Preakness Field of 14 Seen Likely; Tinkalero Victress in Colonial Prep: Van Our Dad From New York Today or Tomorrow for Race; Favored Sword Dancer Goes Easy 7 Furlongs in 1:30 1/5; Festival King in 1:41 3/5 Mile, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-12


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MISS PATRICE JACOBS AND OUR DAD — The latter will be a starter in Saturdays Preakness Stakes. Preakness Preakness Field Field of of 14 14 Seen Seen Likely; Likely; Tinkalero Tinkalero Victress Victress in in Colonial Colonial Prep Prep Van Our Dad From l lew York Today or Tomorrow for Race Favored Sword Dancer Goes Easy 7 Furlongs in 1 :30Vs; Festival King in 1 :41 3/s Mile By JOE HIKSCH PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 11. — Stepping stone races here and in New York today will play a vital role in determining the size of the starting field for Saturdays 83rd running of the 50,000 added Preakness Stakes, but at the moment as many as 14 horses considered possibilities for the second — and richest — of the Triple Crown events for three-year-olds. Brookmeades Sword Dancer, second in the recent Kentucky Derby and probable favorite for the Preakness, heads a group of -candidates for the week ends classic 1 3-16 miles which includes Meadow Stables First Landing, Mrs. Halina Braun-steins Royal Orbit, Emil Dolces Manassa Mauler, Briardale Farms Rico Tesio, C. B. Fischbachs Festival King, Hatskin and Sairs Master Palynch, Miss Patrice Jacobs Our Dad, the King Ranch entry of Black Hills and Call the Witness, Elkcam Stables Open View, Claibornes Dunce, Robert S. Lytles Sundown n. and Cain Hoys Hoist Away. In late developments: . 1. From his barn at Jamaica, Hirsch Jacobs revealed this morning that his daughters Our Dad will van down from Long Island on Tuesday or Wednesday to participate in the Preakness. Our Dad, running on sore shins, finished up the track in the Derby but Jacobs says the -shins are cool once again. The Palestinian colt worked a half mile in :49 on Saturday. Jacobs is shopping for a rider. Decision on Dunce Due 2. Dunce and Hoist Away are to compete in a one mile allowance race at Belmont Park this afternoon. Dunces trainer, Moody Jolley, said by phone from New York this morning that he would make a definite decision on his colts Preakness status either this evening or tomorrow morning, based on todays race. It is understood that Woody Stephens will follow the same policy with Hoist Away — if the colt runs well in New York, he will be shipped here for the Preakness. Neither trainer has a rider engaged at this writing. 3. Sword Dancer worked an easy 7 furlongs here Sunday, timed in 1:30%. With trainer Elliott Burch looking on, the copper-colored son of the Widener winner Sunglow went-in fractions of :25% for the quarter, :49% for the half mile, 1:16% for 6 furlongs and 1:30% for the 7 panels, galloping out a mile in 1:45. "It was just what I wanted," Burch observed from New York this morning. "He doesnt need heavy drilling between races. Ill be down in Baltimore tomorrow Tuesday and hell get a sharper work on Wednesday. Hell probably zip three-quarters of a mile." Bill Shoemaker is due in Baltimore on Friday to pilot Sword Dancer. 4. Festival King also worked here on Sunday, going a mile in 1:41%, and ap- i pears to be coming up to the Preakness in good order. This hard-hitting son of My Request ran a decent race to be eleventh in the large Derby field and could improve off that effort at Pimlico. The stable is shopping for a rider and is presently negotiating with one of Americas leading jockeys. 5. First Landing is vanning to this historic old Hilltop course Wednesday or Thursday, according to reports from New York today. Trainer Casey Hayes is to follow on Wednesday and the Derby third is likely to get a light breeze on Thursday. Eddie Arcaro will be down from New York on Saturday to handle First Landing, as he has done in all the colts races. 6. Neither Llangollen Farms Mosby nor Mrs. Ben Cohens Pen Bolero, both unplaced in a prep race here Friday, are to start in the Preakness. From her 4,000-acre farm in Virginia this morning, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth-Person revealed Mosby will probably be brought home in the near future and altered. Here at Pimlico this afternoon, Ben Cohen, husband of Pen Boleros owner, and secretary-treasurer of Pimlico, said Pen Bolero would be reserved for other events. 