Field of Ten Entered in Blue Grass Stakes: Burning Dream to be Favored in Keeneland Event at Downs, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-02


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i Field of Ten Entered In Blue Grass Stakes Burning Dream to Be Favored In Keeneland Event at Downs Continued from Page One of the local Downs anticipates a large half-holiday crowd. The Blue Grass Stakes has a long and interestingly checkered history. Its annals began in 1911, when Governor Gray was the winner and it was staged at the old Kentucky Association course at Lexington. It was in temporary eclipse from 1914 to 1919. and when the antiquated Kentucky Association plant was dismantled, was adopted by Keeneland. the latter club transferring it here during the war years. Although the Blue Grass Stakes has always been regarded as a "Derby preview," it has been captured by but two colts destined to complement their victories with another in the Derby itself. These were Bubbling Over in 1926 and Shut Out in 3 942. If Burning Dream is successful in the ensuing renewal, it will incidentally mark the fifth in a series of such tallies for Colonel Bradley, beginning with Black Servant in 1921 and ranging through Busy American the following year. Bubbling Over in 26 and Bimelech in 40. Calumet has itself won two renewals, with Bull Lea in 1938 and Ocean Wave in 43. The ten assembled for the week-end Blue Grass 4 appear to have all come up to the engagement "fit as hands can make them." Several, in addition to Burning Dream, had speed sharpeners this morning. The track was fast and Fighting Step turned a breezing three furlongs in :354/5, indicating that his recent skirmish with Air Sailor has not dulled his speed. Darby Dieppe breezed three-eighths in :375 and Best Effort went over the same ground handily in :8635. Bymeabond was timed a half in :493s breezing, and Darien put in five furlongs in 1:05 in the same consummate fashion. Several of the lands few skillful pilots will have mounts in the Saturday stake. Doug Dodson is to have the leg up on Calumets Pofo Luck, and incidentally is fully aware of what that colt is up against, as he piloted Burning Dream in both the latters local victories. Billie Thompson is to boot the Bradley colt in the Blue Grass, his services becoming available when Free for All went wrong. George "The Iceman Woolf will ride Sea Swallow, which is no disadvantage, certainly, to the son of Seabiscuit. Buddy Haas is to have the mount on Air Sailor, a fast and plucky colt, with Freddy Smith astride Bymeabond. Fritz Weidaman, who rode Darby Dieppe when he beat Bymeabond, again will handle him in the Blue Grass. The stake is certain to have a bearing on the size and personnel of the starting field in the 71st Derby, and will possibly point out the post-time favorite.

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