Tomy Lee Will Pass Up Preakness; Palisade II. Seven-Length Winner: Ship Derby Victor Direct to Coast; Eliminates Possibility of Triple Crown Winner; Six Downs Starters Go East, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-05


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Tomy Tomy Lee Lee Will Will Pass Pass Up Up Preakness; Preakness; Palisade Palisade II. II. Seven-Length Seven-Length Winner Winner Ship Derby Victor Direct to Coast Eliminates Possibility of Triple Crown Winner; Six Downs Starters Go East BULLETIN CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville. Ky., May 4. — Late this afternoon, between races at Churchill Downs, trainer Frank Childs revealed that Mr. and Mrs. Fred Turner Jr.s Tomy Lee would entrain Tuesday night for California and consequently miss his engagement -in the 50,000 added Preakness Stakes at Pi ml i oo, May 16. "I changed my mind about noon today," said the 71 -year-old Childs. "I spoke with Mr. Turner yesterday here before he left for Texas and he thought it best that this colt, who is not a big horse, not have his races too close together. Therefore, I will ship him. together with our Tuleg and Neil McCarthys Finnegan and point him for the 00,000 Hollywood Derby on June 27. "After that, we will ship to Chicago for the 00,000 Arlington Classic on July 25 and he will remain in the Midwest for the 00. 000 American Derby on August 29. That will give us at least a month between his major engagements. "I am sorry to disappoint the folks at Pimlico, but we have to consider Tomy Lee first." By JOE HIRSCH CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 4. — After one of the most memorable battles in the 85-year history of the Kentucky Derby this ancient course was a quiet battlefield today as the interest of the turf world swung to Baltimore, where on May 16, Pimlicos 83rd Preakness — middle jewel of the Triple Crown — again will be run. Of the 17 horses who contested the cele-Contmued on Page Four » _ i TROILUS — The early pacemaker in the Derby was injured and will be out of action until fall. Tomy Lee Will Pass Up Preakness Ship Derby Victor Direct to Coast Eliminates Possibility of Triple Crown Winner; Six Downs Starters Go East Continued from Page One brated "Run for the Roses," six are considered probable participants in the mile and three-sixteenths Preakness. Aside from Sword Dancer, the connections of Meadow Stables First Landing, Elkcam Stables Open View, Mrs. Jacques Braunsteins Royal Orbit, C. B. Fischbachs Festival King and Briar dale Farms Rico Tesio have indicated a likelihood of their colts may have another go at racings greatest travelling show. The other Derby horses are either en route to different areas, or will be moving in the next several days. Spring Hill Farms Easy Spur came out of the Derby a bit lame, and may not see action for a month or two, while Bayard Sharps Troilus is likely to be sidelined until the fall of the year. Thus the relentless grind of the spring classics continues to decimate the ranks of our top three-year-olds. A thorough study of the film patrol pictures of the Derby emphasizes the length and intensity of one of the great turf duels of our time. Tomy Lee and Sword Dancer went head and head for a full seven-sixteenths of a mile, engaged In continued bumping through Churchill Downs long stretch which didnt seem to have much effect on their action. In the final analysis, it was Tomy Lees favorable inside post position and the tremendous skill of jockey Bill Shoemaker which spelt the difference of 4,650 between the winners end of the rich prize and the 5,000 second money which went to Sword Dancer. Sword Dancer had the advantage of a neck on Tomy Lee inside the sixteenth pole when Shoemaker, calling on the reserve he had carefully husbanded with consummate artistry, shot forward on the winner to earn the narrowest of decisions. There was widespread agreement here that Shoemaker, having ridden both horses prior to the Derby and being familiar with their traits, had he been on Sword Dancer and either drawn or maneuvered inside, the j Brookmeade colt might have won off by | "daylight." Impressions of Running Through the efforts of the National - Turfwriters Association and the courtesy of the stewards, the patrol pictures were seen virtually en masse for the first time late Saturday night by the huge corps of scribes on hand. The writer studied them again this morning and these are the salient points of the running: 1. Tomy Lee came out and bumped Sword Dancer sharply leaving the three-sixteenths pole, but from the eighth pole to the wire, Sword Dancer came in on Tomy Lee continuously under right-handed whipping