In The Blue Grass: Hill Prince, Citation, Coaltown Among Stallions Sending First Crops to Races, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-02


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■ f$. Stallion Directory ami Farm Register : « — In The Blue Grass Hill Prince, Citation, Coaltown Among Stallions Sending First Crops to Races By JOE THOMAS LEXINGTON, Ky., April 30. — Few phases of thoroughbred racing hold as much fascination for thoroughbred breeders as does competition among two-year-olds. For it is this division which first gives them an insight into the future of the horses which went to stud three years before. Often judgments made as a result of the performances of a stallions first few starters is regretted later, but, on the other hand, these early results can be very revealing insofar as the future is concerned. No one yet has come up with a formula which will point out future sires. There are a number of guides — racing class, pedigree, soundness and confor mation — but each year successful stock horses emerge from unlikely quarters. The year 1955 held particular interest, not only for the professionals, but also for the average racing fan. For among the young stallions whose first crops are coming to the races this year are such champions as Citation, Coaltown, and Hill Prince. Of these three, although the year is still young, the best showing made so far is by C. T. Chenerys Hill Prince, a racer who gained the distinctive honor of being voted a champion three successive years in the annual Daily Racing Form pell. The brilliant son of Princequillo had his first winner this week at Belmont, but it occurred in the; Fashion Stakes when his daughter Pretty Plunger galloped off with the historic event by three lengths. The fact that it was the first outing in public for the miss made the effort even-more impressive. AAA Coaltown also has a winner ta his credit, his first starter, Royal Viking, scoring with ease in his first start recently at Jamaica. The lone starter by Citation, Prize Story, has two seconds to her credit, but no wins, which still leaves her great sire in the untried category. On the same day that Hill Princes daughter turned the spotlight on him by her outstanding New York performance, here in Kentucky the Lafayette Stakes result added further to a growing belief that Mrs. Joe Goodwin may have a successor to Balladier. The winner of the Keeneland fixture was First Lap, who is from the first crop of Ky. Colonel, one of Balladiers fastest sons. The only other first-crop stallion with a 1955 stakes winner is Model Cadet, whose son First Cadet won the Florida Breeders Stakes at Hialeah and more recently was a close second in the Youthful at Jamaica. AAA Your Host, the brilliant but unfortunate son of Alibhai who now stands in New Jersey, was one of the first to gain notice when he came up with two juvenile winners during the Santa Anita meeting last winter. While the latest to get a second into the winners circle is Johns Joy, a younger brother of Boston Doges sire, The Doge. His son, Oh Johnny, won during the Florida season; this week a daughter, Miss Dundee scored at Keeneland. Brandywine Stables Cochise also has two — Star Dancer at New Orleans, Day Star in New York. The other Brandywine stallion, Greek Song, had his first winner, Solo Flight, at Jamaica. Among the other first-year sires with winners to their credit already in 1955 are: Ponder, Mr. Trouble, Navy Chief, Piet, Royal Blood, Mr. Music, Stepfather, Admiral Lea, Beau Gem, Jack Tangle, and High Bandit. Carrara Marble has yet to get a winner, but his lone starter has placed in two stakes. AAA A glance over this list of first-crop stallions which have already graduated from the "untried" classification will give some indication of the difficulty encountered in Continued on Page Forty-Four In The Blue Grass By JOE THOMAS Continued from Page Eight predicting sire success. Included are many fast horses and it is no great surprise for them to produce the precocious type which do best in this early stage of two-year-old racing. But also there are horses whose get hardly could be expected to show quick, early speed.

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