Three-Year-Olds of 1935: Roman Soldier Best of His Age in Winter Racing Has Speed, Courage, and Bred to Stay, Daily Racing Form, 1935-04-17


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THREE-YEAR-OLDS OF 1935 Roman Soldier Best of His Age In Winter Racing Has Speed, Courage, and Bred to Stay Doubt As to Ability to Figure Among Topnotchers Editors Note This is the thirteenth of a series of articles covering the three-year-olds of 1935, their racing credentials as juveniles and prospects during the current year. Owner, E. Sachsenmaier. Breeder, H. Pulitzer. Trainer, P. Reuter. . f Orby fOrme g r r Grand Parade j Rhoda B. . r L Grand Geraldin Desmond g Grand Marnier . fThe Tetrarch f Roi Herode .Tetrabbazift L i ?Vahren .Abbazia 3 Isinglass SJ 1 Mrs. Butterwick o r.-r . fPicton JOrvieto - 03 JLight Brigade Hecuba " tBridande of Sighs 1 Isinglass ffl VV.; . Santa Brigida o r , K fi , fStar Shoot f Isinglass a LHehosis Astrology g L Hindoo Rose Hindoo - - - 7 Janie Clay sts- 1st. 2d. 3d. Unp. Won. 1934 record -. 12 5 4 1 2 $ 4 690 1935 record 6 4 0 1 1 8150 By NORRIS ROYDEN. Roman Soldier generally deserves the distinction of being the best three-year-old colt seen in winter racing, an honor he undoubtedly will cinch if he wins Saturdays running of the Texas Derby, in which his opponents will include representative members of the division that raced in California. The black son of Cohort and Miamba was exceeded in ability in Florida only by Black Helen, and he is training for the Texas Derby in fine fashion. The juvenile record of Roman Soldier shows him to have been a steady dependable colt among second class juveniles, but it was not until winter campaigning that he was able to win a stake. He improved right along in Florida, and ran r rnrlrW 9race in the Derby at Hialeah, narrowly being beaten out for the place after suffering considerable trouble in the early stages and being well back turning into the stretch. W. J. Hirsch developed Roman Soldier for his father and, after the colt had won at the first asking at Tropical Park near the end of the year, he was sold to the late William Sachsenmaier and Phil Reuter, his new trainer, for ,500. Upon the death of the Atlantic City sportsman, his son Elwood took over the half interest in the colt, and he runs in his name and colors now. Roman Soldier reached the races in May at Qhurchill Downs and finished fourth, beaten three lengths, in a maiden event won by Weston. More than a month later he made his second start, which he won, a five furlong dash at Detroitfn which he out-sprinted Fort Springs, Wild Pigeon and Our Reigh. More than five weeks followed before the Cohort colt ran again, this time at Arlington Park at five and one-half furlongs. He was a stout-finishing fourth to Albuquerque, Special Agent and Hasty Glance. In another effort at the north side Chicago track he was beaten by Dancing Doll after setting the pace into the stretch, the going being slightly off. In four starts at Hawthorne, Roman Soldier won the first three of them, improving as he went along. The first two were at five and a half furlongs and his victims included Marcella Miss, Spanish Babe, Bye Lo, Dancing Doll and Countess Bina, and the third, at six furlongs over a sloppy track, saw him carry 118 pounds to a six lengths triumph over Blue Lillian, Pompous Genie, Bye Loand other speedy youngsters. In the Hawthorne Juvenile Handicap, Roman Soldier was the favorite, but he was led to the finish by Advantage and Hope Eternal, tiring in the slow going as he gave weight to his opponents. He immediately moved to Rockingham Park, where he displayed a fine effort in running second to Gallant Prince in the Maplewood Stakes, others in the beaten field including Preeminent and Albuquerque. He was at the winners heels at the finish with the six furlongs run in 1:11. In the Belknap Handicap, at five and a half furlongs, staged over a slow track, he was defeated a neck by Fraidy Cat. Carrying 120 pounds, he gave the winner nine pounds. Closing his two-year-old campaign a few days later, he placed second to Polish Beau, as that colt stepped five and one-half furlongs in the fast time of 1:05. After a three months layoff, Roman Soldier reappeared in competition at Tropical Park, speeding six furlongs in 1:10 to defeat Cash Girl cleverly in his first winter effort. His sale to Sachsenmaier and Reuter occurred soon after. His first start for his new owners was in the Hialeah Inaugural Handicap, in which he led all the way to defeat the capable older horse, Stand Pat, by a head with Wise Prince second, and Evergold third. Buffeted about in the Hialeah Stakes, the son of Cohort received the worst beating of his career, but he came back in two weeks to run a mile in 1:37 in an allowance affair, trimming Good Harvest, Blackbirder, Brannon and others nicely. The Bahama Handicap next fell to his lot. This was one of his finest performances as he carried 126 pounds, giving much weight all around, and came from tht rear at a loss of ground to gain a clean-cut verdict over Bloodroot, Mantagna and others. He was strongly supported for the Florida Derby, but he was in much trouble early and a well-beaten colt reaching the stretch, but he gained fast through the stretch to get third honors back of Black Helen and Mantagna. Roman Soldier moved to Texas, where he recently won an overnight affair with much to spare in his .preparation for the Derby at Arlington Downs. Even though his sire, Cohort, is young and was not a prominent racer in England, Roman Soldier is stoutly bred. Cohort is a son of Grand. Parade and a mare by The Tetrarch, while Miamba, dam of Roman Soldier, is a daughter of Light Brigade, the next dam being by Star Shoot and the next by Hindoo. This is all distance running blood. Roman Soldier has speed, courage and much class, Tiut -whether it is sufficient for him to be a top-notcher during the summer season I am doubtful.

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