Judges Stand: Geographical View of Ill. Sport; Tracks Aid HBPA to Found Home; Louie Mayer Sells and Repents; Old Slant on Turfs New Idea, Daily Racing Form, 1944-06-19


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JUDGES STAND By Charles Hatton Geographical View of III Sport Tracks Aid HBPA to Found Homa Louie Mayer Sells and Repents Old Slant on Turfs New Idea IdeaThe The inaugural of the Arlington Wash ¬ ington turf season of 70 days is attended by much the same atmosphere of height ¬ ened expectancy one finds along Union Avenue on the eve of Saratoga openers This is construed as a very favorable augury The meet last summer was not productive of the most impressive tote statistics of the Illinois racing year but it did provide Chicagoans with entertainment by the best performers and made the most notable contributions to improvement of the breed Those crass souls who define racing as a completely mercenary gamb ¬ ling game frequently allude to this paradox in a doomed effort to substantiate their morbid contentions The explanation is more geographical than spiritual however It is not owing some abject indifference on the publics part Washington Park is farther from the Loop than are Sports ¬ mans and Hawthorne for instance North and West siders find the junket to Home wood an adventure not unlike Major Rodgers search for the Northwest Passage Besides 70 days is an inherently monoton ¬ ous run at any course as Ben Lindheimer is aware The relation of Arlington and Washington to Chicago is a good deal like that of Empire and Belmont to Manhattan Each caters to a clientele distinctly its own in what are grotesquely misrepresented as normal times After the war Arlington racing will be restored to North siders The managements of Arlington and Washing ¬ ton repose an abiding faith in racings fu ¬ ture and are building for it by competing at a disadvantage with eastern tracks to give Chicagoans racing of a big league character characterThe The HBPA now seems certain to achieve its benevolent objective of a home for superannuated indigent horsemen Last winer we heard a lot of giant doubleflowering drivel about establishing this home in Florida but HBPA officials perceive the advantages of a Kentucky farm site A number of tracks will con ¬ tribute to this worthy cause It is nice that these include several which heretofore denied the organization their support The directorate will be highly representative we learn learnOperative Operative 6 78 notes that both Bounding Home and Platter have Man o War mares for second dams and conjectures that these producers influence will prove beneficial in generations yet to come Speed Boat cele ¬ brated as the most priceless of these pearls is represented in contemporary racing by a grandson who takes his heritage seriously in the juvenile Guam And thereby hangs a tale so to speak Guam is a son of An ¬ napolis Blue for whom Louie Mayer paid 13000 as a yearling Annapolis Blue by Blue Larkspur Speed Boat was prema turely categorized as a lemon and finally sold to serve at stud in Mexico He now enjoys a rather unique distinction in that he has given the fabulous movie mogul oc ¬ casion to sell and repent An unavailing effort has been made to repatriate him himFew Few things under the racing sun are new quite Among other changes the turfs doctrinaires are advocat ¬ ing Is a combination race in which horsemen may enter their charges to be claimed or not as they prefer Maj Tom McCreery and Bob Gil more recall that this type of race was popular in the West years ago Detroit is offering this sort of races for platers at its current meeting In the same vein Tom Young be ¬ lieves associations might do worsa than adopt a rule pertinent to graded handicaps which was en ¬ forced in a bygone era Under this proviso if a horse won for 2000 he became eligible to compete in a D handicap Winning in D he ad ¬ vanced to C And he could not race in D again until he had started once for 2500 This occurs to us as a stipulation with a good deal of merit meritTurfinana Turfinana Traffic Court simply is not good now It happens to the best oj horses ArlingtonWashington steward this summer include S L James familial to Met racegoers as a handicapper Dr Charley Hagyard who is one of our f j vorite Kentuckians will witness some 5 the Arlington sport during the NARC senil nar Russell Sweeney Tom Young an Bruce Head the latter a bit on the slo f side returned to Louisville from HaW thorne on the weekend

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