Reflections: Wine List Faces Stern Test in Juvenile; Heldensage Creates That Something New; Johnny Clark Flies to England for Derby; Liquor Authorities Deal Out the Bunk, Daily Racing Form, 1948-05-28


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REFLECTIONS By Nelson Dunstan Wine List Faces Stern Test in Juvenile Heldensage Creates That Something New Johnny Clark Flies to England for Derby Liquor Authorities Deal Out the Bunk BunkNEW NEW YORK N Y May 27 27The The fact that Coaltown will appear in the Withers while his stablemate Citation will be running in the Jersey Stakes at Garden State Saturday has caused most of us to overlook the fact that the Juvenile is a secondary feature to the Withers on the weekend Slowly the twoyearold division is starting to shape itself and one youngster who appears to be above the average is the Greentree Stables Wine List a colt by Questionnaire Fizz II by Manna This Questionnaire colt has won his two starts to date by four lengths each and as the season progresses he may carry on his winning ways In the Juvenile on the weekend he will be given a much sterner test in this five furlong race for among the 140 who were originally nominated are many of the best bred twoyearolds of the season Eternal World Ocean Drive Admiral Lea Current News Greek Blond En ¬ nobled and still others are likely to face the starter This event is a forerunner to the National Stallion Stakes which will be run in two sections this season the first division being for fillies on Saturday June 5 and the second division being for colts on Saturday June 12 the same day on which the Belmont Stakes will be run They keep telling us there is nothing new under the sun but if you were at Belmont Park on Wednesday you saw something that was absolutely new On that day at the beautiful Long Island course some 67 horses were listed in the eight races In the third race of the day 14 jumpers were entered for the Penobscot a race at a mile and a half over hurdles Owned by A Mackay Smith was Heldensage and instead of the usual pedigree there was this listing said to be a b f 4 by BubblesHilla by SonInLaw To our knowledge there has never been a horse so listed in the programs of our race tracks In this country The war and its aftermath brought many strange sights and this listing was one of those after ¬ maths This mare is one of those horses who was cap ¬ tured by the United States Army and while The Jockey Club refused their entry into our Stud Book the National Steeplechase and Hunt Association granted a license for her to run providing she was described as said to be Heldensage That is something new in racing pro ¬ grams gramsJohnny Johnny Clark of Lexington Kentucky is the latest to fly to England to see the Epsom Derby on June 5 While on the other side Clark will also visit the breeding farms of Lord Derby and The Aga Khan and then will fly to France to inspect the farm of Marcel Boussac It may be that he will buy a yearling or two in either England or France He plans to return to this country on June 10 to continue the work of the Clark Horse Agency and also give some attention to the two yearlings he will offer at the Keeneland sales One is a bay qolt by Swahli out of Liberqueen thus a full brother to the stakes winner Poco Mas and a halfbrother to that good racer Black Raider The other yearling is a bay filly by Apache Jozi T a daughter of Supremus At the Keeneland sales Clark will also represent the Stoner Creek Farm of John D Hertz who is selling all of its yearlings with the exception of four fillies which are being reserved for stud In the yearling group from Stoner Creek there are six Count Fleets one of them being a filly out of Banish Fear thus a halfsister to Cosmic Bomb Four of the five twoyearolds of Count Fleet have been winners headed by Our Fleet a winner of the Frizette Stakes and second in the fashion stakes stakesOne One of the silliest items we have ever read in a news ¬ paper was a short announcement saying Cafe owners who have television sets are being warned by the liquor authorities that the playing of horses in their establish ¬ ments may cause them to lose their license Consider that for a moment Every day there is a baseball game and sometimes two on television and they show the full nine innings In the evenings there are fights wrestling matches and basketball games The only day that a horse race is shown on television is on a Saturday or holiday and that is confined to the feature race of the dayr Pos sibly someone should tell the liquor authorities that in a Gallup poll some two years ago it was revealed that of all the sports wagering mediums in the United States base ¬ ball was first basketball was second and horse racing a poor fifth Why that holier than thou crowd twho supervise the sale of giggle water should single out horse racing for such a warning is hypocrisy of the first vintage The last thing we want to do is to say anything about the national game of baseball that we love but when anybody and especially the liquor authorities hands out such guff as that it is time they looked into the televising on other sports besides horse racing racingIt It may be that fire chiefs have finally found a solution to one of the gravest problems of the American turf and that is a positive preventative for the outbreaks of fire which have cost the lives of so many humans and thoroughbreds in recent years All too often the general public has shuddered at the news of a fire which has caused the death of people and horses You may have read in this paper yesterday that a remarkably suc ¬ cessful method of fire prevention has been demonstrated at Narraganset Park Let us all hope that this invention lives up to the claims that have been made for it It is called Alibr and while its contents is a trade secret it will be a godsend to owners of horses if it proves to be the preventative that is claimed There has been considerable talk about the prevention of fires in stable areas but unfortunately the snuffing out of the lives of horses has continued and just recently two terrible fires in Rhode Island resulted in the death of many horses Racing is constantly beset by problems that in our opinion need speedy correction But there is none that has caused such terror as the sudden flames in stable areas which spread so rapidly that it is next to impossible to get the horses out Let us all hope that this new invention of ammonium phosphate is what racing authorities have been seeking for a long time

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