California: Jockeys Should Ride Their Mounts Out; Case of Man Betting to Insure His Bet; Alan G. Pattee Big Help at Sacramento, Daily Racing Form, 1957-05-08


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California By Kent Cochran Jockeys Should Ride Their Mounts Out Case of Man Betting to Insure His Bet Alan G. Pattee Big Help at Sacramento BAY MEADOWS, San Mateo, Calif., May 7.— California racing circles .were still a-buzz Tuesday about the running of the Kentucky Derby. Around the secre- tarys office in the stable area Monday morning it was being freely predicted that Bill Shoemaker would be set down for his carelessness in the homestretch aboard Gallant Man. We heard old-timers guessing that "Shoe" would draw all the way from ten to 90 days for the "big boo-boo," which will likely go down in sports history as the prize boner of the year. It ranks, horsemen say, with Fred Merkles failure to touch second. But. "Shoe" has outdone Merkle, for this is his second such bobble, the other being when he eased Swaps, odds-on in the 00,000 Californian last summer. The turf is still wondering how the star jockey escaped without being grounded for that offense by the Hollywood Park officials, for it was a plain infraction of the rule which requires that all horses be ridden out in the homestretch. So when the news of Shoes 15 -day suspension reached here it appeared to meet with most of the horsemens approval. The rule makes no exception for lack of intent. The error on Swaps must have cost the horses backers a pile of dough, while the sixteenth pole ease at Churchill Downs probably set back Ralph Lowe and the wagering public a cool 00,000 or more. The popularity of a jockey should have nothing to do with enforcement of the rules. We personally know Shoemaker to be an upright young man in every way; his reputation on and off the turf cannot be impugned. Nevertheless, everyone in racing who has the sports best interests at heart likes to see the rules enforced, and we feel that is the attitude of the general public. One Way to Have a Sure Thing Man wagered ,000 last Saturday that the Bay Meadows handle for the day would exceed ,375,000. At the end of the eighth he saw that the ninth, plus the Quinella, would have to handle 96,000 to win his wager. Kept totalling the board. Saw it was going to be nip and tuck, so he made certain by betting ,000 to win, ,000 to place and ,000 to show on Romanium, the solid favorite. The horse "win easy," so the speculator won all bets. . . . We learn that Tiny Nay lor s largest restaurant project, "House of Nay lor," is well along in construction and will open in October. Cost 50,000. Corner Wilshire and La Cienega. Ex-jockey Joe Ramirez has taken over the book for jockey Rene Cruzat, and will handle the lad at Hollywood Park, where Cruzat will do much of the riding for the International and Forrest Smith Stables. Ramirez rode from 1946 to 1954, when he suffered a broken back. . . . When Joe Cohen presented Ray York and Dr. Lewis J. Cook with wrist watches in the winners circle last Saturday it made a hit with the crowd. The jockey and the veterinarian were honored for having perhaps saved Jack Westrope from much more serious injury when he was pinned beneath a horse in the starting gate April 13. Westrope escaped with a broken leg. Racing has a champion in the legislature at Sacramento. He is Alan G. Pattee, assemblyman from Salinas. Pattee is the man who is carrying the ball for elimination of the nuisance employment insurance against jockeys. Also, he keeps a guarding eye on all legislation which might adversely affect the welfare of the sport. Alan is a cattleman, but breeds thoroughbreds on the side. Once owned the stallion Annapolis Blue. Has a mare at Laguna Seca Ranch being bred to Teddys Comet. His daughter won a blue ribbon last Saturday riding her hunter in a three-mile hurdle race at Monterey. Shes Californias most noted equestrienne in legislative circles since Virginia Warren, daughter* of then Governor Earl Warren, was prominent in Sacramento riding circles. Alberta May Ship Unit to Chicago Trainer Vance Longden expected back at Hollywood Park soon as he saddles St. Vincent for the Dixie Handicap. Rumor has it that J. R. Gregory will take a division of the Alberta Ranches Ltd. stable to Chicago for a summer campaign. Gregory is one of the Wests most skillful trainers. . . . Tana Linda, the Argentina-bred filly for whom Alberta Ranches recently paid 00,000, bore the name Buena Aventura until just before her first start, at Buenos Aires, when it was changed to Tana Linda. Bobby Doyle, old-time jockey who has been announcing on the California fair circuit for eleven years, ranks as racings No. 1 motion picture actor in point of experience. Bobbys fame as a saddle artist, his good looks and his dynamic personality caused a movie scout to pick up in 1929. He took bit parts at first, his specialty being the portrayal of hotel bell boys. Soon graduated to near-stardom, doing the lead with Jackie Coogan in "Johnny Get Your Hair Cut." For First National he played with Wallace Beery and Zasu Pitts in "Casey at the Bat," Colleen Moore and Milton Sills in "Orchids and Ermines" and with Jack Mulhall in "Patent Leather Kid." Also worked with Richard Continued on Page Forty-Seven CALIFORNIA | By KENT COCHRAN Continued from Page Four Barthelmess, Mary Astor and Buster Kea-ton. Doyle started riding at Havana in 1921, made good and went on to prominence in Kentucky, Maryland and Ohio. Says Harry Richards was the best rider he ever saw, with the Fator boys and Earl Sande next. Rode Best Pal for Sam Hol-man and E. R. Bradley. Doyle will announce at Bay Meadows mixed quarter-harness meeting this spring and then go to Pleasanton. One of the most famous jockeys of a generation ago who now is training horses is no other than Albert Johnson, here with a small stable. Johnson rode Exterminator, Sarazen, Crusader, Morvich, Bubbling Over. His first training job was for Bing Crosby. Handled the crooners stable for more than ten years. . . . Only seven of the 47 yearlings purchased at Keeneland last July by Western horsemen have so far reached the races, and only two of them have won. The winners are Gus L. and Quick Charge. The other starters are Kevo, Air Tryst, Martins Rullah, Jeffs Uh Oh and Blue Book.

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