New Jersey: Ten Meet in Delaware Valley Sprint Today; Five Are Lukewarm Preakness Prospects; Trainers Discuss Intentionally, Rice Entry, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-09


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New Jersey I By William C. Phillips Ten Meet in Delaware Valley Sprint Today Five Are Lukewarm Preakness Prospects Trainers Discuss Intentionally, Rice Entry GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N. J., May 8.— An exciting contest is promised here Saturday as a field of 10 three-year-olds ,align to battle for a 9,450 purse in the sixth running of the Delaware Valley Stakes. The race assumes more importance than just another sprint, however, and all of the contestants are not to be considered merely sprinters. Among the group are five Preakness nominees, and it is conceivable that the result of this race could have some effect on the three-year-old division during the days ahead. v None of this quintet is considered a serious Preakness threat of the moment, but at least there are "possibilities," and it will be with close interest that their performances will be studied as colts who are the "stand-ins" of today, but possible stars of tomorrow. Foremost among the Preakness nominees are Brook-field Farms Intentionally and Mrs. Ada L. Rices entry of Rare Rice and Cedar Brook. The trainers of both have~indicated a victory in the Delaware Valley could influence them to throw down the challenge in the Preakness. The other pair can be considered classic timber only by a long stretch of the imagination, but could prove troublesome at their favorite sprint distance. They are Loren P. Guys Pointer and Weiner and Resseguets Eternal Bim. Not to be forgotten is that most of these, and a few of their rivals, also may develop as challengers in the 0,000 added Jersey Stakes that will be presented at 9 furlongs here on May 30. Isaacs Colt Faltered Before Derby The most attention from the public and horsemen Saturday will center on Intentionally, a handsome black colt who was bred and is owned by Harry Isaacs Brookfield Farms. The beautifully molded son of Intent — My Recipe, by Discovery, was frequently mentioned by professional horsemen last winter as a potent "dark horse" for the Kentucky Derby. Their support grew with each new report on his progress seeping out of winter quarters at Aiken, S. C, and interest was strong when he won his first start of the season at Jamaica in a fast 6 furlongs time and by better than six lengths. The enthusiasm wavered slightly when he finished second to Atoll in the Gotham, although it was a game and creditable effort. It finally subsided when he was fourth his next effort behind the upstart Manassa Mauler in the Wood Memorial. Eddie I. Kelly, the young Brookifeld trainer, wisely decided to by-pass the Derby and freshen the colt for a return at this meeting. "He didnt have any real excuses in his New York races," Kelly reported this morning, "although I thought that was a good race he ran against Atoll in the Gotham. Ill never run him in the slop again. I guess he can handle it all right, but he runs down a trifle behind and you have to put pads on his heels to keep him from skinning himself, and it just isnt the best kind of a track for him." Intentionally has been working well over the local course, the scene of his maiden triumph as a two-year-old, and he is in resplendent physical condition. "Those New York races did not dull his speed," Kelly remarked, "and hes doing everything I ask of him." Intentionally won the Tyro and the coveted Belmont Futurity as a juvenile and capped off his campaign by winning the 1 1-16 miles Pimlico Futurity. Mention was made of his impressively easy victory in the latter event, and that it might indicate the colt was partial to the Pimlico course where the Preakness is run. A brief smile flickered as Kelly replied, "There werent any Sword Dancers or First Landings behind him in that one, though. . . . Im not seriously considering the Preakness, although a good race Saturday could change my mind. Right now Im content to see how things develop." Rare Rice, Cedar Brook Haye Speed Rare Rice and Cedar Brook spent most of their time chasing the top three-year-olds in Florida last winter, although both of the Chicago sportswomans colts won their respective divisions of the 5V2 furlongs Alligator Handicap at Tropical Park. Cedar Brook set a new track record of 1:02% for the distance, and Rare Rice came back in the next race to equal the old record of one-fifth of a second slower. The best race turned in by either was the third Rare Rice ran to First Landing and Moony in the 1% miles Everglades. The son of Olympia — Altair, by Chance Play, was with the pace the entire distance and was beaten only a neck. He also was fourth in both the Flamingo and the Fountain of Youth, but beaten progressively at longer distances. After finishing well back in the Florida Derby, he came to Maryland and won the Chesapeake, although probably the best horse behind him was Mrs. Ben Cohens Pen Bolero. Trainer Clyde Troutt, like Kelly, is not enthusiastic over the Preakness prospects, but says, "Well see." Then it says here in the small print, Mary G. Christmas Nasrullah Sweep could take it all and make the Preakness look very far away. The son of Spectrum n. could not handle the likes of Tomy Lee in California last winter, but he easily handled Crafty Skipper in the Jatters debut this spring at Jamaica, and another race of that caliber could find him beating any horse at a sprint. " - • * ..

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