by Bill Boland. Veteran steward Lincoln Plaut counted 20 strokes of the whip by Boland through the stretch, and 12 by Shoemaker on Tomy Lee. As Sword Dancer came in on Tomy Lee through the final furlong, Boland was whipping right-handed and Shoemaker was whipping left-handed. Actually, Tomy Lee was coming out here under left-handed whipping, accounting for the continued contact, but Sword Dancer seemed the stronger and the action was moving from right to left. 2. Leaving the gate, Open View came in sharply, pinching off Jacnot Stables Die Hard and almost dropping K. G. Marshalls John Bruce. However, Open View is a known rogue and jockey Karl Korte was making an obvious effort to control his mount. In addition, Tomy Lee came out at this point and helped to tighten the grouping of horses. 3. The first turn was remarkably free of trouble, considering the size of the field. Shoemaker had a choice of going through a narrow hole inside of Troilus, but wisely went outside the Flamingo winner. Sword Dancer was carried a bit wide here by Open » ■ View, while Rico Tesio and a couple of others had to steady momentarily, but were not unduly bothered. 4. Approaching the half-mile pole, Atoll came in on Troilus a bit. Troilus, who was on the rail and leading at this point, stopped suddenly and finished "absolutely." 5. Tomy Lee went to the lead leaving the half-mile pole and Sword Dancer took after him on the outside. Entering the far turn, First Landing and Finnegan went for the same opening and it was First Landing who got there first, after a minor bit of bumping. 6. Silver Spoon was racing wide down the backstretch, outside four horses, and was forced to lose a good deal of ground entering the far turn. She had a clear shot entering the stretch, as did First Landing, but neither could threaten the dueling leaders. 7. Royal Orbit made up a world of ground in the last quarter mile. He was nine and three-quarter lengths off the pace at the quarter-pole and was beaten three and one-quarter lengths for all the money. The last quarter of the Derby was run in a tepid :26YS, and yet the final time of 2:02% was exactly the same as Iron Lieges winning effort two years ago, against such cracks as Gallant Man, Round Table and Bold Ruler. The first quarter mile here on Saturday was run in a moderate :24y5, a full second slower than Lincoln Roads first quarter last year in tiring mud. And now the comments of the trainers, i of the Derby starters, garnered at the barn or by phone, on Sunday and Monday mornings: I Tomy Lee— "It was his best race and it was a tough race," the 71-year-old Frank Childs observed this morning, grazing the winner on the end of a shank. "Yes, the post positions played a part in it. From about 12 on outside, you had a bad stall. You hit the slope to the outside. I dont give Shoemaker many instructions. The only thing I told him was, Dont use this horse too much down the back side. "Im going to give Tomy Lee a chance to take it easy for a few days before sending him out west," Childs continued. "The Hollywood Derby is on June 27 and , those folks have been nice to us through the years." Small-Boned, Delicate Underpinning The writer and the trainer looked down ! at Tomy Lees legs, and this one commented that the winners underpinning was small-boned and delicate. "Yes," said Childs, "he is light below the knee. Sure j I had some doubts about his going a mile and one-quarter. I wasnt certain until hed done it. Now I know he can go that ! far. You cant use them too hard. Shoe-maker can do it and so could Johnny Adams. Those boys dont take much out I of their horses. Ill gallop him a little tomorrow, I believe." In the flush of victory on Saturday night, aft president Wathen Knebelkamps party for the victqrs, the gentlemanly Childs — who deserves great credit for bringing Tomy Lee up to the Derby on just- two races at Keeneland — revealed that his good luck came in buches. "Mr. Turner gave DM some oil rights recently," he said, "and about four days ago I learned that one of the wells came in." Sword Dancer — Elliot Burch, who flew , back to New York on Sunday afternoon, took a heart-breaking defeat with com- . mendable control and graciousness. "It was , a terrific race," he commented at the barn ! yesterday morning, "and it will be a long j time until well see another quite like it. j Sword Dancer had a longer trip than Tomy j Lee, racing on the outside, but we also had the clearest shot of any horse in the race. There s no complaints there." Burch said that Sword Dancer would fly to Baltimore today, and that he would commute between that city and New York, where he is training a large string, including Big Effort, who