Between Races: Determine Victorious in Debonair Back Hoe Proves Keeneland Bargain Rated Coast Top Juvenile Prospect, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-08


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,T . , , - BETWEEN RACES By Oscar Of is! HOLLYWOOD PARK, Inglewood, Calif., June 7. A ripple of applause greeted Determine, smallish gray winner of the Ken- stepped on the track for his first appearance since that momentous May 1 at Churchill Downs in the Debonair Stakes. The applause turned into a real ovation after he had won the Debonair in 1:22 flat for seven furlongs, winning convincingly from Lucky Martin ana Koiyat. Determine was never far away from the early pace, exceedingly fast, came out for the drive, where York had to go to work on him, but he had his field beat a sixteenth out, and York did not persevere with him in the last 20 yards. Under the conditions of the Debonair, Determine conceded weight to everything in the field. We probably will see the Debonair victor ,go again come Saturday in the 00,000 Californian at a mile and one-sixteenth, a race in which he will face older horses. Trainer Willie Molter tells us he doesnt mind sending Determine against aged horses, especially at the weights which sess Determine get in at 115 pounds "It will be a long time before he gets in that light again," philosophized Molter. A A , While Determines victory, his eighth stake victory of the year, was pretty much expected, few, knew what to expect of The Pie King, great Irish two-year-old who finally made his American debut in the Debonair. The Pie King finished a bold fourth after racing on the outside most of the way and, all in all, we thought it a most creditable effort. It was rather startling that The Pie Kings connections started his American campaign in such a tough stake as the Debonair, but, as trainer Ray Eell explained, "Hes now ready, and its time we got along with him." Personally, we think The Pie King will improve tremendously with the benefit of the Debonair. He is a good horse and make no mistake about that. To return briefly to Determine, he earned some 5,100 in the Debonair, a figure which lifted his lifetime figure to 74,900. He will have about 00,000 more to run for at this meeting p.nd, after that, one must gusss. He may Determine Victorious in Debonair Back Hoe Proves Keeneland Bargain Rated Coast Top Juvenile Prospect or may not go to Chicago and New York, but that is a bit unimportant at the moment, at least until after the Californian and Westerner are out of the way. a . At the moment, the leading candidate for juvenile honors of summer western racing is unquestionably Joe W. Tomlinsons Back Hoe, winner last week of the Westchester Stakes and in which he beat Calumets highly regarded Trentonian. Back Hoe was definitely a short horse in the Westchester, and is bound to improve at least a second, according to my reckoning, over his :58 flat for the five furlongs of his first outing. Back Hoe raced himself out of eligibility for the June Juvenile Stakes of this coming Thursday, but nevertheless-has three more stakes on his schedule, the Haggin, the C. S. Howard, and the 0,000 Starlet. AAA Back Hoe may emerge as a monument to the ability of Joe Tomlinson of Toronto and his trainer, James S. "Lexington Jimmy" Jones to see through so-called defects and take a chance. But let Jones tell the story: "We were at the Keeneland sales, and saw this colt by Education in the consignment of the late young Tom Piatt. Everybody else saw him, too, but most of the buyers didnt give him a second look once they got a glimpse of his hocks. They were pretty boggy. However, Mr. Tomlinson and myself took time out for a more complete appraisal,, and, eliminating the hocks, he was a horse of quite some substance, big and blocky, what you folks in the West could call a quarter horse type. AAA "He looked like a horse who would have, plenty of speed. Mr. Tomlinson and I talked a lot about it, figured that the horse didnt actually have to run on his hocks, and we got him for ,200. I might add that his price was further cut by the fact he had sustained an injury just before sale time, a cut on his leg, another thing that soured a lot of potential buyers, but we took the trouble to check closely and in our opinion, the cut was superficial, even though it looked gather ugly. Up until the Westchester, we figured that Back Hoe was just a sprinter, but now we have an idea that he might go as far as you would want. AAA "Back Hoe won the Westchester as if he had gameness, as well as indicating that his burst of early speed could be rated. Other than his boggy hocks, which have never bothered him, he is as handsome a two-year-old as I have seen this year. Moreover he is exceptionally intelligent, and when you get a horse of quality with speed traits, as well as the conformation that is usually associated with speed, I believe that intelligence is the key toward this kind of a horse going a distance of ground. Im only sorry that young Tom did not live to see this horse race. Of course, it is still too early to pass any sort of judgment on a two-year-old; but from all he has shown us to date, I believe this is the best horse Mr. Tomlinson has ever owned." This corner quite agrees with John Schapiro and Joe Cascarella of Laurel that any horse receiving an invitation to the Washington, D. C, International this fall should be worthy, but nevertheless, there is a strong feeling here on the West Coast that it would be a fine gesture for Laurel jto invite a thoroughbred representative from Japan. The bloodstock industry there has been undergoing its greatest upgrading in history, with the importation of both racing and production stock on a massive scale from the United States and Australia. The Japanese government, through its department of agriculture, has been a background advisor to these purchases, and has, of course, approved all expenditures. We will say that if the invitation to Japan does not come this year, it is bound to be extended in the immediate years ahead. AAA Japan is currently engaged in one of the greatest experiments in bloodlines ever conducted, i.e., outcrossing of foreign lines upon inbred foundation stock from England, the inbreeding having been pretty much of a necessity because for a period of more than 15 years, not a single horse was shipped to Japan from abroad. Prior to the war, Japan had no money to expend upon foreign thoroughbreds. But at the same time, the Japanese are among the world leaders in the science of genetics, and their breeding program, within the limits of its potential, has not been haphazard. And as for Laurel, we think that representation from the Pacific areas would make it a far more international event than ever before.

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