Judges Stand: They Loved Derby Winner at Mt. Washington; He Is the Favorite on the Hilltop, Too; How Will Pimliconians Receive Silky?, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-07


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Judges Stand I By Charles Hatton They Loved Derby Winnervat Mt Washington He Is the Favorite on the Hilltop Too How Will Pimliconians Receive Silky SilkyPIMLICO PIMLICO Baltimore Md May 6 Mrs Gene Markeys sleek brown Tim Tarn a colt who has been moving mountains this spring came to the Old Hilltop today He is looking in on Pimlico and the Preakness en route to the Triple Crown in the weight car ¬ rying opinions of many veteran racing men Despite unseasonable cold and a slanting rain a num ¬ ber of the good burghers of sleepy Mt Washington a whistle stop serving as the Pimlico siding joined a phalanx of photogra ¬ phers and newsmen to welcome the patrician son of Tom Fool and Two Lea Jovial Jimmy Jones had motored over from Garden State to supervise things and commented He shipped all right and will take it easy a few days Reflecting on his historic 10 furlongs in going the stable boys called a gut puller last Saturday and his 27 hours on the rattling swaying train it is understandable if the colt has seen all he cares to of the trainer for a while No serious work is likely to be required of Tim Tarn until next week though he was more alert than listless on arrival and was less light in the back ribs than antici ¬ pated Walter Perkins the retiring young man who rubs Timmy and lias since he came to the training stable observes he will eat 10 quarts a day and that after the Derby he mowed a lawn for track superintendent Tom Young at the Downs As a sort of aperitif Tun Tarn likes candy Regular bon bon buddy to exercise boy Joe Swart whom he mooches for these tidbits Chatting of his wonderful disposition and well inte ¬ grated personality Swart had one reservation He is never mean the wizened little man said but when he wants to play he can move faster than Wyatt Earp can draw Customarily Tim Tarn carries 130 to 131 pounds at exercise galloping and breezing in the morning r Disposition and Ability Reflect Pedigree PedigreeOf Of course the great thing about the Markeys pro tern champion is that his good breeding shows rSo clearly in his disposition arid ability and that he is so perfectly coordinated that what he does in compe ¬ tition comes under the heading of terpsichore rather than action actionDoes Does anyone care to deny now Tom Fool is one of the most promising young sires seen in America in decades Chatting of him with Clarkson Beard who manages ambassador Jock Whitneys Greentree Farm we learned that Timmy and George Wideners Futurity winner Jester were developed from a first crop of just nine twoyearolds in training last season Of these only four have started There were two more in England EnglandThe The present crop of Tom Fool twoyearolds num ¬ bers 23 Five will race for Greentree We have three nice fillies by him put of Bimlette Bold Anna and Blackball Beard said and there is a colt out of Queen Caroline CarolineThe The Markeys are sending Miz Clementine to Tom Fool this season Other outside mares the track crowds may remember include Lebkuchen Imprudence Crown let Ballarina Honeys Gal Striking and Jesters dam Golden Apple From the Aly Khans and John Gal breaths stud comes Dynasty There is also Nasrullahs sister Rivaz a clever twoyearold filly in England some years ago All the Tom Fools resemble him in one way or another Beard observes He breeds rather big and most of them have his good coupling and strength over the loin Nothing slack about them there as a rule Tom Fool has grown into a horse 16 hands and a half an inch at the wither Withhold Judgment on Current Crop V VBut But we digress The point is Tim Tarn is here ready to inject a 16 and a half hands element of contention into this 82d Preakness They loved him at Mt Wash ¬ ington and he is the favorite on the Hilltop HilltopEddie Eddie Arcaro questions this generation of three Vearolds is any great shakes and considers Tim Tarn the best of them at the moment It is easy to agree with the latter half of this summation We prefer to reserve judgment on them as an age division After all Social Outcast was only a sparring partner for Dancer at three Exterminator was just another mud horse a longshot