Derby Work at Belmont: The Satrap, 00,000 English Champion, Attracts Much Interest at Westchester Track., Daily Racing Form, 1927-04-01


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DERBY WORK AT BELMONT The Satrap, 00,000 English Champion, Attracts Much Interest at Westchester Track. NEW YORK. K. Y.. March P.I.— Not all of the Kentucky Derby eligibles are training in the Southern climes. A number are being prepared at the local tracks, chiefly at Belmont Park. One that is attracting much attention at the Westchester Racing Associations Ms plant is the champion English two-year-old of last year. The Satrap, for which William Dupont, Jr.. paid a reported price of 00,000. The gray son of The Tetrarch— Scotch Gift is in the expert care of Max Hirsch and apparently is coming to hand as well as could be desired. For the first time since his arrival In this country. The Satrap was given a speed test today and his performance evoked much favorable comment among the horsemen and railbirds. The outlander was set down for three-quarters and he worked the distance in 1:22. the fastest time that has been recorded at Belmont Park thus far this year. The Satrap had the four-year-old Happy Argo of the Kershaw Stable as a running mate. The foreign colt was piloted by jockey F. Weiner. They worked over the training track, which is reckoned four seconds slower to the mile than the main track. The going was good, but not fast, as the footing is purposely kept deep on this testing strip to insure safety. With his four-year-old working partner beside him. The Satrap reeled off the first three-eighths in :36. He went to the half mile ground in :50 and then galloped the ». additional quarter in :32. The foreigner was in hand all the way. While they finished the trial head and head. The Satrap could have outdistanced his older rival at any time. The Satraps work was impressive, not because of the time, but because of the manner in which lie performed. He convinced the most critical of the spectators that he is a high class colt with a great turn of speed. Although he gives the impression of being a sluggish worker when not out for a serious gallop, he quickly dispels that belief when asked to go on. He runs low and with the smooth action that is characteristic of truly great racers. He pulled up in good condition. He gives no evidence now of the bowed tendon which curtailed his racing career in England and which led to his sale primarily for breeding purposes. Several other Derby possibilities also worked on the Belmont Park training track today. Hirsch had two of The Satraps stablemates out. but did not ask them for real speed. Kentucky II.. the Royal Canopy — Naisha colt and another English-bred, owned by A. E. Schwartz, galloped three-quarters in 1:24, while Sam Harris Terry, worked one mile in 1 :52 breezing. The Greentree Stables Lodina. an Oaks as well as a Derby prospect, recently arrived from New Orleans, galloped half a mile in :51 and Saxon, another candidate, which races in the same colors, worked the same distance one-fifth of a second slower. A

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