Bloodlines: Kentucky Derby Result Glorious Vindication of U.S. Bloodlines, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-07


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Bloodlines Kentucky Derby Result Glorious Vindication of U S Bloodlines BloodlinesBy By LEON RASMUSSEN RASMUSSENAs As far as breeding is concerned the result of the Kentucky Derby was not only a triumph for breeding the best to the best but it was a glorious vindication of American bloodlines which have been pretty well snowed under by asterisks in recent years Tom Fool must surely be credited with being one of the finest horses produced in this country in the past quarter century Not only was this son of Me now talented enough to win the 7 fur long Carter Handicap under 135 pounds while giving the best sprinters chunks of weight he was stout enough ver ¬ satile enough and cou ¬ rageous enough to pick up 136 pounds and win what rivals were left after lie had previ ¬ ously discouraged them with his superior ¬ ity in the Suburban at the same distance This takes some doing and his perform ances especially in these effete days of 130pound ceilings stand out like a tall Texan at a ladies aid tea party Tom Fool was a race horse who left the track with ¬ out leaving any questions to be asked as far as his ability to carry top weight over 10 furlongs was concerned He left a point of evaluation for which others seem re ¬ luctant to aspire When other top horses refuse to pick up the gauntlet it can only be assumed their owners realize they are arenot not Tom Fools i Tom Fool Also Sire of Jester There is great satisfaction to see Tom Fool succeeding as a sire for once again J the efficacy of the race track tests pre j vails From his first crop of nine American j foals Tom Fool has now sired the winner j ofcthe Belmont Futurity in Jester and the Derby winner in Tim Tarn It couldnt happen to a finer more sensible horse And we told him so the other day out at Green I tree Farm on the Paris Road outside of Lexington A pleasant delightful and very gracious stallion he acknowledged the compliment by coming up and permitting us to stroke his nose Right in the middle of the breeding season he was as docile as 1 a kitten This horse inspired the greatest admiration as a performer and he con j tinues to inspire such admiration as a sire and as a personality In Two Lea Tim Tarn has a dam whose j quality as a race mare almost equals that of Tom Fool as a race horse A champion in both her three and fouryearold sea ¬ sons Two Lea despite always having a patch on her whipped the males at their own game and still owns the fastest 10furlongs ever turned in by a mare 200y5 in the Hollywood Gold Cup of 1952 when she was six years of age Like Tom Fool Two Lea is and always was a de jlightful horse to be around Sensible and agreeable and willing to learn she ac cepted racing and she liked it and she in j variably gave her best However she didnt let it throw her by becoming mean or obstreperous She was always a joy to han ¬ dle and if tier ankles had been as good as Tom Fools were it is difficult to visualize Continued on Page FortyEight BLOODLINESBy BLOODLINES By LEON RASMUSSEX Continued from Page Three Threeher her as being considered today as anything less than the greatest race mare in Ameri ¬ can history Eddie Arcaro remarked at Santa Anita last winter that he thought she would have beaten Gallorette doing anything and Saturday night after the Derby he again said he thought that Two Lea and Real Delight were the best mares I ever rode Numerous other horsemen ranked her with Busher right at the top topNo No wonder this Tim Tarn is such a sen ¬ sible wellmannered colt and such a good one He does every thing asked of him and he does it right No problem child Tim Tarn Many people have been slow to take to him He doesnt win off with a flair and a flourish and several times there seemed to be excuses for his vanquished foes But invariably when the official sign flashes on it is Tun Tarns number that is up there He handles like a dream he has wonderful action despite rather long legs he can rally from off the pace or stay close to it he can get caught in worlds of trouble extricate himself and come on to win without ever showing the slightest discouragement because of the rough house hell respond to the whip well hell do anything a good horse should do and more It is inconceivable in the light of his pedigree and personality that any threeyearold alive in this country will stop him from winning the Triple Crown and thus becoming the first colt since his farms Citation won this rare honor in 1948 1948No No Importations Until Third Remove The assertiveness shown by American bloodstock in the Derby was most gratify ¬ ing Tim Tarn does not have an imported ancestor until his third generation and then there are only two Pharamond n and Bull Dog whose name appears twice Lincoln Road the second to finish is even more of an ailAmerican boy There isnt an asterisk wearer in his family until the fourth generation and then only three appear among the 16 Incidentally Lincoln Roads third dam Lucille Wright was named for the present Mrs Markey owner of Tim Tarn And of course the romantic thing about Tim Tarns tailfemale family is that it traces directly to the fabled matron Reel dam of great horses in Amer ¬ ica5 a hundred years ago agoAs As for Noureddin who ran a smashing race to be third and was only a length out of it at the wire this bay colt rather small but beautifully balanced is by the imported Npor but he is out of a mare who comes from a family tliat has made the United States its home for many years This is Castanea by Tom Fools sire Menow out of Brown Biscuit The latter a daughter of Seabiscuits dam Swing On also produced Koubis the dam of Deter ¬ mine winner of the 1954 Derby and Lebkuchen winner of the 1956 Selima Thus Noureddins dam is a half sister to aJDerby producer and a twoyearold clas ¬ sic winner Swing On s half sister Flutter was granddam of Ficklebush winner of the 1941 Selima Stakes Swing On and Flutter were out of Balance who was a half sister to Swinging the dam of the unforgettable Equipoise The latters name also appears in Tim Tarns pedigree Noureddin off his Derby effort and in line with his breeding could be Tim Tarns major threat in the classics ahead

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