Fine Speed of Violinist: Works a Half Mile in 47 2/5 in His Derby Preparation, Daily Racing Form, 1922-03-26


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FINE SPEED OF VIOLINIST ♦ Works a Half Mile in 472/5 in His Derby Preparation. a Rockminister Gallops a Good Mile at Douglas Park — Surf Rider Also Shows Well. -— -♦ — - I.OFISVILLE. Ky.. March 28.— Montfort Jones trio of Kentucky Derby candidates. Rockminister, Surf Rider and St. Henry, were much in Ihe limelight at the two local tracks this morning, the first two named indulging in good work-outs at Douglas Park, while the latter was sent along at a brisk clip over the Churchill Downs course. Rockminister ran a mile in l:45Va and galloped out an additional eighth in 2:00 r,. He was always under restraint. The time for the first half mile was r 0"r, and the three-i|iiarters was recorded in 1:M%. Surf Rider began behind his stablemate and was pulled up at the end of seven-eighths, covering the distance in 1:30-.-,. His performance was impressive and he gave every indication of being much farther advanced in his Derby preparation than was generally imagined. He was closing up on Rockminister when he was eased up and was ready to run faster at all stages. Trainer Alex R. i onion gave Violinist, which he is conditioning for the Derby for II. C. "Bud" Fisher, a speed test over the half-mile distance and the Dick Finnell colt disclosed that he has early speed in abundance when he ran from the half-mile post to the finishing line in 47".-,. He covered the first eighth in ll4:, and the quarter in 23.,. Vio linist his been actively at work longer than most of the other Derby hopes and alieady has a gallop of a mile in 1 :44 to his credit this spring. This colt wintered in splendid fashion and is much bener in appear;. nee than he was when he was retired last autumn. Truck iuperintendent Tom Young gave his attention to the track proper at both of the courses here for the last few days and as a result they were in great condition this moining. The Downs track, which was considered too hard by many horsemen last year, is in a much improved state and has a good "cushion." As usual the two tracks were well occupied until near the noon hour and speed was the inle with the majority of the horses in action instead of the long exercise gallops which hae marked most of the training season to date. The stable of H. Neusteter came in from Mobile this moiniir-. Machiavelli. belongiug to Oeorge Arvin. was in the same car. • Jecrge Moleswnrth. irainer of one division of the ieorge J. Long stable, was a belated arrival from the Alabama city. His horses were shipped here direct from New Orleans with the J. C. Ferriss outfit. J. E. MADDEN AN ARRIVAL. John K. Madden came from Lexington to look over his racing establishment and arrived in time to see St. Henry, which is under his pare for Montfort Jones, gallop. No real speed was exacted of the colt, but he made a favorable impression by his style of running. 15. J. Rrannon will again endeavor to train Colonel Livingston this spring and he and Drastic will lie taken up within the next few days. Colonel Livingston was one of the best two-year-olds hereabouts, hut has been on the shelf since and he is now in his sixth year. Rrannon suffered from an eye affection last autumn and has completely lost the sight of one. Advices were received front trainer John Walters this morning to the effect that he will ship the tjeorge M. Hendrie horses from their winter quarters at flallatin. Tenn.. direct to Latonia. They will be prepared there for a Canadian campaign. Track superintendent Wilson of Devonshire Park, a brother of Rradley Wilson, general manager of that plant, stopped off here today to inspect the two local tracks while en route to Canada. Passepartout, in the stable of C. C. Denny, will be fired Monday by Dr. J. . Cann and no attempt will be made to race him until autumn. L. II. i "Stump" Sewell. agent for the C. W. Clark stable, has chosen the name of Stump Jr. for a t wo-year-o!d by tlolden Maxim — Oreen Dawn, which he will race in his own interest on the Kentucky circuit. Oeorge V. Raines is training him. Another effort will be made by trainer Dick Vestal to get Oestindlicit, five year-old sister of Muskallonge. to the races this spring. This mare has Barer faced the barrier, having met with one mishap after another, which caused her to lie thrown out of tiaining each year after having been taken up and showing good work-outs. Jockey Waller Lilley is attached to the J. Be Hawkins siable at the Downs. Jockey William Hoag has become connected with the W. C. Weant establishment. » a

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