7. Open View is due by van from Garden State Park Tuesday, Pimlico officials noted this morning. Open View finished eighth in the Derby, after racing with the contention for about 9 furlongs. He could find the shorter distance of the Preakness to his liking. Karl Korte will be aboard once again. 8. Sundown II. is to work 7 furlongs here on Wednesday, while Rico Tesio will en- Continued on Page Forty-Nine , , ! , , Field of 14 Seen Likely For Preakness Saturday Van Our Dad From New York Today or Tomorrow for Race Continued on Page Fifty-Two gage in his final Preakness preparation either on Wednesday or Thursday. This afternoons prep race, involving Royal Orbit, Manassa Mauler, Black Hills, Call the Witness and Master Palynch should answer some questions regarding the ability of these Preakness candidates to handle the local strip. In past years this mile and one-sixteenth event has proven quite revealing, and there is sufficient quality in todays affair to insure a worthwhile test. Sword Dancer, on the basis of his brilliant effort at Louisville — many observers considered him the best horse in the Derby — deserves to be favored this week end. With the remarkable Willie Shoemaker in the irons, he will enjoy the services of a talented rider who is sure to get the most out of him. Still, the Preakness does not figure to be a soft touch for the Brook-meade colt. First Landing, never worse than third in his life, got off to a poor start in the Derby, yet was able to finish within hailing distance of Tomy Lee and Sword Dancer. Eddie Arcaro, who bounced back from Derby defeats with Hill Prince and Bold Ruler to capture the Preakness in 1950 and 1957, always learns something from a horses race and is invariably a tougher opponent the next time around. Royal Orbit, too, had his troubles in Louisville, then came from way out of it to be fourth. Apparently, he likes the local strip and Reggie Cornell is sparing no effort to insure that he will be at his absolute sharpest on Saturday. Speaking of the Pimlico track, Eddie Cox, trainer of Sundown n., had some revealing comments to offer this morning. Cox, a former rider who gallops his own horses, noted: "Were trying to get either Bill Boland or Larry Adams to ride Sundown n. Adams might have an edge since he has been riding here, and I think it is important to have a boy who knows the track. The backstretch, for instance, has been fast, while the area around the seven-eighths pole the clubhouse turn has been on the deep side. Also, most horses who have been winning seem to go wide through the stretch and stay away from the rail. A boy who has been riding here knows the paths and spots." Cox, incidentally, revealed that Sundown H. will wear blinkers for the first time in the Preakness. "Hes never had them on before," Eddie observed. "He kind "of pricked his ears in Fridays race the English-bred Hyperion colt finished second to Weather Prophet and I thought the hood might help him to keep his mind on his business. He wore blinkers galloping this morning and seemed to go the better for them." Elmer Kalensky, a recent arrival from Chicago with the speedy Master Palynch, warned that his colt would have to run well this afternoon for him to remain over for the Preakness. It should be remembered that Master Palynch left Churchill Downs after a moderate effort in the Derby Trial, and Kalensky would have no compunction about following this procedure if the son of Crafty Admiral failed to display any punch today. One feature to be considered in figuring this years Preakness is the change in the position of the finish line. Where the homestretch was only three-sixteenths of. a mile in length last season and for many previous years, this year there is a full quarter-mile run to the wire, which has been moved down to the clubhouse turn. In many of the past runnings, horses who had the lead entering the stretch went on to victory. This year, and in the future, winners might be reasonably expected to be laying off the pace as they straighten into the stretch, saving something for the testing run past the stands.

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