won the Bed o Roses Saturday as Sword Dancer, was edged for the big one down here. Burch indicated he might have liked his horse on the inside through the stretch, but admitted it would j have been difficult to get there the way the race was run. The trainer had good words I , for Bill Bolands riding, and indeed, the Texans horsemanship was generally praiseworthy. First Landing — "He got away a little slowly," Casey Hayes said of First Landing Sunday morning, prior to flying back to New York. "If he have been a little closer during the early part of it, he might have been a little closer at the end. However, Im not criticizing Eddies Arcaros riding. He got the most out of the colt, and First Landing came out of the race in good order." First landing departed by train for Long Island this morning. "The Preakness is a possibility for him," said Hayes. "Ill see how he does in New York and then send him down to Baltimore a few days before the race. Why Hill Prince was beaten down here, then went to Pimlico and reversed the decision. So maybe First Landing will do the same thing." Royal Orbit — "He made up a lot of ground," said Trainer Reggie Cornell at the barn Sunday morning. "I though the filly bumped him at the seven-eighths pole or he might have been closer during the early part of it. At any rate, Im well pleased with his race and well try them again in the Preakness. If you speak to Pimlico today, have them bed down some stalls. He leaves at 4 this Sunday afternoon and should be there about 8 or 9 tonight. Ill fly back to California Monday to see how the rest of my horses are doing, and then will return to Baltimore toward the end of the week." Silver Spoon — "I thought the mare ran a heck of a race," said trainer Bob Wheeler. "She was trapped inside on the first turn and was jostled a bit. It took something out of her. I thought she should have been third easily, but she was running up on horses heels with no place to go. She got loose about the five-eighths pole but it was too late." Wheeler said he had no regrets about testing the colts in the Derby, rather than running in the Oaks. "She came out of it perfectly," he commented. "She leaves by plane at 11:30 Sunday morning and should be in California late this evening. We may try the colts again in the Hollywood Derby. I dont know for sure at this time. We might also take a crack at those Delaware stakes this summer. This Derby has been quite an experience." Return Finnegan to California Finnegan— "It wasnt too bad a race for j him," said veteran trainer Bill Finnegan. "On the other hand, it wasnt too good either. He seems to have come out of it all right and well ship back to California by train on Tuesday or Wednesday. We i have some mares to bring back with us from Lexington, anyway. Did the distance bother him? Well we know he can go a mile and one-eighth. He proved that in the California Derby." Dunce — "He came out of it fine," said Trainer Moody Jolley, "and we ship to Belmont tomorrow Monday morning. "I doubt if hell run in the Preakness. Well probably start him in the Withers and the Peter Pan at Belmont. He made a heck of a run along the rail through the stretch, and cut his stifle a little on the inside, where Finnegan ran him into the rail." Jockey Steve Brooks noted later that Dunce was climbing the first part of the race and couldnt seem to get a hold of the track. / Open View and Atoll — Speaking by phone from his fathers home, directly across the street from the stable gate, trainer Ray Metcalf revealed on Sunday morning that his horses had come out of the Derby in good order. "Well ship them both to Garden State by train tomorrow Monday and Open View will run in the Preakness. Ill probably send Atoll along to Baltimore, too, but hell go only if it comes up mud. "I was that sure at the three-eights pole wed get the money with Open View," Metcalf continued. "But Silver Spoon carried i him wide at the head of the stretch and jhe never did recover. Well probably van them down to Baltimore about four days before the Preakness. They dont need much in the way of training." Rico Tesio Almost Knocked Down Rico Tesio — "He was almost knocked down at the first turn," trainer Joe Piarulli commented at the barn Sunday morning. "He never was in the hunt again after that! However, he came out of the race in good shape and well fly him to Baltimore Monday morning. If he acts well, we may try them again in the Preakness. Ill be commuting between Baltimore, New York and New Jersey. Ive got Vertex in New York for the Grey Lag on Saturday and the rest of the horses at Garden State." Festival King — "He came out of the race all right," said trainer Bill