Reigh Count Will be Fit: Trainer Michell Enthusiastic over Chances of Mrs. J. D. Hertz Colt, Daily Racing Form, 1928-04-04


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« , , , REIGH COUNT WILL BE FIT + Trainer Michell Enthusiastic Over Chances of Mrs. J. D. Hertz Colt. Sunmierlike Wenlher Brings Out Many Candidates — Loagrldge, Bur Sen?, Hra i an and Others in Action. * LOUISVILLE, Ky., April ". — "you can say for me that lteigh Count will be thoroughly fit and reads when he starts in the Kentucky Derby." This was the declaration of Barney Michell. trainer of Mrs. J. D. Hertzs crack colt, as the Derby favorite was being led off the Churchill Downs track this morning. after he had been given what was his most pretentious gallop since beginning training for the rich event, and those who watched the easy manner in which the colt performed his task were ready to back up the trainers statement. lteigh Count, accompanied by Ids regular work mates Sea BJp and lteigh Olga. was sent three quarters in 1 : 1 7 — r. and pulled up seventh-eighths in 1 ::.4, compleCi.; his best trial of the season. Tlv.- trio got away at the three-quarters post and Sea Kip took an early command, which he held for the first three-eighths, where lteigh Count overhauled him and. assuming the 1 -ad. led to the end of the journey. The watches caught him the first Quarter in :21. three-eighths in andC%, half in :4$%, five ■eighths in 1:02 and three-quarters in 1 :1T"r.- Harry Mills, the colts rider, had him under steady restraint ail the way. lteigh Count was in fine fettle and anxious to ran and Mills had to exert his best efforts to prevent the colt from getting away from him. The colt pulled sjp sound and cooled out nicely. Mr. Michell has trained some first rate horses in his day, but he doesnt kelieve any of them have impressed him so favorably as lteigh Count. Mr. Michell, who had been at Beona Stock Farm for a few days, returned in time to direct the trials of Reigh Count and his other Derby elisibles this morning. Regarding his trip, he stated that Mrs. Hertz was immensely pleased by the reports she has been receiving of lleijjh Count and her confidence in his ability to capture the Derby is greater than ever, lteigh Count will not be sent to Lexington to start at that meeting, neither will i i he be sent to .Maryland to start in the! ! Preakaess Stakes. Following his Derby en-1 j sragement. the eolt will be sent to Arlington ; Parte to start in the American Derby at that I I track I CoiitiniH-il on c-islilli SSge. I I REIGH COUNT WILL BE FIT tonl ioned from first page.* Summer-like weather and a fast tra.-k afforded trainers of Herby eligibles at Churchill I»owns an opportunity send their charges along in some of the most pretentious Derby workouts of :he senson. Ln-expected showers that fell during tie morning did not interfere with the trials. Conspicuous among the morning works were the showings of I.ongridge and Bar Xone. This pair was sent three-iiuarters in 1 :19*4 in what was their most pretentious showing of the season. With Joe Kedeiis i;. the saddle on Bar Xone. and Bob Higgins on I.ongridge, they began at the three-quarter post with I.ongridge in the lead, and he maintained this advantage to the end. Their fractions were: M%. :40, :5-!. 1 :06. 1 :194i. George J. Longs Braybant *as given a fast work at five-eighths as a preparation for a trial at one mile next Friday. Instead of trainer Brooks being astride this morning, jockey Harry Gray had the leg up. and the colt seemed to rrn more kindly with the new rider up. He went the five-eighths in 1 iOU, most creditable time. Mop Up was breezed three-eighths in :-1S, but Misstep, his stablemate. was given only a slow gallop. The Parkview Stables Keith went out in the company of Rhinock and Koyal Omar and covered five-eighths in 1 :0S. Bate Monday aftei 10011 at Houglas Park, Alex Gordon gave the Fair Stables Derby candidates Oh Say and War Flier their first work over the distance of a mile, and the time registered, 1 ".ICs, was easily the best of the season at either of the local tracks. Danny Miller at the same track sent Wacker Brive a speedy three-eighths in ::;"..

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