New York: Coughing Spell Makes Rounds at Jamaica Greay Lag Lures Kingmaker and Oligarchy Suspension of Ussery, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-05


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. New York By Bob Ho wood Coughing Spell Makes Rounds at Jamaica Grey Lag Lures Kingmaker and Oligarchy Suspension of Ussery Is No Great Surprise JAMAICA, L. I.. N. Y., May 3.— If he were gifted with second sight, in addition to extreme professional competence, a veterinarian might be able to tell you who who was was likely likely to to dispute dispute the the two two . who who was was likely likely to to dispute dispute the the two two stakes-on next weeks agenda at Jamaica. No one else is likely to come close, particularly in guessing the field for Wednesdays 5,000 Youthful Stakes for juvenile colts and geldings at 5 furlongs. Considerably more than half of the 52 nominees to this dash are now coughing, or have just recovered, and trainers of the others are finding it difficult to manipulate a knife and fork or write a letter these days because of keeping their fingers crossed. The cough, which makes Belmont park sound as though cement mixers were working full blast through the night in every barn, is beginning to strike the older horses, especially the three-year-olds, but the leading candidates for, Saturdays Grey Lag Handicap have not yet begun to bark. i Frank I Wright, trainer of Happy Hill Farms Kingmaker, hopes to have the Princequillo four-year-old in for a try at a second consecutive score in the 0,000 test at i-Va miles. However, Wright says that all of the three-year-olds in his charge have started to cough and hes only hoping that the malady doesnt hit Kingmaker. The big chestnut gelding looms an equal choice with Brookmeade Stables Oligarchy and might be preferred to the son of Alibhai in view of his demonstrated liking for the Jamaica strip. Kingmaker won last years Grey Lag under 116 pounds, was narrowly and unluckily beaten in the Paumonok on opening-day this spring, and scored convincingly in last Saturdays Excelsior under 125 pounds. Await Ki I roes Assessments Weights for this years Grey Lag were due late this, afternoon and it will be interesting to see how much Jimmy Kilroe puts on Oligarchy. Young Elliott Burchs charge won the Widener under 108 pounds, was third to Round Table and Meeting in the Gulfstream Park Handicap under 111 and narrowly defeated Paper Tiger in last Saturdays Laurel Handicap with 114 on his back. That Kilroe will give him somewhat more is almost certain, but it may not be more than a few pounds additional. In addition to Kingmaker and Oligarchy, who have not raced at Jamaica, the Excelsior is expected to attract C. T. Chenerys Third Brother, Mrs. Wallace Gil-roys Oh Johnny, Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs Promised Land and Paper Tiger, Alfred G. Vanderbilts Find, King Ranchs Beam Rider, Ogden Phipps Bureaucracy and Jack W. Schiffers General Arthur. All of these horses are in excellent form and closely matched enough to provide a pulsating contest, if not one of any great significance. Third Brother and Beam Rider finished in that order behind Kingmaker in the Excelsior, while Promised Land is reported to have been outmaneuvered -in the Lincoln Special. Paper Tiger comes from one of his good races behind Oligarchy, and Find stopped as though in need of the race when he had dead aim on Kingmaker turning for home a week ago. General Arthur has yet to win a stake, but won his last in the style of a stakes horse. First Landing Top Youthful Prospect As for the Youthful, a half-dozen promising colts had escaped the cough at this writing, but have sick stablemates in their barns. C T. Chenerys First Landing, strapping half brother to Mangohick, Hill Prince, Prince Hill and Third Brother, is the probable favorite in Wednesdays dash, assuming that he stays well. Leo Edwards Accomplish was to work for the race at Jamaica today, vanning over from Belmont Park. This speedy pair seem the fastest of the youngsters not coughing. Other still-healthy prospects include Harbor View Farms Steve W., Ralph Loews Mr. Vale if he runs well today. Willy Schwabs Steverino, Stella G. Stecklers highly regarded Sir Salonga and Reginald N. Websters speedy Royal Anthem. * Harold Goodwin reported that Myron N. Goodwins Marbalite, who was pointing for the Youthful Stakes, died suddenly on Thursday of an intestinal infection; The colt by Carrara Marble was an impressive winner of his last start at Jamaica. . . . A. G. "Bob" Robertson says that he has no lessi than 14 coughing juveniles at Belmont Park, plus a few ailing older horses. John C. Clarks Erian, disappointing favorite for the Rosedale Stakes is not on the ailing list. "Theres nothing the matter with her, except maybe that she didnt like the way that filly Lawdy Claudy breathed on her". . . . George D. Wideners Pundit, who literally fell apart in the Wood Memorial, is back in training. . . . Johnny Nerud was well satisfied with the way Ralph Loews Gallant Man came out of his first breeze, an easy half mile on Thursday. . . . Add to possible "dark" horses" among the three-year-olds. Noble Gem. This colt, who is owned by the improbably named Mac Sweetie Stable, is said to have shown real promise at Gulfstream Park when racing not- too. far behind Belleau Chief and Lincoln Road. No one, not even agent Pete Carr. was surprised when jockey Bobby Ussery "got days" for his ride on I Continued on Page FHtf-Three NEW YORK . BY BOB IIORWOOD Continued from Page Nine VI. Mac Schwebels Loukenmac in Thurs-lays sixth race. However, the 30 ol them ;hat he was handed for the good of his mjuI was about what twice%iast observers mticipated. The last suspension for whip-Ding another horse and rider that this OTiter recalls being meted dufciri New York aas that given Eric Guerin for his ride on Porterhouse in the Saratoga Special of 1953. In that race. Porterhouse was dis-jualified and placed last because Guerin hit Cain Hoy Stables Turn-To and jockey Henry Moreno with his whip nearing the finish. Guerin got 15 days. In that instance, Turn-To clearly seemed to start the trouble by coming in on Porterhouse in the upper stretch and. one gained the impression when Marshall Cassidy reviewed the films with the press the following day that there, would have been no disqualification for the bumping alone. In Thursdays incident, the films showed that Eddie Arcaro, with Keswick Stables Informant, came over on TJssery and Loukenmac on the stretch turn and continued to lay on him in the upper stretch, until! Ussery used his whip to drive his rival off.1 Ussery said after the race though possibly not to the stewards that he believed Arcaro had "aimed" right at him. The boy is-a hard-ridinff youngster and an aggressive athlete, who is not quite as articulate as some riders. One suspects that had he been able to plead his "case with the eloquence available to such riders as Ted Atkinson, Eddie Arcaro, Hedley Woodhouse, "Peejay" Bailey and a few others, he might have escaped with a lighter sentence. There is no question, however, but that the stewards literally had to suspend Ussery under the circumstances. A whip is not a weapon and its use as one simply cant, be permitted.

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