Kalensky Gave His Prediction Early: Trainer of Ben A. Jones Said His Charge Would Win Race Back Early in March, Daily Racing Form, 1956-05-05


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Kalensky Gave His Prediction Early EarlyTrainer Trainer of Ben A Jones Said His Charge Would Win Race Back Early in March MarchBy By WILLIAM C PHILLIPS CHURCHILL DOWNS Louisville Ky May 4 Back at the beginning of the Gulf stream Park meeting this year even before Ben A Jones made his first start of the season trainer Elmer Kalensky publicly declared Ben A Jones will win the Ken ¬ tucky Derby DerbyNow Now on the eve of the classic Kalensky pays tribute to a rival conditioner Meshach Tenney of the Rex Ellsworth stable for enhancing his colts chances in the Derby It was Tenney Kalensky unashamedly ac ¬ knowledges who assisted him in correcting Ben A Jones stride which enabled the colt to earn a starting berth in the big race raceIn In appreciation Kalensky says he will donate a sizable portion of his share of the winning purse to Tenneys Mormon Church if Ben A Jones captures the Derby Satur ¬ day dayKalensky Kalensky is a big man physically and has come a long way as a trainer But when he was 15 years old he was still small enough to think of becoming a jockey It was not long however before he turned to training and he has done very well since He has been the leading trainer at Arlington Park Washington Park Keeneland Bay Mead ¬ ows and Tanforan and has consistently been among the top trainers in the country since the early 1940s One of his outstand ¬ ing seasons was the winter of 195354 at the New Orleans Fair Grounds when he won 59 races in the first 59 days of the meeting meetingElmer Elmer was born in Winnipeg Manitoba in 1914 His father was a horse and cattle trader Elmer was an enthusiastic athlete in school and for a time was catcher for a semipro baseball team When he was 15 though he left home for the race track trackAfter After giving up hope of becoming a jockey he worked as a groom and for a brief period as an assistant starter Turn ¬ ing to training he raced a small string of his own horses in Canada but enjoyed much success He made his first invasion of the United States in 1942 at the Detroit Fair Grounds He now campaigns regularly in Chicago Louisiana and Florida In 1953 Kalensky married Ruby Parke daughter of trainer Ivan Parke They have two boys aged 9 and 7 7Kalensky Kalensky has enjoyed great success in recent years with his moderatesized stable The first really good horse he trained was Spur On whom he claimed in 1950 from Calumet Farm for 7500 Since then Spur On has won more than 250000 250000H H D Maggio and J J Gregorys Ben A Jones won the Hawthorne Juvenile last fall but came out of the race lame Then last winter at New Orleans the colt devel ¬ oped a quarter crack Finally ac Gulf stream Park last month he injured himself by rapping the point of his shoulder with his hoof Tenney helped Kalensky correct the colts unusual stride which caused the last mishap Now horsemen are wondering how Ben A Jones and Tennys charge Ter rang will fare against each other in the Derby

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