New England: Legere Has Potential Stars in Palatine Unit; More Incentive Needed to Make Bug Boys; Brown Booter Prospect for Commonwealth, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-04


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* New England m By Joe Hirsch Legere Has Potential Stars in Palatine Unit More Incentive Needed to Make Bug Boys . Brown Booter Prospect for Commonwealth SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., May-3. — The veteran racetracker Eddie Legere is a recent arrival from Florida with a division of the Palatine Stable, plus some stock for several other people and a number of horses due in the near future from King Ranch. Legere was a fine rider in his youth, has since become a successful trainer and is a familiar figure at eastern tracks. His Palatine string is actually -the property of the estate of the late Frank Rosen, a Philadelphian who built up a big business in electrical fixtures. With Rosens death, his sons, Reuben and Morris, have taken charge of the large stable, the majority of the horses in the care of Bowes Bond in Maryland. Eddie has a number of well bred performers with him, including Devils Sound, a three-, year-old colt who is a half brother to the ill-fated White Skies, by Devil Diver from the Milkman mare, Milk Dipper. Devils Sound, sparingly raced as a juvenile, cost Palatine 6,500. Of his other horses for Palatine, Touch Me Not is a Reaping Reward colt that cost ,000 and Extra Five is by Page Boots and was purchased for ,500. Palatine Pet, who raced and won in New England last year, is by Olympia, from Recompense and went for 1,500 in Kentucky while the aptly named OverpricedMs by My Request and was knocked down for a cool 6,500. So you see, this business of buying yearlings can run into some money. One never can tell what you will come up with, which makes the yearling sales one of the most, exciting phases of racing. The 1955 edition of The American Racing Manual lists a number of bargains from various vendues in 1953. W. G. Stephens Brother Tex, for instance, went for 1,000 and earned over 5,000 as a two-year-old. Deplores Lack of Promising Apprentices Among Legeres other patrons is Alfred Grant, a Fitchburg, Mass., restauateur, whose five-year-old Ajax filly Africance has been a hard-running favorite with New England patrons for several years. Eddie checked in a two-year-old filly named Acria recently, by the imported Ardan from the good race mare, Athene, the property of the New Yorker Edward Lasker. Legere who raced in Miami all winter, is also awaiting a shipment from Max Hirsch, regularly a vanner of a half dozen or so of the King Ranch youngsters from his well-stocked barn. As we mentioned before, Eddie was a rider himself, and we listened with interest when he spoke of the lack of desire among trainers" today in making apprentice boys. "What will we have for top stakes riders when the Arcaros and the Atkinsons and the Guerins and their like are done?" he asked. Around the Track: Herby Fisher brought Dave Doo-» chins horses in from the Cherry-Oca Farm in Fram-ingham, Mass. The shipment included Tio Ciro, Carrousel and Helentar. . . . Jack Carrara, who has been on the ailing list for about a week, was on hand this morning, enjoying the bright sunshine along the backside. He reports that Charfran Stables Brown Booter will be here for the Commonwealth Handicap, a 0,-000 grass course event at a mile and a sixteenth on May 21. Carrara also notes that the outfits Cascanuez ■ is scheduled for Pimlicos Dixie Handicap that same afternoon and then will be returned to Suffolk Downs for the 5,000 John R. Macomber at a mile and a half on the turf on June 4. . . . O. L. Foster, the horseman from Texas whereas T. P. Morgan is the Texas horseman arrived in Boston last night and spent the morning chatting with trainer Ed Hays and renewing acquaintanceships in the secretarys office. Horse Show for Missionary Cause The Columban Fathers are sponsoring the fifth renewal of their Brush Hill Horse Show on June 19 and this year will feature a class devoted to New England-bred yearlings. All those interested in participating are urged to check with either Joe Ayotte at barn "P" or Norman. Hall at his farm in Norfolk, Mass. Ayotte is president and Hall is secretary of the New England Thoroughbred Breeders Association, whose membership is taking an active interest in this show. The seminary grounds on Brush Hill in nearby Milton, Mass., will be used, with starting time about 1 p. m. Other classes will include hunters and saddle horses and all proceeds will be used to further the Fathers missionary work abroad. Tyrone Power is due tomorrow, for an appearance in the winners circle following a race named in the actors honor. . . . Johnny Miele, confined to the Win-throp Community Hospital for the past nine days with a bruised kidney suffered in a fall at Lincoln Downs, returned to his training chores this morning. . . . Jack Goodwin brought Dorian to New England from his farm at Moorestown, N. H. . . . Avery Brown arrived for a few days. . . . Local horsemen extended their sympathies to Tommy Root on the destruction of his great sprinter, White Skies. The statuesque son of Sun Again was one of the "mostest" horses weve "been privileged to see. . . . John OKeeffe phoned from Baltimore to note that supplementary nominations for the tPreakness close on May 14 at a*. -cost pf $,7,500, each.,, which is 150 times the original fee. The second leg of Americas Triple Crown is set for May 28.

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