New England: Wise Margin Being Prepped for Macomber Trainer Satisfied with 126-Pound Impost Opines That Veteran Will like Turf Course, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-06


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New England By Teddy Cox Wise Margin Being Prepped for Macomber Trainer Satisfied With 126-Pound Impost Opines That Veteran Will Like Turf Course StTPFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., June 5. Gordon W. Morrow has released his weights for the 5,000 added John R. Macomber Memorial Handicap. This will afford the potential invading forces ample opportunity to make up their minds whether they are willing to accept the assignments. One of our pet peeves are important races where conditions call for the weights to be announced just a few days before the date of the .race. This sort of thing is hot fair to the owners, trainers or - management, which cards such events in an attempt to stimulate interest and to lure topnotch thoroughbreds from other sectors. The Macomber is slated for Monday, June 17, at a mile and one-half on the turf and it looms as one of the highlights of the Yankeeland season. Of the top weights, Samuel Tufanos Wise Margin is the only one on the grounds. He has trained brilliantly, has hada good six furlong competitive test under his belt, and he gave the dockers a treat yesterday morning. Sammy Edmundson, his trainer, said he thinks the weights are fair enough, which is an observation that should cause his colleagues to nail him to the proverbial cross, or at least subject him to a mild form of tar and feather. This is the first time we have ever heard a trainer laud being allotted 126 pounds. Obviously, Sammy does not intend to become a member of the "were weighted out of it, anti-handicappers club." It seems that most trainers are automatically taken into this mythical organization once they find a good horse under their shed. As a Macomber prep, Edmunsons local schedule calls for him to send Wise Margin out after the 0,000 Plymouth Rock Handicap, to be run on the turf at a mile and one-sixteenth, come this Saturday. Still a Maiden on the Gteen "You know, this horse has never won a race on the turf," Edmundson said this morning. "He ran a big race against Mark-Ye-Well and others in the Stars and Stripes at Arlington Park a few-seasons back, but hes still a maiden on the grass. Im not worrying about the weights. I think they are okay. But I guess this is something of an oddity for a horse to carry 126 pounds who is a maiden at grass running. This doesnt mean he doesnt like the turf. I think he will do-fine, even at the weights. Havent run him much on the grass." A horseman ventured the observation that Edmundson might be shooting for the moon in sending a. horse who has not been long out of winter quarters such a searching distance as a mile and one-half. "I expected a number of horsemen to question the feasibility of such a schedule," Sam related. "But this Tiorse has been galloping all winter in heavy sand . in New Jersey and he has a lot of three-mile jogs under him. Actually, he is more" fit to run a mile and one-half than he is a mile and one-sixteenth. I am trying to sharpen his speed at the moment. I am not worried about his ability to get the distance." Edmundson says the veteran son of Market Wise One Ripple, by Isolater was never better, that he is the perfect gentleman around the barn and on the racetrack. "Youd think a seven-year-old stud would be a regular hellian," says Sam, "but he doesnt so much as raise an eye when mares walk around the shedrow, nor does he seem concerned when he is on the track with them. His only weakness, it seems, is spotted . ponies. So long as he has a spotted pony to take him to the track in the morning and afternoon.Jhe seems satisfied." Jabneh and Akbar Khan Are Ready But to get back to the Macomber and the weights, Mrs. E. Eugenia Bankhead has her pride, Jabneh, in at 125, just one pound below Wise Margin, and he is regarded as a possible starter. The stallion was an impressive winner of the Hialeah Turf Handicap and he flashed skill on the greensward while bowing to the tremendously improved Akbar Khan in both the Dixie and the Brandywine at Delaware. Akbar Khan is the one most penalized and this horse will get his most exacting test to date in the Macomber, if he is shipped. He shouldered 113 in the Dixie and 117 in his Brandy-. wine essay, and Ihis time he is moved up "with the men," being asked to handle 120. Program Scribblings: "In an attempt to get the Brooklyn Dodgers minds back on baseball, manager Walt Alston has ordered them to stay away from race tracks, etc., "etc. . . ." Such Trash. And it was printed . in a Boston newspaper, after it picked up the yarn from one in New York. You have seen many of the greatest managers and players in baseball attend the races as a respite from the gruelling baseball ,cam- . paign. Dizzy Dean once told this observer that there is nothing better than a day at the races to freshen up the soul and the mind. Casey Stengel is an avid turf devotee. And so many others. . . . Jimmy OBrey, the "Swing and Sway Syrian," was a belated arrival with five fah-to-middlin horses. He will remain on for the meeting and, quite riaturally, his mirth and laughter will become infectious. Jimmy is an accomplished comedian and is a former singing waiter.

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