Judges Stand: Preakness Bristles With Contention; Memorable Battle Royal Foreseen; Tim Tams Favoritism Has Validity, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-15


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Judges Stand I By Charles Hatton 1 1Preakness Preakness Bristles With Contention Memorable Battle Royal1 Foreseen Tim Tarns Favoritism 1 Has Validity PIMLICO Baltimore Md May 14 There is a widespread lack of any unanimity about who is going to win the upcoming Preakness But one thing is for sure None of those spectating on the Hilltop doubts it will be a thumping good horse race Per ¬ haps as tight as the epic struggle between Mrs Sloanes High Quest and Cavalcade in 34 That was the best race of any of the Preak nii if that is the plural that we have covered Even though they were s t a b 1 e m a t e s both were straighter than a yard of pump water recalling the finish be ¬ tween Colonel Bradleys Behave Yourself and Black Servant in the 1921 Kentucky Derby You can find many students here who cling doggedly to the dictates of form and pledge allegiance to Tim Tarn whose early favoritism has undeniable validity Many others perhaps even more are ob ¬ sessed with the national psyche that almost made Silky Sullivan favorite for the Derby All has been forgiven him and perhaps he owes his backers nothing at that since he is making the sport so much more exciting for them themThere There is also a groundswell of partiality toward Lincflln Road in some circles particularly among the more advanced form students whose analyses take into consideration the sharp conformation of the Pim lico course and the fact that the Preakness is a six ¬ teenth shorter than the Derby You will search in vain however for any rule which says Tim Tarn can ¬ not start his big move sooner than he did Derby Day A few still reflect that Jewels Reward won the Fu ¬ turity here last fall and are prepared to give him one more chance Then there is Noureddin who is far from friendless Even the mutuel field if an will con ¬ tribute to what promises to prove a staggering tote total But we have yet to hear anybody say he thinks his candidate will win lengthily as Omaha and Whirl away did when the panoramic wide screen lenses were needed to capture their big moments for posterity posterityMajority Majority Opinion 35 Per Cent Right RightFor For whatever it may be worth in forwarding the fans interests we note that 35 per cent of Preakness favorites have won since Survivor paid 11 to 1 in the first one back in 1873 This is a little better than the national average a little less rewarding than Derby favorites In either case there is no oversimplification certainly for the figure filberts filbertsThose Those who take recourse to the Stud Book in some hope of finding a Preakness winnerbylegacy are doomed to disappointment For this year none of the candidates is a son of a Preakness winner And Martins Rullah by Nasrullah is the only one whose sire sent up an earlier winner Nashua But every 2 bettor knows without studying the works of Bruce Lowe that Tim Tam is a standout on the score of bloodlines distinctly the aristocrat of the field fieldThrowing Throwing in an equation by jockeys there is Milo Valenzuela with his aura of Old Mexico the sheep herds and catchascatchcan matches between quar ¬ ter horses Valenzuela had not even seen a Derby when Jimmy Jones gave him the front seat two weeks ago on Tim Plain Ben Jones says He rode him good which is the ultimate accolade Twice now broken legs have changed Valenzuelas fortunes The first broken leg his own set back his career when he appeared on the verge of greatness in 1953 at Hollywood Park The second Bill Hartacks left tibia gave him his golden opportunity on Tim Tam He brings to his task a long experience For though he is only 23 he was riding match races in the sage brush country when he was nine and weighed only 56 pounds Rode bareback too tooMilo Milo Recalls Crowded Childhood ChildhoodValenzuelas Valenzuelas own broken leg proved something of a disguised blessing for him introducing the convalescent rider to his wife She was working in a Grants store in El Paso She had never seen a horse race and was not sure she wanted to The Valenzuelas now have two children a son and a daughter Milo was himself one of 22 children born to their parents at McNary Texas Asked what number he was in age he said Fifth counting the dead ones Fourth now Only 12 lived Even sleeping was hazardous at the Valenzuela house ¬ hold he recalls There was a time 10 kids slept in one room You know how you do that he asked then volunteered You dont worry about beds You take the mattress on the floor where if you get pushed off you wont fall far farThe The betting is he will land in the winners circle Saturday good as Tim Tam appears at the moment momentTurf Turf ana Charley Whittingham may start Mrs Elizabeth Lunns lightly raced Galarullah the Ken ¬ tucky Oaks second in the Coaching Club American Oaks She is from the tenuous family of Beldame who won the Saratoga Cup and beat most of the best horses of the early 1900s Delawares Bryan Field is gratified turfmen like the 10 days closing in stakes events to be adopted at the ensuing meet He does the color on TV for the Preakness unseen audience of some 15000000 Willie Zakoor has an inventive inventivev v Coeiinucd on Page FortyTwo JUDGES STAND i iBy By CHARLES HATTON I Continued from Page Five Fiveflair flair His latest labor saver is a sort of knee reducer consisting of a heating unit in a sixgallon glass Jined water container and a pump to which are attached two lengths of hose so that horses legs may be show ¬ ered more adequately in less time timeNot Not even the International is staged more colorfully than the Michigan Mile says Zakoor who races there during the season First Fiddles dam Rueful among the last daughters of the only Regret died at 31 in California the other day She left a numerous and painfully unobtrusive brood Mrs Harry Jane Lunger was out to see Staysails race in the Preakness Prep Compared himself favorably with all but the romping Gone Fishin Mrs Lunger got in three plugs for Delaware Park ParkThe The MJCt is encouraged to hope Vice President Richard Nixon will return in time to attend this 82d Preakness Presented Mrs H C Phipps the trophy when Bold Ruler won the last one Backed him too Must get his figures Most the Tom Fools have his Arabian head and large luminous eyes cannoting courage and in ¬ tense nervous energy the qualities which the late noted breeder Senor Tesio prized above sheer size and muscularity Mister Gus now is the sire of several Cali ¬ forniabred foals Porterhouse is back in training Atlantic Citys Dr Leon Levy came on from Philadelphia to see Lil Fella named by Princess Grace of Monaco com ¬ pete in the prep The Nirgal colt was sore as usual on parade but warmed out of it and exuded speed to the stretch Most the Nirgals forte is sprinting He was a leading French twoyearold

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