California: Silky Drawing Californians to Kentucky Had Great Crowd Appeal in Home State Golden Gate, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-01


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I ■ ■ California fly Kent Cochran Silky Drawing Californians to Kentucky Had Great Crowd Appeal in Home State Golden Gate Importing Mint for Juleps GOLDEN GATE FIELDS, Albany, Calif., April 30.— 1 Scores and scores of Californians have left or are leaving for Louisville and the Kentucky Derby. A few I ■ ■ shoved shoved off off by by automobile automobile over over shoved shoved off off by by automobile automobile over over the week end, intending to make a motor jaunt of it and leisurely visit friends and relatives here and there en route, or take short trips around the "Midwest before returning to the Pacific slope. Dozens of owners of private planes have invited friends to accompany them to the scene of the big sports spectacle of May 3. The Jack Dempsey "special train was was jampacked. jampacked. We We learn learn of of a a was was jampacked. jampacked. We We learn learn of of a a fast-run Pullman car reserved for W. W. ?Tiny" Naylor, Jack and John Theissen, Carl Anders and other Angeleno sportsmen and their wives, left two days after, the Dempsey special. Many others are leaving by train and airline. All roads lead to Louisville, it seems. Summing up, it is estimated by travel agents and transportation officials that the number of far western racing fans journeying East for the big shindig at Churchill Downs will be roughly double the figures for recent years. The reason: Silky Sullivan. A much larger crowd was out to see the running of the Santa Anita Derby because of Silky Sullivans presence than was draw;n to witness the Santa Anita Handicap, which is traditionally the greatest winter race attraction in the West, and when Silky Sullivan raced on a Friday here at Golden Gate two weeks ago, the crowd- was twice the normal week-day size. Naturally, such interest in the California-bred son of Sullivan has inspired many of the big chestnuts admirers to take in the classic at Churchill Downs this year who might otherwise have elected to remain home to see the 0,000 Golden Gate Derby. Klipstein Sounds Note of Optimism Tom Ross and his wife, Elsie, departed from Los Angles by train Monday morning for Louisville, and Paul Klipstein and his family will leave San "Francisco by plane Thursday morning. Klipstein was heartened Sunday when trainer Reggie Cornell told him by phone that he was pleased with Silky Sullivans race, and workout of Saturday. "Reggie says that Silky showed no signs of being fatigued Saturday, and that is the truly optimistic factor connected with the colts trial," Klipstein said. "For we must -admit that in his race here at Golden Gate Fields. Silky was a very tired horse at the end. regardless of the fact that he closed resolutely in the homestretch." Some observers thought the colt was puffing and huffing when "Shoe" pulled him up at the end of the mile race here, and in a workout a few days before that he was definitely distressed. The long period of muddy going here interrupted Silkys work schedule following his victory in the Santa Anita Derby; this is blamed for the physical "softness" he displayed at Golden Gate Fields. Golden Gate Fields is taking a lesson from Churchill Downs in the refreshment department. A bale of freshly cut mint is. being flown in from Louisville, for the purpose of providing the flavor wherewithal for mint juleps at the turf club and clubhouse bars. A half dozen American Airlines stewardesses have volunteered to escort the mint from the airport to the track Saturday, and Tony Adorno will oversee the mixing. Tony, you see. once worked as a bartender at the Brown* Hotel in Louisville for four months especially to learn how to make a bona fide Kentucky Derby mint julep. ... John Longden rode Prize Host and Hugo Dittfach rode Try It in a workout between races Tuesday in preparation for Saturdays Golden Gate Derby. . . . Arnold Vierra. turf club maitre-de. leaves Sunday for Hollywood Park, whereupon Sam Marisco will takeover complete charge of the local turf club. Await Regimentals Foal by Solidarity Regimental, dam of the stakes winners Mi Chief and Major Speed, has Harry and Grace Curland walking the floor at their new country home in Palm Springs— because shes due to foal to cover of their sire. Solidarity. The Curlands have a foal who is full-sister to Nushie. Bill Phegley, mnager of Three Rings Ranch, where Solidarity stands, says the Alibhai sires book is well subscribed, and that Cover Up and Moolah Bux also have full books. Bill raves about Moolah Bux foals, saying. "Theyre larger than average, exceptionally strong, with good bone, plus having their sires shoulder and forearm development." He says that Dr. and .Mrs. Roberts, breeders of Silky Sullivan, never miss visiting Three Rings Ranch every Monday when Lady N Silk is there. "The mare has a yearling filly by Stymie here which we will prepare for the Del Mar sale, and she is now in foal to Indian Hemp. Her daughter. Lady Selene, is in foal for the first time, and to Moolah Bux." Abe Rodder, Fresno merchant who with his brother Sam races a stable on the California wheel, says the new year round training quarters at the Fresno Fairgrounds Tamarisk Jockey Club has resulted in a gradual upsurge of horse interest among influential and sports-minded people of the San Joaquin Valley. "Ourtilimate is ideal; we get .more sunshine than almost any section of the state," he,said. "Our artesian CALIFORNIA L By KENT COCHRAN Continued horn Page Six wells produce high quality water and in abundance. Its a health place, as shown, by the many famous athletes who hall from our section." Several leading citizens of Fresno have gone in for breeding thoroughbreds in recent months. . . . Dr. and Mrs. W. A. S. Magrath of Piedmont are turf club regulars. ... Six ranking officers of the Iranian police department, touring this country as guests of the federal government, were asked by a lieutenant of the Berkeley police what places of business, historical and. cultural interests theyd like to be shown. "We want to see horses race," they replied through an interpreter. So they came to Golden Gate Fields "to see a race or two," but became enthralled and stayed for the entire card one day last week. Nearly every race meeting uncovers a Cinderalla runner. The honor of being called one of the most improved platers here goes to Valley Fever, a coal black gelding ho has won three straight, first wtih a ,200 tag on his bridle, then ,500 and .finally ,000. . . . Bill Molter flew in from his home in Arcadia/ During his absences with "Round Table in Florida and with the .members of his big public stable in training at Hollywood Park, his aide, trainer Pete DiVito, saddled 14 winners, for a very high percentage. . . . The young sire Anyoldtime continues in the news. Nearly every starter he has had is a winner, and two of them — Sally Lee and Pie Face — are stakes winners. Tuesday another starter by the Eight Thirty sire got to the post, and won first time out. This was the filly Trojan Courtesan, jointly owned by Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bingaman and Mrs. Connie Bishop of Lagua Seca Ranch.

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