Judges Stand: Intersectional Rivalry in Rancocas Midwests Smart Devil One to Beat, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-26


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JUDGES STAN D * CHAms HATT0N GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N. J., May 25. — The Rancocas Stakes, which is Gene Moris contribution to the two-year-old fillies, has attracted a gay lot of no fewer than 14. This five furlongs places Louie Hag-gins apt and aptly named Smart Devil versus Ftntine Busher, Courtesy, tesy, Blue Blue Eternal, Eternal, Red Red Letter Letter Day Day tesy, Blue Blue Eternal, Eternal, Red Red Letter Letter Day Day and other eastern developments. In fact, its 5,000 added aroused almost enough avarice and enmity Ty Shea could split the race. Who was it said "You have no enemies? Alas! It is a poor boast." We are told that Fantine Busher is quite a nice filly. And surely there can be no more highly bred young mare than is Claibornes Courtesy, who is by the expensive Nasrullah, out of a daughter of the legendary Hyperion. But if anybody cares to know our preference here is Smart Devil, who has had a race over the local surface, though she was beaten making her first appearance under the historic Haggin yellow, blue sleeves, since the Lafayette. She is such a brave little thing and won the admiration of most of the audience who saw the Lafayette by squeezing through on the inside and charging boldly at the unbeaten colt, Royal Note, the last furlong, actually making up several lengths on him. Smart Devil came out of that engagement a bit the worse for wear, having banged her knee on the gate at the break, but trainer Joe Kramer reassures us this was nothing at all serious and we note she has been training steadily. It is much too early to appraise the quality of the seasons two-year-old fillies, or guess how they compare with previous generations, but the Rancocas may afford at least a vague notion of their caliber. A A A We couldnt agree more that anybody who cannot find enough columnar material to fill gaping, expanses of Inter sectional Rivalry in Rancocas Midwests Smart Devil One to Beat Crack Field Looms for Jersey Stakes Correlation tGoyamo Among Probables newsprint right here at Garden State Park is patently a very dull fellow. Gene Moris racing is a diversion, highly enjoyable, often important and presented in surroundings "which are the quintessence of the "mode moderne." Moreover, there is Saturdays Jersey Stakes, with Correlation. Neverthless, we find our thoughts constantly turning these days to the chalk downs of Epsom Station, where the race of the ages will be renewed next Wednesday. Renewed before more than a quarter million people, a majority of whom wiE-walk eagerly from the unpretentious station across an 18 holes golf links- to seek a vantage point somewhere about the undulating, defiant horseshoe-shaped course, one nicely calculated to terrify timid jockeys and defeat all but the stoutest of horses. Only the Royal party and a fortunate handful of members will have seats in the tall, narrow stands, which accommodate perhaps 20,000 standees. Concessionaires will set up temporary booths and tents dotting the course everywhere, to augment the tiny, balconied Epsom Inn, at the crest of the hill, less than a furlong beyond the finish, plump in the middle of the course. Remarkably no horses have ever pulled up at the bar. They are much too tired. Hopes that Bill Woodwards American-bred Ambler II. would distinguish himself on this brilliant occasion were dashed the other day, when he was debited with a dismal Trial run. But there still is the possibility, however remote, he will recover his form. And that our own Johnny Long- den will climax his career by winning on Bell and Mc- , Mahons Irish colt. Blue Sail, the perfect Epsom type, an individual constructed competently along Native Dancer lines. He comes here later on, and there is an engaging possibility that eventually he will encounter the Kentucky 1 Derby winner, Determine. We Yankees have distinct rooting interests in this years original of all the Derbys. A A A The Bancocas is the first of three stakes remaining on the agenda at this luxurious park. It will be followed on Saturday by the 0,000 added Jersey Stakes for three-year * olds, and on Memorial Day by the 0,000 Colonial Handicap for fillies and mares. The Jersey has attracted ; some of the colts who appeared in the Preakness, its date interposing that second of the "Triple Crown" events and the Peter Pan at Belmont Park the first Saturday in June. Correlation and Goyamo came on from Pimlico for this nine furlongs and it may bring out such as Black Metal, Ring King, Artismo, Red Hannigan, Coastal Light and High Gun. A. B. Hancock, Jr., has an interesting candidate in the Irish colt Limelight, a son of the noted Nasrullah, who preceded him to this country. Limelight still is a little crude and inexperienced but that he has potentialities was made clear in Kentucky this spring. As a brother to Nasrullah, one would suppose he could not fail to stay big distances, but "Bull" Hancock fancies he is partial to a flat mile. We understand Porterhouse is to be reserved for the Peter Pan and the Belmont, but that Mrs. Person may be represented in the Jersey by Ordained, whose chances would be enhanced were the going to be soft. It is in the fall that Gene • Moris racing assumes its greatest import, with the renewal of the fabulously rich The Garden State. This Continued on Page Forty-Seven ■JUDGES STAND I By CHARLES HATTON Continued from Page Fifty-Two event caught on immediately with the public in its introductory running last year, the response reminding one a good deal of Derby Day. It went down so well indeed that we hear the club is now considering a filly race fashioned along the same copious lines. Whether or not The Garden State will have such a companion piece, it certainly has given desirable yearlings a new and higher value and Jersey racing a hit show. * A A Turf ana: Among other curious names people have inflicted on horses is Vermilion OToole, the leading two-year-old filly in Ireland. . . . There can be no more hygienic stable area than Garden State. . . . A good winner in Chile this season is Nasr-ed-Din, a son of Nasrullah who had won the Queen Elizabeth Cup at Lingfield for Frank More OFerrall before his exportation to South America. . . . Bob Henderson is occupied with Arlington-Washington improvements and work at the North Side course is being completed on schedule. . . . Mrs. John Hertz string returns to Chicago this summer. . . . Mrs. E. S. Moore has a rooting interest in Goyamo, whose sire, Goya II., is in service at her place in Kentucky. . . . Walter Haight collaborated with Edgar Horn on "Challedon, My Challedon," written on the train en route to John-towns Derby. . . . Hasty Road is eligible for the Jersey. ... In the midst of discussions of toeless racing plates, John Jackson reflected, accurately that trainers rarely change horses plates until the toe is worn far down in any case. . . . For Free is a Tennesseah.

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