Judges Stand: Pimlico Records Will Topple Saturday; Pavot Gaining Preakness Supporters; Sizzling Workouts Caution to Hoop Jr.; Polls, Crowds Show Turfs Popularity, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-15


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JUDGES STAND By Charles Harton Pimlico Records Will Topple Saturday Pavot Gaining Preakness Supporters Sizzling Workouts Caution to Hoop Jr. Polls, Crowds Show Turfs Popularity BALTIMORE. Md., June 14. Preakness Prattle: This "Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" will, as in the instance of last week-ends Derby, carry a record net value to winner, and the total distribution for the "dream program" will be about 60,000. which is creditably near Belmonts 81,000 national record on the afternoon Whichone won the Futurity. . . . Matt Daiger tells us the Hilltop centerfield will be open to the public. . . . Sgt. Dave "The Man of Many Titles" Woods, here from Ft. Riley for a few days, predicts a record attendance, which is to say more than 36,000. .• . . Discussing the Preakness and Pavot with Clem McCarthy, who will broadcast it. he recalled: "Sysonby was dead-heated by Race King in his first venture as a three-year-old, but he would have kicked Race King out of the park after that, so lets not be hasty about the Withers result." Clem also will broadcast the Belmont Stakes and the Santa Anita Handicap. . . . Did you know that Harry Strauss invented the odds board before the "tote," not as an afterthought. Dissatisfaction over the frequent disparities in approximate odds and actual odds were the "raison detre" for the "tote." . . . Any apprentice boy who can "tie on" can ride Hoop Jr. Arcaro had only to ride as fast as "Junior" could run in the Derby. . . "I would not have started Gallorette in the Wood, only that the horses commenced coughing and I thought I had better run her while I could," trainer Christmas says laconically. The Brann filly is the logical Pimlico Oaks choice. Pies Burch, incidentally, owns her dam, Gallette. . . . Joe Stevens is here to supervise Preakness Day catering, after a busy week-end at Churchill Downs. It required a staff of 200 just to clean up the debris there. . . . Hoop Jr. is in both the Classic and American Derby at the Toddling Town. . . . Owner Fred Hooper, who junketed to Batna on business after the Kentucky Derby, will be present for the Preakness. . . . Jamaica will be enlarged, not razed. . . . Steve Early was a recent visitor to Delaware Park. . . . Foray II., who topped Englands Free Handicap, broke a pastern in an Ellerslie paddock shortly after siring Darby Dieppe and was destroyed. . . . Harry Parr has the Hilltop looking more eye -filling than ever it did in May. Baltimoreans still are talking of Pavots sizzling Preakness prep, in which he traversed the full mile and three-sixteenths in 1:59.-,. The stakes record is Alsabs 1:57. Pensive captured the Maryland Jockey Clubs "piece de resistance" last spring in 1:59* 5 on a faster track than that over which Walter Jeffords superb homebred breezed. And Mate beat Twenty Grand in 1:59 "flat." It was thus what horsemen would call a good run, even if he seemed an unconscionable time going the half mile. Jockey Orlando Hearn, who had the leg up on Case Aces son, tells us his mount was going "well within himself all the way and I had him a good distance from the rail. The track was rough." Hearn has galloped and breezed Pavot ever since this latest "Faraway flier" was broken as a yearling. "He has not bad habits and he eats all the oats in the barn," Hearn said. "I worked War Relic, too," he added, modestly, "and you knw he was a fast horse, but I never sat on a horse like Pavot before." The Philadelphians Preakness finale Tuesday afternoon was preceded by a mile in 1:39 just before he left Belmont Park. Oscar White is well pleased with the fashion in which his charge is coming up to his engagement in the week-end classic. Pimlico presents familiar scenes about the stands, but its barns are, of course, sparsely populated, and their tenants are almost exclusively stakes horses, for the Preakness, Dixie, Oaks, Jennings and Nursery. Hoop Jr., Alexis and Pavot are neighbors. "Junior" occupies a screened box similar to Whirlaways. Unlike blase New Yorkers, the free-staters are interested in morning works, and several hundred railbirds assemble here each morning to see the trials. Pavots was a boon to this Preakness. injecting a competitive element into what had all the earmarks of a virtual walk-over for Hoop Jr. Matt Daiger, incidentally, tells us that the black-eyed susans for the Preakness winners wreath this year were raised here at Pimlico, the same applying to the fresh white roses for the stewards lapels. This last is not merely a quaint custom, but was written into the Maryland Jockey Club by-laws in 1930. and Daiger, who has seen 47 Preakness renewals, says it has been observed as a daily "must" by stewards at all M. J. C. meetings. Harry Parr, who is "the spirit that guides" In both Pimlico and the TRA, believes this Preakness will be a horse race and is interested also in seeing Gallorette and Recce meet in the Oaks. I nlike most track operators, Parr is a horse owner and breeder. He has the broodmares Her Grace and Turkey Wings, the latter a sister to Thanksgiving, at his place in Marylands lovely green Spring Valley and intends retaining Her Graces daughters for their intrinsic worth as producers. The fact that he is -* a horseman gives Parr a lively interest in the Hilltops rac ing strip proper. What he had finally achieved with the clay pit at the end of the backstretch is a triumph of man over the elements. It took several years and about 0,000. Pimlicos officers are tentatively post-war planning along with other progressive tracks. We hope its charming old clubhouse vintage of 1870 will remain intact. Racing everywhere reflects the sports increased popularity. Two nationwide polls, one taken last winter and the other this spring, show a 30 per cent gain in public esteem. TRA members will provide adequate accommodations when the materials for reconstruction are available. That Is "good business."

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