Iron Liege Off to Pimlico for Preakness; Shoemaker Debates If Ride Cost Victory, Daily Racing Form, 1957-05-08


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Iron Liege Off to Pimlico for Preakness; Shoemaker Debates if Ride Cost Victory CHURCHILL DOWNS. Louisville, Ky.. May 7. — Calumet Farms lion Liege, Kentucky Derby victor, and his hard-hitting stable companion. Gen. Duke, were loaded in an express car early today and shipped to Baltimore for a crack at the Preakness. The Mrs. Gene Maikey-owned pair is expected to arrive in the Old Line Stae city early Wednesday morning and trainer H. A. "Jimmy" Jones will be on hand to supervise the unloading details. Milton Rieser. who conditions Clifford Lusskys Federal Hill, early leader in last Saturdays "Run for the Roses," announced that his charge will leave here Thursday for Pimlico. "I know that my colt has a good chance in the Preakness. especially if we are fortunate enough to get an "off track," Rieser pointed out this morning. "Willie Carstens will handle Federal Hill in the Pimlieo race." Rieser added. Travis Kerrs Round Table will pass the Preakness and he departed for California at an early hour today. Owner Kerr, trainer William Molter and assistant trainer Jack Williams made the decision to ship West late Monday. Mrs. Ada L. Rices Indian Creek and Man Up Stairs also departed for the West Coast, where they are expected to fill several important stakes engagements. t Special to Daily Racing Form LOS ANGELE*S. Calif., May 7.— Jockey Willie Shoemaker prepared to sit out his 15-day suspension here today and debated whether he cost Gallant Man the Kentucky Derby when he stood up in the saddle at the sixteenth pole at Churchill Downs on Saturday. "My mistake in misjudging the finish line may or may not have cost Gallant Man the race. I did not pull up the horse," he said. "No sooner had I stood up in the irons than I realized the race wasnt over. "Then I laid the whip to Gallant Man again, but it was too late. The change in my position when I stood up caused him to hesitate momentarily — just enough that we dropped from a nose to a head behind." The 15-day suspension, slapped on Shoemaker for his "rock," will keep him inactive during the early stages of the meeting at Hollywood Park, which opens Thursday. He will not be in action until May 23. He has been Hollywoods top rider in seven of the last eight years. The jockey, more talkative than usual, didnt blame the Churchill Downs stewards for handing him the 15-day suspension. "They think theyre doing the right thing, so I guess there is little I can say about it. I just made a stupid mistake in judgment — and thats that." Shoemaker intends to play golf during his enforced vacation.

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