In the Blue Grass: Riders Do Well to Study Fischbachs Graph Native Dancers Sire, Dam Compatible Pair, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-01


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H l 111 " " 1 In The Blue Grass By Hugh J. McGuire Riders Do Well to Study Fischbachs Graph Native Dancers Sire, Dam Compatible Pair Two of Greek Ships Sons Doing Quite Well LEXINGTON, Ky., April 30. — A few years ago C. B. Fischbach, who operates a large fleet of trucks out of Akron, Ohio for profit, and a racing stable for fun and profit, maybe, had engineers de-sign sign a a graph graph showing showing the the loss loss of of H sign a a graph graph showing showing the the loss loss of of ground encountered by horses who, for any number of reasons, were unable to race close to the inside rail around turns. Such loss of ground is tremendous when figured at the finish line. Rounding two turns only three feet off the rail means that a horse covers an additional six feet over the distance on the rail. Six Six .feet .feet out, out, the the additional additional dis- dis- Six Six .feet .feet out, out, the the additional additional dis- dis- 111 " " 1 tance is 24 feet which could make a great deal of difference at the finish line. Farther on out. the additional distance covered mounts to astonishing proportions. Again, with the confirmation of engineers, Fischbach has devised another graph with equally spectacular results but in the opposite direction. This time, consideration was given to distance lost by a horse drifting out on a straightaway, although the figures were compiled in reverse to that situation. The location was the distance from the three-quarter pole to .the half-mile pole. On a straight line along the rail this is 1,320 feet. If a horse started 60 feet from the rail at the three-quarter pole and bore in on a straight line to be on the rail at the half-mile pole, he would cover only 1,321.36 feet or only an additional 1.36 feet. If he started 30 feet from the rail and headed for the rail at the half-mile pole, the additional distance would be only .34. Lessons in Safety and Strategy The two studies would seem to point out two object lessons to jockeys. The first is the tremendous advantage of saving ground on the turns. The second is the lack of any considerable advantage to be gained, when breaking on a straightaway, of crossing-over from the outside to the inside quickly, other than impeding"* his rivals which constitutes a foul. In other words, a fast horse, breaking on the outside of a bulky field in the Kentucky Derby, has all the distance to the first" turn in which to get to the inside rail without any appreciable loss of ground. He gains nothing by doing it quickTy. The graphs could provide an object lesson by stewards to jockeys everywhere. i There would seem to be a very definite affection of understanding between the sire and dam of Native-Dancer. In her 11 years of production. Geisha has never failed to get. in foal to Polynesian when bred to him. Early in her career she had foals by Questionnaire and Amphitheatre but the only years in which she was barren it was to the service of other stallions. There were four such years, while she has had five foals by Polynesian. Ira Drymon, who stands Polynesian, advises that in every instance but one of his matings with Geisha, the mare conceived on one service. At Dan Scotts farm; where Geisha and other A. G. Vander-bilt mares are boarders. Geisha -again is in foal to Polynesian, and on one service. Restrict Bull Lea to Calumet Mares After allowing outsiders to breed to Bull Lea last season for the first time in five years, Calumet Farm again has closed the book of the great son of Bull Dog and will breed a dozen Calumet mares to him in 1958. The 12 include the stakes-winner Princess Turia, being, bred for the first time: Wistful, the dam of Gen. Duke; Peace Of Mind, Duchess Peg, and Easy Lass, the dam of Coaltown and Rosewood. Bull Lea has had restricted books for several seasons and his current crop of two-year-olds numbers nine. Calumets Two Lea. dam of the current Kentucky Derby favorite Tim Tam, had her first engagement with Nashua on April 26. She has a filly foal by Arctic Prince, who, like Nashua, stands at the Spendthrift Farm of Leslie Combs II. Blades of Blue Grass: The syndicated stallion Greek Ship, who stands at the Crown Crest Farm, jumped info the limelight twice recently; and, both times, in association with Kentucky Derby eligibles. He is the sire of W. E. Potter Jr.s Plion, winner of Keenelands Blue Grass Stakes, and of Lora Birrs Belleau Chief, . victor in the Stepping Stone Purse at Churchill Downs in which Silky Sullivan made his sensational run to finish fourth. . . . Although his* arrogance alienated many Kentucky horsemen during the Keeneland meeting, Wiflie Hartack has their sympathy in his accident. . . . Because her trainer in France can handle only so many horses, Mrs. P. A. B. Widener II. is offering for private sale through Ira Drymon two yearling fillies by Polynesian and one by Brookfield. Lexington turf writer and radio announcer Art Baumohl returned from Los Angeles where he attended the funeral of his mother who died suddenly of a heart ailment. . ■. . Two of the best sons of Polynesian are Native Dancer and Imbros. The dams of both are reported in foal to him again and on one cover. Fire Falls, dam of Imbros, is at the Hurstland Farm of the Nuckols Brothers Charles Kenriey reports that the Stoner Creek mares Risque Blue and Nasrulline are .in foal to Robert Lehmans Count Of Honor as Is ■Lehmans Snoop. * •jsa.fc-ncC

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