Judges Stand: Trial Comprehensive of Tim Tams Talents Columet Colt Has Grace Under Pressure Inherits, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-01


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— Judges Stand By Charles Hatton — Trial Comprehensive of Tim TaWs Talents Calumet Colt Has Grace Under Pressure Inherits Double Infusion of Will to Win CHURCHILL DOWNS. Louisville, Ky., April 30.— Sm-o-o — o — oth. That is the word for Tim Tarn. At least he looked a smoothie to us funning a crooked mile in in the the Derhv Derby Trial Trial — now going in in the the Derhv Derby Trial Trial — now going inside, now outside, now accelerating, then taking back, and accelerating again — on a track that was like chewing gum. Actually, the Markeys nut brown colt had only to lengthen his flawless, floating stride and extend himself a furlong less than the conservative Jimmy Jones estimates to make a shambles of the Derby Trial field. To be sure, a neck is not not much much "margin "margin for for error." error." But But not not much much "margin "margin for for error." error." But But — do not be misled. Ebony Pearl, was D. O. A. Flamingo was running all too evenly. Nadir was reduced to the realm of inanimate objects. Tim Tam was pricking his ears; cruising-along in overdrive, looking for some more horses to beat. He was an easy winner. The Trial was very comprehensive of the divers talents of the competitive son of the intensely competitive Tom Fool and Two Lea. He is perhaps not the cleverest sprinter around, as trainer Jones observes. But then the Triple Crown events are not for sprinters. Once in gear he is maneuverable as a Jaguar in heavy traffic. He has the coordination of Fred Astaire doing the tango, the "grace under pressure" Hemingway finds so inspiring. Even the blase Ismael Valenzuela was impressed by the adroit way he extricated himself from a bad lie, on the turn, when Heckmann arid. Nadir were boxing hint behind the stopping Hill Country, f Jonesie turned all the hues of the spectrum. "I thought it was smart race riding when it happened at Keeneland," quoth he "but once is enough". Some Unnecessary Competition Eliminated In the Trial. Mrs. Markeys deep chesteU colt had a nice conditioner for the Derby, and simplified his task by eliminating some of the potential starters, so that he will have fewer to run through and around. At that the field will be cluttered up by some totally unnecessary horses. Jones estimates only nine or 10 are legitimate Derby horses: i.e., those having a duly documented chance of concerning themselves with the purse distribution. It is the same every year, despite the fees, and the fact Donerails run very -few to the acre. Make no mistake, Tim Tam is a nice colt, and wcmld be acknowledged as such in any year. The thing about him is his action and the "genuine" quality he derives doubled and in spades from both his parents. His purity of motion and handiness is in spite of being a trifle on the leg. He is not a particularly handsome colt, and is the anti-type of the sort who are all ruffle and no shirt. His beauty comes from within. It is manifest in his poise and aplomb in the midst of the excitements in the paddock, and his courage under fire, when the breaks go against him. Yesterday was the first time we ever saw Tim Tam being glamorous. But the Trial confirmed a vague impression wet derived from eye witnesses of the Florida Derby. We gather that there, too, his comparitive sluggishness out of the gate placed him at a disadvantage, and he won narrowly from a horse he should have beaten off. But at the end of Horace Wades "chef douvre" he was floating along pricking his ears. The late Sam Hildreth would have loved hiiri as a handicap horse. He never seems to win by too much. There is no grandstanding, no exhibitionism. He just wants to be a race horse, and that he- is. It would surprise you the number people are breeding who are lacking in those qualities implicit in the term "thoroughbred." Plain Ben Looks Ahead to 59 Mayor Jimmy Jones commented this morning his charge came out of the last of the Derby "previews" unscathed, except for an inconsequential little nick. While the colt was picking grass unselfconsciously as a battery of perhaps a score of photographers "shot" • him, Plain Ben was a few yards away, mounted on a pony, watching a two-year-old graze. "Take a good look at this one," the Missourian nedded in the colts direction. "He may be our Derby horse next year, if he. doesnt get sick. He is On and On by Nasrullah " out of Two Lea, sound as a bullet, does everything perfect. He has been a half in :48. I dont think anybody has got a better, prospect. I just hope he stays well. You know our best prospect last year, Kentucky Pride, got a cold and it affected his wind. But I never had a better one than this colt. He is quiet and all business." Forwarding the fans interest, there is one for future reference. It is clear that Two Lea is as great a broodmare as she was a racemare. And that Tom "Fool is one of our. most valuable young sires. With a sparse first crop of nine representatives, on this side of the Atlantic, he has sent up a Belmont Futurity winner in Jester, and now the probable favorite for the Derby in Tim Tam. Mrs. Markeys colt incidentally was named for a friend. The Markeys were pleased as all get out with the Trial, or as who would not be? Mrs. Graham was out his morning to give the gallant Jewels Reward, a luml » i iifil - CtntiovcioniPpge ForfyrFjyfi ,ji M,.iOM 3..H31 JUDGES STAND By CHARLES IIATTON Continued from Page Fire of sugar and a. CONFIDENTIAL pat on .the nose. A horse fell in front of him at exercise this morning, and he swerved clear in the providential nick of time to avoid being involved in the mishap. A shoe was being pulled off Jets Alibi, to inspect one of his most important feet. And trainer Ivan Parke was saying: "I feel better about our chances after the Trial." Tim Tarn did not have to pull out all the stops to beat Ebony Pearl. But the fact that Maine Chances "third team" kept in touch with him was not discouraging. In other words, if you liked Jewels Reward before the Trial; or preferred Tim Tarn, nothing occurred here yesterday toi warrant altering your opinion. Turf ana: Veteran track super Tom Young experienced an anxious evening. His gardeners were busy as beavers, placing tender greenhouse plants in the inner-field beds yesterday afternoon, the thermometer plummeted to the low 30s. . . . On "awakening this morning, the writer thought, for a wild moment, he was back at Bowie. . . . Mrs. Graham visited Stewarts dept. store yesterday. Time, and business, stood still, once the shop girls recognized her. . . . How can Nadir lose the Derby, morally we mean. .His stomach disorder of last winter gives him a built-in excuse. Willie Hartack was released from the hospital in time to.see the Trial. Had no qualms, even when Tim Tarn was running into a sandstorm. . . . Veitch finds Flamingo the sort of Derby horse it is a pleasure to train. No pressure. But the colt got up a good head of steam in the stretch yesterday. . ., . C. V. Whitney recalls Flamingos dam. Flamenco, "showed us some speed in training, but was injured as a favorite for the Debutante, and we could race her no further." Flamingo is hopefully expected to reach his peak Belmont Day. . . . "Julius" broke out only very slightly schooling in the paddock, reassuring1 his people. J,n J J «* " i

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