Maryland: Free Staters Happy Over Kortes Successes; Troutt Ships Rice Duo to Preakness Scene; See Earlier Date as Aiding Maryland Derby, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-01


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WW 1 and **** jy Maryland By William C. Phillips . — I Free Staters Happy Over Kortes Successes Troutt Ships Rice Duo to Preakness Scene See Earlier Date as Aiding Maryland Derby LAUREL, Md., April 30.--Loyalty among the Free Staters remains firmly entrenched in the Maryland Derby that will feature the final program of the Laurel meeting on Saturday. It must be admitted, however, that a new interest was born among the Marylanders in the rival Kentucky Derby over the exciting victory registered by jockey Karl Korte astride Elckam Stables Open View in the Derby Trial. They are pardonably proud that one of their "regulars" appears to have the opportunity of capturing the coveted Kentucky classic. As for Korte, the 24- year-old reinsman appeared positively inspired upon his return. He came upon the track here the next afternoon and rode like a wild man. A 58-to-l winner and an 18-to-l winner. True, the first of these victories was shared in a dead-heat and the ticket returned only 2.60, but two such triumphs out of only four mounts was something to start the fans bubbling with excitement. It is a shame Korte could not have also won with his other two mounts. They were 82 and 27-to-l, respectively, however, so it is quite understandable he did not. Korte attempts to remain imperturably calm through it all. but the exuberance cannot be restrained. Asked this morning if he had made any arrangements on a division of the purse with Sam Boulmetis, who is to ride Atoll as an entry with Open View, he remarked : "I havent talked to Sam about it but if I win on Open View he can have the whole purse as far as Im concerned. Eight Maryland-foaled three-year-olds are still in line to start Saturday in the 5,000 added second running of the Maryland Derby. Meanwhile there are a couple of others sitting back waiting for the Kentucky Derby results and getting ready to try out the best of them on May 16th in the 83rd running of the Preakness at Pimlico. Trainer Clyde Troutt this morning transferred his Preakness tandem of Mrs. Ada L. Rices Rare Rice and Cedar Brook over to the old Hilltop course, while sending the major division of the Chicago sportswomans stable to Garden State Park. The veteran horseman will be at the Camden course for Saturdays opening where Mrs. Rice will be represented in the Valley Forge Handicap by either Talent Show or Air Pilot, or both. Incidentally, the backstretch rumor is that the only reason Troutt withdrew Talent show from the Laurel Handicap was that he believed Air Pilot was good enough to carry the race by himself. Troutt was almost right. Air Pilot fought a game race and was beaten only a head by Mrs. W. M. Jeffords Piano Jim. Eddie Yowell Heads for New York Trainer Eddie Yowell permitted hisi stable foreman to supervise the packing of the tack at his barn this morning while he rushed back from New York where he worked H. H. Polks Mile. Dianne for her engagement Saturday in the Bed o Roses. Yowell is transferring Mrs. Ben Cohens Pen Bolero and a few others to Pimlico where the colt will be honed to meet the Kentucky arrivals in the Preakness, while another division will go to Garden State Park. The last of Laurels enjoyable and informative press breakfasts this spring was held in the Turf Club this morning. Vice-presidents Joe Cascarella and George H. "Brick" Martin Jr., moderated and joined in the discussions, which evolved mainly around the practicability of the ninth race that was added to the Laurel programs this spring, and the running date of the Maryland Derby. No positive conclusion was reaced on the contributions for succe.-s made by the extra race. The general agreement was that the ninth race was desirable only if it did not lower the quality of the over-all program, and considerable doubt was expressed if that were possible at any track today with the existing dearth of better grade horses in ratio to the meetings. It is just possible that Laurel will wish to return to eight races in the fall. Concerning the Maryland Derby, the turf writers suggested it would be more sensible to schedule the race during the early part of the meeting. The Maryland Derby first, then the Chesapeake. This would create the opportunity of a Maryland bred or foaled horse competing in both events, and possibly graduating to the Kentucky Derby. Hope to Remedy Open Views Fault The Homestretch: The reason Ray Metcalf chose Korte to ride Open View in the Kentucky Derby is that he is a proficient southpaw hitter, and Open View has a tendency to lug in. Korte reports, however, that the colt will respond to punishment but is not a good "stick horse." . . . President John D. Schapiro was expected to return today from New York where he attended a director s ItHltllH of the TRA on Wednesday. Melvin H. BchlOflbergl Lord Gregor wore a bar shoe for his easy triumph on Wednesday. Trainer Bernie Bond disclosed the colt had suffered a broken bone in his foot in his previous start on March 11. and that one of his Other hoofs had experienced ft •imilar injury last year. Be may next attempt the Dixie Handicap on the turf at Pimlico. . . . Joseph B. Kelly, racing editor for the Washington Evening Star. expounded on "how to enjoy the races" before the lucky lady seminar listener h* re this fore-noon. Ray Haight. 00 Ifltturrtl on the forum, described the technique of "calling" horws from his experiences as ft track announcer. . . . Among the transfers in the - Yowell stable this morning was ft two-year-old half-sister to Mile. Dianne. The young miss, named Sun-melia, came from the farm at Muklleburg, Va., to join the racing division. . . . They ftTC still talking about the "bartenders Daily Double" won here earlier this week. More Scotch and Pro -Brandy. . . . Whatever chiinee of Fred A. Simmons Snmniiiis being in the Preakness appeared negated today following tbe reopening of an old wound in his off hind hoof. His owner believes the son of The hhymer was overworked last winter m Florida and that he was a very tired colt when he disapix inlcd in Bowies Prince Georges . ■ I

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