Between Races: Many Unusual Aspects for the 74th Derby; Coaltown-Citation Dispute to Be Settled; Citations Will to Win Impressed Arcaro; West Coasters Beat Path to Door of Hash, Daily Racing Form, 1948-05-01


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BETWEEN RACES By OSCAR OTIS CHURCHILL DOWNS Louisville Ky April 30 By all odds this is the most unusual Derby to emerge from the original nomination list in modern history The seventyfourth running of the historic Louisville mile and a quarter run presents any number of ofmcsihilifipt mcsihilifipt fnr bistnrv fn be m5 r tied Eddie Arcaro of course could become the first rider ever to ride four winners and break an existing tie be ¬ tween himself Earl Sande and Isaac Murphy Ben Jones who rose from the obscuritybf an Ozark Mountains cattle farm to become Americas number one trainer has a chance to tie for Derby honors with H J Derby Dick Thompson who has saddled four winners One record is virtually a certainty to be broken that of the shortness of the odds on the shortestpriced favorite Himyar Himyarbeaten beaten at a Quotation of 14 and certainly the r ari each 40 cents on the dollar Both Citation and Coaltown who have grown steadily in esteem throughout tlfe week one by a victory in the DerbyTrial the other by a work verging on the sensational conceivably could make a minus pool to win the Derby just as Citation did in the Derby Trial and wjiich would be another Derby first Intense prerace Derby interest is not as of the type so evident in a vast majority of former years not who will beat Calumet but which of the Calumet colts will prove the better A A A ASettlement Settlement of the latter question will prove the high highpoint point of the Derby if the race is run as expected on onpaper paper But races are not always run as cold analysis would indicate and while the mass of evidence supporting supportingthe1 the1 claims ofCalumet is formidable it is far froni over Many Unusual Aspects for the 74th Derby CoaltownCitation Dispute to Be Settled Citations Will to Win Impressed Arcaro West Coasters Beat Path to Door of Hash Hashwhelming whelming This Kentucky Derby too will provide 100000 or more fans with an opportunity to see perhaps the greatest colt of modern times in action Time of course will prove that point one way or the other but neverthe ¬ less those who saw Man o War in his early races while well understanding they were witnessing a great horse in action perhaps few had an inkling they were privileged to have been a member of a turf drama that has become an immortal legend of the American turf Tomorrow well could be just such a day yo4 mitral toe interested In th the equine characters of Citation and Coaltown by Messrs Edward Arcaro and Newbold Leroy Pierspn respectively Says Arcaro Citation won the Derby Trial about as easily as I could allow him to but Citation is riot a horse easy to win with in an easy way In the Derby Trial I was absolutely confident for the first time and hence could experiment with him and find out more about him I found out a lot He is a horse who will extend himself the most when there is another horse in front of him But I also found out that he would respond at any time and at any stage if asked to do so But at the same tune Citation is the type of horse that doesnt want to win off any farther than necessary The added result of all this is that I am convinced that Citation has the greatest attribute a thoroughbred can have the will to win No I dont mean a fighting heart explained Ar ¬ caro in response to my assumption that he meant a fighting heart His fighting heart will have to be proven When I say a will to win I mean just that I do not doubt that he has a great fighting heart But Id rather see him run a few more races under determined competi ¬ tion before actually putting myself on record as saying that As for Pierson he frankly says he has no idea how good Coaltown is except that he is good Pierson rather expects the Derby to telL Coaltown has the ability to take off as if winged during parts of a journey or so it seems All in all this seemingly lopsided Derby could turn into one of the greatest of them all Think of It glowed one imaginative turfman if the two horses came down in a dead heat in record time timeA A A A AWe We rather believe that a lot of folks in America will be rooting for Arcaro tomorrow not only to break the therecord record of IDerby victories but also because they believer believerhe he is entitled t6 it Men OS any MM ID ffigIaffll Arcaro is what in America is termed a selfmade man He was graduated from grammar school 8th grade and was in his firsj year of high school when he left the formal halls of education for a career as a rider Yet talking to him today one listens to a brilliant conversa ¬ tionalist a keen analytical thinker and one whose choice of the proper five dollar word exactly expresses the fine shade of meaning he wants to convey Arcaro made himself an educated man by omniverous reading and by keeping Company and listening to men with high in ¬ tellect formally schooled While Arcaro is a strong man arid a powerful rider we rather suspect that his race in the hole is his power to coordinate that intelligence with Continued on Page FiftyTwo BETWEEN RACES Continued from Page Sixty Sixtythat that skilled power to make him one of the outstanding pilots of all time timeHorses Horses and People As of a few days ago Hash still held a substantial lead as Americas leading moneywinning stallion for the current year with Tantalon sec ¬ ond largely through the exploits of El Mono and with last years leader Bull Lea third Most everyone expects Bull Lea will improve his position in immedi ¬ ate stakes in the offing including the Derby tomorrow the Preakness and a galaxy of others to follow However Hash has grown steadily in stature through recent times and he will have the hard ¬ hitting Salmagundi to dispute future three yearold classics in the East and Flashco reported sharper than somewhat on the West Coast awaiting rich Hollywood Park offerings not to mention Miss Kimo and many others of lesser stature Most West Coasters here for the Derby have asked the way to the Warner Jones Jr farm that they might see the stallion in person Seeing his first Derby tomor ¬ row is Lou Bronstein the rather fabulous fellow from Los Angeles who bid on 20 twoyearolds at the Louis B Mayer win ¬ ter dispersal sale offered more than 100 000 in the course of the bidding and wound up with one horse Bronstein went to 69QOO on one twoyearold and overbid dropped out He thinks he obtained one of the prizes of the sale however jn Doctrine afull brother to Stepfather Also here from the Coast and seeing his first Derby is Larry Crosby brother of Bingr and business manager of trie varied Crosby enterprises in Calif ornia r

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