Citation, Three Rivals Seek Seventy-Second Preakness: Calumets Kentucky Derby Winner Rules 1 to 10 Choice; Out to Annex Second Leg on Triple Crown and Fourth Victory in 00,000 Pimlico Fixture for Owner Wright; Regard Bovard Main Threat Over Prevailing Off Track, Daily Racing Form, 1948-05-15


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WARREN WRIGHT With the favored Citation carrying his Calumet Farm silks in todays Preakriess holds strong hopes for his fourth success in the Pimlico feature Whirlaway Pensive and Fault ¬ less having borne the familiar devils red colors to victory in this classic Citation Three Rivals Seek SeventySecond Preakness Calumets Kentucky Derby Winner Rules 1 to 10 Choice ChoiceOut Out to Annex Second Leg on Triple Crown and Fourth Victory jn 100000 Pimlico Fixture for Owner Wright Regard Bovard Main Threat Over Prevailing Off Track TrackPIMLICO PIMLICO Baltimore Md May 14 Citation renews his whirlwind campaign toward attaining status as one of the turf immortals of all time by seeking the seventysecond running of the historic mile ang threesixteenths 100000 Preakness Stakes here tomorrow afternoon Citation will go to the post a standout favorite of perhaps 1 to 10 ina fourhorse field The Calumet champion and galloping winner of the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago faces King Ranchs Better Self Sylvester W Labrot Jrs home and Marylandbred Bovard and Col C V Whit ¬ neys Vulcans Forge Forgeo o The Preakness will be renewed over an off track but just how much off it will be is in the power of the weather The track was niuddy this morning and a lack of sun precluded it from drying out too promptly The forecast is for partially clearing weather this after ¬ noon and for some cloudinesstomorrow and cooler Inasmuch as it was fairly cool today a topcoat or a sweater would be advisable for Preak ¬ ness fans are in excellent condition Citation blew out a half in 51 under the watchful eye of trainer H A Jimmy Jones who will saddle him for the outstanding race of Maryland and the second lap of Americas Triple Crown When Citation was cooled out and placed back in his stall Jones walked over to the office of the racing secretary and passed the son of Bufl Lea Hydroplane II through the entry box Cant over ¬ look this detail he joked jokedVulcans Vulcans Forge was the only other contender to engage in a light drill He went a half in 52 Trainer Jimmy Rowan contented himself with sending Bovard for a walk around the tow ring King Ranchs Better Self took a slow gallop once around the oval Warren Mehrtens who will ride Better Self tomorrow was in the irons Preakness Stakes 100000 Three YearOlds One and Three Sixteenths Miles PP Horse Jockey Wt 1 Bovard W Saunders 126 2 Vulcans Forge D Dodson 126 3 Better Self W Mehrtens 126 4 Citation EArcaro 126 The Maryland Racing Commission issued a statement of some lengtllate last night saying the commission had approved a re ¬ quest of the Maryland Jockey Club to re ¬ strict wagering in the fourhorse race to a win pool only The commission went into great detail to explain the reasons for its stand the main one being that the state would stand to lose along with the track in the event of a minus pool and it Continued on Page Three CHAMPION AND CHALLENGER Citation and Bovard respectively who head todays field for therunning of the Preakness Stakes Calumet Farms Kentucky Derby winner is a strong choice to repeat his triumph in the Run for the Roses while Bovard is the hope of the homestaters and has come up to his engagement in inmagnificent magnificent style having accounted for the Survivor Stakes only last Monday at the Maryland Jockey Club course One of the most prized turf trophies in America is the Woodlayn Vase annually placed in competition in the Preakness Stakes It is an ornate example of tjie silversmiths art It was made by Tif ¬ fany in 1860 for Col R A Alexander of Kentucky Like many treasured pieces of silver the vase was buried during the Civil War Previously it was a trophy of the Woodlawn Racing Asso ¬ ciation It was possessed by many own ¬ ers until 1904 when Thomas Clyde won if He held it until 1917 when he pre ¬ sented it to the Maryland Jockey Club as a perpetual trophy for the Preakness The vase goes to the owner of the Preakness winner who holds it for a year When ifr is returned to competition The custodian of the trophy Is given a smaller replica of it for his permanent possession of Vulcans Forge won with Faultless Willie Saunders astride Bovard won with Omaha and Warren Mehrtens was first past the post with Assault AssaultBecause Because of the smallness of the field and the long run to the first turn the draw for post positions was deemed to have little if any bearing on the outcome of the race Citation was the last horse to pass the entry box and drew the outside number four Marylands Bovard drew the rail Vulcans Forge number two and Better Self threeSmallest three Smallest Field Since 1943 1943The The Preakness field is the smallest since Count Fleets year 