New England: Ryan Just Another Racing on Two Fronts with Dario, it Seems to be of Necessity Big paddy, Venomous Traveling Stars, Daily Racing Form, 1957-05-17


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-■■■■I-* X. tttrn/OT J9and ■■■ *«-JBI New England *— By Fred Galroni Ryan Just Another Racing on Two Fronts With Dario, It Seems to Be of Necessity Big Paddy, Venemous Traveling* Stars LINCOLN DOWNS, Lincoln, R. I., May 16.— Commuting trainers are no longer a novelty in this day and age, as it is now an established practice for conditioners -■■■■I-* to to race race on on two two fronts. fronts. Latest Latest to to to to race race on on two two fronts. fronts. Latest Latest to to become a member of the shuttle system is Anthony Ryan, who has his string split between here and New York. The veteran Massachusetts horseman left here the other day for Jamaica to inspect the division he has there. Stalwart of the stable is his homebred Big Paddy, a stakes-winning, three - year - old colt, who .has turned in some big races in his career. career. Big Big Paddy Paddy had had become become a a *«-JBI career. career. Big Big Paddy Paddy had had become become a a local favorite. Starting late as a juvenile, he won four of six races, capping the year with a victory in the James H. Connors Memorial. This year, he won one of his six starts, an allowance feature at Jamaica, but before that was disqualified in a race at Lincoln, which he won by three lengths. Made a 3-10 choice by his ardent supporters here, his disbarment was practically a later-day version of the Boston massacre. Big Paddy ran at Jamaica the other day, the first time since he scored on April 5, finishing last in a field of four. Ryan didnt expect too much of him, as he was recovering from a filled leg and had been away from action for over a month. Ryans confident hell get back on the winning side soon. But he is upset about not being able to race Big Paddy on his home grounds. "My horse," commented Ryan, "is a prime favorite around here and Id like to bring him back. Not only for that reason, but for personal ones. Im getting old and am not so well. I dont like this traveling around and prefer to have all my horses here, where Im home. Workouts Insufficient; Horse Needs Races "But," continued the owner-trainer-breeder of Big Paddy, "I cant find any races for him at Suffolk Downs. This is a big horse and he needs to race. Workouts dont make him sharp enough. Hes got to run. There are some three-year-old stakes coming up around New England, but I like to give a horse a race over the track before starting him. I cant find any one in the Suffolk book. So I dont know what Ill do. Ill run him next week in New York and make a decision after that as to where Ill take him. Certainly, the people around Boston ought to see him. Hes a New England-bred and his dam, Ellen Mist, was a popular racer there, too." Ryan, a former contractor, has raced with considerable success over the years, maintains a farm at Whitinsville, Mass., and breeds a few horses a year. Hed like to race around his home area, but he is forced away from the sector. This situation has long been a problem in New England, where good horses are concerned. When a man comes up with a tough-knocking horse, the opportunities to race are so few, and the purses so small in relation to other parts of the country, that he has no choice but to seek the greener pastures. Examples in past years are numerous. Off hand, a number of crack horses, who were developed, or showed their first flash of brilliance, around here, and then left the scene, have been Switch On, Decathlon, Bless-bull, Pine Echo, Star Rover, Boston Doge, Dark Charger, Melson and Beaugerre. The bane of trainers of good horses here is that even when races are written for such type horses, they often fail to fill, the opposition fearing to take on such top-flight horses. It is this problem that has made New England weak in the middle-class allowance division. You cant blame a man for taking his best hold. — No Place at Home for Speed Filly Even B. A. Dario, largest breeder in New England and head man at this track, races his top stars in other sectors. His homebred, Venomous, probably the fastest horse in North America right now, is at Garden State Park and it is better than even money that she wont be seen in New England this year, and, if so, only rarely. Dario has admitted that. As he said the other day, "Theres no point in bringing her up here. Id have to race against the best colts and probably even give them weight. And what would the purses be? Less than I can race for anywhere else against fillies." Thats the way the situation stands. Theres no doubt New Englanders would like to see Big Paddy back on home grounds, and so would Ryan. It all depends if its worth his while to come back. Glen Lasswell left for Woodbine and will try his luck on the Canadian circuit. . . . Jack Carrara made a fast trip from New York Thursday and spent a day at his old stomping grounds here. . . . John H. Smith will leave tonight for Jamaica, where he is slated to ride Eddie Siravos fleet Pine Echo on Saturday. . . . Terry Grogan has severed his connections with Jim Beattie and is contemplating joining the U. S. Armed Forces. Grogan, a native of Ireland, was employed by Beattie on his farm the past couple of years. . . . Prankie Ford and Gary Reynolds, a pair of local comedians of the old Martin and Lewis vein, who are making their way rapidly into the Big Time, are regular visitors to the track. . . . Apprentice Charlie Bradford, 18-year-old Providence, R. I., youngster, who made his first appearance in silks Tuesday, leaves tonight for Canada with trainer Dave Zand and will continue his career on the Maple Leaf circuit.

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