Hartack: Tim Tam Only One of Big Three to Run His Race: Tim Tam Wins Pretty Much as Form Indicated; Jewels Reward and Silky Disappoint, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-05


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=r- — i Hartack: Tim Tarn Only One Of Big Three to Run His Race Tim Tarn Wins Pretty Much * As Form Indicated; Jewels Reward and Silky Disappoint Forced to relinquish his mount on Tim Tarn in the Kentucky Derby because of a broken leg, Bill Hartack, Americas leading rider the vast three years,-covered the race from the press box for Daily Racing Form. Hartack icon the 1957 Derby with Iron Liege. By BILL HARTACK CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky.. May 3.— First of all, the first part of todays Kentucky Derby was run pretty much the way fqrm indicated it would be run. During the last part of the Derby, the only one of the major contenders to do what previous races had showed us he could do was Tim Tam. It was a good race for the winner, but I didnt think that the other horses aside from Lincoln Road and Noureddiri— ran to their ability. I am specifically referring to Jewels Reward and Silky Sullivan. The time wasnt extremely fast, but over a muddy track like it appeared this afternoon it is extremely difficult to judge just how holding the strip was. Tim Tarns position in the race was similar- to the positions he has held in most of his other races; He broke very, well and Valenzuela just let him run enough to hold a favorable position without being too far back,, and still not too close to the pace. As he went around the clubhouse turn, he was laying eighth and still on the inside. From the time that they turned into the backstretch, until it was ready for him to make his run, it was very important for Valenzuela to bide his time and be able to hold his position. From the three-eighths pole, Milo was able to secure racing room on the inside.. He was faced with a decision of either moving on the inside or on the outside, and in this particular case there was more room on the. inside, which was desirable. Had the field been bunched on the rail, then Valenzuela would have had to try to ease his mount to the outside without losing too much ground. As they turned for home being able to slip through on the rail put him into a very advantageous position, and a dangerous one for his opponents. He was second now without using up his mount too much, which he would have had to do, had he been forced to move to the outside. From the upper stretch to the wire, the race looked like a repetition of the Florida Derby. The only horse he had to. run down was the horse he beat in the Florida Derby, and he did it with good courage. I dont think he was all out because it looked as if he had his opponents measured to the wire. There was no real danger of anyone running at him through the final furlong other than the move made by Noureddln, which wasnt ample, as seen from the press box. I think Tim Tarns race today was no tougher for him than any of his other major races due to the face that Jewels Reward and Silky Sullivan simply didnt have enough to put him to any kind of 1 a test. The only disappointments in the race, as far as the public is concerned, were the inability of Silky Sullivan to make his famed run. which he never did, and Jewels Reward to display the courage he showed in previous races. I | Other than that, the other horses in the race failed to show any reversal of form or noticeable improvement. i BILL HARTACK "pounding out" story.

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