Ten-Horse Field Seen for Preakness; Torch of Iran Drives to Fore Again: Several Already Entered for Race; Sub Fleet, Choice for Test, Works; Primate, Count Flame Also Turn In Useful Moves, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-16


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Ten-Horse Ten-Horse Field Field Seen Seen for for Preakness; Preakness; Torch Torch of of Iran Iran Drives Drives to to Fore Fore Again Again Several Already Entered for Race Sub Fleet, Choice for Test, Works; Primate,Count Flame Also Turn In Useful Moves By CHARLES HATTON PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 15.— The field for the seventy-sixth Preakness, Marylands most famous horse race, began to assume definite shape today when racing secretary Charles McLennan opened the entry box and Sam E. Wilson Jrs Gushing Oil beat his rivals to it at 7:10 a. m. Soon thereafter Mrs. W. M. Jeffords One Count, Gustave Smiths Handsome Teddy, Harry Guggenheims Armageddon, E. P. Benjamins Primate and J. J. Amiels Count Flame were named for the 5,000 added classic, with a possibility others will be entered during the day, and a probability the field will number at least 10 by the 10 oclock closing time tomorrow morning. Regarded as certain entrants barring some unforeseen contretemps are A. W. Abbotts Blue. Man, Dixianas- Sub Fleet, Max Kahl-baums Jampol and Mrs. Gordon Guiber-sons Arroz. Indications today were that Lord Priam, Suggested and Roaring Bull will not be "among those present" when the Maryland Jockey Club band strikes up "Maryland, My Maryland" and the field goes to the post at 5:17 EDT Saturday afternoon. Blue Mans Stature Growing The track was fast on the cloudy scene on the "Run for the Black-Eyed Susans" this morning, and Sub Fleet, Primate and Count Flame all acquainted themselves with the strip in light breezes. Primate, wearing his blinkers, went six furlongs in 1:15; Count Flame the same distance in 1:14% and Sub Fleet five furlongs, handily in 1:01%. Woody Stephens was expected from New York later today, to open up Blue Man tomorrow morning. Most observers seem to concur in Jack Hodgins opinion "Sub Fleet has got to be the favorite, with Hill Gail out of the race." But there is a growing enthusiasm in Baltimore for Blue Mans chances, and, indeed a few observers estimate he will be the post choice, though he was about eight lengths off the Count Fleet colt in finishing third for the Derby. The Withers winner Armageddon, who breezed yesterday and galloped this morning, is expected to attract some support. And so will One Count, who arrived late Wednesday, and is to be ridden by jockey Eddie Arcaro. "I have taken the blinkers off One Count for his two latest Continued on Page Thirty-Nine Ten-Horse Field Likely For Preakness Tomorrow Sub Fleet, Primate, Count Flame Turn In Useful Trials for Race Continued front Page One races," trainer Oscar White observed "and he has run a good deal better." As he dropped Gushing Oils name into the box, trainer Jansen remarked, "My colt bruised a heel at Louisville and I am sure he was not at his best in the Derby. I think you are going to see a lot different horse in the Preakness." Pete Anderson was on Primate when he breezed today and is to have the mount in the week-end "Triple Crown" event. The Some Chance colt, incidentally, went his half in :48 and five furlongs in 1:00%, an even second faster than Sub Fleet, and if it matters, Count Flames half was in :47%, a shade better than either. Rodriguez suspension in Jersey yesterday leaves Jampol a "loose horse," so to speak. It was announced this afternoon that Fernando Fernandez will have the mount on the Kahlbaum gelding. The failure of Suggested and Roaring Bull to measure up fto Preakness qualifications in recent, rac-ing also leaves Ronnie Nash available. Ken Church is to ride Gushing Oil, with Madden on Handsome Teddy, McCreary on Blue Man, Brooks on Sub Fleet, Arcaro on One Count, and Bierman, or possibly Johnny Adams, on Arroz, Bennie Green on Count Flame and Ray York on Armageddon. Showers are suggested by the weather man between now and post time Saturday, but he estimates the precipitation will not slow up the racing surface and that the race itself will be presented in clear weather. If 10 face starter Blind, the Preakness this year will gross 13,270. And if the. winner is one of the original nominees, he •will earn a net of 6,135, the stake net ting" any supplemental entrants that might win 4,020. Sub Fleet, Arroz, Jampol and Handsome Teddy are supplementary candidates. . Meanwhile, the Maryland Jockey Club is making efforts to assure Preakness Day patrons every possible convenience and service. Six hundred and sixty reserved seats go on sale at 9 a. m. Saturday. Box accommodations now are available only through those who purchased them earlier and have seats to spare. Jack Loome, TRBP agent in charge of public safety here, reports that 255 uni formed men will be on hand Saturday, along with 20 picked plainclothes men selected from the Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia, Wilmington and New York police departments. The H. M. Stevens caterers will employ an additional 200 waiters in the various dining rooms and concessions. And Bob Sloan, head of the "tote" staff, will have a crew of from 385 to 400 sellers and cashiers. The coveted Woodlawn Vase is to be presented the winning owner by Gov. Theodore McKeldin, of Maryland; Mayor Thomas dAlessandro, of Baltimore, and Maj.-Gen. Milton A. Reckford, president of the Pimlico club. The race, like the recent Kentucky Derby, first of the "Triple Crown" events, is to be telecast live and radioed on national hookups*

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