Near The Half Way Mark: Oaklawn Park Meeting Moves On With Interest Undiminished.; Eternals Easy Victory Saturday Makes Great Impression--Latest Gossip., Daily Racing Form, 1919-03-31


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NEAR THE HALF WAY MARK Oaklawn Park Meeting Moves On With Interest Undiminished Eternals Easy Victory Saturday SaturdayMakes Makes Great Impression Latest Gossip HOT SPRINGS Ark March 30 A lightning fast track is in prospect for the ushering in of the third week of racing at Oaklawn Park tomor ¬ row Today many fast moves were reported during the morning hours and they were witnessed by sev ¬ eral hundred persons mostly tourists who make their daily pilgrimage to see the thoroughbreds in their morningCandidates exercise every morning Candidates for the Kentucky Derby were con ¬ spicuous by their absence on the track in work ¬ outs as most of these which did not race yesterday afternoon morningWitli were worked yesterday morning Witli the passing of the half way mark for the spring jneeting here tomorrow the sport is hold ¬ ing up remarkably well and indications are that it will continue to be as big as ever to the end Isually the latter part of March finds many of the regulars deserting this section for Maryland but this year the exodus lias been nothing compared to former years What horses are here and in ¬ tended for a Maryland campaign will remain at Oaklawn Park until April 10 or so and then l e sent to Havre de Grace Most of the thoroughbreds taking part in the local meeting will go direct tn Kentucky and few of them will leave until the meeting ends endsVeteran Veteran horsemen and turf followers are still talking of Eternals race yesterday and all aver that the Sweep colt is going to be mighty hard to iriiu iiitlit Kentucky OerbyJf he continues to train on aHheMiis been doing The case with which he ran five and onehalf furlongs in 105 is what impresses one the most J AV McClelland his owner said that he came out of the nice in fine condition and this morning he was as playful as a kitten kittenNaturally Naturally ycsterdfiys race will help Eternal con ¬ siderably and it will also help the other Derby eligibles which ran against him Drummond Skye l5all and Farmingdale Driiinmnnd made a rather favorable impression considering that it was his first start of the year and he looks like a horse that wants to go on onClose Close finishes still arc the order of the day here and form continues to be better preserved than ever before Even the poorer grade of horses are driving down with startling regularity noses heads and necks apart while the favorites as a rule are always close up when beaten The layers have had no cause for rejoicing since the Oaklawn meet ¬ ing opened with the exception of one day when six choices were beaten but that break came the day after six favorites won wonCarded Carded features for this week each of which will have a value of SSOO are the Arlington Hotel Handicap Monday the Col W S Fordyce Handi ¬ cap Tuesday Majestic Hotel Purse Wednesday Buckstaff Bath House Purse Thursday Mountain Valley Handicap Friday and the Maurice Hath House Handicap Saturday SaturdayBeginning Beginning Monday the racing will start at three oclock each day instead of 230 as formerly The change was made because of the moving up of the clocks an hour giving more daylight daylightJoe Joe Tigue who has owned and trained horses for years was taken suddenly ill at the race track Saturday He was taken to his home homeINTEREST INTEREST IN DERBY CANDIDATES CANDIDATESThe The Oaklawn meeting has done more to stimulate interest in the coming Kentucky Derby which will be decided at Churchill Downs Louisville on May 10 next than any previous meeting because of the number of the Derby candidates on hand here and it is a safe prediction that many people whose en ¬ thusiasm for racing has been none too keenwill be on hand to see the big race decided because of having seen some of the stars entered in it perform here hereJust Just when Eternal and The Wanderer James Mc Clellands two Derby candidates will be sent to the Blue Grass State has not definitely been de ¬ cided upon as their owner as well as trainer Kim Patterson wants to have both as fit as hands caif make them when they leave here and neither is in a hurry to move Conditions for training Derby horses could not be better anywhere than they are here and no better evidence of this could be given limn the fast trials of the thoroughbreds this enriy in the season seasonKentucky Kentucky turfmen are destined to get a look at one of the sensations of recent years in the two yoarohl line when Harry Perkins brings his newly acquired 12000 beauty AVestwood to that sec ¬ tion this spring if the colt lives up to his repu ¬ tation here This reputation was established without tho highlybred juvenile ever having to go to the post as he worked faster than the twoyearold races were run around here and the work watchers and horsemen tabbed him as the best in these parts the first time he put a foot on the race track trackWhen When trainer Karly Wright who has the horses here owned by George AVingfield the Nevada sports ¬ man sold St Allan a twoyearold for 8000 he told his friends that he had another colt in his barn that could beat St Allan doing anything from one jump to the Rocky Mountains He never got i chance to show them in a race that what he told them was the truth as two days later he let go AVestwood after turning down several large offers for him himGREAT GREAT FUTURE FOR HONEYWOOD HONEYWOODIf If the Honeywood youngsters here are a sample of what one may expect of that sire he is destined to be one of the greatest stallions of modern times The dams of his progeny here are all good mares and were especially picked to be bred to him with a view of getting foals of the highest class classThe The halter brigade has been unusually active here this spring and a number of horses have hanged hands via the claiming route There arc a number of owners who lay constantly for horses running out of line and considerable below their real value and several useful selling platers have gone into new homes as a result resultMose Mose Goldblatt has his eye on some of the two yearold stakes to be run in Kentucky this spring and it is doubtful if there will be one of them run in which either the colors of Harry Payne AVhitney or the Greentrce Stable owned by Mrs 1ayne Whitney will not lie carried The division of the AVhitney stable which he is training is well fortified with twoyearolds and he has plenty of stake engagements for them He has an unusually strong card to play in the Debutante Stake at Churchill Downs and the CIipetta Stakes at La ¬ tonia both of which are for twoyearold fillies iu Red Red Rose and it is going to take a real shifty youngster to trim her anywhere she goes She has rare gameness and a high flight of speed and this enables her to go to the front or come from behind behindZone Zone dArmee is another of the Whitney babies above the ordinary as he demonstrated recently when St Allan was forced to break a track record in the mud to beat him by a margin of a half length This colt will be at his best when two yearolds start going four and onehalf furlongs and over as he does not seem inclined to put forth his best efforts until he has gone some distance distanceDue Due to the energetic efforts of racing secretary J 15 Campbell the Latonia stakes received more nominations from here than ever before and there is hardly a good horse at Oaklawn Park that was not nominated in one or more of them Stake en ¬ tries for the Milldale course closed Saturday and secretary Campbell will forward them to the Ken ¬ tucky Jockey Club at Covington Ky The horsc meii here had only six days in which to enter in the Latoniit stakes due to the late arrival of the blanks but none of them was shut out outMany Many of the layers who operated tho first few days of the meeting here were forced to take the count because of the continual parade of favorites home in front but the larger ones are still holding forth hoping for a turn of events in their favor Six choices in one day came an a hard blow to them but the tide turned their way two days later when all six choices were beaten

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