Derby winner at this phase of his development and Stymie was being unobtrusive At the same time we are not yet prepared to categorize Tim Tani with the duly canonized great Derby winners we have seen performers like Citation Exterminator Old Rosebud and Count Fleet But what does it really matter Tim Tarn and company are vividly contempp raryAnd they will one may hope be seen by more victims of hippomania than ever saw any of the 83 other Derby winners t But pur purpose here is not to heckle Arcaro We I have a profound respect for his judgment His indict ¬ ment only reminds us that we are about to conduct an engrossing little experiment here on the Hilltop The TheContinucd Continucd on Page FortyTwo i i t J t t I I J i i v t JUDGES STAND STANDBy By CHARLES HATTON Continued from Page Five Fivequestion question is Will they love Silky at Pimlico as they did on the Downs Will the Pimli conians the home folks in California the fascinated subway riders in Manhattan forgive him the Derby Until then he was j the most exciting performer the modern turf has produced But was the legend of Silky buried under a mile and a quarter of mud and a heap of torn tote tickets like a mountain of broken dreams back at the Downs last Saturday SaturdayArcaro Arcaro says feelingly I am glad Silkys going to the Preakness Hes entitled to the chance Ive seen him run in California and I know he is a better horse than he showed in the Derby t tHundreds Hundreds of Baltimore hotel rooms have been reserved and the largest advance sale of Preakness seats in history transacted by people eager to see Silky or who were interested until 5 p m last Saturday Many attempted to make his appearance a pro ¬ viso like an if coming bet the MJC would produce him Now Silky is due mo ¬ mentarily at nearby Mt Washington sta ¬ tion coming on from the scene of his Waterloo or crime depending on your temperament and where your sympathies lay layWill Will Pimliconians form a small army of devoted Silky fans to follow him like an elite guard back and forth to the course in the mornings and crowd in bugeyed adulation about his dressing room Char ¬ ley Johnson likes to think he will prove so irresistibly fascinating It is not clear to hard bitten sophisticates just what this spell is that Silky has been weaving It is too subtle for them They much prefer Tim Tarn a horsemans horse horsePerhaps Perhaps Joe Fan sees in Silky the under ¬ dog he is from a long line of losers who rises above his station in life and identi ¬ fies with him Perhaps they are enthralled by the sheen of his golden coat and awed by his gargantuan size 162 at the wi ¬ ther 76 inches at the girth 1200 pounds on the scale Perhaps they are exhilirated by his pulverizing runs turning imminent defeat into victory coming in like gang busters in the providential nick of time Possibly it is a combination of these things Whatever it is or was we are heartily in favor of it Silky has done tilings to racing interest only the National Association of State Chemists could dis v approve approveTurf Turf ana The Aly Khan tells us he hopes to find time for the Preakness His Aman te a ranking candidateMor the Epsom jOaks is by Tulyars sire Tehran out of a Itnare of the rare family of Blandford It took Tim Tarn just 70 yards of concen ¬ tration on his work todispose of Lincoln Road Mrs Gene Markeys intelligent colt knew he had won before anybody else rea ¬ lized this and up went his ears right on the post Both Silky and Tim Tarn come of mares traceable to C V Whitneys stud the former going back to Afternoon the latter to Blessings Marse Tom Healey always liked getting Blessings foals to train They all can run Mrs Markey is much better after her untimely at ¬ tack of the flu Had to enter the hospital immediately after the Derby last year Pat Caudill who plated Tim Tarn for the Derby tells us the colt has much better feet than had his dam Two Lea Long range weather casters are reassuring the track will be fast for the Preakness The going was like putty for the Derby though we never saw the Downs in a happier mood and it was one of those impossibly bril ¬ liant May afternoons The language is not only alive our old boss Marse Henry Watterson would say it needs its mouth washed out with soap Headline in a Balti ¬ more daily screamed Derby Tim Tarn Win It

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