Balmoral: Honeymoon Sure Fancied Washington Strip Ran Mile in 1:35 to Account for Beverly, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-06


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Balmoral By J. J. Murphy Honeymoon Sure Fancied Washington Strip Ran Mile in 1:35 to Account For Beverly River Divide Farm Stable to Monmouth Park WASHINGTON PARK, Homewood, 111., June 5. The staging of the Honeymoon Handicap, run here Wednesday, brings back memories of the former great race mare for which the event is named. Honeymoon raced for Louis B. Mayer in the early days of her turf career and later performed in the silks of Harry -Warner, another motion picture mogul, who purchased her from Mayer for 35,000. She earned just short of 00,000 in purse money in her racing days, and unlike the majority of her sex, Avas capable of beating good colts. One of her finest efforts was her second to Armed, the worlds leading money-winning gelding and one of the greatest horses ever to carry the Calumet silks, in the Washington Park Handicap of 1947; In fact this was her favorite race course. Over this strip she won the Drexel Handicap, an event that is no longer staged, and the Beverly Handicap in which she ran one mile in 1:35. In the Drexel, Honeymoon, a daughter of the Australian sire, Beau Pere, trimmed With Pleasure, one of the top stakes colts of his time, and other good ones. Since become a broodmare, Honeymoon has had several useful foals, including Honeys Alibi, winner of the mile and an eighth Santa Catalina Handicap at Santa Anita last winter. Incidentally, Honeymoon is the only member of her sex to have two stakes named for her. A Honeymoon Stakes had its initial running at Hollywood Park last summer, and its first renewal run in two divisions yesterday. Swoons Son-Decathlon Clash Fades Trainer Rollie T. Shepp is shipping all the horses of Robert J. Diensts River Divide Farm stable to Monmouth Park Thursday; therefore, Chicagoans willl not get to see the champion sprinter, Decathlon, who was expected to meet Swoons Son here. Decathlon will head the consignment that will include Old Roman, High Crest, Unlimited, Jet Age, Gyration, Home at Last, Canonize, Sure Welcome, Thespis, Diomedes, Erins Isle, and Adjean. . . . The horses owned by John Zitnik were held in such little regard when shipped to Chicago that they were lucky to get stalls. However, they managed to get into the old Lincoln Fields track. Now Zitnikhas shown the public a runner who, before the season ends, may rank high on the list of grass horses in this sector. That is the four-year-old colt Manassas, who, in. winning his second race at this meeting Tuesday, easily defeated some good ones on the turf. The son of Bull Run, also a fine mudder, started 14 times last year, winning four races and being five times second. The Calumet Farm stable horses expected to check in at Arlington Park today had not arrived by noon. However, photographers and newsmen were awaiting them at the northwest side course. . . . Some surprises will be in store for those attending the open house at Arlington Park Sunday. It is expected that several of the nations leading jockeys will be there to greet their admirers, and the public is invited to attend. No admission charge and free parking. Further details tomorrow. . . Trainer Howard Hoffman announced today that jockey Kenneth Church, who is riding in fine form here" at present, would have the mount of Louis Lee Haggin n.s hard-running Citation colt, Manteau, in Saturdays Chicagoan. Manteau will be trying for his third consecutive triumph here. He won the Domino Stakes in his last outing. . . . Jockey Charlie Burr is booked to handle William S. Millers Rellim S. W. in Wednesdays Joliet Stakes. The colts chief opposition is expected to come from Lincoln Road, In -the Country, and Nir Thru, all of which have been racing well. Joe Siggio to Make Saddle Debut Arnold Winick will soon introduce a new rider in the person of Joe Siggio, a 21-year-old native of New Orleans. Although he has been with horses for a couple of years, Siggio has never ridden in competition. . . . K. E. Hammons has decided upon giving the two-year-old Alma Aethel a rest and has shipped her to San Antonio for that purpose. . . . Owner George Cavanaugh, whose horses are trained by John T. Ker-math, got in from Detroit for a visit. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Rhoades are visiting from Coatesville, Ind. . . . Tom Scott has the stall application blanks for Fairmount Park. . . . Jockey -Lamey Hansman,who went east to ride Alliance in Wednesdays Juvenile at Belmont Park, is expected back Thursday together with trainer J. H. Pierce. Trainer Dave Sazer has entered a Chicago hospital fpr a check-up. . . . Ranchero, a five-year-old, and Balboa, a four-year-old, have arrived from Argentina in charge of Dr. M. Small. They are on consignment to Mrs. Harry L. Nathenson. Trainer John F. Beck, who recently visited Mayo Brothers clinic and later underwent a tonsilectomy, has returned to his home at Mt. Vernon, 111. . . . The question arises is Swoons Sons older brother, Dogoon, as good at five years of age as he was at three, or is the Washington Park strip slower than it was two years ago? In 1955 Dogoon carried 124 pounds and set a track record in running: seven furlongs in 1:21. On Tuesday the colt, with 122 pounds up, ran the distance in 1:22. s.

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