Judges Stand: Californians Now Bidding for Preakness; Invading Royal Orbit to Appear in Prep; Fans the Flames of Intersectional Rivalry, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-08


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Judges Stand By Charles -Hatton Californians Now Bidding for Preakness Invading Royal Orbit to Appear in Prep Fans the Flames of Intersectional Rivalry PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 7. — "East is East, but West is Best," a waggish Coast columnist rubs it in. Before the exchange of discourtesies, Willy-Nilly, between Boland and The Shoe in the Derby, visiting Turf Publicists were haunted by a morbid thought "Sonny" Whitneys incomparable filly Silver Spoon would beat the colts again, then go kiting off back to the Coast. You see she was in neither the Preakness nor the Belmont. She did not quite make it. Ray York told interviewers later it was at the quarter pole he realized his mistake. Perhaps this occurred at the half-mile pole, where he was obliged to start an unconscionably long run. But while Silver Spoon was losing the Derby, Fred Turners gallant Tomy Lee was up front winning it. He has picked up the 119,650 marbles, the gold cup and a priority on the title and gone back to Hollywood Park. So the net result is the same. This unexpected turn of affairs has mixed emotions for 3,000 miles, from coast-to-coast. While they are exhausting the supply of superlatives as fast as Hollywood can think them up out West, a kind of creeping consternation has set in here in the East. At some risk of being put down as a species of creep here on the Hilltop, this expatriate Hard Boot, a neutral corner, ventures to suggest the beachhead Tomy Lee established on the sands of Churchill Downs may have been only the beginning. What of a Philistine called Royal Orbit, who is at this moment training at Pimlico for the Preakness, second of the American Triple Crown events? This Californian was second to Silver Spoon, at a respectful distance, in "the Santa Anita Derby, then broke from somewhere out on Central Avenue and nosed her out of fourth in the Kentucky Derby. He is not the best three-year-old around, but it takes one of the topnotch to head him off, and he is nothing if not tough. Trainer Reggie Cornell hopes he will make amends for Silky Sullivans sad - showing in the 58 Preakness and may start him for the Prep here Monday. In this 1 1-16 miles he may have Manassa Mauler, Black Hills and Master Palynch as sparring partners. Several Californians have won the Derby. Offhand we recall Morvich, Swaps and Determine. None has yet won any of the Preaknii. Breakdown" of Hundred Granders Turf ana: Between £ales of Preakness propaganda, Gholly Johnson has broken down the 34 events worth 00,000 in 58 and finds eight were for two-year-olds, eight for three-year-olds, 18 for older horses. Of course, many of the gold rushes for older horses are handicaps. It still is not clear why horsemen exploit their two-year-olds as so many of them do. Perhaps they hope to have their cake and eat it, too. What a hope! . . . Racing fans whlo fancy they have an eye for a horse will be afforded the opportunity of testing their knowledge of conformation in the amateur judging contest at the MHBAs annual yearling show here Sunday. Silver plates will be awarded those whose score cards concur closest in the findings of the Cromwell Bloodstock Agencys Clarkson Beard, the official judge. The Derby had Univac, the Preakness has fortune tellers. These turbaned mystics serve in conjunction with Wednesdays forty-seventh annual Womens Civic League flower mart, which is in conjunction with Preakness week. . . . On the basis of its Downs record, Univac is no more omniscient than Joe Fan, picking the right horse 33 1-3 per cent of the time in three tries. This is the national average~6f winning favorites. In affairs of the horse Univac could be replaced by a hatpin; no wires, no costly installation. . . . Goateed music lovers will celebrate Preakness Eve at the Lyric Theater, where Benny Goodman leads a jazz concert, sans beard, sans beret and sans Gene. . . . Harry Guggenheims nice young mare Hidden Talent, winner of the more demanding half of the Kentucky Oaks, is a prospective runner in Wednesdays Black-Eyed Susan. Dr. Herb to Contest Prep The MJC is not just yodeling in an echo chamber, as Dick Maney puts it, in saying this richest estimated 91,800 Preakness may be seen by the races largest crowd more than 42,370. . . . The MBHA will be out en masse to root for Dr. Herb, winner of the homebred Maryland Derby, when he opposes some of the Preakness candidates developed elsewhere in the Prep. The commission, incidentally, has ruled against betless exhibitions. Thus the Prep will be for money, not the exercise, so far as stewards Flanagan, Brinton and Colwill are concerned. Perhaps The Genius should publish his discourse on handicapping at the Laurel ladies seminar. There have been inquiries. With "The Greek" Vaonakis, Howard Grant and the Delphic oracles going for him, this prognosticator may yet equal Roger Bacon, who anticipated the Panama Canal by 500 years when he advised Columbus to sail west for India. . . . Emil Dolce claimed Manassa Mauler for 2,500, now has paid 0,000 to make him eligible to run against the Easts classicists in the Preakness. It is documentary. . . . The Pimlico Merchants Association, excited over the heaviest advance sale of Preakness Day reservations in history, is decorating all the" streets leading to the track and employing appropriate racing themes in their window trimming. »** -

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