Judges Stand: Royal Orbit Appears Ready to Run Big Race; Buoys Wests Hopes of Another 59 Classic; Sword Dancer Regarded as Probable Favorite, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-13


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~H s -""sf Judges Stand *— By Charles Hatton « Royal Orbit Appears Ready to Run Big Race Buoys Wests Hopes of Another 59 Classic Sword Dancer Regarded as Probable Favorite PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 12. — Sometimes the East and the West do meet, and with strange results. After the Santa Anita Derby, "Sonny" Whitney said that as nearly as he could tell -the colts out West were on par with those in the East "this season. Possibly they are a little better. Tomy Lee having routed the East in the Derby, the Wests Royal Orbit yesterday established a beach head at Pimlico, to launch an attack on the second of the trilogy of three-year-old classics. With eight pounds the best of the weights he wore down Manassa Mauler and debited him with de- feat by half a length in the moderate but adequate time of 1:44%. The expansive Reggie Cornell permitted himself to say expansively how pleased he was, and jockey Willie Harmatz, looking nonchalant as anybody -can in silks like red flannels, said his mount so thoroughly enjoyed himself he wanted to play. Manassa Mauler and a pop of the whip took that out of him, however, and he unsaddled blowing just right, we thought. Only one in 10 Prep winners have won the Preakness as well! But Mrs. Halina Braunsteins colt hardly can have an excuse on the score of either his own or the track conditions. And it is indicated that if his effort Saturday warrants, he will continue on to the Belmont Stakes. If you liked Manassa Mauler before the Prep there is no reason to dislike him now, and of course, Sword Dancer and First Landing did not start. First Landing just arrived in barn J a few moments ago, a day late coming to the party. Here on the Hilltop they were beginning to think he was just a rumor. Dangers Lurk Near Talent Row Mutuels manager Bob Sloan estimates that Sword Dancer will be the favorite with First Landing and Royal Orbit next in line. Few will agree of course, but then it is essential people disagree about horses. One only hopes there is no epidemic sweeps through barn J between now and Saturday, what with Sword Dancer, First Landing, Royal Orbit, Open View, Rico Tesio, Festival King, Sundown n., Manassa Mauler and Master Palynch all sharing these accommodations. When we were a boy in Bootland, breeders had four-stall barns at widely scattered points on their farms, to avoid the spread of fires and disease and reduce their losses" in any such eventuality. There were fewer as-carids and strongyles, -too. Now it is the policy to concentrate the talent in "Derby barns," "International barns," "Preakness barns" and so on, probably on the theory it entails less large securities staffs. But what does one do about bugs one cannot even see without a microscope. Someday one of these barns is going to be "locked" too late. The Black Eyed Susan this Wednesday seems to suffer from its adjacence to Saturdays 0,000 Acorn up at Belmont Park. We had thought possibly Harry Guggenheims nice young mare Hidden Talent, who won a division of the Kentucky Oaks, might compete in the local stake, but she is rather a conspicuous absentee. Scanning those named- we know how Montezuma felt when Cortez asked if he might call to admire all his jewelry. It was not that Montezuma lacked the courage of his convictions, he simply had no convictions. Flanagan to Demand Clean Sport TURFANA: Lord Herbert said that "A good rider on a good horse is as much above himself and others as the world can make him." Steward Joe Flanagan wilj seek to imbue Preakness jockeys with some of his • lofty idealism before the race Saturday. It is hoped to avoid the unpleasantries of the Derby, when Shoemaker and Boland staged a rumble. . . . Shoe coinci-dentally was the last to claim foul in a Preakness, as he did on Correlations behalf in 54. Only thing was. he claimed against the wrong horse, Hasseyampa, instead of Hasty Road, who was veering out. He also forgot to say his own mount was trying to bear in. . . . several columns ago, it was-noted, the Preakness was named for the first Dixie winner. Not content with opening graves discovered at the finish pole here, Publicitor Johnson unearths the fact the horse Preakness was named for a hamlet in Passaic Co., N. J. The first white men settled there in 1715, buying it from the Indians for trinkets at about 18 cents an acre. , Everybody spells it Preakness now, because everybody else does. But there was much disagreement at first. It was spelled Preckiness, Praguaness, Preaqua-ness, Perekenos, Perekenes, Perikenes, Perikeness, Prikenis, Parikenis, Parikenes, Pracaness, Precaness, Prekniss, Preckeniss, Prakeness, etc., etc., until the postman put his foot down. . . . Seventy feet of the impending slum which is the old grandstand here will be razed after this meet, giving way to an extension of what now is the new clubhouse. The new clubhouse becomes the grandstand in 60, when still another clubhouse is constructed. . . . The record discloses Preakness winners may come from almost anywhere the fauna includes Eohippos Auroris descendants. Culpepper was bred in Ohio, Harold in Pa., Old England in Calif., Knight of Ellerslie in Va., Acobus in N. Y., The Parader in Tenn., Holiday in N. J., Assault in Texas and War Cloud in England.

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