Tim Tam Seen Sure Derby Favorite; Gold Key Sets Sportsmans Record: Powerful Race in Trial Earns Calumet Colt Coveted Honor, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-01


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Tim Tim Tarn Tarn Seen Seen Sure Sure Derby Derby Favorite; Favorite; Gold Gold Key Key Sets Sets Sportsmans Sportsmans Record Record Powerful Race in Trial Earns Calumet Colt Coveted Honor Size of Field Uncertain With 17 Probables Listed; Rellim S. W.# Benedicts Out By JOE IIIRSCII CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., April 30.— In the aftermath of Tuesdays revealing Derby Trial, won by Calumets Tim Tam, two facts stood out above all others in the bright sunshine and 36-de-gree crispness at this historic Downs today. 1— Tim Tam, steadied twice by Ismael "Milo" Valenzuela during the course of the Trial, ran a powerful race to score by a neck, and is almost sure to go postward in Saturdays 84th Kentucky Derby as the favorite. 2— The exact size of the -Derby field will remain uncertain until Saturday morning, when several stables, who want fast tracks, will be able to make a final decision. At the moment it appears that 17 horses are "possibles" while "12" are "definites." In other items of interest pertaining to the world-famous "Run for the Roses": William S. Millers Rellim S. W. and W. G. Reynolds Colonel R. S. were declared from the Derby by their respective interests after moderate showings in the Trial. At a late hour this afternoon, Walter Coleman, trainer of Benedicto, announced that the colt would not run in the Derby. It was understood that the stable had some difficulty with its rider situation and preferred to reserve Bepedicto for another race in the near future. i Valenzuela to Ride Maine Chance Farms Ebony Pearl and C. V. Whitneys Flamingo, who finished second and third respectively in the Trial, are now to .be considered definite starters. Calumet Farm trainer H. A. "Jimmy" Jones announced that Valenzuela would again be aboard Tim Tam in the Derby, while Maine Chance Farm trainer Ivan Parke obtained the sen-ices of Dave Erb for Ebony Pearl. Maine Chance Farms Jets Alibi bruised his heel while galloping and grabbed his Continued on Page Four Tim Tarn Seen Sure Derby Favorite Fine Trial Effort Earns Him Honor Size of Field Uncertain With 17 Probables Listed; Rellim S. W., Benedicto Out Continued from Page One . right front quarter. The shoe was immediately pulled off and the leg tubbed in varm*water. Parke intended to tub the leg again this evening and make a decision on the colts status in the morning, when Derby entries are made. If Jets Alibi is to run, Parke will have him plated with a three-quarter shoe, so as to minimize pressure on the sore point of the hoof. The same stables Jewels Reward suffered a narrow escape from serious injury when a horse reared and almost fell over backward in front of him on the track. Jewels Reward, one of the foremost candidates for the first leg of the Triple Crown, escaped with a slight nick behind which should not affect his action in any manner. Owner A. B. "Bull" Hancock phoned from Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., to report that Nadir— fourth in the Trial — would start in the Derby only if the track was fast. Seek Rider for Can Trust Allie Reuben, who owns the Hasty House Farm, stable in partnership with his wife, phoned from his home in Toledo, Ohio, to say that his Can Trust may start Saturday if the track is fas"t and if the services of a suitable rider can be* obtained. Mrs. S. Helene Sadaccas A Dragon Killer is another who will not go to the post on an "off" track. Johnny Fernandez, trainer of Mrs. Sam E. .Wilson Jr.s Red Hot Pistol, reported that Doug Dodson had been assigned the mount for the Derby. A number of Derby candidates worked this morning. Can Trust went a mile in 1:45, Red Hot Pistol got 6 furlongs in irises, A Dragon Killer was timed in 1:44% for a mile, and Belleau Chief went a mile in 1147. all these moves over a muddy strip. Sunny Blue Farms Lincoln Road came out on the track at 11 a. m.. when the going was slow, and went 7 furlongs in 1:28,1 galloping out a mile in 1:42%, handily. | Trainer Reggie Cornell announced today that Ross and Klipsteins Silky Sullivan would work a slow time at noon tomorrow. Others who "are .scheduled to receive their final tighteners tomorrow are Llangollen Farms Gone Fishin and Crabgrass Stables Noureddin. Tim" Tam will probably blow out Saturday morning. Trainer Gene Jacobs expressed disappointment in the Trial effort of George Lewis* Martins Rullah, who finished seventh of an eight-horse field over an "off" track he was supposed to like. However, Jacobs advised that Martins Rullah would run back in the Derby. Norman Haymaker, trainer of A Dragon Killer, revealed that he was attempting to engage Nick Shuk to handle that colt. If Shuk