Preakness Field to Include Few Of Count Fleets Rivals in Derby: Blue Swords and Slide Rule May Try Crack Hertz Colt Again in Maryland Fixture, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-04


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Preakness Field to Include Few Of Count Fleets Rivals in Derby Blue Swords and Slide Rule May Try Crack Hertz Colt Again in MarylandFixture LOUISVILLE Ky May 3 With the de ¬ parture this morning of William E Boe ¬ ings Slide Rule whose status in relation to Saturdays Preakness Stakes will be an ¬ nounced by trainer Cecil Wilhelm later in the week only four of the horses who took part in the Kentucky Derby last weekend remain in Louisville They are Dixianas Amber Light who ran fourth Mrs Ethel V Mars No Wrinkles J W Rodgers Dove Pie and Eddie Andersons Burnt Cork and they are expected to remain here through the final two weeks of the Churchill Downs seasonT seasonTAmber Amber Light according to trainer Jack Hodgins is to be given a rest and later will be prepared for such midsummer en ¬ gagements as the Arlington Classic and the American Derby Hodgins pointed put that the son of Pilate has been training and racing since early in the winter and is deserving or a few weeks respite respiteSlide Slide Rule and three of his stablemates Twoses Welcome Pass and Clickety Clack left here at noon today bound for Belmont Park and after he arrives there Wilhelm will decide whether the Snark colt who finished third to Mrs John Hertz Count Fleet and Allen T Simmons Blue Swords in the Derby is to take part in the Preak ¬ ness Slide Rule is to be worked at Bel ¬ mont about seven furlongs and if Wilhelm still is satisfied with the colts condition he will be vanned to Pimlico either Thurs ¬ day after the private trial or Friday Be ¬ fore leaving here this morning he galloped a brisk mile mileOcean Ocean Wave to Remain at Downs DownsCount Count Fleet and Blue Swords left here yesterday Preaknessbound for Pimlico while the other Derby contestants were Vera S Braggs Gold Shower Mrs Henry L Finchs Modest Lad and Townsend B Martins Bankrupt headed for New York at the same time Blue Swords came out of the Derby with a cut on his right front heel but the injury did not appear to be serious seriousCalumet Calumet Farms Ocean Wave who was a late withdrawal from the Derby because of an injured foot also is remaining in Louis ¬ ville and according to trainer Ben A Jones will be on the inactive list for two or three weeks There is nothing serious about the Calumet colts trouble and the injury is responding to treatment but Jones has decided to take no chances of permanently incapacitating his horse and for that reason will give him plenty of time to effect a complete recovery Ocean Wave was out of his stall and permitted to graze this morning and except for the injured foot is physically in excellent trim trimHorsemen Horsemen looking at Saturdays running of the Kentucky Derby in retrospect today were not yet convinced that Count Fleet is the super horse some had heralded him No attempt was made to discredit the coirs victory for it was agreed that no element of luck entered into his triumph and he accomplished his task in convincing enough fashion but most observers were unim ¬ pressed with the time 204 he required to negotiate the mile and a quarter He had been expected to come much closer to the 201 which Whirlaway hung up in his track recordbreaking Derby victory of two years ago agoAt At the same time trainer Don Cameron CameronContinued Continued on Page Two Count Fleets Preakness Stakes Rivals to Be Few FewBlue Blue Swords Slide Rule Likely To Oppose Derby Winner Again AgainContinued Continued from Pcge One Onewas was commended for the way he was able to bring the son of Reigh Count up to last Saturdays race Count Fleet sustained an ugly cut on his left hind coronet in win ¬ ning the Wood Memorial Stakes and Cam ¬ eron had to exercise the greatest care in training the colt thereafter and at the same time nursing along the injured foot The wound opened again during the run ¬ ning of the Derby but Cameron said before he left here that it would not interfere with his future preparation for the Preak ¬ ness Stakes Johnny Longden said that while he had to hustle Count Fleet along over most of the mile and a quarter he might have im ¬ proved somewhat on his running time had he been pressed pressedThe The success of Derby Day what with travel restrictions which limited its pa ¬ tronage to those living in Louisville or near ¬ by exceeded expectations for the attend ¬ ance was estimated at 65000 persons and a total of 1801899 passed through the mutuels Col Matt J Winn said that he was more than pleased with the days suc ¬ cess and he ventured the opinion that under any but wartime conditions all rec ¬ ords for the event would have been shat ¬ tered teredChurchill Churchill Downs officials now will give their attention to the final two weeks of racing which will feature renewals of the Kentucky Oaks arid the Kentucky Handi ¬ cap The Oaks for threeyearold fillies will be run at a mile and a sixteenth on Saturday and the Kentucky Handicap for threeyearolds and up will have its pres ¬ entation at a mile and an eighth a week later on the final day of the local season They too are expected to have interesting runnings

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