Judges Stand, Daily Racing Form, 1946-06-13


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~ ?! *•***"*« JUDGES STAND I By Charles Hatton Breeders Hit Increases in Mutuel Take Aqueduct Stake Tougher Test of Assault Hollywood Derby May Attract Honeymoon Suffolk Bids for Easts Leading Ladies LEXINGTON, Ky., June 12. Down here in the Blue Grass they are confident that the yearling sales will be a success, perhaps as successful as they H-oro lact vpar whipn 4f F» hrnueht a record averaee of ,700. But the breeders must plan at least two years ahead, and they are not at all sure that the market will be quite so good in future years. They perceive that if the trend to increase mutuel taxation spreads it will in time force tracks to cut purses and this would in turn cause a slump in horses values. One of the turfs most prominent figures, a Jockey Club member, owner and breeder, said on this subject today that "of course racing has a selfish interest. So have the taxpayers. This bird-in-the-hand policy of increased takes will not benefit either side, if it is followed through to its logical conclusion, on tne contrary, both would suffer." We have never known a track tax, once levied, to be either reduced or withdrawn. "It is not very original to talk about the Golden Goose, " the Thoroughbred Club president, Charley Kenney, commented. "But I really think it applies in this case, and that it ought to be explained, as it was here in Kentucky last spring when a 5 per cent bill was introduced." There were no facts and figures to make out a case for racing when the New York tax was proposed, but its effect there is clear enough evidence to show other, smaller communities. New Yorkers will probably see Bob Klebergs tough little Assault enter a new phase of his expanding career on Saturday at Aqueduct, when the 0,000 Dwyer is renewed. The Texan has three times beaten all rivals at level weights, in the "Triple Crown." Just to round out a field, and perhaps vary the routine, the Dwyer makes him give from five to 15 pounds if he accepts. Assault has been outstaying his fields, in moderate time, and we do not know if he is an awfully good colt, but we shall find out during the summer and fall days. Easterners do not take Mighty Story seriously, but in the Middle-West they fancy the Peabody winner may match Assaults surge over that last quarter. Burley Parke says: "I believe he is the best router I have trained for Mr. Marsch." The two have engagements in common in the Classic and the American Derby. California has possibly the quickest three-year-old now active in L. B. Mayers homebred filly Honeymoon, who recently won the Hollywood Oaks Handicap by what is technically known as "a sleeper jump.". This huge daughter of the huge Beau Pere may try the colts on the West Coast in the Hollywood Derby next month. The movie executive is not one to hesitate to start a filly against the horses when he feels they have sufficient class. Bright Sword and Quick Reward are pointing for the Inglewood version of the Derby. It occurs to us that Mayer has had many more good fillies than colts, which should not displease him as a breeder. His best race horse is Thumbs Up, who has attempted more comebacks than Patti. Not very many owners of recent years have raced a group of fillies like Busher, Honeymoon, Whirlabout, and Distaff. And he takes a certain pride in having himself bred Honeymoon. New England track crowds will see the tenth running of Suffolk Downs coveted 5,000 Hannah Dustin Handicap, a filly-and-mare feature of a mile and a sixteenth on the week-end. Gallorette is not a candidate, nor is the surprising Sicily. But it seems assured a good field, nevertheless, with Recce, Elpis, Heres How, Bonnie Beryl and Hypnotic among the eligibles. In late weeks William Woodwards three-year-olds Hypnotic and Bonnie Beryl have won the Coaching Club and Delaware Oaks respectively. The four-year-old Elpis, who races for William Helis, won the Hannah Dustin last summer. This will be the richest running of the race, under the new Boston clubs generous purse and stakes program. Suffolk and Delaware Park three -year -old stakes conflicted last weekend, but this has been avoided in the instance of the two clubs best filly-and-mare races. The most important of the Wilmington tracks filly events is its 5,00 New Castle Handicap. It is this summer to be run on June 29. William duPont hopes to win it with his homebred Surosa, who was the runner-up to Sicily in Belmonts rich Top Flight. A vast majority of the best fillies and mares have been campaigned in the East to this point in the season, with the opening of Arlington Park next Monday there will be some commuting. Turfiana: Breeders say the current crop of yearlings have this spring enjoyed the benefits of the best grazing Central Kentucky has provided in many years. . . . Mrs. Dale Shaffers small string of fillies will be shipped soon from Long Island to Chicago. . . . Warren Wright likes a Whirlaway colt Walter Salmon will offer at Keeneland. . . . Henry Knight, now in Chicago, will have some Easy Mons in his Spa consignment. . . . A new 0,000 stake will open Suffolks second meeting. . . . Atlantic City officials expect their track to be ready for the July 22 inaugural. . . . There are trainers awards in some of Suffolks stakes, including one of 50 in the Hannah Dustin. . . . Leigh Cotton thinks Plumper better than Pellicle, and the two will race at Chicago. . . . Arlingtons Post and Paddock has a double-deck restaurant. ... Its walls will be decorated with large murals of Busher, Whirlaway and other Chicago favorites. . . . Canadas Kingarvie is racing at Detroit.

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