Nagler on Racing: Hayes Misses Willamettes Win; Says Filly Can Run All Day, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-26


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f ; " . ► ; — ■ i Nagler on Racing H ayes M isses Wil I amettes Win; Says Filly Can Run All Day By BARNEY "NAGLER BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 25.— Last Saturday, J. Homer "Casey" Hayes went down to Delaware to see his bossmans fleet filly, Manotick, run in the New Castle Stakes. She finished fourth. Hayes was disappointed. Meanwhile, back at Belmont, another filly trained by Mr. Hayes in behalf of Christo- f ; " pher T. Chenery was winning the Coaching Club American Oaks. Hayes was disappointed. He was not on hand to see his big bay, Willamette, home in front. This morning, in his office at one end of Chenerys pews here, Hayes was talking about Willamette and about racing, and about his little Chihuahua, Debby. "Shes overweight," he said. "Should weigh five pounds or so." "What are you talking about?" the visitor asked. "Derby here," Hayes said. - j "How about Willamette?" J The trainers face was ..sheathed in smiling skin. He is a sort of happy fellow, not too tall, not too heavy. He was wearing a blue SDOVfc spore Shirt. snirt, Snn-tntl sun-tan frrnilfiPVS trousers, liolf halt-boots -hnnfo nf of scuffed c«nffo 1 hm™ brown. TT4c His attire otf5»-o SDOVfc spore Shirt. snirt, Snn-tntl sun-tan frrnilfiPVS trousers, liolf halt-boots -hnnfo nf of scuffed c«nffo 1 hm™ brown. TT4c His attire otf5»-o was topped by an oft-fingered straw hat. Overall, he was garbed in enthusiasm. "I always liked Willamette," he said. "Shes a big bay filly; can run all day. Last year, in 16 times out she won three for us, and shes been coming along this year. She ran second in a stakes at Narragansettf . Narragansettf over a mile and sixteenth, and she beat two good fillies at Garden State last fall." "Then why werent you here .to see her run Saturday?" „ "Im sorry I wasnt, but were pointing Manotick for the 50,000 race at Delaware Saturday, so I went doAvn to see Manotick last Saturday. Missed Willamette, of course, but I wasnt surprised when Charley Hatton sent , a note down to me in the paddock when we were -putting the saddle oh Manotick. Made me feel real good." "Did Mr. Chenry see Willamette run?" "Why, sure," the trainer said. "He led her down the aisle, he did." "As the trainer, you* must be proud of the big bay. What-makes a trainer good or bad?" Oaks Entries Closed February 15 "Mostly," Mr. Hayes- said, "its keeping the horses in condition and picking your spots. With "Willamette I knew I had something good for the Oaks last week. You know, entries for 7 that race closed some time ago. Let me "sec." He grasped a book which had been lying on his desk and riffled the pages. ".Here it is," he said. "The nominations closed February 15. There were 89 nomi-naitons. You might say . I somehow felt that Williamette had a chance, so we put her in the race." He reflected on this for a moment and said: "We felt pretty good after trie Oaks all-around, because Bajou, who ran second, is a Hill Prince horse, out of Bourtai, and Hill Prince is something special around here." "Wasnt he Mr. Chenerys horse?" "Was, and still is," Mr. Hayes said. "Hill Prince did everything right. He was a champion two-year-old. He was a champion three-year-old. . We havent a good foal for ourselves by Hill Prince, but it should come along. He was just wonderful. You know, he met Middleground seven times, won five out of seven. We won the Preakness with him, but Middleground took the Derby and the Belmont." "How long have you been around horses, Mr. Hayes?" the other one asked. "Fifty years," he. said, "all my- life, starting out in Asheville, North Carolina. Been with Mr. Chenery 20 years, except for a couple of years in the Coast Guard and some time with Maine Chance." "Do you still live in Asheville?" "Oh, no, we live up in Yonkers nine months, spend the other three at Mr. Chenerys place at Doswell, Virginia. Thats 25 miles north of Richmond, on Route 1. My wife and I go down there. Our daughter is a career girl now, working in a bank, so we go alone." "Your daughter, is she the only child?" "We had a boy, but we lost him as a result of polio one year at Saratoga. Your paper carried a big story on it. My daughter used to ride in the horse shows at Madison Square Garden, when I was taking care of Mr. Chenerys show and jumping horses in Scarsdale. Say, would you like to see Willamette? Shes a really fine horse. Shes right next door. v There she was, sure enough, a mild animal of clear, brown coloration and sound flesh. "Shes real big," Hayes said pridefully. J. H. CASEY HAYES "When she fills out shes going to be even bigger. Even stronger." "How do you pronounce Willamette?" the visitor asked. "Ill tell you," the trainer said. "I always remember how Mr. Chenerys daughter remembers the pronounciation. She always says in pronouncing the horses name just think of well, damn it. I always do."

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