Shoemaker on Sword Dancer In Preakness; Burch Explains: Supplement Manassa Mauler To Race; Baghdad May Plane In From Coast for May 16 Tilt, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-07


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ROBERT F. CAREY— The Hawthorne managing director, announced the stakes program for the 35-day meeting at the West Side course. , Shoemaker on Sword Dancer In Preakness; Burch Explains Supplement Manassa Mauler To Race; Baghdad May Plane In From Coast for May 16 Tilt By CHARLES HATTON PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 6.— The announcement that Willie Shoemaker has been engaged to ride Brookmeades favored Sword Dancer in the 50,000-added Preakness — worlds most richly endowed race: the arrival of Emil Dolce s Manassa Mauler, accompanied by a supplemental check for 0,000, and a possibility that California and-Howard Keeks Baghdad may plane in for the race highlighted activities on the scene of the May 16 classic here. Oceanic May Start In addition to Baghdad and King Ranchs Black Hills, there is a possibility Allie Reubens Oceanic, second - ranking French two-year-old last season, will be an "added starter" in this 83rd and richest of all Preakness. Also that Saturdays Delaware Valley at Garden State Park and Mondays Preakness Prep here will inspire Continued on Page Four i A in ,lil.i.i| BaaaaMaaaa_aaaaaMtlHaaaaaaH|aHaBBBBBH|||I|la |aaHBB1|aaaBHtwMB JOCKEY WILLIAM SHOEMAKER— The nations leading jockey and rider of the Derby winner, Tomy Lee, will be astride Sword Dancer in the Preakness running. I Shoemaker on Sword Dancer In Preakness; Burch Explains I Supplement Manassa Mauler To Race; Baghdad May Plane In From Coast for May 16 Tilt Continued from Page One others to have a fling at fame and fortune on the Hilltop. Rare Rice, Cedar Brook and Royal Anthem are potential Delaware Valley entrants, while Black Hills, Royal Orbit and M o s b y are prospective Preakness Prep starters. Willie Harmatz is due over the week end to ride Royal Orbit. The recent Maryland Derby winner, Dr. Herb also is to appear for the Prep, though this is only incidental since he is not a Preakness aspirant. Out of the Preakness is Crafty Skipper, who cut an ankle that developed a hot spot. Also declining is Atoll, according to word from Garden State Park, Elkcam Stable depending on Open View. Meanwhile, the list of more of less definite probables in an intrinsically indefinite phase of the Preakness eligibles development ran a gamut of Sword Dancer, First Landing, Pen Bolero, Royal Orbit, Sundown H., Mosby, Rico Tesio, Black Hills, Festival King, Manassa Mauler, Open View, and Master Palynch, who is vanning today from Chicago. No Longer Has Obligation Mrs. Dodge S i o a n e s swashbuckling, little Sword Dancer, narrowly be a t e n by Tomy Lee in the Derby, continued to be the focal point of interest at Pimlico as the probable 7-5 favorite to win the 39,-300 this mile and three-sixteenths will net if 12 start. In announcing Shoemaker will ride the chestnut, who was handled skillfully by Bill Boland in the Derby, trainer Elliott Burchs prepared statement said : "We had been trying for some time to get Shoemaker to ride Sword Dancer in all of the Triple Crown races, but a prior obligation kept him off our colt in the Kentucky Derby. He no longer has this obligation and we are happy to retain him for the remaining Triple Crown races. This in no way expresses displeasure with the ride Bill Boland gave Sword Dancer in the Derby. It was a rough, hard-run race and we are t grateful for the job Boland did in finishing second, beaten only a nose, and getting our colt back safely. Our change to Shoemaker at this time merely represents the fulfillment of our plans of a long-time standing. It should not be regarded in any other light." Sword Dancer incidentally is to have his initial work over the Pimlico surface on Thursday morning. The Preakness is one of a shrinking number of important stakes Shoemaker has yet to win. A year ago, he was a spectator as his mount, Silky Sullivan, roared up into eighth place in the race. In 1954, he was trying to keep the bad-kneed Correlation straight and beat Hasty Road at the same time, coming off second best in a particularly bruising finish. There is a strange contradiction in published reports of how come Shoemaker wound up on Tomy Lee in the Derby and Sword Dancer in the Preakness. One day, just before the Stepping Stone at Louisville, he was reported undecided whether to ride Tomy Lee or Sword Dancer in the Run for the Roses. Then he won the Stepping Stone on Sword Dancer. Two on Track for Gallops Next day, it was reported he had a consuming desire to ride Mrs. Sloanes colt in the Derby as well, but "a previous committment" had to be honored and he perforce favored Tomy Lee with his services. His engagement book reads like "Alice Through the Looking Glass." Sword Dancer and the British Sundown II. were the only Preakness candidates on the Pimlico surface this morning and they were indulged in light gallops. Manassa Mauler, who scattered dismay the length of the Jamaica stretch beating First Landing in the Wood, has not raced since that shocker, and handicapper Charles McLennan considers him a potential starter in the Preakness Prep. Another who could familiarize himself with this old Civil War course while tightening for the Preakness in the Prep is Master Palynch. Their connections are expected to make a decision later in the week, when the mile and a sixteenth of Mondays preliminary may be regarded from closer range. Californias hardy Royal Orbit is most distinguished of the intended starters. He won the California Breeders Stakes at two, was second in the Santa Anita Derby and Yerba Buena Stakes, third in the San Felipe and California Derby and fourth in the Kentucky Derby this year at three. By the time you read this, the contingent of Preakness candidates on the grounds will include Sword Dancer, "house horse" Pen Bolero, Royal Orbit, Sundown II., Mosby, Rico Tesio and Manassa Mauler. First Landing, growing in favor as Sword Dancers stoutest adversary, is at Belmont Park, along with others of J. H. "Casey" Hayes trainees in the Chenery string. He suffered no serious damage, either physically or to his high repute, as a consequence of his Derby engagement and is expected to arrive here in arple time to get the feel of the Pimlico surface. Many estimate he will advantage from the sixteenth-mile shorter distance of the Preakness.

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