Surf Riders Great Speed: Ginger Unable to Make Him Extend Himself in Work, Daily Racing Form, 1922-04-13


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! SURF RIDERS GREAT SPEED » Ginger Unable to Make Him Extend Himself in Work. i i e No Other Derby Eligibles Do More Than Cantering Exercise — Youngsters Schooled. » . ♦ — LOUIS1LLE, Ky., April 12.— Outrunning such a fast horse as Ginger all the way and never for an instant allowed to fully extend himself Surf Rider, the 5,000 pride of the Kay Spence stable, turned in an excellent Kentucky Derby work-out when he ran a mile in 1 :44 and galloped out an extra eighth in 1 :59 at Douglas Park this morning. As evidence of his superb condition the Superman gelding pulled up hardly taking a long breath and came back pricking his ears, while Ginger, which has been in training all winter and even raced at New Orleans, appeared to have just emerged from a hard race and plainly showed signs of distress. The Beechmont track was dry but dull when Surf Rider worked and his fractional time does not do full justice to the excellence of his display. Ginger started with him at the eighth post and kept him company back to the same point, but he was forced to move along to do it. Jockey W. Pool was astride the Derby gelding, while "Mickey" Scobie piloted the pacemaker. The first eighth was timed in 12. %, quarter in 24%, three-eighths in 36%, haif mile in 49%, five-eighths in 1 :01%, three-quarters in 1 :15% and seven-eighths in 1 :29. When the mile was completed Scobie took Ginger out of contention, but Surf Rider did not miss his pacemaker, as he continued on in the same steady stride. Spence instructed Pool to increase his hold on him through the final eighth, and he had him well under restraint as he passed the finishing line in front of the grandstand. Surf Riders work was as good as any of the eligibles for the rich stake in this section have shown to date and it was his best, even though he has several faster ones to his credit. He could have increased his speed at any time that his rider elected and he left no doubt as to his stamina. No horse is standing the hard Derby training better than the Superman gelding and he shows to better advantage each time out. This was the only work of moment among the Derby prospects at the two local tracks today, the other eligibles for the race simply indulging in long exercise gallops. There was plenty of action among the other horses, however, the two tracks being well occupied from shortly after daylight until late in the forenoon. The high wind of the day before had a beneficial effect upon the tracks, but Douglas Park dried out the most, as the Downs was lumpy and soggy near the inner rail. The two-year-olds were out in full force, assistant starter William Hamilton having ninety-three of them for schooling at the Downs within a period of several hours. MISS JOYS FAST HALF. Miss Joy showed her old-time speed by sprinting the initial eighth in 11%, quarter in 22%, three-eighths in 34% and was eased up at a half mile in 45. This filly never looked better in her life and, with her phenomenal early speed, she gives every indication of proving a stayer. Unless there are many departures for Canada within the next few weeks, there will be an acute shortage of stalls at Churchill Downs, despite the fact that more than 1,100 horses can be accommodated at this course and Douglas Park. In figuring up the reservations for stabling facilities today, track superintendent Tom Young found that~ the demand exceeds the supply by more than 100 stalls and this includes the six new barns erected this spring at the Downs. Most of the eastern stables that will bring Derby eligibles have advised Young that they will send other horses along this year to run in other stakes. Thi3 will require more room than in former years for them. A brother of United Verde, a chestnut eolt. by .olden Maxim — Yankee Tree, was foaled at Thomas M. Murphys farm just outside the city yesterday. Before the new arrival was twelve hours old Murphy received SSVSSBl tempting offers for him. Next to Surf Riders performance yesterday morning the most interest was centered in brief speed sprints by Miss Joy and Fair Phantom at Douglas Park, and these two fillies demonstrated that they will be worthy rivals for the fleet Gentility, which has been working in sensational fashion at the Downs. Fair Phantom, as usual, was a trifle slow about getting in her full stride, but gfcs showed dazzling speed after running the Brat eighth. She covered the distance in 12, quarter in 23, three-eighths in 34%, half mile in 46% and was pulled up at five-eightas in 1:02.

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