Nagler on Racing: Owner George Lewis Learns His Lessons in Racing Well, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-14


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GEORGE LEWIS Owner of Martins Rullah Nagler on Racing Owner George Lewis Learns His Lessons in Racing Well WellBy By BARNEY NAGLER BELMONT PARK Elmont L I N Y May 13 Martins Rullah fifth in the Derby and first in the heart of his owner George Lewis was in the Withers opening day Conn McCreary was up A wayfarer just back from Hollywood went out to see the competition largely to root for the Nasrullah colt partly to see the sun There was no sun in Hollywood In a way Lewis is a fugitive from Califor ¬ nia He started his sta ¬ ble out West using money made in the de ¬ velopment and manu ¬ facture of plastic mit ¬ tens for miladys shoes but he is go ing to spend the spring and summer here taking the sun at Atlantic beach and watching his horses work this area r Lewis was last encountered on the plane coming back from Louisville the day of the Derby in which Martins Rullah had run fifth on a muddy track McCreary also rode Lewis runner in the Derby and came from 21 lengths in the muck to finish fifth seven lengths off the pace paceFifth Fifth in Derby DerbyOn On the plane talking with McCreary Lewis said he was pleased with the showin made by Martins Rullah RullahFifth Fifth in the Derby Lewis said is no disgrace v vI I was trying to get him up on the board McCreary said almost apologetically apologeticallyWould Would have been nice just for the rec ¬ ord Lewis said but we gave it a good try In this business you take things as they come comeYouve Youve learned rather quickly quicklyIts Its a funny business Lewis said wryly Let me tell you about this one Heovent right along alongIve Ive got this horse and hes running out on the Coast which makes it difficult for me to know what hes doing because the charts on his races are always late Time difference you know I get a call from this fellow who wants to buy this horse horseDid Did you sell him himListen Listen to the story Lewis said I tell the fellow I dont want to see the horse because hes lame He thinks Im pulling his leg trying to duck the sale and he keeps insisting hes got money to give me in exchange for the horse horseIt It was suggested that money can be a compelling lure lureOh Oh Im for money Lewis saidrbut I know this horse is not saleable because he isnt right But before I know it Ive made a deal for the horse Well you might ex ¬ pect what happened The horse ran and broke down I knew it was going to hap ¬ pen What I didnt know was what came later laterI I knew somebody said The guy that bought your horse accused you of trying to palm off a brokendown colt coltThats Thats not exactly it but almost Lewis said He called me to tell me the deal was off I told him I wasnt for the deal to begin with and was tiyingto tell him the horse was lame lameWhat What did the incident teach1 you youThat That when a man wants to buy a horse theres nothing you can do to discourage him Thats right George McCreary said On the track a man has to learn for him ¬ self selfIm Im learning Lewis said saidI I guess you got a lesson today in the Derby N NIm Im not worried about that The horse isva good one and well get them another day It would have been nice doing better in the big one but theres nothing like racing to teach a man patience You get to develop a lot of patience looking ahead to better days Now it was opening day at Belmont and once again Martins Rullah was going to carry the colors of George Lewis with McCreary in the saddle He finished out of the money For Mr Lewis the day was another lesson in forbearance which runs as an entry with experience around the race track

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