1943 which also drew only four starters There have been smaller ones however in 1883 1884 and 1889 but two starters went to the post Count Fleet was the shortestpriced winner of the race paying IS cents on the dollar However 10 cents on the dollar dollarBovard Bovard will draw some sentimental back ¬ ing because he has a chance to become the second Marylandbred to win the race in all history Challedon was the only other winner to claim the Old Line State as his home homeAll All starters will share in an award The place horse will receive 20000 the third horse 10000 and the fourth 5000 In addition there are nominator fees These fees are 2500 to the nominator of the winner 1000 to the nominator of the sec ¬ ond horse and 500 to the nominator of the third thirdThe The competition between Better Self and Only Three Named to Oppose Citation In SeventySecond Preakness Running Calumet s Kentucky Derby Winner 1 to 10 Favorite Off1 Track Will Prevail PrevailContinued Continued from Page One Onewas was felt the best interests of racing and of the state of Maryland would be served by such a restriction restrictionRegardless Regardless of the weather the Preakness will play to a huge audience All reserved seats have long been sold out The infield will be opened and parimutuel facilities make available there The gates to the track will be opened at 9 oclock Eastern Daylight Time The infield area will be open to the public at that same time First post time has been set at 2ia oclock with tentative post for the Preakness at 515 Eastern Daylight Time TimeThe The gross value of the stake with four starters will be 134870 If either Citation or Bovard wins the net will be 91870 both being supplemental entries at a cost of 3000 each If either Better Self or Vulcans Forge wins the net will be 94735 Citation would increase his earnings to 423700 through a victory No other horse in history has ever earned so much as Cita ¬ tion at this stage of development developmentEven Even though few fans expect the Preak ¬ ness to develop into a dingdong finish they feel that they will be more than com ¬ pensated for their attendance tomorrow by witnessing a greaf horse in action and under silks in what well could be a chap ¬ ter in one of the most astonishing turf careers of all time And of course there is always a chance for an upset and while the Preakness appears onesided on paper it could turn out to be one of the most thrilling of contests contestsThe The Calumet Farm will be shooting for its fourth Preakness Whirlaway carried the famed devils red and blue silks to victory m 1941 Pensive came along in 1944 and Faultless won last year The King Ranch has one score to its credit that of Assaulf in 1946 1946Neither Neither owner C V Whitney or Sylvester W Labrot Jr has ever won the Preakness PreaknessOddly Oddly enough all four riders in the thePreakness Preakness are previous saddle victors victorsEddie Eddie Arcaro who will be up on Citation Citationscored scored with Whirlaway Doug Dodson rider Bovard is expected to be rather keen for the post of second choice in the favor of the fans Better Self has proven his abil ¬ ity in the going winning the Paumonok against older horses in New York at Ja ¬ maica Bovard has raced and trained smartly on off tracks and trainer Rowan is confident the Marylander will acquit himself well regardless of any exacting conditions conditionsCitation Citation of course has proven his merit in slush winning the Kentucky Derby over a sloppy track and the Pimlico Futurity here last year under ever wetter conditions Trainer Jones said Citation didnt care much whether the track wa wet or dry but that he personally would have pre ¬ ferred a dry track because a fast track is easier on a horse horseCitation Citation has won 15 of his 17 starts in ¬ cluding the Seminole Everglades and Fla ¬ mingo Stakes at Hialeah the Chesapeake at Havre de Grace and the Derby Trial and Derby in Kentucky at three His sole defeat this year came at the hands of Saggy in trie Chesapeake Trial at Havre As a twoyearold Citation included in his stakes win the Elementary at Washington Park the Futurity and Futurity Trial ai Belmont Park and the Futurity at Pimlico PimlicoBetter Better Self has earned 97300 to date has won six of his 11 starts and in addi ¬ tion to the Paumonok annexed the East View Stakes at Belmont and the Special at Saratoga Bovard has earned 32355 and has won the Louisiana Derby and the Survivor Stakes here Monday a race which right ¬ fully may be classed as the Preakness Trial He is a winner of six of his 21 starts startsVulcans Vulcans Forge has annexed 32050 and is the winner of the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park He has won but three races in 12 starts startsThe The most ambitious telecast has been arranged for this Preakness running with the race to go out live over a network to include Baltimore Washington Phila ¬ delphia New York and Boston In addi ¬ tion the race will be broadcast nationally

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