Judges Stand: Festival King Beats Rivals to Entry Box; Hidden Talent Ready for Todays Oaks; Henpecked Husbands Originated Classic, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-01


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Judges Stand m ■ By Charles Hatton Festival King Beats Rivals to Entry Box Hidden Talent Ready for Todays Oaks Henpecked Husbands Originated Classic CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., April 30.— Turf ana: Chapter IV., Section 1, of the Rules of Reporting the Derby make it mandatory to begin by stat ing "Who, when and where" the first horse was entered in the Dwns classic. Ergo, it is duly noted agent Gilbert Hardy dropped the name of C. B. Fisch-bachs Festival King in Al Lavins entry box at 7:13 EDT this dawning. "Why," to conform further to the dictates of reportorial rote, should be obvious. At least. Fischbach tells us it is up to him. He forgives Festival King freely for his desponding race in the Chesapeake and hopes Hardy was not only "fustest" but with the "mostest hoss." . . . The Jones boys put On-and-Ons name in the box after all. And somewhere in the middle distance the shade of Aristides paled. That is John Aristides Gaver, who did not think Pensive or Ponder would start either. ... It is rumored the Kentucky Oaks will be decided, for the eighty-fifth time, here this Friday. Harry Guggenheim is here to root for Hidden Talent, who has been training well. The origins of the Oaks are interesting, and a commentary on henpecked man. The name "Oaks" is taken from the first Lord Derbys estate and was originated to appease the wives who went gaily off to the first Derby, which was virtually stag. Thus began "Ladies Day." Wathen Knebelkamp and Brownie Leach were on TV last evening, fielding a barrage of telephoned inquiries on "Whats Your Question." some naive, some provocative, while a good many of them had curves. Among other things Leach divulged the Downs is considered closed TV. For fans who become cast behind a post or who are immobilized in the walk-around area. . . .Now it can be told. For many weeks Calumets "Girl Friday," Mrs. Margaret Glass, has been a Silver Spoon rooter. Mitigating this vaguely treasonable sentiment is the fact "Sonny" Whitneys dilly of a filly is by Calumets Citation, though she looks as it her dam Silver Fog must have been thinking of her grandsire Equipoise. . . . Coincidentally, Jerry McNerney said last Tuesday: "I dont think the Derby winner got out of the barn all day." Minutes later, C. V. Whitney announced Silver Spoons acceptance. She has been rather restive in her stall here, something she was not in California, attendants say. Perhaps spies from rival camps in the "Derby Barn" have been tuning out Lawrence Welk and getting Somethin Smith on her radio when Don Doty goes to lunch. Filly Should Stick to Script Still more green than professional in action, Silver Spoon tried to pull herself up once in front at the eighth pole in the Santa Anita Derby. She has some fast-moving targets Saturday. It is hoped she does not vaingloriously try to "win all the way," as in the Stepping Stone. That is not her way. . . . "Boston" Mandel says First Landing will be the program choice. But "Spoon" worked out a mile in 1:36, flat, bettering his time under a drive in the Trial. . . . Sonny Workman arrived from Washington, D. C, for. the Derby. He was to ride the Derby winner Whiskery until injuries sustained in a fall grounded him. and Linus "Pony" McAtee deputized for him. . . . Charley Peoples says Troilus is coming back to himself after his multiferous misfortunes about Florida Derby time. Now if only he does come back to those other horses, eh? Marylanders would have been proud of Rico Tesio, named for the noted Italian breeder of his grandsire Nearco, in the Trial. Put in one of his better races, in sharp contrast to his Chesapeake. . . . After predicting intermittent rains all week, the local weather caster "will bet it is dry Saturday." There was a cloudburst the morning of Regrets Derby. A man in Bowling Green, Ky., was sleeping upstairs in his home. He dreamed his mother and sister were drowning in a flash flood. Still asleep, he peeled out the window to the rescue. Took 15 stitches to put him back together. . . . The track was fast 20 minutes before post in the 29 Derby. But the successful Clyde Van Dusen, doing an equine version of the Australian crawl, swam through two feet of water on the clubhouse turn to gain the lead. Flying Ebonys Derby also resembled a water carnival. Louisvilles errant spring weather would make Mark Twain carry an umbrella. Its Julip Time — Derby Blend Stevenses will dispense juleps in those tall, frosted glasses, so treasured as souvenirs, again Saturday. Drinking this ambrosial nectar, as prescribed by Irvin S. Cobb, is like swallowing a poem. But it is a frightful mistake to tempt one at Preakness time. Barbarous Marylanders do not mix juleps. They pollute them, with rye. . . . An occasional Derby visitor emits a wounded yelp, incited by the mark-up in room rates for the three-day Derby period. But after all, nobody subpoenas them to come, and they are here in such numbers Eastern and other airlines, who had no intention of doing so, were impelled to schedule extra-flight sections. Must remember not to fall into the error of referring to the roses in this "Run" as American Beauties. Track super Tom Young advises that a new, more Continued on Page Eleven I JUDGES STAND By CHARLES HATTON Continued from Page Five lustrous red species called "High Noon" has been developed and these were ordered for I Saturdays laureate. Young, incidentally, came here, like the man who came to dinner, in 1910. . . . Stevenses well-fed customers will excite their hot dogs with 250 gallons of mustard Derby Day. . . . The usual battery of six cameras serving the film patrol will be increased to eight for the occasion so that any infractions of the rules of the Kentucky commission. Jockey Club and Marquis of Queensbury will not go undetected. . . Pat Hillock studied the films of Quantrells Trial effort and notes it does not sh w him making actual con-i tact with First Landing. The horse had a j twisted plate behind. May be supplemented to the preakness.

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