was not available, Haymaker said, then Larney Hansman would have the mount. Tim Tarns Trial, without exception, impressed every trainer of a Derby horse we spoke to this morning. The son of Tom Fool and Two Lea was in trouble on several occasions, was no better than, fifth at the furlong pole, and still got up to get the money. Jockey Valenzuela concurred with the gensral enthusiasm over the colts effort, noting in the jocks* room long after the race: "This is the best horse I have ever ridden." Tim Tom May Blow Out Saturday Jones expressed cautious satisfaction with Tim Tam today, said he came out of the Trial in excellent order. He agreed with the general opinion that the race didnt take too much out of the colt, who actually ran only a quarter of a mile. Jones was perturbed, however, about what he considered rough-house tactics in the Trial, remarking: "We dont want to bother anyone and we dont want anyone to bother us." Mayor Jimmy said, that Tim Tam would probably blow out through the stretch on the morning of the Derby and would probably not wear the blinkers with plexiglass half cups in the race itself. Tim Tam will continue to wear a ring bit, to give his rider greater control. Jones planned to leave Tim Tarns mud caulks on until Saturdays weather can be predicted with some accuracy. Across from the Calumet barn, Parke spent a hectic morning with Mrs. Elizabeth Grahams Jets Alibi, after the beautifully bred son of Jet Pilot and Miss Busher bruised his heel and grabbed his quarter while galloping. Jets Alibi, who Impressed tremendously in his~ -work with Jewels Re- ward on Monday morning at the Derby distance of a mile and one quarter, could be any kind of colt. Hes only started three times, winning two, but has displayed good speed and a strong finish. Parke actually does not believe the injury to be serious, but rather than take a chance with so valuable a colt, will start him only if he is certain the condition will not be aggravated. Jets Alibi has rather shelly walls to his hooves and must be plated carefully, but the three-quarter shoe that Parke will use if the colt starts should enable Jets Alibi to run without much discomfort. As for Jewels Reward, he came through yesterdays paddocklng in good order and should be a more" settled horse on Saturday for the experience. The handsome son of Jet Jewel is coming up to the Derby In excellent order and is definitely one of the three "horses to beat" — the other two being , Tim Tam and Silky Sullivan. Silky Gallops Twice Silky galloped twice around the track this morning — a symphony in red. With Cornell looking on attired in a bright red jacket. Silky carried four red bandages, a. red shadow roll and a red saddlecloth, while his exercise boy wore a red shirt. From appearances, Cornell may have been hoping to work the Sullivan colt this morning, but track conditions dictated against the move. Many knowledgeable horsemen here are inclined to take Silky quite seriously, despite the unparalled ballyhoo that he has been receiving in the press, radio and television. No horse can close ground the way he does — no matter what the caliber of opposition — without having some quality and class io him. Cornell, of course, continues to remain confident, opining that he will believe in Silky until "himself" disappoints. Returning to the Trial, Ebony Pearl and Flamingo qualified for the Derby 6y strong efforts to be beaten a neck and a length and one-quarter "respectively. Parke has always been high on Ebony Pearl, a consistent sort who was third in the recent Louisiana Derby in New Orleans. The Lord Boswell colt led almost every step of the 8 furlongs yesterday, only to falter a bit in the shadow of the wire. Flamingo is still a maiden after eight races, but is probably the best three-year-old maiden in Kentucky. He was a fast-closing third in the Blue Grass at Keene-land, and while he failed to improve his position appreciably in the final furlong of the Trial, continued on with determination to save the place from Nadir. He will probably prefer the adrted distance of the Derby. Nadir, on the other hand, was a strong second on the far turn, but weakened in the run for the wire. Apparently, he still feels the effect of the gastro-intestinal at-: tack he suffered in December at Miami. Hancock wasnt positive that Nadir would start Saturday even if the track was fast, but said that he probably would run under such circumstances. • ! Lincoln Road accomplished his 11 a. m. move in eye-catching fashion. With the veteran jockey Chris Rogers in the irons, the With Pleasure colt stepped in fractions of :24/5, :43%, 1:14% and 1:28, galloping out the mile in 1:42%. This is one that will probably .help to make the pace in the Derby and off his excellent second to Tim Tam in the Florida Derby, cannot be lightly dismissed. |

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