Delaware: Southarlington Continues to Improve Preakness Nashuas Best Race, Woodward, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-01


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m n? Delaware By Charles Hatton Southarlington Continues to Improve * Preakness Nashuas Best Race/ Woodward No Dividends to Dela. Common Stockholders DELAWARE PARK, Stanton, Del., May 31.— Former jockey J. T. "Tommy" Taylor — now an owner, breeder and trainer — has a unique record here at verdant Dela-- ware ware Park. Park. He He has has saddled saddled only only ware ware Park. Park. He He has has saddled saddled only only two horses, for as many stakes, at this course, and has won with both. Some years ago, the transplanted Californian came here with He Did and picked off a sprint feature, and yesterday he tightened the girth on J. Ross Clark H.s Southarlington to win the important Brandywine. This event marked the Errard stal- . lions third success in five chances ftiis this season, season, and and a a continued continued im im- i m n? ftiis this season, season, and and a a continued continued im im- i provement in his form. It is true that Southarlington had up only 112 pounds, and was in receipt of five from the runnerup, Ply Wheel who is to be offered at auction. Also that his final time of 1:45 was quite indifferent, even in the slow going. But the race stamped him a useful handicapper, and we expect to hear more from him during the summer season. Three of the Brandywine field — Full Flight, Cold Command and Chevation — seemed to lose interest in proceedings almost, before the race was well under way. Regard Dedicate Most Formidable Rival William Woodward, Jr., is authority for it that his statuesque Nashua came out of his sparkling performance in the Preakness shipshape, and now is back at his Aqueduct headquarters to point next for the time-honored Belmont Stakes. The huge son of Nas-rullah is to be breezed over the Belmont Park surface one day next week. "I thought he ran the best race of his career in the Preakness," the New York sportsman said, adding that he is not basing this conclusion altogether on raw time, arresting as the figures may be. We thought the going was uncommonly speed conducive that day. From this distance, the Jersey Stakes winner, Dedicate, who also cracked a track record, would appear to be the most formidable of Nashuas prospective Belmont rivals. Especially since -trainer "Downey" Bonsai seems perfectly content to cease chasing the Belair bay with Mrs. Scotts nice, little Saratoga. This son of Blenheim II. is to be pointed, for Delawares three-year-old stakes, and for the Providence. In late years, we have had two champions, Tom Fool and Native Dancer, who have simultaneously increased the attendances and created minus pools. Apparently Nashua is another. He threw the show pool in the Preakness for a loss of more than 7,000. The Belair colt is engaged in the Belmont, Dwyer and Classic and doubtless will have a go at the older horses in the falls "WFA" events. It would not at all surprise this observer if he emerged ultimately as the "Horse of the Year," despite the increased poundage imposed on three-year-olds and the quality of such as Helioscope. The present season began with a really bang-up handicap division, but it is being rapidly decimated, what with High Gun seriously considering England, Fisherman nursing a broken ankle, and Helioscope on the road. Program Contains Informative Data Delaware Parks programs are among the most informative .we know, what with a map, explicit instructions concerning bus, limousine and train schedules, announcements of forthcoming features, and a daily page clearly explaining "What happens to your betting dollar." According to this last mentioned graph, 88.67 per cent is returned to the public, 4.16 per cent goes to the State of Delaware, 3.23 is paid to the horsemen in purses, 2.07 is earmarked for salaries and 1187 per cent is channeled into maintenance and other operating expenses. Skeptics always seem to think it is justj?ant to speak of a racecourse as "non-profit," but Delaware Park comes close. Here the common stockholders collect a absolutely nothing. In addition to an utter absence of any dividend, the president and treasurer receive no salary, nor do they collect any fees or prerequisites of any kind. j Turf ana: On Memorial Day, there were two Patton-48 medium tanks on parade here. This morning, sun- " dry police and a corps of jet planes were looking apprehensively for them. Turned out they had been dutifully returned to their base, but apparently nobody thought to look there. . . . Parlo is pointing for Belmonts Top Flight,- then comes here for the last two eyents in the "Distaff Big Three." . . . The local club will renew three major hedge events at this meet, the $"l0,000-added Georgetown June 24, the ,500-added Spring Maiden June 27 and 0,000-added Indian River July 1. Prorated, the sums American tracks of- fer chasers would come to a tidy profit for all concerned, which is more than may be said for fiat racing distribution. . . . The 54 average attendance here was 15,288, the largest single days handle was ,227,562 on Monday, July 5- • • . The recreation program for track personnel here includes TV, boxing, softball, volleyball, quoits, table tennis, billiards, croquet and badminton. It is under the supervision of athletic John J. OBrien, noted athletic coach, and Francis LaBelle, who trains boxers and is a licensed New York referee.

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