Here and There on the Turf: Reviewing the Keene.; Defeat of Boot to Boot.; American Derby Progress.; Stakes for Windsor., Daily Racing Form, 1927-05-24


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Here and There on the Turf Reviewing the Keene Defeat of Boot to Boot American Derby Progress Stakes for Windsor It is seldom that S C Hildreth makes a mistake in placing his horses There is no shrewder judge of racing ability than the trainer for the Rancocas Stable and there is no trainer less inclined to be carried away by an exalted opinion of his own horses but it is just possible that Hildreth made a mistake at Belmont Park on Saturday when he withdrew Ariel and depended upon Nassak and Mowlee to win the Keene Memorial Stakes Of course Ariel was required to give away considerable weight in his race for his victory in the Youthful Stakes at Jamaica imposed a penalty that brought his burden to 125 pounds against the 117 pounds that both Nassak and Mowlee were required to shoulder but Ariel had given Stephanus five pounds and a beating in the Youthful Stakes and altogether he shaped up as about the best youngster that has yet been seen under racing colors Nassak was not started in the Youthful Stakes but Ariel beat his stablemate Mowlee eleven lengths under equal weights and on Saturday Nassak beat Stephanus some seven lengths after giving him three pounds and as it is generally believed that Mowlee is the master of Nassak it would appear that Ariel would have been able to take up the heavy im ¬ post and win But it will not do to pass Dice over lightly The son of Dominant Prumpery has only been started twice and has won on each occasion and he beat both Stephanus and Mowlee on both occasions Just how he will take up the penalty incurred by the victory in the Keene Memorial Stakes remains to be seen but he has at least proved himself thus far in his short campaign campaignJames James Fitzsimmons brought some really fit horses to the post this spring and he has begun the year well for the Wheatley Stable under whose colors Dice races Distraction another in the string was winner of the Colorado Stakes at Jamaica and that victory added 8400 to his winnings This Wheatley Stable is owned by Mrs H C Phipps and her brother Ogden Mills and these two twoyearolds have given the colors an early importance Of course to win such races early in the racing season in ¬ curs penalties that will be troublesome later but each has shown himself a good class racehorse and Fitzsimmons brought them to the races in rare condition conditionGiving Giving the Green Briar Stables greatly improved Flat Iron full credit for a sterling performance in the Grainger Memorial Handicap at Churchill Downs on Saturday there still remained a large element of luck in the victory It was not so much the good luck of Flat Iron as it was the bad luck that befell Ed ¬ ward R Bradleys Boot to Boot winner of the American Derby of last year Flat Iron only won by a matter of inches while Boot to Boot was pinned in next to the rail and came back from the race scarred with whitewash from the inner rail showing how he had been crowded against the fence And the Bradley colt came out of the race badly lame lameBoot Boot to Boot was giving Flat Iron six pounds and but for the fact that he met with the stretch interference he prob ¬ ably would have been first instead of second But on behalf of Flat Iron it must be remembered that he followed the fast War Eagle put him away and then fought it out with rare gameness to fin ¬ ish out the mile and a quarter in 204 faster time than has been hung out at Churchill Downs over such a distance for many a day Flat Iron was bred by John E Madden and is a fouryearold son of Friar Rock Affection by Isidor He was brought to the races in the spring of 1925 and after running one race under the Madden colors he was sold to Gifford A Cochran for a big price He was liberally engaged and while he only won two races for Mr Cochran he had many an opportunity being the stable hope in the United States Hotel Stakes the Sara ¬ toga Special and the Hopeful Stakes StakesAs As a twoyearold Mr Cochran still had kopes for his colt and he raced under the colors of that turfman until the June meeting at Aqueduct He was later gelded and taken over by Max Hirsch who campaigned him well into the fall season finally winning a race at Bowie with him From Hirsch he went to the Green Briar Stable and he was cam ¬ paigned at Tijuana through the long win ¬ ter meeting with only fair success Trainer Michell brought him to Churchill Downs from the Mexican campaign a good horse as has been evidenced by the fact that his victory in the Grainger Memorial Handicap is his third consecu ¬ tive victory at the meeting meetingIt It may come to pass that subsequent races will demonstrate that there is no real shame in being beaten by Flat Iron Recently published nominations to the American Derby suggest that the big Chicago race may bring together all of the best threeyearolds of the year In the list are found the names of Bostonian and Whiskery winners of the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Derby respec ¬ tively and some of the others that have been named are Joseph E Wideners Chance Shot Osmand which was such a close second to Whiskery in the Ken ¬ tucky Derby Kiev and Laddie Then there is Valorous Afterglow Byrd and Night Nail also named from the Whitney establishment as well as Bostonian and Whiskery WhiskerySir Sir Harry winner of the Coffroth Han ¬ dicap and a close second to Bostonian in the Preakness Stakes is the Seagram nomination Unfortunately the Canadian champion is under the care 6f a doctor at this time as is Bostonian and it may be that they will not be brought back to the Chicago race though it is not down for decision until June 18 18Scapa Scapa Flow which disappointed so in both the Preakness Stakes and the Ken ¬ tucky Derby is another of the nomina ¬ tions and Max Hirsch has nominated Rip Rap Sam Hildreth has a strong hand from the Rancocas Stable in Sweepster Cheops and Sankari and H C Riddle has nominated Justice F win ¬ ner of the Tijuana Derby for William Daniel DanielThere There are several other of the good ones named from eastern racing estab ¬ lishments while of course Kentucky is numerously represented The names of some of the prominent nominations from the East are given to show the strong appeal the race has with New York turf ¬ men Undoubtedly several of the east ¬ erners will be brought up to the race successfully and there will be another attempt to make a clean sweep of the endowment money by the invaders as was the case in the Kentucky Derby when Whiskery was first Osmand sec ¬ ond and Jock third thirdThe The nominations to the American Derby are just one more evidence of the great importance that has come to Chi ¬ cago as a racing center And this Derby is over the recognized mile and a half distance with an added money value of 25000 The race is an excellent one arid the value worthy of the race Horsemen are reminded that the various stakes of the Windsor Jockey Club are to close on Wednesday These are the fixtures that are to be decided over the Canadian course at its first summer meeting to be conducted from July 14 to July 21 The most important of these fixtures are the Frontier Handi ¬ cap at a mile and an eighth for three yearolds and over to which 10000 is added Then there is the Provincial Handicap with 5000 added for two yearolds and over a five and onehalf furlongs distance the Windsor Handicap at a mile with 3000 added the Cana ¬ dian Handicap restricted to threeyear olds and over foaled in Canada to which 5000 is added and there are three other races of lesser value valueEntries Entries are being received at the Jockey Club office Dominion Bank Building at Windsor Ontario and from the manner in which other Canadian stakes have filled this year the Windsor racing should be better than ever before Much interest is being taken in the disposal sale of the horses of J K L Ross the Canadian turfman This sale is to be conducted in the Thorncliffe paddock at Toronto on Tuesday May 31 at 11 oclock in the forenoon In this catalog there are several of established racing reputation while the twoyear olds that are to go under the hammer are particularly attracive Of the older horses the fouryearold filly Tattling7 seems the choice She has won some ¬ thing like 35000 and eleven of her twentysix races It is also the intention to send this sterling daughter of Marathon Intrigante by Ultimus to the post at Woodbine Park on Saturday when she may add to her winnings It is also worth while for intending pur ¬ chasers to bear in mind that there is no duty on importing colts fillies horses and mares from Canada to the United States The duty only applies to the geldings This is mentioned to inform those who may not be aware of the customs regulatiQhs

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