the youngsters score. Monogram is a half brother to Bradys Best Years, a stakes winner a few years ago. The Djeddah colt is a nominee to the Tyro Stakes on the Fourth and it is possible he may be a starter. If so. he may make things interesting for the crack field that is anticipated for the race. He ran like he had the makings of a champion Saturday. Eddie Bracken, currently appearing on Broadway inutile long playing "Seven Year Itch" was a spectator the other day, accompanied by his long time aide-de camp, Bill Noonan. Eddie is a devout patron of the sport. . . . Harry Mendel, who has the job of booming fights for the IBC, has been a consistent observer these afternoons, coming from his East Orange, N J., home. . , . J. L. Clarke sent Hidden Ship here from Narragansett Park, where most of his string is stabled. . . . Chick Abbot, recently re-elected as city commissioner in Camden, N. J., has been taking in the sport on the week ends, finding his luck at fishing none too good. . . . Lloyd Gentry, trainer for the Cain Hoy Stable, down to saddle Racing Fool for the Lamplighter will send six horses here in the care of Frank Coltiletti, while he will be a commuter between here and New York. Ray Murphy a Newcomer to Racing " The Julray Stable, owned by Raymond V. Murphy of Philadelphia, won another race here recently with their Slugger Ray, named for the owner. Murphy is a newcomer to the sport and did it the hard way, buying yearlings with trainer Bernie Bond and waiting a half year before he could see his colors in action. His colors, by the way, are not only unique, but misleading. They are green with white boxing gloves, but Murphy has had no connection with the ring. He named ojie of his yearlings Slugger Ray and left it up to Bernie to pick out some silks. The name confused the Maryland trainer, hence the mitts, but Murphy actually got .his nickname because of his prowess at belting golf balls. In addition to Slugger Ray, Murphy has Rays Jewel and Pomposity. The stable name is derived from a combination of Rays name and his wife, Jewel. Murphy is in the paint contracting business. Jockey Robert L. Stevenson winds up his 10-day suspension on Wednesday and will resume riding that afternoon. . . . S. A. Alexanders Red Fiddler, who won here in the early part of the meeting, broke a cannon bone and two sesamoids in his last effort and has been destroyed, according to trainer J. J. Halley. . . . Claiborne Farms Doubledogdare is expected to arrive and join the Colleen Stakes field. . . . Dewey Gottlieb, who has a large string here in the care of trainer Frank Wright, was a recent visitor to sea his colorbearers in action. Frank Parker, one time horse owner and now a TV star, took in the races on Saturday.

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