view raw text
i — At the Post I ~~ — — By Joe Hirsch 1 Sea 0 Erin Revels in Myrtlewood Slop Lifetime Earnings Pass 00,000 Mark Calumet Farm to Start Duo in Armour ARLINGTON PARK, Arlington Heights, 111., June 24. — First in the Slop: If any horse in the country moves up on an "off" track, its Hasty House Farms i — Sea Sea O O Erin. Erin. So So when when the the rains rains Sea Sea O O Erin. Erin. So So when when the the rains rains hit this course hard early Satur- . day afternoon, well before the running of the Myrtlewood Handicap at six furlongs, Allie Reuben and trainer Harry Trotsek were -far from displeased. Then came the declarations of Fabius, Dogo-on and I Appeal, and Reuben and Trotsek were even less displeased. By the time that Sea O Erin had won his race and returned to the winners winners circle, circle, the the Hasty Hasty House House winners winners circle, circle, the the Hasty Hasty House House people were positively beaming. This morning, the able Trotsek returned from the track with a set of horses and agreed that the powerful son of Shannon H. and the Hyperion mare, Chantress, didnt exactly have a tough time of it. Carrying 118 pounds, Sea O Erin won by a length and a half in 1:11%, after leading every step of the way. Actually it was high time, too. His past performances showed 12 starts without a victory, dating back through last September. Hed been close in a lot of races, which is really the story of his career. - Saturdays win in the Myrtlewood pushed Sea O Erins lifetime earnings over the 00,000 mark— to 07,259 to be exact. Thei*e -arent many horses who have won that kind of money, certainly imposing credentials to cany into stud. And yet you cant blame his interests for wondering "what might have been . . Thats how often hes been thereabouts, rather than there, in big races with big pots. However, he has lasted through four tough campaigns and is still going tstrong in the fifth, which is more than you can say for many of our top handicap performers. May Meet Swoons Son in Sprint ~ ~ Sea O Erins next start will be in the 0,000 Warren Wright Memorial on July 6 at seven furlongs, a race which could develop into one of the top sprint events of the summer season, what with the possibility of Swoons Son, Fabius and other good ones as starters. From there, Sea O Erin will go on to the Equipoise Mile on July 17, another 1ace in which he could meet Swoons Son. In the Citation Handicap at Balmoral-at-Washington last month, Sea O Erin was only a. nose behind Gay Drakes speedster at the wire, a dynamite race for him. One of these days, he might catch him. Jimmy Jones is tentatively planning to run an entry of Barbizon and Iron Liege in Saturdays 0,000 Laurence Armour Memorial at seven furlongs, as a stepping stone toward the 00,000 Arlington Classic at a flat mile on July 13. At the beginning of the season, it didnt seem possible that Calumet could miss a sweep of the three-year-old classics, and, of course, the devils red did make off with the biggest prize of all when Iron Liege won the Kentucky Derby. But then there was the "agonizing reappraisal" as Gen. Duke and Iron Liege were sidelined and Barbizon failed to come along quite as well as expected. Now the situation seems to have cleared somewhat for Calumet. Jones was fairly well pleased with Barbi-zons third behind Greek Game and Jet Colonel in a recent allowance race here .* Last years Garden State winner, the two-year-old champion of 1956, has been bothered with a persistent virus alf spring. Jimmy feels he will race himself into top condition and is distinctly on the improve. As a son of Polynesian, Barbizon would seem to be ideally suited for a race like the Classic. Iron Liege Being Pointed for Classic Iron Liege, who showed signs of a splint all spring, was freshened after his victory in the Jersey Stakes at Garden State, and Jones feels he is just about ready for the races once again. The well-made son of Bull Lea and Iron Maiden may get a work between races this week and then run back on Saturday. A freewheeling colt as he demonstrated in the Derby, Iron Liege, too, will have his kind of distance in the Classic, and if the splint doesnt flare up again, he should offer formidable opposition to Bold Ruler, Greek Game and any of the others who may contest Ben Lind-heimers furious mile next month. As for Gen. Duke, Jones is not exactly certain where -he stands with this game son of Bull Lea and • Wistful. He still feels that the Florida Derby winner, if sound, would be the best three-year-old in the country, but doesnt want to run the risk of rushing the colt. Jimmy tried to get him ready for the Preakness, and Gen. Duke came back from a between-races work a little gimpy. Presently he is walking satisfactorily, but Jones seems more inclined to give him a little more time — possibly the summer — and have him ready for the important fall events, such as the Lawrence Realization or maybe The Jockey Club Gold Cup. Its too bad that Gen. Duke wasnt able to make the Belmont. He seems the only member of his generation who would be able to give Gallant Man a real battle over a distance of ground.