New England: Remote Chance Venomous Will Make Modesty Pine Echo May See Action in Several Weeks Battle Camp Hard to Handle, but Still Wins, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-02


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■ 1 New England By Teddy Cox Remote Chance Venomous Will Moke Modesty Pine Echo May See Action in Several Weeks Battle Camp Hard to Handle, but Still Wins LINCOLN DOWNS, Lincoln, R. I., May 1.— Bill-LaRue reports that B. A. Darios queenly Venomous is coming along handsomely since being shipped from ■ 1 New New York York and and that that there there is is still still New New York York and and that that there there is is still still more than a remote chance that she will make the "Modesty Handicap, a dash for fillies and mares slated for the Balmoral meeting on May 17. .Dario would like to make the trip to see his pride compete, but the race comes on the closing day at this course and New Englands leading breeder must remain in his office in the Turf Club here. Venomous battle tie scars, scars, sustained sustained when when she she tie scars, scars, sustained sustained when when she she turned a flip in the starting gate prior to the Correction Handicap at Jamaica, have responded to treatment. Another Yankeeland star who may see action within a matter of weeks is the stallion. Pine Echo, who probably is the fastest horse in the world in point of raw, unadulterated speed. The five-year-old son of Pine-bloom — Wayfarer, by War Dog has been idle "since the Providence Handicap here on March 8 and little has been seen of him. by the dockers. The temperamental stud apparently enjoys only one thing in life — that of turning on his blazing speed. His owner and trainer, Eddie Siravo, has done everything possible in an attempt to settle his "demon" down, and often has sought the advice of others who have had experiences with"" fractious horses. Pine Echo simply refuses to gallop kindly. On occasions, he has "tired" as many as two pony boys, who have attempted to restrain him in the morning. The sight of getting him to the post in the afternoon isnt at all complimentary to those who back his chances. In many respects, the main gamble comes before he leaves the gate, for if he does not wear himself out before getting there, hell usually get the job done. Resseguet Sells Rugged Campaigner Another "speed-happy" campaigner here is another stallion, the five-year-old Battle Camp. Just recently, his- former owner and trainer. Bill Resseguet, despaired of his antics around the barn and during the saddling in- the paddock, and disposed of him to Dick Posey for -,000. "The ol* horse had been good to me," explains Resseguet, "but I was afraid hed hurt someone around the barn and around the paddock, so I sold him. He won nine races for me last year and two this year. Hated to see him go. But he got so you couldnt get a. saddle on him in the morning or afternoon. Hed fight you back and he knew every trick in the book. - All he wanted to do was to run. Once on the track, he is like a lamb and: he is the perfect gentleman in the gate." Posey, who is having another big season here, has been around.miustangs and wild horses all of his life in his native Oklahoma, so he decided hed give the tenacious, opinonated stallion a try. He soon found that Resse-.guet had a good reason for selling Battle Camp. The first time he started his new acquisition, he employed the services of his friend, the big, powerful trainer, Johnny Miele, to aid in the saddling. Battle Camp gave them both a rugged time, tossed himself to the . ground and. raised, havoc in general. But they managed to have him ready when the bugle called the horses to the post, and Battle Camp finished first, only to be disqualified. Program Scribblings: Paul Asprinio. veteran placing judge from nearby Providence who serves at this meeting, will serve in a similar capacity during the Audubon Park meeting. . . . Made the careless mistake of reporting- that- James-H. Carrs former bread winner and matron. Gray Star, is still living. She passed on after foaling the fine filly. Star Dog, who won in her initial outing here. . . . Dont believe Ive ever seen a thoroughbred with a more sway-backed .conformation than the gelding, Mr. Melpet, owned by the Henjay Stable. Large sponge rubber paddings are placed next to his withers before the saddle is tightened. . . . Jack Dwyer, veteran identifier here, says numerous foal certificates are arriving from The Jockey Club with "dark bay or brown" color descriptions. "This is quite unusual," says Jack. Trombley Hides His Embarrassment Of course, youve heard of turfites figuratively losing-*their pants at the races, but here the other day the veteran Merwin. Trombley found himself quite embarrassed when all of the seams came loose as the field headed down the backstretch and when he returned to the unsaddling enclosure, he employed his lengthy riding-silks to cover himself. . . . Steward-Leo McAloon was among-the missing-for a day and Jimmy Picarillo once again proved a capable pinch-liltter. . . . There are numerous horsemen who believe Gordon W. Morrow would be wise in, abandoning all races for two-year-olds at distances less than fixe furlongs, the first of which was contested this week. They say that the necessity for quick starts and whipping- and slashing in races earlier at three and- one-half furlongs and at one-half, a mile places too much stress on the immature tendons of the youngsters. They add that five furlongs gives the juveniles more of a chance to settle. May we add; that the latter races probably would bring on improved- form. Charlie Gamble is among- the most indefatigable secretaries now operating in the various divisions of » .»•: Continued on Page forty-Seven- l t NEW ENGLAND By TEDDY COX Continued from Page Si* the HBPA. Several days ago, his name was omitted from one of the stories relating to a meeting of the New England division of the organization and officials at Suffolk Downs. Gamble has never missed a meeting of any kind and rarely does a. day pass that he isnt on deck to listen to problems of horsemen in the morning. Assistant Racing Secretary Harold Krovitz of Suffolk Downs is distributing the initial issue of the condition book for the East Boston meeting which opens May 19. The former reinsman. is also an official here, where he serves as a patrol judge. Eddie Sullivans absence during this meeting lias been "most conspicuous, but there is a good reason. The publicity director at Suffolk Downs recently injured his back while toiling- in his garden at his Dedham, Mass., home and this kept him away from his office for quite some time. . . . W. H. Foales, who- trains Chal-Mar Farms fleet Wise Guy, among others, is heading for Garden. State where he plans to campaign the colt against the best three-year-olds there. His stable will remain on the Jersey circuit, but he plans to ship Wise Guy for, the 5,000-added Suffolk Downs Stakes at the East Boston course on Saturday. May 24.

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