Field of 18 Awaits Kentucky Derby; Run Kentucky Oaks in Two Sections: On-and-On Surprise Downs Entry; First Landing Choice; Calumet Colt, Troilus and Dunce Among Mutuel Field; Our Dad Draws Inside Post, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-01


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..,,,,.,.„„, — — H. A. JIMMY JONES— Calumet Farms trainer, in a surprise move, entered On-and-On for tomorrows Derby. — I ..l—— Ml. — «— ■—■■■■ I ■■■■ Ml— ■■■!■■ ■ -— ■ ■— ■— — ■■ ■ — ■— — — — Field Field of of 18 18 Awaits Awaits Kentucky Kentucky Derby; Derby; Run Run Kentucky Kentucky Oaks Oaks in in Two Two Sections Sections On-and-On Surprise Downs Entry; First Landing Choice Calumet Colt, Troilus and Dunce Among Mutuel Field; Our Dad Draws Inside Post By JOE HIRSCH CHURCHILL DOWNS. Louisville, Ky., April 30. — Stirred by the surprising news that Calumet Farms On-and-On was to be entered for Saturdays 85th running of the 65,300 Kentucky Derby, after Wednesdays announcement that he would not be a participant, a racing secretarys office jam-packed with horsemen, agents, officials and newsmen watched with high interest as the names of 18 of Americas finest three-year-olds passed the entry box this morning as contestants in the celebrated "Run foi the Roses." As flash bulbs popped and television cameras whirred softly, trainers Charley Sanborn at the pills [ and Bob Wheeler The field for the 85th Kentucky Derby, listed in post position order and showing owners, trainers, jockeys and probable odds, appears on back page. at the slips drew the Derby field, which by post position, follows: 1 Our Dad, 2 Rico Tesio, 3 First Landing, 4 Silver Spoon, 5 Atoll, 6 Easy Spur, 7 Dunce, 8 Finnegan, 9 Tomy Lee, 10 Troilus, 11 John Bruce, 12 On-and-On, 13 Die Hard, 14 Open View, 15 Sword Dancer, 13 Festival King, 17 The Chosen One, 18 Royal Orbit. The largest Derby field since 20 went to the post in Count Turfs year 1951 will race 1V4 miles for a gross prize of 65,300, of which the winner will net 20,900 — these figures based on 18 starters. The 17 colts and geldings carry scaleweight of 126 pounds, while Silver Spoon, the lone filly, weighs in at 121 pounds. Post time Saturday will be at 11:30 a.m., and the colorful, significant activities at the historic Downs this week end will be carried from coast to coast over the television facilities of the Columbia Broadcasting System. Dunce, Troilus, On-and-On, Die Hard, Festival King and The Chosen One com- i I I pose the mutuel field, and this must be the first time the winner of the Flamingo Troilus is cast in such a deprecatory role. In other Derby developments: 1. Easy Spur galloped this morning, cooled out well, and is now scheduled to start in the Derby, trainer Paul Kelley advised this morning. The Florida Derby winner had injured his right ankle in last Saturdays Stepping Stone race, and his Derby status was doubtful until today. 2. Additional riding assignments were made with the news that Manual Ycaza had been engaged for Rico Tesio, Bill Cars-tens is to ride Festival King and Steve Brooks is set on Dunce. 3. Atoll worked five furlongs in 1:01; Die Hard breezed six panels in 1:15, galloping out seven furlongs in 1:29%, while Festival King got five furlongs in :592/5, going out six furlongs in 1:12%. Jimmy Jones reappraisal of On-and-Ons status was the big news of a fine, bright morning here in feverish Louisville. Continued on Page Four ► ■ ATOLL — Worked 5 furlongs in 1 :01 yesterday at Churchill Downs as part of his preparation for the Kentucky Derby. Field of 18 Awaits Kentucky Derby On-and-On Made Surprise Entry Calumet Colt, Troilus and Dunce Among Mutuel Field; Our Dad Draws Inside Post Continued from Page One Wednesday the strapping son of Nasrullah and Two Lea was out; today he was in. "I wasn"t pleased with his work Wednesday morning." Jones explained to this reporter at noon today. "But after studying the days tab in Daily Racing Form, I saw that he went faster than anyone else at that distance." Ed. Note: On-and-On 1:14% for six furlongs. Sword Dancer 1:15%. Easy Spur l:lt%. Coat Is Healthy, Jones Says "He looked better to me this morning," Jones continued. "His coat is healthy and he seems to be doing fine. I havent seen anything in the race that would frighten a man out. so I decided it would be the right thing for us to take another look at the situation. "I wont make a final decision about On-and-On until sometime Saturady." said Jones. "We might blow him out a little Friday or Saturday morning and see how he does. One thing is certain: You cant run if youre not in. Frankly, Im very uncertain about the whole thing. No. I havent spoke to Mi*s. iGene Markey yet. She and Admiral Markey are en route to New York by auto." The Markeys are scheduled to leave for Europe next week. Jones has no rider for On-and-On at this point, having released Steve Brooks when it appeared his colt wasnt going in the Derby. Jimmy said this morning that one of the conditions for running On-and-On would be that he could obtain the services of a suitable boy. In addition to putting On-and-On in the Derby. Jones also entered the colt in the race preceding this first of the Triple Crown events. Interestingly enough, this is a 6 furlongs allowance affair called the "Tim Tarn." after Jimmys Derby winner of last year. "If we dont run him in the Derby," Jones noted, "we might possibly run him in the other race. He needs seasoning and that might help him get ready for the next big pot. Of course, running in the Derby would also be seasoning, and thats something to think about. T wish I could tell -you more and I know I upset some of the boys I newsmen with Wednesdays statement, but I felt one way then and another way now. To be fair to the stable. I had to take another look. A horse only gets one chance to run in the Derby." Learns Where Injury Happened Discussing Easy Spurs recent ankle injury this morning, Paul Kelley said he had studied the films of the Stepping Stone and was convinced the wrench had occurred when Silver Spoon came out a bit into his horse near the eight pole. "Fortunately." said Kelley, "he seems to be fine now and of course we wouldnt run him if we thought we were compromising his future." The astute Kelley also offered Open View, winner of one of the divisions of Tuesdays Derby Trial, as the horse to beat in the Derby. "He seems to have had a tendency to follow a weaving path in his races," Kelley mused, "and bumps some of the others, rating himself." The luck of this mornings draw put such solid contenders as Royal Orbit, Sword Dancer and Open View in undesirable positions on the outside of a large field. However, both Royal Orbit and Sword Dancer have good speed and could conceivably get a decent position regardless of their stall assignments, while Ray Mctcalf is likely to put Atoll on the lead and reserve Open View for the money run through the stretch. Thus an insider box might not be ,as important to the latter colt. The majority of the Derby horses will . blow out either Friday or Saturday morning, their heavy preparatory work behind them. One would guess that this is a pretty fit bunch on the whole, and there is a possibility that Whirlaways track record of 2:01% could be approached this week end. Certainlyhere is a good deal of foot spread among the "Rose" runners, with Easy Spur and Sword Dancers recent speed ratings, particularly, in the hi«h 90s.

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