Blue Crooner Wins Third Straight; Field of 12 Expected for Preakness: 91,800 Gross If That Many Go; Dunces Qualifying Effort Pleasing; First Landing on Scene; Our Dad Works Well, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-13


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Blue Blue Crooner Crooner Wins Wins Jhird Third Straight; Straight; Field Field of of 12 12 Expected Expected for for Preakness Preakness 91,800 Gross If That Many Go Dunces Qualifying Effort Pleasing; First Landing on Scene; Our Dad Works Well By JOE HIRSCH PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 12— A well-balanced field of 12 horses has firmed up for this week ends 83rd and richest running of the 50,000 added Preakness Stakes for three-year-olds, middle jewel of racings Triple Crown and the annual highlight of the abbreviated spring meeting here at historic old Hilltop. Headed by Brookmeade Stables Sword Dancer, second in the recent Kentucky Derby and probable favorite for the Preakness, "Saturdays Children" will also include Meadow Stables First Landing, Mrs. Jacques Braunsteins Royal Orbit, Emil Dolces Manassa Mauler, Claibornes Dunce, King Ranchs Black Hills, C. B. Fischbachs Festival King, Elkcam Stables Open View, Miss Patrice Jacobs Our Dad, Briardale Farms Rico Tesio, Robert S. Lytles Sundown n. and Lester G. Robinsons Marauder. 37,000 to Winner Should all 12 go to the post, the Preakness will gross 91,800 — one of the largest pots in the history of thoroughbred racing — with the winner, other than the supplementary nominee, Manassa Mauler, netting I 37,700. Manassa Mauler, made eli- gible at a fee of 0,000, would take home 27,800 should he win. All horses will carry scale weight of 126 pounds in this significant 1 3-16 miles test, which will be seen from coast to coast by over 20,000,000 people through the facilities of CBS. Management, which has installed extensive infield accommodations, expects to play host to a crowd in excess of the 37,-000 which saw last years stirring renewal. In late developments: 1. Speaking from his home on Long Island, trainer Moody Jolley observed he Continued on Page Eight Field of 12 Expected for Preakness 91,800 Gross If That Many Go Dunces Qualifying Effort Pleasing; First Landing on Scene; Our Dad Works Well Continued from Page One was well pleased with Dunces three-length victory in a one-mile allowance race at Belmont Park yesterday and would van the . strapping son of Tom Pool to PimI ico Wednesday morning to prepare for his engagement in the Preakness. Jolley was attempting to secure the services of Howard Grant to ride his colt, but Grant is reported previously committed at Garden State Park this week end. If Grant is unavailable, Jolley is likely to bring a rider with him from New York. 2. First Landing, fresh from a crisp six-furlong work in 1:13 at Belmont yesterday, arrived by van from Long Island this morning at 10:30. Grazing beside the Preakness barn shortly before noon, the Derby third looked in resplendent condition, and several horsemen, who had seen him in Kentucky, thought he had put on a bit of weight and muscle in the past 10 days. Trainer Casey Hayes is due here tomorrow and First Landing is expected to blow out through the stretch on Friday. Our Dad Goes 7 Furlongs in 1 :25 3. Speaking from his home in New York, Hirsch Jacobs announced he will van his daughters Our Dad to Baltimore Wednesday morning. Jacobs was highly enthused over Our Dads work today, calling it one of the best by any horse he has ever trained. The ample son of Palestinian went 7 furlongs in 1:25 at Jamaica and galloped out the mile in 1:39. "They were doing some work on the track," Jacobs noted, "and a temporary fence was up, which meant that Our Dad was some 15 to 18 feet off the inside rail. He came back fine and his shins are not sore a bit." Jacobs is still shopping for a rider. 4. In the aftermath of yesterdays Preakness Prep here, won by Royal Orbit, Baltimore druggist Lester G. Robinson, who owns and trains Marauder, announced that if his Hannibal colt came up to the race in good order, he would probably be a starter in the Preakness. Marauder made most of the running in the Prep, tiring near the wire to finish fourth. Robinson hopes to engage Joe Culmone as his jockey, pr barring that, some other able boy. Two horses who came out of the Preakness as a result of the Prep are Hatskin and Sairs Master Palynch and King Ranchs Call the Witness wouldnt run on Saturday, trains Master Palynch, thought his colt couldnt handle the track, and displaying commendable restraint, plans to ship him back to Chicago on Thursday. Max Hirsch, speaking from New York, merely noted that Call the iWtness wouldnt run on Saturday. The pair finished fifth and sixth of a six-horse field respectively. W. M. Cook to Ride Festival King 5. C. B. Fischbach, the Akron, Ohio, trucking magnate, speaking from his offices in that city, said today that trainer E. W. Kuykendall would give William McKinley Cook a leg up on Festival King in the Preakness. Festival Kings connections had beep seeking the services of Bill Hartack, but the latter pleaded other commitments aboard Idun this week end. Jockey Cook is to drive down from Garden State Park tomorrow morning to breeze Festival King 5 or 6 furlongs by way of final preparations for Saturdays festivities. 