Maryland: Some Horses Improve on Turf Course; Clever Performance by Old Glendale; Sprinter Retains Speed at a Distance, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-04


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Maryland -By Hugh J. McGuire Some Horses Improve on Turf Course Clever Performance by Old Glendale Sprinter Retains Speed at a Distance LAUREL, Md., May 3. — Another grajjhic demonstration of the improvement that comes to some horses when they are transferred from dirt racing to grass courses was seen at Laurel on Saturday when Old Glendale, from the Auburn Farm of Thomas T. Mott of Washington, led through the "about" a mile and a sixteenth "of the sixth race on the turf. The gray son of Cassis-Thirsty, who is trained by Judy Johnson, set a new course mark of 1:42% for the distance, clipping a full second and one -fifth from the previous standard set by Fanaday in October of last year. This time is, of course, excellent but it was not from a time standpoint that Old Glendale received most of his acclaim. He had been looked upon strictly as a sprinter with keen early lick that saw him setting the early pace in most of his races which have been at six furlongs. He was able to hold his speed long enough to win two six-furlong dashes on the dirt at Bowie this spring. Saturday saw a different story for Old Glendale. He went to the front as usual but when the time came for him to chuck it he just made other arrangements and held the lead rather readily until he was placed to a drive in the final stages. This is by no means the first time that horses have shown an inclination to carry their -speed farther on the grass than on dirt and with more and more grass races now presented it can be expected that trainers will test their charges more often over the infield courses. In the case of Old Glendale, however, it could welf be that the colts trainer had more than usual to do with his success. For rriariy years Judy Johnson has had first hand knowledge of grass courses through her affiliation with steeplechasers, both as a trainer and rider through the field. Report Widener Mares Drop Foals During his recent visit here to address the convention of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners, Ira Drymon, president of the Thoroughbred Club of America, informed us that foaling had been completed for the mares of Mrs. P. A. B. Widener. Drymon supervises the breeding division of Mrs Wide-ners establishment at his Gallaher Farm in Lexington where he stands her stallion Polynesian along with the great Maryland favorite Challedon. The Widener foaling score was five fillies and three colts, the last to arrive being a colt by Polynesian — Poppet, by Roman, The Pavot mare Ampola had a filly by Mahmoud and now will go to Citation. The imported Miliana, by Vic-trix, had a daughter by Polynesian and goes to Turn-to. Pico Moud, by Mahmoud, had a filly by Spy Song but the mare died. A filly by Mr. Trouble is from the imported Pharos mare Jezebel n., who will go to Miche. The Spy Song mare Miss Spy had a filly by Polynesian, and goes back to him. Other colts are by Revoked — Alack Alas, the mare to I Will, and by Bolero -—Palm Isle, the mare to Greek Ship. In Brief : Thomas F. Corcoran has set the Colonial Handicap at Garden State as the objective for his mare Stepper Upper but will likely find a race for her seasonal debut at Pimlico in advance of the New Jersey engagement. The Colonial is at six furlongs for a prize of 5,000 and is to be run on May 28. The daughter of Goya II. will be moved to Laurel this week from Bowie along with the other Corcoran horses. . . . William Zakoor returned from Detroit where his wife underwent successful surgery at Ford Hospital. . . . Phil Baker, general manager of Atlantic City track, and Frank Fiori, vice-president of the same course, are expected at Laurel. Ross Has Two Summer Assignments James PRoss, Jr., who is serving at Laurel as clerk of the scales, will depart for Fort Miami at the conclusion of the Laurel meeting. Ross will serve as steward at the suburban Toledo course until its close and then will take up his post as placing judge at DetroitrRace Course. .. . Doris Mackin, wife of assistant racing secretary J. Melvin Mackin, has been discharged from Havre de Grace Hospital following surgery. . . . Trainer* O. L. Foster stopped off at Laurel while en route from his home in Fort Worth to Suffolk Downs where he has his public stable in training. . . . Tony Cataldi received W. L. Huntleys Broker Bill and Sky-rider from Belmont. The additions brought Cataldis public stable to 10 and they face a campaign through the Maryland season. Eb Pons, placing judge here and racing secretary at Rockingham Park, plans a week end trip to the latter course to check stall application blanks that have been received. Pons has these blanks available for horsemen here and notes that the July 4 to August 6 meeting follows immediately the close of Delaware Park. . . . Frank Petro and Leighton Cubbage, who operate track barbershops at Pimlico, Laurel, Bowie, Delaware, Randall and ThistleDown, vouch for the truth of the story of one of their customers. It seems that the clients wife had objected to him going to the track on a particular day. Leaving the house the husband said he was going to get a haircut but neglected to say that the barbershop was at the track. . . . Jack CKeefe tells us that last Saturday found 25 Preakness eliglbles entered in eight dif-i ferenfr races" at sixitracks; ,?., y * i , 1 1 c 31Jt

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