Kuykendall , Sunday morning, "and well ship him to ! Pimlico by van on Tuesday. Hell run in the Preakness. He had an outside position in the Derby and it was difficult to do anything against a big field like that. As it was, he ran a decent race and beat six horses." John Bruce— "He grabbed both his quarters and had other cuts on both hind legs," trainer Charley Sanborn said by phone from his home in Lexington, Ky. this morning. "That crush at the start cost him all chance. Actually Im surprised he came on again to do as well as he did. Ive brought him back to Keeneland and will let up on him for a while; just let him graze around a little. Well have him ready for the big Chicago races this summer. He didnt come out too badly at that, but deserves a little rest." Easy Spur — "He came back lame," said trainer Paul Kelley at the barn Sunday morning. "Its a funny thing. Tack Bill Hartack had him in perfect position all the way, but he never did much running. Well ship to Garden State by train tomorrow Monday and try to have him ready for the Arlington Classic and other big races out in Chicago." Easy Spur in Distress All the Way Easy Spur, who has a bone bruise on the right front ankle, was walking a little better before his departure today. It is understood Kelley wasnt overly anxious to run him in the Derby, and jockey Hartack was quoted after the ace as saying "He was in distress all the way." The Chosen One— "He came out of it in wonderful shape," trainer Norman Haymaker said by phone from his hotel room Sunday afternoon. "Were going to ship him to Chicago shortly. He needs developing and Id like to have him break his maiden before we do anything else. Well Continued on Page Forty-Four , ] ] M | 1 | I ■ | j M 1 I j i 1 ! h , I , I ! i 1 I 1 ! I i I . i 1 I ! I i I 1 | 1 | 1 j j ■ 1 j I j , : j 1 j j . i i I . | jTomy Lee to Pass Up Preakness; Ships to Calif. Eliminates Chance ofTripleCrown; Sword Dancer, Others Head East Continued from Page Four leave some time next week. I didnt want him rushed the first part of it because I was afraid he wasnt bred to stay a mile and one-quarter." Our Dad — "He left Sunday by train." said Hirsch Jacobs from the barn at Jamaica this morning, "and should be here later today. "His shins were very sore in the Derby and he didnt do much running, of course. Hes been that way for some time. Hes been coming back very touchy. He breezed a little Saturday morning and was stumbling on the way to the gate in the afternoon. Thats not like him. Hes usually bucking and kicking. I dont think hell make the Preakness but well wait and see." Dje Hard — "He came out of it okay," said trainer Joe Bollero from his hotel in Lexington. Ky. Sunday afternoon. "He was in trouble leaving the gate, and turning for home, he was blocked pretty good. I vanned him over here to Lexington this Sunday morning and well ship to Chi-j cago on Thursday evening. No, he wont make the Preakness." Troilus Severely Cut Troilus — He was severely cut on the right hind tendon," trainer Charley Peo-I pies advised at the barn Sunday morning. "The cut went right through the bandages. If he didnt wear bandages it would be kitty bar the door. In the Bahamas at Hialeah this winter, he was clipped from behind and I swore Id never run a horse in a big field anymore without bandages. "Well take him to the farm at Middle-i town. Del. by van on Monday," said Peoples. "I plan to let up on him until the fall. Hes too nice a horse to fool around with." Dr. Alex Harthill, who was treating Troilus, gave him the first of a series of injections of My-B-Den, a drug which digests bruised tissue. "There is a clot inside the tendon sheath," explained Dr. Harthill. "This My-B-Den helps but the bruised tissue in a state where nature can absorb it. The technical name for his injury is teno- j i synovitis." And so, the 85th Kentucky Derby is history. It was. all are agreed, one heck of a horse race. Cooling out at president Kneb-elkamps party Saturday night, Churchill Downs executive vice-president Stanley Hugenberg ovserved: "It was one of the greatest Derbys Ive ever seen, and Ive seen a lot of them. The only one which reminded me of this one at all was when that gray horse Native Dancer came charging at Dark Star right on the money a few years ago." And Gov. "Happy" Chandler, excited as any fan. kept repeating "It was a tremen- dous race, really tremendous. No I didnt have a ticket on the winner. A friend got us a couple of tickets on Sword Dancer. If Ben and Jimmy Jones had a horse in the race. I might have bet on them. I won last year with Tim Tarn." Now. on to Baltimore and the Preakness.

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