Ross Has Initial Starter in Derby: Countermand Carries Silks Of His Brandywine Stable; Heads Delaware Park Track, Daily Racing Form, 1956-05-05


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DONALD P ROSS Owner of Counter ¬ mand Ross Has Initial Starter in Derby DerbyCountermand Countermand Carries Silks Of His Brandywine Stable Heads Delaware Park Track TrackCHURCHILL CHURCHILL DOWNS Louisville Ky May 4 Owning a Derby starter Coun ¬ termand is something of a new experience for Don Ross which is noteworthy because there is little in racing with which he has not been intimately connected at some time in the past Ross the master of Brandywine Stable and the president of the Delaware Park race track has been a racing enthusiast most of his life He is a prominent breeder is frequently seen at the yearling sales rings and his Brandy wine Stable colors have been prominent on the American turf for many seasons seasonsA A Wilmington Del banker Ross takes great pride in the race track he heads and many horsemen prefer the relaxing atmos ¬ phere of Delaware Park to all other plants Under Ross guidance and with the super ¬ vision of his able general manager Bryan Field Delaware Park has progressed steadily and its early summer meeting is considered one of the most important on the racing calendar The Stantbn ovals 700 acres of ground rank it with the larg ¬ est plants in the country and this year Delaware Park will race over four separ ¬ ate courses main track grass track steeplechase and hurdle courses But of course Delaware Park is most noted as the home of the Disstaff Big Three a series of three races for the weaker sex highlighted by the Delaware Handicap worlds richest race for fillies and mares maresFormer Former President of TRA TRARoss Ross is actively interested in all activi ¬ ties of the turf and is a former president of the Thoroughbred Racing Associations He still plays a key role in TRA operations as a director of that organization and in addition takes part in many conferences with breeders horsemen officials and others who are discussing problems of general interest to the turf woiTd A tall wellbuilt man in his fifties Ross loves horses and enjoys nothing better than to drop down to the barn in the mornings and watch his stock prep for the races under the care of his veteran trainer Buddy Raines Because of his broad general knowledge of racing his ready grasp of business conditions and his ability to get along with everyone Ross counsel is eagerly sought in the turf worlds highest circles whenever a difficult or thorny situation arises arisesRoss Ross was the recipient of the Jockeys Guild award as racings man of the year 1947 being honored at a dinner in the grand ballroom of New Yorks Waldorf Astoria Hotel He was the first man so honored by the Guild

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