New York: Cohoes Makes Auspicious Return to Action; Injects Fresh Interest in Handicap Ranks; Greentree Ace Toboggan, Carter Candidate, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-06


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■~™,~™—™™w" New York By Bob Horwood Cohoes Makes Auspicious Return to Action Injects Fresh Interest in Handicap Ranks Greentree Ace Toboggan, Carter Candidate JAMAICA, L. I., N. Y., May 5.— Greentree Stables Cohoes injected fresh interest in the handicap division yesterday with a highly auspicious return to the races. The five-year-old son of Mah-moud— Belle of Troy, by Blue Larkspur, who has been the mainstay of Ambassador "Jock" Whitney and Mrs. Charles Shipman Paysons extensive stable for the past two years, came on the track in resplendent condition, his coat bearing the dapples of a thoroughly fit horse, then ran like split silk to humiliate his five rivals. When blowing out for this dash Sunday morning, Cohoes had been a handful of orneriness, refusing to break off for several minutes, but he was on his best behavior before Mondays dash, standing calmly before the gate and entering his stall like a perfect gentleman. Manuel Ycaza was in the saddle in place of Johnny Ruane, who went to Pimlico to ride Pop Corn for Greentree in a prep for Saturdays Dixie Handicap. Cohoes is eligible to Mondays 6 furlongs Toboggan Handicap, which will be run on the main track this year, and to the 7 furlongs Carter Handicap on May 20. On what he showed on Monday, the son of Mahmoud may be formidable in both sprints. The race of Mrs. Mabel C. Scholtz Warhead in yesterdays North Shore Purse was not one calculated to win friends. In extenuation, it must be said that the son of Battle Morn was troubled by a respiratory condition in California that caused him to choke up and stop badly. However, on Monday Warhead walked out of the gate and failed to accelerate appreciably. He made up four lengths on Egotistical in the second quarter of the 6 furlongs without appearing to be urged by Eddie Arcaro, but gained less than a length in the last quarter, while fctill not being noticeably urged. That third quarter was run in an ordinary :25. In his previous start here under the same weight, Warhead made up six and one-half lengths in the last quarter, which was run in :24%, with the final time 1:105. compared with Viscounts 1:11. Burr Bucks Stiff Competition Charlie Burr, who led the nations riders in 1951 and is trying to become a New York regular for the first time, is determined to stick it out if it takes all summer. "I think Ive been pretty lucky so far," the tall Kansan says. "A lot of good riders have come here and found they couldnt buck the New York competition. Of course, Ive been helped by a good agent, ".he added with a nod toward Pete Carr, who formerly handled Bob Ussery and picked up Burrs engagement book at Gulf stream Park. You remark that Burr doesnt ride anything like as "acey-deucey" as he used to. "Thats right," he agreed, "that was hurting me a lot, I believe. I had to let it down gradually, a notch at a time, because you get used to riding one way, it isnt easy to change. I had to learn a lot of other things the same way, but I guess thats part of growing up." Burr thought for a moment, then said, "I remember one time I sent a colt through on the rail where there wasnt really any room. I got through all right and we won the race, but that colt got scraped along the rail something terrible and he wasnt any account after that. I really ruined the mans horse. That was several years ago and after the race Jack Westrope came to me and took me aside. He had been right behind me in the race. He said, What did you do that to that mans horse for, kid? You got to learn that theres a time you can make these moves and a time when you cant. In a situation like that, you have to just sit there and wait and pretty soon, on the turn or at the eighth pole, theyll widen out and you can make your move. But if they dont, you still have to protect the mans horse. When you dont everybody on the race track hears about it and the first thing you know youve ridden yourself right out of a livelihood. I never forgot that," Burr said, "but Im still trying to learn." Recalling the hot-tempered, whoop-de-do boy of a few years ago. and the thoughtful, intelligent rider Burr has become, you have to think that the young man has learned considerable. Crafty Skipper, A Glitter Banged Up Crafty Skipper didnt come out of his speedy Jamaica Handicap victory entirely unscathed. The colt still shows a slight nick on his near ankle, which was slightly warm Monday morning. ... A Glitters heels were clipped slightly by Chistosa near the finish of the Bed o Roses and Burr thinks it may have cost her the race as she switched her tail abruptly at that crucial point, after racing kindly from the start. . . . Louis Wolfson has three foals by Ribot. two fillies and a colt, according to Robbie Robertson. His English filly. Rich and Rare, was bred to Princequillo this spring. Robertson collects dandelions for his pet, who he says is the "worst hoivse in my barn, but the only one who appreciates them. I wont tell you his name." Robbie added, "or they might make me sell him and hes a wonderful pet. even if he isnt worth four dollars." A reader from Springfield, Mass.. who evidently has a sense of humor, writes of last Thursdays Jamaica program that it reminded him of a song during "Flora-dora" days that went "tell me pretty maiden are there any more at home like you? Oh, yes a few. etc." He adds, "four maiden races will never bring out that 75.000 punters."

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