Reflections: Delaware Ends Successful Meet on July 4 0,000 Indian River Last Delaware Chase Garden State Opens July 13 for Fifty Days Devil Diver-Rounders Meet in Brooklyn, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-29


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■ i « 1 | j , [REFLECTIONS L— By Nelson Dunstan Delaware Ends Successful Meet on July 4 0,000 Indian River Last Delaware Chase Garden State Opens July 13 for Fifty Days Devil Diver-Rounders Meet in Brooklyn WILMINGTON, Del., June 28. With the Oaks written into the records today, Delaware fans are looking forward to the two remaining flat stakes of the meeting, the ,500 Dover, to be run on Saturday, for two-year- J j » , ! , I j i 1 j , olds at five and a furlongs, and the 0,000 Diamond State Stakes, for three-year-olds, at a mile and a furlong, to be run on July 4, the closing day. While Pavot is an eligible for the Diamond State, he will not start in it. Among the eligibles are Coincidence, Dock-, stader, Greek Warrior, Adonis, Spartan No-1 ble, Sea Swallow, Trymenow, Flood Town, Ox Blood, Baron Jack, Bill Hardey, War Date, War Jeep, The Doge, Jeep, Frere Jacques, Sir Francis and a host of others. We neg-I lected to mention Pindus, a recent winner for William William Helis Helis at at Belmont Belmont Park Park and and a a colt colt , ! tt j ] i J | . | j 9 9 *: s s n L. j. If - e e d t y s e d 1, - ■ ir d n * to 0 by y n ~ !" . A n is .- i- a a - t i- n ■- William William Helis Helis at at Belmont Belmont Park Park and and a a colt colt « regarded by those connected with the stable as one of the fastest three-year-olds in the country. From this long list a good-sized field should result. Delaware officials are strong for the steeplechasing sport and this is apparent by such events as the 0,000 Georgetown Steeplechase Handicap, which was run on Wednesday, and the 0,000 Indian River Steeplechase Handicap, which will be run on Tuesday, July 3. With the Aqueduct jumping course closed, the steeplechase en-I thusiasts naturally have, come to this Wilmington haven of chasers. The jumping sport is in disfavor with some, but that is not apparent in this part of the country, where the name of duPont is synonymous with through-the-field sport. This course is one of the best in the country and jumpers take kindly to it. In the Indian River Steeple chase, which is at about two miles and a half, there will be many who in the fall may be fighting it out for the championship. Prominent on the list are Elkridge, War Battle, Floating Isle, Ossabaw, Invader, Iron Shot and Raylywn. There are no such champions as the Fairmounts or Jolly Rogers of former seasons in this years crop of jumpers, but these events do aid greatly in adding variety to the flat racing programs, and especially so in Delaware and Maryland, where there are many followers of steeple- chasing. After Delaware closes on July 4 there will be a weeks lapse in the circuit before Garden State opens on Friday, July 13. There is no superstition among these Camden officials, for they look upon this opening date as a harbinger of the most successful meeting they have had since the course opened. Nominations for stake events are far in excess of those of last year and, among the horses named are a vast majority of the contenders for championships in every division. The Camden Handicap, for three-year-olds and with 0,000 added, will be the opening days stake and, in the weeks to follow, there will be rich events for members of all divisions. On August 25 they will stage the 5,000 Jersey Handicap, for three-year-olds, at a mile and a furlong, and a week later, on September 1, the meeting will reach its peak with the running of the 0,000 Trenton Handicap, for three-year-olds and older horses, at a mile and a furlong. Wil- liam Helis, whose breeding farm is not far from Garden State, has named six for this race, including Rounders. The meeting will come to a close on Saturday, September 8, with the running of the Vineland Handicap, for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and older, at a mile and a sixteenth. Aqueduct will feature one of the most interesting races for older horses of this season in the 0,000 Brooklyn Handicap, at one and one-quarter miles, for three-year- olds and older horses, on July 4. Devil Diver has been assigned 132 pounds, as opposed to 126 for Rounders, win ner of the Brandywine, Dixie and Sussex in recent weeks. While the meeting between this pair has created high interest among fans, the race presents many angles, with First Fiddle in at 123 and the trio of Alex Barth, Apache and Wait a Bit all assigned 118. As we go farther down the list, however, we find Stymie at 116 and Olympic Zenith at 110. The last-named horse was a convincing winner of the Queens County Handicap, opening stake event of the Aqueduct meeting, and this way weighted h« will not only be a threat to his own stablemate, Rounders, but also to Devil Diver, who will be endeavoring to com- plete the difficult triple of the Metropolitan, Suburban and Brooklyn. This race shapes up as the toughtest for Devil Diver this season, and the same might also be said for Rounders, In a Hollywood gossip column we read "Louis B. Mayer has cabled an offer to England for the famed thoroughbred Hyperion. L. B. is said to have offered 00,000." The chances of the M-G-M chieftain, who has become one of the biggest thoroughbred breed-d ers and owners in the Golden State, of obtaining this horse are so remote that it borders on the impossible. When England was being bombed, Lord Derby, owner of Hyperion, received many offers for the famous horse. One American syndicate is said to have gone as high as 00,000. Lord Derbys answer was "Hyperion will remain in this country, even if England is re-[g duced to ashes." Lord Derby is one of the pillars of the English turf and also a man who frowns on the best English stallions being sold out of the country. Immensely wealthy, he cannot be enticed by large sums, but more than that, he is one of her breeders who believes that England has no equal in the products tion of thoroughbreds and that every good horse should be maintained so that her superiority may be continued.

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