The Judges Stand, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-25


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THE JUDGES STAND I By Charles Harton Guests Want Pimlico Dates, Too! Anthemion Still Profits Hancock Little Rhodys Biggest Race Aqueduct Will Regrade Turns NEW YORK, N. Y., June 24. All of Pimlicos fall dates, like all of Gaul, will be divided into three parts, to be shared by Laurel, Havre and Bowie if the% harassed Maryland turf arbiters grant their immoderate requests. In the light of the zany behavior of turf interests in the Old Line State last spring, a little thing like Laurel, Havre and Bowie asking permission to dispossess Pimlico and usurp its fall dates may be unwarranted grounds for "viewing with alarm." But it nevertheless occurs to this incredulous observer as the most flagrant, irregular, despotic, unmitigated piece of high-handedness since Uncle Toms Cabin. Now we know why our contemporaries on the Maryland scene invariably look so vague when the conversation turns to future racing in the state. We cannot think of a more highly speculative subject. Anybody who fancies he has a thoroughly comprehensive grasp of the situation there is quite mad, of course. It is utterly incomprehensible even to the turf impresari and politicos most concerned. You may be reasonably sure, however, that Pimlico will stage its meeting, which is the sportiest in the commonwealth, about as usual. It operated 13 days last fall. Thirty racing days are permissible at the Belvedere Avenue course this fall, under the amended law. It is possible the 0,000 Massachusetts Handicap will savor of international relations and hands across T7~ the sea. For among the probables are Bing Crosbys Charles Hatton Argentinian namesake, Don Bingo, and Texas John Sullivans Air Master. To be sure Air Master was bred at Elmendorf, but he was among the most luminous figures in the horse colony recently assembled at Mexico Citys new Hipodromo. The turf world is so full of a number of things that perhaps not much will be made of Anthemions successful sally in the Gazelle. This hitherto bbscure Virginia-bred performs in the interest of C. T. Chenery and is trained by Tom Waller, Pass Outs developer. Admittedly, a mile and a sixteenth in lAandVs at Aqueduct is sensationally slow time, but it was amply fast enough to add ,775 to the earnings of this light-waisted, lightly-campaigned daughter of Pompey, not to mention a 50 breeders award for A. B. Hancock. The tall urbane master of Claiborne and Ellers-lie also is the breeder of one of the smartest of the smart set of two-year-old fillies this season in Whirlabout. There is no filly of the high octane glamour of Vagrancy abroad in the three-year-old division this year. The most capable of them, perhaps, is Warren Wrights Nellie L., heroine of the Kentucky Oaks and the Acorn. Jim Dooley and Billy Ames have announced a 42-day summer season from August 9 through September 25 at Narragansett Park, the steel and stucco monument to the late stormy petrel of New England racing, Walter E. OHara. It was at the vastly popular Pawtucket course staid Yankees zest for the thoroughbred sport was nurtured at that first amazing meeting in August, 1934, and it has flourished ever since. Gansetts proudest boast is its Special, which is to be renewed on September 18. Whirlaway captured little Rhodys biggest race last summer and may return East again this year by that date, possibly to endeavor becoming its first double winner. Horses do not break one anothers hearts, of course, but any experienced trainer can recite rather a convincing casualty list of names of thoroughbreds who were harmed racing against animals that outclassed them. The other day a group of Jamaica railbirds were chattering about a case in point. Having nothing else to work with Market Wise one morning, George Carroll elected an unassuming runner named Tabu to accompany the Cinderella horse. They went five furlongs in 1:02 and Market Wise then bowled a furlong in :11%. If you never heard of the hapless Tabu, it is scarcely likely you will. There is a disposition to wonder if Count Fleet did Blue Swords or Vincentive any good this spring. Colonel Bradley can recall vividly that his Bubbling Over gave a stake colt named Bartello an inferiority complex by beating him off in several works. It got so Bartello broke out in a fearful lather just going to the track in the same set with the Bubbler. We suppose some horsemen are especially adept instructors of aspiring race riders. In any event, Hirsch Jacobs employs a Negro head-lad nicknamed "Puff," who has gained a small reputation as a tutor of apprentices. Both the Rienzi boys are his pupils. Danny, the younger, still experiences difficulty controlling ebullient or headstrong mounts, but is learning. There are many encouragements to develop jockeys in present-day racing, but it is conjectur-able if anybody is going to better the late Kay Spences record soon. Aqueduct proposes to rebank its hairpin stretch curve between the present waning summer season and its fall meeting of 18 days which, incidentally, will be inaugurated on August 30 and extend through September 18. News of this project doubtless will elicit much favorable comment among horsemen and the public alike. It is one of this departments, by no means original, observations that wagering on the races at Aqueduct involves an equation that is non-existent at any other New York course. In addition to the usual hazard of horses wayward form, there is the added factor of their ability to negotiate the turns successfully. So many have not. A number of veteran jockeys are cooling their heels this season, some without much prospect of resuming their careers, we are afraid. None of them is being kept on the ground as punishment for his latest incursion on the rules of racing. Some have as many as 18 counts against them. Turf officials must, for the good of the game, refuse to tolerate obviously incorrigible jockeys. For one, this department finds himself unable to work up any notable amount of sympathy for any one who wants to make a livelihood by breaking the rules.

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