Chicagoland: Longden Rides Fightin Indian Next Monday; Molter Says Gilmore Colt Showing Promise; Claims Round Table in Perfect Condition, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-14


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Wmmu-JR Chicagoland By Teddy Cox 1 Longden Rides Fightin Indian Next Monday Molter Says Gilmore Colt Showing Promise Claims Round Table in Perfect Condition SPORTSMANS PARK; Cicero, 111., May 13.— Bill Molter, who has arranged with Bill Shoemaker to handle Round Table in all of his engagements this year, is still on the lookout for another rider to do the bulk of the saddle work during the impending meetings at Balmoral, Arlington, and Washington. After scanning the group of available reinsmen for Mondays opening of Balmoral, Molter sent out an SOS to California to obtain the services of Johnny Longden for Fight-in Indians engagement in the 5,000 added Tri-State Stakes. Longden plays a one-day stand, then returns to Hollywood Eark. Molter believes Fightin Indian has a fine chance of developing into a ranking three-year-old in spite of the fact that up to now he has not won a stakes. "He looks and acts like a first class colt," Molter said this morning, "and I have hopes of seeing him prove himself against the best in the country. He was a little slow coming to hand as a two-year-old, and once he found himself, he proved something of a problem. Wouldnt allow his riders to rate him. Hed fight against any type of restraint and hed burn himself out, as he did in the Santa Anita Derby. He finished third that day after stepping out into the lead and running the first three-quarters in 1:09%, which is much too fast when youre trying to get a colt to get a mile and one-eighth." Fightin Indian, who may be the favorite in the Tri-State, is a bay son of Indian Hemp — Roman Road IE., by Watling Street. He is owned by W. G. Gilmore. He was nominated for the Triple Crown, but Molter decided on a further educational program rather than try to stretch him out under an intensive training program for the Kentucky Derby. Trainers Favorite Subject One rarely speaks to Molter unless there is much conversation on his favorite subject, the "big horse," meaning Round Table. There had been some rumbles concerning the soundness of the worlds leading money-winning thoroughbred. Roy "Boots" Dickerson, however, told this writer Tuesday morning he never saw the stallion in more resplendent condition. The famous starter, who will dispatch the fields during the Balmoral, Arlington, and Washington meetings, is of the belief that Molters patience and fine horsemanship will carry Round Table through another successful campaign, after which he is to be retired to the Claiborne Farm, at Lexington, where, it is said, he will stand for an unprecedented 5,000 per service. Molter added to the uncanny Dickersons observations this morning. He said that the stallion is "perfect." He added that bar shoes had been employed during the early stages of his training, but that he removed the protective shoes they keep a horses foot from spreading, especially after quarter cracks a week ago, and that now he is handling his chores in the conventional aluminum shoes. Hes a little behind on his schedule now, however. Missed a few works because of bad track conditions. Dont really know when hell make his first start. Had hoped to have him ready for the Balmoral Turf Handicap, but now it seems mighty doubtful. Program Scribblings: Cail Rizzo, who recently spent some time in California to handle business matters, is backmder the Molter shedrow as-the regular exercise boy for Round Table. . . . Carl Daigrepont is offering a 0 reward for the return of a black sheep dog who responds to the name of "Mickey." He leaves this week for the Detroit Race Course. The young rider says "Mickey" is his pal and friend. . . . Tall Chief n. will make his initial appearance in a turf race at Washington Park next week. The gray stallion was second on the grass in Sana Anitas San Juan Capistrano Handicap, which was run in track record time. . . . Jack Hogan and his father, O. T., continue as frequent fans here. Their Jacnot Farm horses are quartered at Balmoral. Early Saturday Entries Vetoed Horsemen are busy shipping out. Racing secretary and handicapper John Daniel for a time entertained ideas of closing Saturdays entries on Thursday in order to facilitate shipping for horsemen that will be unable to run, but it was vetoed. . . . Lou Marsh and Tony Adams, "kings of comedy," who are presently appearing at the suburban Club Hollywood, have been regulars. By the same token, numerous horsemen have been regulars in catching their act, which has been lauded as "the greatest." They follow a pattern originated by Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin.

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