Here and There on the Turf: Chance Sun Makes Ready Odds Should Not be Cut Postage due is Good Colt Long Island, Daily Racing Form, 1935-04-17


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t Here and There on the Turf Chance Sun Makes Ready ; Odds Should Not Be Cut Postage Due Is Good Colt Long Island Horses Advanced ! 4 - Chance Sun is 4 to 1 in the Kentucky Derby future books made by Tom Kearney, of St, Louis, and Frank Shannon, of New .York, or rather that was his quotation before he was a sent a brisk seven furlongs" at Churchill Downs Monday morning by trainer Pete Coyne. Joseph E. Wideners colt, which aspires to be the first winner of the Belmont Futurity to triumph in the Derby, has been restrained in his prepara-. tion for many weeks because of the unusual severity of the rainy season in Kentucky this spring, but Coyne evidently made up his mind over the week-end that he had to do something drastic if the colt was to be properly conditioned for his engagement and he brought him out for his stiffest trial to date, even though only he had only a day of rest sinca his last previous workout. 5 The Churchill Downs course was about two seconds slow to the mile when Chance Sun was given his test and a cold, strong wind further interfered with proper conditions, but even so Coyne felt that the dark-hued son of Chance Shot and Sunaibi required a thorough trial if he is to advance in his training. In running the seven furlongs in 1:28 and easing up a mile in 1:44, Chance Sun fitted himself for a fast mile within the very near future. Should the Downs course continue in good shape throughout the week that effort may not i be very long in forthcoming. Trainer Coyne fonly has about two weeks left to have the Derby favorite up to the peak of condition necessary for a hard race at a mile and a 4 quarter- and, with no unlucky breaks, he J should be able to accomplish the task. , Chance Sun cannot afford to miss a work, even though he undoubtedly has a firm foundation for his conditioning. It is hard to expect that Kearney and Shannon will make a further reduction at this time in their odds on the Derby favorite, now that they have a better idea of Chance Suns readiness to do serious work, because the price of 4 to 1 is ridiculously low. He could very well be 4 to 1 at post time and still be the favorite. Should some three-year-old show up brilliantly in the East in preliminary racing such as Omaha and .Commonwealth, the Widener colt may not even be the post favorite for the Derby and his odds might be greater than 4 to 1. Probably the real reason for his comparatively low odds is that the winter book play has been extremely light and probaly concentrated on a few horses. Postage Due, which won at the first asking in easy fashion at Havre de Grace the other day, may be Alfred Gwynne Vander-bilts bet two-year-old. At any rate, the chestnut son of High Time and Postage by. Fair Play, appears the Maryland sportsmans best hope for the ,500 Aberdeen Stakes, juvenile feature of the Havre de Grace meeting. In his first appearance In competition, Postage Due outfooted his rivals from the start, despite the heavy condition of the track, and enjoying a good lead in the stretch, he was taken in hand near the end by Johnny Bejshak. The Vanderbilt colt, one of about thirty yearlings secured from Walter J. Salmons Mereworth Stud about a year ago, did not defeat a noteworthy field in his first start, but the manner in which he went about his task made a deep impression on observers. Workouts on the Long Island tracks reveal the progress being made by members of the leading stables and when John B. Campbell makes his first call for entries on the metropolitan circuit Friday, he should be greeted with sufficient entries to make up an attractive program. The Paumonok Handicap, long the opening day feature in New York, promises to draw a notable field including the topweight, Mrs. John Hay Whitneys Singing Wood, and last years winner, John Simonettis Sgt. Byrne. Singing Wood, Futurity winner of two years ago, and victorious in the Withers last year, tailed off last fall and was thrown out of training by James Healy. He evidently has benefited from his long vacation, as he has been exhibiting plenty of dash in his trials this spring. That other horses on Long Island, especially the Derby hopefuls, are well advanced is indicated by the trials of Plat Eye and Sailor Beware, the Green-tree Stables two best prospects. They went a mile in 1:42, so they undoubtedly will be ready for their first objective, the Wood Memorial, which is scheduled for April 27. Paul Keester will be the countrys leading rider so far this season when the tabulation for this week is made up, but it is extremely doubtful that he will continue to hold the honor for the remainder of the year because he will lose his five-pound allowance in a few weeks. At the conclusion of last week Wayne Wright was the leader, with seventy-nine victories, one more than attributed to Keester, but the Idaho lad, under contract to Joseph E. Widener, is taking a vacation until Churchill Downs opens on April 27 and, except for taking a mount in the Texas Derby Saturday, he will do no riding until then. That should permit Keester to take a good lead, but when Wright gets back to steady work he probably will regain command, unless some other jockey moves to mand, unless some other jockey moves to the front. The leading contenders are Balaski, Wagner, Coucci and Ritz. Coucci, especially, is riding in excellent form right now and can be expected to do some climbing. It will not be .surprising if the end of the year finds Coucci and Wright fighting" it out for 1 the seasons honors.

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