Derby Contestants Head for East and Other Racing Centers in U. S.: Trainers Have Nothing but Praise for Hoop Jr., Winner of Races Richest Running, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-12


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Derby Contestants Head for East And Other Racing Centers in U. S. Trainers Have Nothing but * Praise for Hoop Jr., Winner Of Races Richest Running LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 11.— Entertaining high hopes of becoming the seventh Triple Crown" winner in history, Hoop Jr., sensational winner of last Saturdays seventy-first Kentucky Derby, left Churchill Downs yesterday for Baltimore and the Preakness, second jewel in the coveted diadem of the American Turf. None the worse for his Derby experience, in which he turned back the challenges of 15 of the countrys top flight three-year-olds, the Fred W. Hooper colorbearer on Saturday will endeavor to duplicate his Derby triumph in the historic mile and three-sixteenths Preakness. Following the Preakness, Hoop Jr. will roll on to Belmont Park, scene of the mile and a half Belmont Stakes, another exacting three-year-old classic. Meanwhile, most of the others who strove vainly to cope with Hoop Jr.s speed and stamina over the muddy mile and a quarter Derby route, either were on their way East also or were awaiting shipment to other points. Darby Dieppe to Pimlico Evidently undaunted by his trouncing in the Derby, in which he finished third, Mrs. Willie G. Lewis Darby Dieppe moved on to Baltimore with five stablemates in a car attached to that bearing Hoop Jr. Baltimore also was the destination of E. R. Bradleys Burning Dream, ninth in the Derby, and Be Faithful and Rail Bond. According to Jimmy Smith, who loaded the Bradley trio, Be Faithful will be a starter in the Pimlico Oaks, to be renewed on the Preakness Day program. Smith would not reveal whether Burning Dream again would try conclusions with Hoop Jr. in the Preakness. Both Jeep and Jacobe, left yesterday for Belmont Park. Jeep, according to trainer Lydell Ruff, will be moved to Pimlico on Wednesday if it is decided to start him in the Preakness. Heading East in the same car with Jeep and Jacobe was Paragon Stables Bob Mann, who will join some Paragon Stable runners whom trainer Jake Byer has at Belmont for owner Israel Silberman. Bob Mann, a winner during the Churchill Downs meeting, was a Derby eligible, but failed to go to the post in the classic. Trainer Ben Jones, who saddled Calumet Farms Pot o Luck, beaten Derby favorite, said the colt would remain at Churchill Downs until arrangements could be completed to ship him to Chicago. He will not start in the Preakness and this would seem to Indicate that the Derby runner-up also may pass up the Belmont Stakes. Bymeabond, another Derby contestant whom owner J. K. Houssels has at Churchill Downs, will be shipped, along with several stablemates, to Santa Anita, within the next 24 or 72 hours, depending on accommodations. Bymeabond is ex- ! pected to be a starter in the Santa Anita ! Derby. Alexis, another thoroughly vanquished i Derby aspirant, left for Pimlico today with Service Pilot, a stablemate, who had ac- - companied him to Churchill Downs from New York last week. I Air Sailor Remains at Downs Air Sailor will remain at Churchill Downs for the time being, but will be transferred along with his Lt.-Cmdr. T. D. Buhl stablemates to Detroit. Other Derby starters scheduled to remain at the South Louisville course until future plans for them are completed are Tiger Rebel, Foreign Agent, Fighting Step, Bert G. and Kenilworth Lad. Remaining also is Fair Jester, who like* Bert G. and Kenilworth Lad, came down from Canada to compete in the Derby, but was withdrawn because of track conditions. Oddyy enough, not one of the trainers j of the three-year-olds whom Hoop Jr. left in his muddy wake Saturday, came forth to discredit the colts victory. Charles Gentry, who trains Darby Dieppe, probably expressed the opinion of all when he observed that "there was not a horse in America who could have beaten Hoop Jr. in the Derby." A. G. "Lex" Wilson, who saddled Air Sailor, paid the winner a glowing tribute when he said, "Hoop Jr. is a great race horse, he runs fast and all the way." "Youve got to hand it to him, he has everything" was the comment voiced by Jimmy Smith, soft-spoken trainer of Burning Dream, who strove vainly to bring Col. E. R. Bradley his fifth Derby triumph. Lydell Ruff, Jeeps trainer, said he knew that Hoop Jr. was the horse to beat. Ruff added that he may pass up the Preakness and point his charge for the Belmont Stakes. Young Jack Healey, whose dreams of saddling a Derby winner were dashed with Alexis defeat, said his charge went as far as he could over a track he did not like. Thus ends another chapter in the long and colorful history of the Kentucky Derby. It was conducted in its usual flawless manner with everything clicking excepting the weather. But even that was forgotten by the throng as Hoop Jr., the sleek bay son of Sir Gallahad III. and One Hour, came streaking through the muddy stretch to add his name to the list of great three-year-olds who have won undying fame in the greatest of all American races.

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