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In The Blue Grass : By Hugh J. McGufre : Breeding Industry Hails Humphreys Move Resigned Cabinet Officer Buys Whileaway Eddie Schmidt Boosts Count Speeds Stock LEXINGTON, Ky., June 5. The purchase by George M. Humphrey, recently resigned Secretary of the Treasury, of Jack Welchs Whileaway Farm on the Iron Pike here, is the kind or news that is welcome in the industry. Humphrey has had mares quartered at Harrie B. Scotts Shandon Farm and will continue this relationship as his purchase was of 120 acres with accommodation for some 40 horses. Harry Scott Jr will serve as manager of the new Humphrey property. It is the actual investment in Blue Grass land that is significant, carrying as it does, the promise of continu ing interest coupled with solidity. The Humphrey mares are definitely top-rbracket and can have a lasting effect on thoroughbred production. The sale of Whileaway is particularly wholesome because, unlike many other such vendues, it does not involve the loss to the industry of either the buyer or the seller. Jack Welch has no intention of leaving the ranks of breeders, although his plans for the future are indefinite at this time. Whileaway is excellent land in a good location and that was about all that could be said of it when Welch purchased it 10 years ago. Now it has an ample supply of sulphur water, is quite well fenced and has good roads. Humphrey may make further improvements to the benefit of the entire industry. Another Winner for Hertz Stallion The victory of Eddie Schmidt in the Golden State Breeders Handicap at Hollywod Park brings to four the number of stakes winners by Count Speed in 1957. The others are Count Chic, Mobile and Jet Speed, while Count Arrow and Major Speed placed in,, stakes. This record prompted Charles Kenney to remind that Stoner Creek Stud has three yearlings by Count Speed in. the Keeneland summer sales and that two of them are out of mares that produced two stakes winners, while the third is from a young mare who is a half sister to two stakes winners. A colt is from Risque Blue, dam of Blue Banner and Risque Rouge; a filly is from Duchess Anita, dam of the Frizette winner Our Fleet, and of Call Over who is now a sire. Another filly is from the Case Ace mare Lovely Child, who is a half sister to Picador and Capeador. Mention by Oscar Otis recently of the promise shown by the juvenile Rulership, who races without the benefit of a full set of teeth, reminded Kenney that he believed the barn housed another with similar breeding who might excel. You have heard of the better one in the barn. Rulership is by Nasrullah, from the Count Fleet mare Not Afraid. Fleet Nasrullah is by Nasrullah, from Happy Go Fleet, by Count Fleet. Still another of similar breeding in the Hertz menage is a filly by Nasrullah who is the "first foal of the Count Fleet mare Fleet Jackie. This young matron is a full sister to the Frizette winner Our Fleet, and her first foal is named Rules On Air. The emergence of daughters of Count Fleet as successful broodmares has already been established and this trio of two-year-olds by Nasrullah can do much to enhance the record. Trying Task Has Its Lighter Moments The committee that selects on pedigree the yearlings that are eligible to the Keeneland summer sales, has a thankless task which was lightened only a little by one consignor who shall be nameless. This consignor made a plea for reconsideration for his colt, whose entry had been denied. In turn, the three members of .the committee pointed out to the consignor that his colt would do much better in the fall sales, where his rivals would be less prominent. It was the wrong thing to make him a misfit in the summer sales, where he would be neglected. The smart thing to do was to get a fair price in the fall. Explanations were lengthy and reasonable. When they were finished the consignor said: "You fellows know more about this than I do and what you say sounds right. But just once, couldnt 1 do it in the dumb way?" Blades of Blue Grass: Mrs. A. E. Smith, secretary of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners, has" completed an attractive biographic roster of current members of the various commissions. . . . Jack Welch, of Whileaway Farm, has had experience with saddle horses, standardbreds and thoroughbreds and intends to stay in the horse business "as long as I am alive." ... In this space Monday a typo threw sdme statistics out of line. The Stallion Station records show 381, not 281, mares served. . . . Millard Waldheim is expected to pay a visit to his Bwamazon. Farm this week. Six top Bwamazon colts and four engaging fillies are destined for the Saratoga sales in August. . . . The twin infant sons of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Bradbury are home from their short stay in the hospital after their arrival and buttons are bursting on Bradburys vest. Bradbury is manager of the Normandy Farm of Mr. and Mrs. E. Barry Ryan, where Grey Miss, dam of Prince Khaled has been reported in foal to Polynesian. Grey Miss was sent on from California for this mating.