The Judges Stand: A Ballot for Market Wise; Lends Appeal to W. R. Card; Swope Takes Racings Pulse; Coordinators Board May Help, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-27


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Charles Hatton THE JUDGES STAND By Charles Hatton A Ballot for Market Wise Lends Appeal to W R Card Swope Takes Racings Pulse Coordinators Board May Help EW YORK N Y May 26 26George George D Widener and his Beimont Park associates are becomingly openhanded about War Relief it strikes us in designating the Memorial Day date as their spring contribution Usually this is the Westchester Associations most profitable program It was on a recent Memorial Day that 51000 persons attended a record crowd for New Newhbred hbred racing The spirited dramatic affair of th Ballot Handicap a kind of Suburban preview with varia ¬ tions has stimulated public interest in the holidays re ¬ newal of this fond relic of little old New Yorks gay nineties The Suburban is by no means the most valuable of Americas handicap events But even envious sponsors of other more opulent handicaps scarcely can challenge the assertion it boasts a degree of prestige infinitely greater than its monetary value of 30000 Each Sub ¬ urban has a quality of developing some academic aspect that captures racegoers fancy This ensuing mile and a quarter for example will be noteworthy for Market Wises gallant attempt to emulate Crusader and become the sec ¬ ond horse to win two renewals of the stake in its 57year history After the Ballot there were so many converts to the notion he will bring off that tour de force it seems probable Brokers Tips 500 son will be the public favorite The vagaries of the bogus spring weather on Long Island are too well and unfavorably known to warrant our going into tne aetans uut it is possioie as mucn as 200000 will be gleaned for the various War Relief agencies if overhead conditions and transportation incon ¬ veniences are braved by 30000 or so Attending Beimont often involves walking a mile or so This deters the ladies noticeably in threatening weather weatherHerbert Herbert Bayard Swope the provocative chairman of the Turf Committee I of American and of the New York State Racing1 Commission has been fre ¬ quently mentioned in connection with the proposed sports coordinators board the past few days But we gather from our casual conversation at Beimont he would not accept a place on the board were it tendered Those things offer a maximum of headaches and a minimum of success For years some of those on the zany fringe of sports and politics imagined Swope aspired in the sessions of sweet silent thought to become a kind of racing czar Twice now within the space of a year such a status has not only been within his reach but once almost thrust upon him As one who was present on this latter his ¬ toric occasion we recall he declined with alacrity and good sense senseThe The coordinators board will begin as a committee of exploration the members studying the entire sports field in relation to the transportation and manpower situations situationsRacing Racing is in good shape Swope says taking a panoramic Washingtonseye view Some of those unfamiliar with the field of candidates for the coordinators board have been apprehensive not to say reactionary Swope was reassuring on this point I should think such a board would be helpful he concluded Certainly Harry Hop ¬ kins and Marvin Mclntyre who are expected to be members of this committee are understanding and sympathetic in their attitude toward racing racingLtCol LtCol John Hay Jock Whitney assigned to London has tendered his resignation from the New York State Racing Commission but Gov Thomas E Dewey has not accepted as this is written Whitney and Swope were sworn in together one wintry day in 34 The chevalier thinks Whitneys action regrettable saying I see no reason he should not continue on the commission We discussed policies before his departure departureThe The commissioners still may communicate in instances that were not anticipated or wherein any doubt of Whitneys stand would arise Moreover it is not a salaried job If Governor Dewey accepts Whitneys resignation it will terminate a long har ¬ monious and progressive association of these unusually wellequipped turf solons LtCol Jock in addition represented the ownerbreeder element on the New York commission as one of the most heavily invested among them His horses this season are racing under the extremely popular pink and black of his mother Mrs Payne Whitney whom racing hails as the first lady of the American turf The Ballot produced some rather inevitable comparisons of those who have been speculating on how the older divisions leaders might behave ex ¬ posed to Count Fleets singular order of speed Racing over a thoroughly fast Beimont surface economizing every inch possible driving f renziedly from the gate two such renowned veterans as Shut Out and Boysy carried 124 and 112 pounds respectively and were utterly poopedout at the close of a mile in 136 The Count carried 126 hypothetically giving Shut Out 16 and Boysy 29 on the scale and eased up a mile in 136 in the Withers running under restraint in the middle of the course and in mud halfway to his knees That was unmistakably an epic mile in the Withers one of the historic variety that is likely to loom more challenging as time goes by so to speak Emerson F Woodwards fatality bereaved American thoroughbred racing and breeding generally and the industry inthe Lone Star State in particular of a firm friend and benefactor The Judge has not heard mention of his sudden passing with ¬ out recalling that sunny April morning not long back at Churchill Downs when the pleasant softspoken master of Valdina showed us Rounders Valdina Orphan Val dina Marl and the rest of Frankie Catrones proud little boasts At one time his racing String and stud exceeded the Aga Khans fabulous thoroughbred holdings He was building for the future and had assembled more of Sweeps priceless daughters than grazed on any other of Americas bloodstock nurseries Racing can ill afford to lose such patrons it seems perhaps trite but none the less true to say sayA A midwestern steward drawn into the whirlpool on the symposium of the disqualification rule poses this seemingly unanswerable question Un ¬ answerable that is for eastern proponents of The Jockey Club rule ruleLet Let us assume he pens that horse A is leading in the Santa Anita Handicap and that he is within a few yards of the finish At this point he steps into a hole with apologies to Santa Anita for putting a hole there This is painful and causes horse A to careen and impede horse B who is run ¬ ning second But horse A is a game fellow and recovers to finish in front despite his mishap Horse B finished second Horses C and D are third and fourth many lengths back backIs Is there anything just about placing horse A last lastJust Just to make it more complicated may The Judge here inquire of the stewards as to the fair and equitable thing in the event horse C was so close in the above example he nosed out horse Bfor the place

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