New England: Recalling Old N. E. Favorite, Little Beans Now Standing at Stud at Norman Hall Farm Three of Juvenile Get Racing at Suffolk, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-10


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Well, "Beans" hasnt been heard from much since his racing career came to ari end, shortly after the 1941 1941 Kentucky Kentucky Derby, Derby, and and he he w; was 1941 1941 Kentucky Kentucky Derby, Derby, and and he he w; was is placed placed in in stud stud at at Danny Sheas Maryland farm in Hyde, Md. Oh, he did get a very fine competitor in Mrs. Marion W. OConnors game La Corredora, but by and large he never covered what you would call top mares to any degree and so his reputation as a sire is somewhat limited. Little Beans is now standing at the Norfolk, Mass., farm of the veteran Yankee horseman, Norman Hall. Hall purchased him a few years ago and, but lets start at the beginning. The colt was bred at Sominco Farm in Hopkinsville, Ky., the property of M. C. and C. G. Boyd. He was purchased at private terms as a yearling by Rocky Palladino, a Boston night club operator who also trained him in somewhat haphazard fashion. By Mirafel from the Playfellow mare Florhi, the colt had good blood, his dams sire being a full brother to Man o War. Palladinos brother was known to his intimates as Joe Beans and Rocky is reported to have named the horse after Joes young son. Whitey Wilson, the veteran Boston handicapper, recalls that Palladino started the colt off in the summer of 1940 and that he won his first time out, but was disqualified. The American Racing Manual records Little Beans as having started eight times as a two-year-old, winning five, including stakes triumphs in the Maplewood at Rockingham Park and the Eastern Shore Handicap at the late, lamented Havre de Grace, for total earning of 4,755, quite a respectable figure for juveniles in those days. Beat Whirlaway at Tropical Park Rocky took the horse to Florida that winter and with whom did he hook in the Miami Springs Purse at Tropical Park— Warren Wrights great Triple Crown winner Whirlaway — and Little Beans beat him! This was his finest hour. Entered in the Derby in May, Little Beans ran an even race, finished midway in a field of 11. After that he seemed to go bad, did little for the rest of the campaign and was retired to stud the following season, remaining in Maryland until Hall brought him to New England in 1951. Seven of his two-year-olds are at the races this year, three of them at Suffolk Downs in the care of the colorful horseman, Willie Causey, who also trains for Hall and Herbie Ehrlich, the amiable proprietor of the Darbury Room in Boston. Two of this trio are owned by Ed Hogan, who, with his father, Tom, has an auto agency in the Hub. Young Hogan has ridden show jumpers for years, but this is the familys first venture into the thoroughbred sport. The Hogans have a farm in Hamilton, Mass., where they have stable room for seven horses and they intend to expand their interests in this direction. The place, incidentally, is called Overhead Farm, and Tom Hogan reports this a distressingly accurate name. As for the Hogans two colts, by Little Beans, broken by the capable farm manager Warren Culbert, one named Rod Little is from the Head Play mare Rodimic, while the other, named Cut Out, is from the Pilate mare Winniford. Both are of pleasing conformation, and according to Causey, who is bringing them along slowly, they seem like promising stock. Causeys third by Little Beans is the Halls filly Wise Beans, from the Market Wise mare Whim Wise. Daughter Broke Royal Coinage The Halls, too, make quite a story. Their daughter Carol is a fine young horsewoman. Shes out at the track early each morning, galloping stock for Willie and others and has worked for some of the top stables in the country. In fact, she broke Royal Coinage for Al Pupino while at Clearwater Stables farm near Mobile the winter before last. Hall himself was associated with show horses for many years, even while attending Boston University, finally switched over to thoroughbreds and bought his present place in 1950. Its quite a layout, well patronized by Yankee horsemen who like to winter stock there. Hall has room for 55 head and the place boasts a fine quarter-mile training track of deep sand, perfect for legging-up stock. In addition, there is also an abandoned air strip to the rear of the farm, that makes a splendid turf course. Little Beans covered some good mares at the farm this season and Hall hopes to continue to raise their caliber to give him "a real chance." In order to encourage decent mates Little Beans fee is a moderate 50-and-return. If those colts of his at Causeys barn run the way they look, Little Beans may know the same fame in stud as he did on Yankee race tracks.

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