6. Rico Tesio and Sundown H. will work together Wednesday morning, each going a mile, in an effort to sharpen themselves for the Preakness. Chris Rogers, who will ride Rico Tesio, will be aboard the Royal Charger colt while trainer Eddie Cox is likely to handle the English-bred Sundown n. Larry Adams is set to ride the Hyperion colt this week end. 7. Open iVew is due by van from Garden State Park Wednesday, and by tomorrow evening, all of the Preakness probables should be on the grounds. Reggie Cornell was well pleased with the performances of his Royal Orbit in the Preakness Prep, the copper-colored son of Royal Charger scoring his first victory of the season by half a length from the Wood winner, Manassa Mauler, and covering the mile and one-sixteenth in 1:44%, good time over this deepish strip. "He hit the side of the gate at the break," Cornell observed, "but recovered and ran a good race. He was getting a little tired at the end, though that is to be expected for his first time over the track. A race over this strip is important, I would think, and I expect hell be a better horse on Saturday for his race yesterday." Bill Harmatz, who flew from California lor the day to ride Royal Orbit, had him laying reasonably close to the pace, then brought him to the lead leaving the eighth pole. "Hed have been laying closer in the Derby, too," explained Cornell, "expect that he was bothered on the fist turn." Manassa Maulers trainer, Frank Martin, was back in New York this morning, but assistant trainer Louis DCasseries, a former rider and knowledgeable horseman in his own right, seemed satisfied with his colts showing in the Prep. "He got a little tired, too," DCasseries admitted "and the boy didnt punish him. I think heJll improve off the race. This is not much of a work horse in the mornings, and the best way to have him fit is with actual competition." DCasseries also observed that the Pimlico strip is deep on the rail through the stretch, and that there is a desirable path several feet off the rail which most of the leaders endeavor to follow to the wire. Black Hills to Go Black Hills finished a fairly even third in the Prep and veteran trainer Max Hirsch, speaking from his cottage at Belmont Park this morning, said "He didnt do too bad and he didnt do too good. However, he only raced once before this season and I think he may improve off yesterdays performance. The question is Will he improve enough? In any case, well take a shot at them and see." Hirsch, who will be 79 on July 30 and looks and acts like a man 20 years his junior, was down from New York to saddle Black Hills yesterday, expects to return to Baltimore on Thursday. "We wanted to see how Our Dads shins would react to his work this morning," Hirsch Jacobs explained enthusiastically, "and they didnt give him a bit of trouble. They were cold after he cooled out too, and so weve got to try them again. I thought it was a big move for him. We broke him in behind a good horse — Sid Old Boy — and he came to him with good strength." Our Dad beat only two horses of 17 in the Derby, but was running on sore shins. If hes right on Saturday, he could .prove tough to handle. Marauder, who opened up a six length lead at one point in the Prep, was going a mile and one-sixteenth for the first time in his comparatively brief career, noted druggist Robinson from his Baltimore store. "He got a little tired," Robinson said, "and could improve off the race. Naturally, well want to see how he comes" out of it before we make a definite decision, but if hes good, hell start." Robinson has been racing horses for 12 years, trains them in the mornings before he goes to work. He has a stable of seven head and says the turf is "my whole life." In other Preakness news: Elliott Burch was due in Baltimore this afternoon and Sword Dancer is scheduled to work a brisk 6 furlongs Wednesday morning. Cain Hoys Hoist Away, a contemplated candidate for the Preakness, was a moderate third in Dunces race in New York yesterday and wont be among those present this week end. Open View is scheduled for a brief, brisk breeze here on Thursday by way of final preparation for the Preakness. Local television stations had their cameramen out in full force this morning, through the stable area and the main stands. Among those interviewed were Joe Piarulli Rico Tesio, Louis DCasseries Manassa Mauler, Reggie Cornell Royal Orbit, Eddie Cox Sundown n., Lou Pondfield executive vice-president of Pimlico, Leeds Riely assistant general manager and the writer. Several of the above named were interviewed twice and eventually became wary of where they were walking lest they be dragged before the cameras a third time. The Preakness looms a complete sellout, and with good weather, the management should realize a highly successful after- noon. A complete show will be presented for early arrivals, lasting almost to post time, while bands will perform throughout the afternoon, culminating with the playing of "Maryland My Maryland" in the tense minutes before the race itself. The annual Preakness Eve party will be held as usual at the Sheraton-Belvedere, with one of Americas most famous horsemen being honored in accordance with the delightful custom begun several seasons ago. Bill Matthews and his famous Bourbon Street Dixieland band will again be imported from New Orleans, to jazz it up at the party and tour through the stands on Preakness Day. If you havent heard this quintet giving out with "When the Saints Come Marching In," you aint, as the saying goes, heard nothin yet.

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