Impressed by Derby Material, Daily Racing Form, 1914-03-16


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IMPRESSED BY DERBY MATERIAL. Cincinnati, 0., March 15. Charles II. Ungues, the veteran trainer, was here recently. He wintered at Lexington, hut has spent the last three weeks u Louisville. "In my long career on the turf 1 have never seen as line looking three-year-olds as I have seen in the last month," remarked Mr. Hughes. "Lexington is alive witli good horses and the two Louisville tracks house any number of lirst class thoroughbreds. Training operations received a setback in the last month, due to miserable weather conditions, hut with good weather from now on then- will be plenty of racing material ready for the spring campaign. All of the three-year-olds have broadened out and should make excellent racing material. The favorite for the Kentucky Derby will not be the sensational Old Rosebud, but another Louisville-owned horse, named Ralph. The people of the Falls City are crazy over the prospects of George J. Longs horse, and regard him as a certain wluner, barring accidents. Ralph did not develop until late in the fall, when he won nearly every race in which he started. There was some uncertainty as to his mud-running ability until he ran in heavy going as though he liked it in a stake race at Latonia last fall. That settled the question in the minds of the Louisville people. It is about a toss up as to whether the track will be fast or heavy on Derby day, and a horse which can run on either of these tracks looks like a good prospect. The Louisville people, and especially those around the race tracks, seem to have forgotten the good work displayed by Old Rosebud In the spring, and. though he will be second choice, there seems to be a suspicion that Old Rosebud Is .not cut out for a t Derby horse and will not like the route. While Ids sire did not get much of a chance to show his mettle over a distance of ground, they, or most of them, are taking it for granted Old Rosebud will not do at a mile and a quarter. While Louisville is enthused over its two entries for the Derby, Lexington will have something to say before the race is over. Out at K. R. Bradleys Idle Hour Farm are three horses, any one of which will have a great chance in the big race. Bradleys Choice has wintered well and looks as if he will make a grand three-year-old. Boots and Saddle is the most improved horse I have seen. He has tilled out and looks much stouter than he did a year ago."

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