Three-Year-Old Prospects of 1937, Daily Racing Form, 1937-04-23

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THREE -YEAR -OLD PROSPECTS OF 1937 DAWN PLAY, brown filly, by Clock Tower Gun Play, by Man o War; property of the King Ranch of R. J. Kleberg. She is rated so highly by her connections that she was nominated for the Kentucky Derby, and though she may not start in the race on May 8, is expected to dominate the fillies of her age. She is bred to stay and may be a troublesome opponent for her masculine rivals at the longer distances. By NORRIS ROYDEN i 1 Dawn Play is the only filly among the twenty horses considered in this series because she holds real promise as a distance runner and may come through as the champion ot her division, although it seems too much to expect that she will be able to master the colts. That she may not dodge any issues is revealed in her nomination for the Kentucky Derby, and although she isnt being pointed for the race, she has had plenty of work at Columbia and could be made ready if she shows a disposition to come to hand. The daughter of Clock Tower and Gun Play, by Man o War, won only one race as a two-year-old, that a maiden affair for fillies over a slow track at Empire City, after she had been fourth in her first two starts in similar company at the same track. She displayed fair speed, but came from behind entering the stretch in the five furlongs dash to be drawing away at the end over Stylistic. She did no racing during the Saratoga meeting, but returned to competition at Aqueduct, where she closed stoutly in a five furlongs dash to run a close fourth back if Peggy Porter, Clamorous and Veiled Lady, after which she was asked to run three-quarters, and Dawn Play showed to better advantage. Making up ground steadily through the stretch, the King Ranch filly was beaten only a neck by Devils Pace. In a dash of five and one-half furlongs over the Belmont straight course. Dawn Play again made up ground in the late stages to lose to the good Rosenna by a head, and this put her in readiness for the Matron Stakes, in which she engaged many of the best fillies out. She once more finished stoutly, but was nipped right at the wire by Wand for principal honors, while back of her were such as Talma Dee and Apogee. Her Matron effort so impressed trainer Max Hirsch that he started Dawn Play In the Futurity, and she came through a good effort enough finishing seventh. The Clock Tower filly, lone member of her sex among the seventeen starters, had but little chance to run until late in the race and she made up four lengths in the final furlong to be beaten about six lengths. In her only other start Dawn Play was second in the Sellma Stakes at Laurel, which was at one mile. In trouble from the start, and ninth turning into the stretch, she fairly flew through the straightaway to lose by a length to Talma Dee, which she had beaten in the Matron. That race, as had her others, demonstrated Dawn Play as a strong finisher and anxious to go a distance. She is big and rugged, being masculine in appearance and in her manner of training. These factors are causing trainer Hirsch to have a high opinion of her prospects for three-year-old racing. She will be pointed for the Derby only if she shows a willingness to come around to peak condition without being rushed, otherwise Hirsch will await later engagements, such as the Coaching Club American Oaks. Clock Tower, sire of Dawn Play, was a good race horse and could go a distance, winning at a mile and one-quarter in 2:02, beating Mate and holding Twenty Grand to a half length victory in the Wood Memorial. He comes from a distance-running line and is fortified with the blood of Star Shoot, Ogden and Hanover. Dawn Plays dam is Gun Play, by Man o War Scoot H., by Vamose son of Orme, and she traces back into a running family, so on both sides of pedigree, the King Ranch . filly is well equipped for a distance. With no mishaps she may very well be the bestj-sS of her sex in American racing this season. r f Le Pompon 5 Fripon f Prestige . La Foudre 4 LOrgueilleuse Reverend 2 "S Oroya f J risidor J Amphion j. Utay Dora J is;, I Mai i Meddler H Springtide r "g "j f Isinglass... 1 Isonomy O T fStar Shoot Dead Lock Cn I L Astrology . Hermit I i - Stella s ms f Ogden Kilwarlin 5 g jj LTea Enough J oriole H O L Teas Over Hanover w J i Tea Rose f Hastings 5 Spendthrift 2 I S -Fair Play "l Cinderella 5 2 S L Fairy Gold Bend Or H ."oJ I Dame Masham S I f Rock Sand i Sainfoin jf LMahubah Roquebrune E .Merry Token Merry Hampton g - Mizpah U f Orme " J Ormonde r Vamose.... - Angelica " LVampire.... Galopin J I Irony n I f Speed J Hampton L Squib - Lucetta LExtinct Buckingham I Excel

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