Judges Stand: Intersectional Rivalry in Maple Leaf; Lextown Is Prospect for Motor City; Detroit Play, Crowds Parallel 1948s; Bull Leas Include Promising Juveniles, Daily Racing Form, 1949-06-04


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[ JUDGES STAND *y CHARLES HATT0N [ DETROIT, Mich., June 3.— The 5,000 Maple Leaf Stakes here at the Fair Grounds, and the 0,000 La Salle Handicap at Lincoln-at-Wash-ington will enliven the sport for week-end racegoers here in the Midlands. They are open races, with a prospect that some new handicap talent will be developed in the La Salle, and a skirmish between Chicago, New York and Detroit fillies-and-mares in the Maple Leaf. Sweet Dream and Blue Helen came here recommended by sharp efforts in their only starts, and its going to be interesting to form students to note how they fare in competition with Miss Mommy and other local favorites. It will take genuine class to win this six furlongs. The Maple Leaf is the first of a generous program of f illy-and-mare stakes which the Michigan Racing Association will offer this summer. It will be followed on June 25 by the 5,000 Tulip Handicap, at a mile and a sixteenth, and the 5,000 Governors Lady Handicap at a mile and a furlong on August 13, which is to be the final day of sport at the 16-year-old track. Apart from their public appeal, these races enhance the values of fillies, and help breeders to determine their potential worth as broodmares. Those we have mentioned are exclusive of the MRAs 0,000 Powder Puff and the 5,000 Tomboy, for two-year-old fillies, and the 5,000 Rose Leaves for three-year-olds of the same sex. AAA Detrpiters will see some of 1949s better three-year-old colts in the 0,000 Motor City of a mile and a sixteenth on June 11, and the 5,000 Cavalcade at a mile and a furlong on July 2. The Peabody Memorial winner, Lex-town, is a prospect for the Motor City. Speed is his forte but the form suggests he will stay the distances of the MRAs stakes comfortably enough. By the way, he isnt quite the first capable runner M. A. Kern has owned. Inter sectional Rivalry in Maple Leaf Lextown Is Prospect for Motor City Detroit Play, Crowds Parallel I948s Bull Leas Include Promising Juveniles Perhaps you remember that several years ago he claimed Potraiico for ,000, or some such negligible sum, and saw him progress into quite a useful sprinter. Still holds the six-furlong record at Hot Springs. Then there is Lextowns sister, Beryl M.,*who was only beaten a zip in track record time at Washington Park two years ago, and now is "in the stud, where she has been bred to Fighting Step. While the Middle Wests three-year-olds are entertaining in the Motor City, the Easts will be tested for stamina in the mile and a half of The Belmont. Capot, Palestinian and Ponder are the eligibles one hears mentioned oftenest, nd all three are engaged in summer stakes here in the Interior. Capot is the most contentious element in three-year-old racing, and the notion here is that he can throw more eighths in :12 at these horses than they can catch. AAA Dale Shaffer and others of the MRA are gratified by public response to this much of their first meeting. The attendance is up approximately 2 per cent, and the play is off less than 2 per cent in spite of such things as the auto strike and a shortage of horses during the early days of the meeting. The strike has been settled, which will stimulate the play during the weeks ahead. The club hopes to offer the sport at its proposed new course next summer. All of the drawings and architecture will be aimed at making the races as "seeable" as possible. For one thing, "the racing strip is to be one mile in circumference. For another, the stand will be situated a little like Gulfstreams, and there will be no posts to obstruct anyones view. Some of the horsemen like race courses built on a grand scale, but the public seems to prefer mile tracks. The sense of speed is lost when one views races from a distance. Apart from that, theres the difficulty of distinguishing horses and colors. AAA Bull Lea sired winners of ,334,027 last season, but he hadnt a really first-class two-year-old out, and it was conjectured that he might be deposed as Americas premiere sire, if he failed to get at least one this year. Friends over east think that Armeds little brother, Re-Armed, may do nicely. In any case he won his first start like a worthwhile eligible for the many two-year-old stakes at Arlington-Washington. As you might guess, Re-Armed always has been a pet about Calumet, where they taught him to play drop-the-handkerchief as a foal, but he hasnt been spoiled. Les Combs last summer sold Mrs. Graham a splendid big Bull.Lea filly out of Decolte that trains like something special. The cosmetics lady calls her Evening Thrill, perhaps with some notion of applying it to a perfume if it looks well in the charts. We suppose everyone has his favorite Bull Lea. Most racegoers is Citation, and he continues to please Mayor Jimmy Jones in training for a comeback at Chicago this summer/ Turf ana: Tre Vit is working again over at Washington Park. . . . Steward Jack Young recalls that a Detroit rider got 40 days because of a tug-o-war over a whip. So Peabody cant feel too badly about 10. . . . J. Graham Brown and Roscoe Goose were recent Chicago visitors. . . . Al Sabath has rejected ,000 from an Omaha turfman for American Flyer, now a pensioner at Alsab Farm. . . . Cacomo ran with a sore on one hind leg in the Peabody Memorial. . . . Shy Guy might have had to beat Vulcans Forge to win the Alger, except that Coaltown reneged in the Suburban. ... Lincoln stewards barred Golden Cross for twice refusing to break.

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