Alorter in Five-Furlong Trial; Blue Grass Stakes First Start: Covers Distance in 1:021/5 to Trainers Satisfaction; Headley Stale due Today, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-08


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* Alorter in Five-Furlong Trial; Blue Grass Stakes First Start I Covers Distance in 1 :02Vs ] To Trainers Satisfaction; Headley Stable Due Today LOUISVILLE, Ky.. April 7.— After Alorter. A. C. Ernsts Kentucky Derby candidate, turned five furlongs in l:02Vs at Churchill Downs without effort, trainer Jack Skirvin stated he is sure the son of The Porter did not like the Hialeah Park track and has Derby possibilities. Alorter will make his first Kentucky start in the Blue Grass Stakes, the main attraction of Keenelands combined 10-day regular and War Relief session which opens the Kentucky racing season here on Saturday, April 15. Skirvin does not intend to start the Ernst colorbearer prior to the Blue Grass and appeared very well pleased after the colts short spin. It was the first time since arriving from Florida that he was called upon for speed. He was one of several Derby aspirants to take part in the long training period that left the dockers groggy near noon time. Charles Sanborn returned from a brief visit to his family at Lexington to resume the training of Dave Fergusons Bell Buzzer. Sanborn continues to hold the son of Bel Aethel in high esteem. "Dont count my horse out of the big race," he said. "He had a rough trip in the Arkansas Derby and I believe he will fancy the extra furlong of the local classic." Brief Let-Up for Challenge Me "Dont worry about Challenge Me net liking a distance," said Dan Cataldo, trainer of the Brolite Stables Arkansas Derby winner. "He can run two miles." Challenge Me will be given a brief letup; that is, nothing more than strong gallops will be required of him during the next 10 days. Lydell Ruff, trainer of the western division of Col. C. V. Whitneys stable and the developer of Pukka Gin, advance favorite for Americas leading race for three-year-olds, arrived with his charges from Oaklawn Park. Alamein and Signals Bloke, also Derby eligibles, are members of the stable, but they are not expected to start. A change in plans will bring 20 horses, the property of Hal Price Headley, into Churchill Downs Saturday instead of the first of next week. Askmenow, leading western candidate for the Phoenix Handicap, to be renewed as the feature of the opening-day program, will head the shipment, which also will include Megogo, Headleys lone Derby eligible. While not expected to be assigned the top weight for the Phoenix, which has its decision at six furlongs, Askmenow probably will shoulder the highest impost among the starters. Sun Again, Calumet Farms nominee, as well as other members IA/*lf CI/ID/lkl *» - * - - _.£ AI~.*-„, ~~A JALl jMKVIN — I rainer or Alorter ana other A. C. Ernst horses. of the Wright stable, is passing up Kentucky in preference to Pimlicos lush stakes program. Neville Dunn came from Lexington to inspect his Fire Power, who was called upon for a good mile test. Mandel B. Goffs Skytracer, second to Stir Up in the Flamingo Stakes, came in for much attention when he made his appearance on the track. Although boxes and reserved seats are being limited to persons residing in the greater Louisville area, resident manager Russell Sweeney reports these choice accommodations are being purchased at a rapid clip. After a few days of practical idleness, James T. Clark, who is registering stables, reports that trainers are filling out registrations daily and he believes this detail will be completed before the opening. The license committee, composed of C. Bruce Head, W. H. Shelley and Samuel H. McMeekin, has about completed its report to the racing commission, which will meet here Friday, April 14.

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