In the Blue Grass: Demands on Breeders Time Appear to Be Without End, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-04


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— — — i — -— -— — ■ — — — _ _ _ ... f# Stallion Directory anil Farm Rciiistcr 7t% |PP iBBr its? ■§§. vHI fl W 1SGF Ihv ISis. «£ HHliK *ls£co*H wl| ■■■*and, i.. * istM Mrs. Georgene McFarlands Valcarie by Faultless-Egretta, by Ramillies, foaled this colt by Begorra, at Leslie Combs ll.s Spendthrift Farm recently. The foal is the first from the first crop of Begorra. Begorra by Bimelech-Begum II., by Rustom Pasha, raced in New York, where he placed in stakes and won over 0,000 racing for Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Rand, Jr. Valcarie won twelve races and 2,000 racing for Mrs. McFarland, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rand. Begorra stands at Leslie Combs ll.s Spendthrift Farm. In the Blue Grass * Demands on Breeders Time Appear to Be Without End By HUGH J. McGUIRE LEXINGTON. Ky., May 2. — Another Kentucky Derby is history and, except for continued attendance at Churchill Downs for the balance of the race meeting, Blue Grass breeders will have more time to tend the store at home for a while. All breeding is, by its very nature, seasonal but spring probably finds more overlapping of interests than any other season. There has been the race meeting at Keene-land which practically demands attendance of breeders through the close ties between the local programs with the products of the nurseries. There was the successful sale of horses of racing age by the Breeders Sales Company held during the race meeting, and there were many pre-Derby social functions. The duplication of farm interests in the spring comes from the simultaneous demands to fill the books of stallions, mate mares, and attend the arriving foals. Going along steadily back of all this activity is the continuing preparation of yearlings for the sales ring. The intensified operations are not made easier by the insistence of most foals on being born at all hours of the night. Conducted on Personal Tour The several recent incidents of jockeys refusing to ride or riding timidly horses they thought unsound has caused grave concern. Veteran trainer Pied Ross believes he knows a remedy to prevent many such instances. Ross was so young and so small when he first came around horses that he had to stand on a chair to brush the backs of his charge?. He takes no credit for inventing his proposal but suggests a return to a practice that was in common use not so many years ago. At that time it was morebr less standard practice for any suspect horse to be mounted by an exercise boy and galloped or given a slow breeze on the way to the paddock. Says Fred, "The kinks would either disappear or show up and the horse could be scratched if necessary." Ross is aware that under present conditions many tracks would not permit this. Tractors and harrows often are spread from rail to rail between races but Ross reminds that there were harrows then even if not so many and not tractor-drawn. He reminds also that the tracks do not benefit from the unhappy incidents that have occurred and should be anxious to prevent their repetition. He is of the opinion also that the new organization of owners would be vitally interested in considering his plan. "Of course," said Fred with the typical undisguised disdain of the veteran who came up the hard way for some of the methods of those he calls "overnight trainers," "it wouldnt help if the trainer doesnt know that a misplaced pommel can rub the sensitive nerves in the withers or if the girth is tightened to irritate the nerves back of the elbow." The sale by private treaty of the 17 yearlings of the Crown Grest Farm of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Reineman brings to a close a breeding operation that was comparatively short-lived but was brimful of interest from the outset. The Reinemans announced with the sale of the farms mares last fall that they were giving up breeding for the market and the sale of the yearlings brings this segment of the operation to an end. It is known that Reineman has far-flung business interests that demand considerable of his time but it is encouraging that the farm will be maintained for the eight stallions now there and that there is room for four more stallions. That Mrs. Reineman is considering racing some fillies in New York this year would indicate a possible intention of establishing a broodmare band to supply replacements for a private racing stable. It is now probable that the thoroughbred interests of the late Henry H. Knight will be auctioned at the fall sales at Keeneland of the Breeders Sales Company while his standardbred holdings will be sold at Tat-tersalls. Knights stock consists of 11 mares, 11 yearlings and four sucklings with two more of the latter due to arrive at any time. To these likely will be added the stock of Hugh Grant who has been a patron of Almahurst for many years. Grant has 12 mares and seven yearlings but is undecided about the sale of his sucklings. Knight owned outright the stallions Cosmic Bomb and Djeddah who will also be sold at Keeneland but yet to be determined is the method of disposing of his syndicated interests in Big Dipper, Nirgal, Nahar II., One Count, Pet Bully, Rico Monte, Windy ; City II., and Greek Ship. Holds High Interest in Racing Blades of Blue Grass: Magic Melody, dam of Melody Man and the property of i Steve Wilson of Woodley Lane Farm, was | the first mare bred to the farms Reneged and she has been reported in foal. Reneged stands at the Hurstland Farm of the Nuckols Brothers. Charles Nuckols hosted Don Smith, Del Mar Turf Club president, and Arizona breeder Rukin Jelks and their party in a tour of the Blue Grass farms. . . . John E. Nashlund, Cincinnati contractor, sent the mares Caymania and Bonnie Basket to the Leatherwood Farm of Lee Eaton to bring to five the number of mares he has quartered at Eatons farm on the Paris Pike. Nashlund tentatively plans to race his stable in New England this season. The mares are being bred to Continued on Page Twenty IN THE BLUE GRASS ] By HUGT J. McGUIRE Continued from Page Ten Prince John, Cortil. Phalanx, and Pocket Ruler. From a preponderance of filly foals earlier at Darby Dan Farm, manager Olin Gentry now has a score of 12 colts and 15 fillies. Among the late arrivals are two handsome colts by Swaps from Darby Dunedin and Miss Traffic. An outstanding colt also is a son of Summer Tan — Darby Damosel whose dam is the granddam of Decathlon. The farms mares in Italy to be mated with Ribot have foaled two colts and two fillies with one mare still to foal. . . . Louie Lee Haggin notes the similarity in breeding of his young stallion Manteau and C. V. Whitneys Silver Spoon. Both are by Citation. Manteau is out of Stole, by Blenheim II. Silver Spoon is out of Silver Fog, by Mahmoud, by Blenheim II. ... j NASRC vice-president Richard J. White and his wife will visit secretary Billy Smith at the associations local headquarters dur-dig their Derby trip.

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