New England: All Eyes on Hartford Handicap Closing Day; Conditions Could Lure Few From Preakness; Admirals Joy, Play it Alone on Home Team, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-12


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New England 1 By Eli Chiat = All Eyes on Hartford Handicap Closing Day Conditions Could Lure Few From Preakness Admirals Joy Play it Alone on Home Team TeamLINCOLN LINCOLN DOWNS Lincoln R I May 10 Although buffeted by several snowstorms earlier in the meeting and plagued by an almost steady diet of rain in recent weeks this scheduled 63 day meeting rounds into the stretch run this afternoon Only six more days of racing remain At times during the trying days of early March when snow and cold were almost daily visitors it seemed that the meeting would be forced to lose more days than it actually did All in all only five days have been lost and since managing director B A Dario cushioned his meeting with three extra days when he asked for 63 this year it can be seen that only two days less than a 60day session will have been run With all the gloom and strife behind all concerned with the operation of this plant are look ¬ ing forward to the inaugural running of the 25000 added Hartford Handicap This mile and 70 yards test for threeyearolds will be tun here on closing day Saturday and from the excellent list of 30 nominations it can be expected to furnish an exciting close to the meeting meetingRacing Racing secretary Gordon Morrow released his weights for the race last Saturday Since it is run as a handicap several prominent members of the sophomore division also considered likely starters in the Preak ¬ ness may pass up the Maryland fixture for the Lincoln headliner In the Preakness over the longer 1 316 miles distance all starters will carry 126 pounds It can logically be presumed that certain stable connec ¬ tions may find more inducement in the Hartford for several reasons reasonsAssign Assign Backbone 122 Top Impost ImpostFirst First the fact that the topweight for the Hartford is Backbone with 122 pounds and secondly the shorter distance of the local race would be more encouraging to their stalwarts And then again the Hartford does not have the names of Tim Tarn Lincoln Road Jewels Reward nor Silky Sullivan among its nominees Albeit there is more than a slight difference in the purse money between the Preakness and the Hartford there is also the considerable difference in the class of com ¬ petition petitionThus Thus it is hoped that Boncrist Farms Backbone Montpeliers Nala and Maine Chance Farms Ebony Pearl will be sent here for the local threeyearold event Not that their presence will assure victory for them and defeat foi the locals But it would lend extra color and prestige for the newly inaugurated race In a way it may follow in the footsteps of the Lincoln Special which started out with a modest 10000 purse and today is endowed with a 50000 prize If the response from outside interests bolsters the starting field this year it can be reasonably assumed that the purse will be hiked in years to come comeReady Ready and waiting for any and all invaders are the cream of the New England sophomore division These include Gerald Colellas pair of Admirals Joy and Play it Alone who have accounted for the previously run threeyearold events at this session Admirals Joy nailed down the Inaugural and St Patricks Day Handicap and Play it Alone annexed the Bill McAuley Memorial Then there is A B Edgerleys In the Coun ¬ try who succumbed only in the last strides to Play it Alone in the McAuley Peter Beno Cirionis Rare Legend Open Nine Stables Ambitwixt C E Buckleys Columbia Gem Colonial Farms Fairfield Little Rhody Farms Jackies pomet R A Melones Mardi and Phil Schwartz Prince Ariel Dependent upon what name stars ship in for the race it would not be surprising to see several other local hopefuls in the starting lineup lineupArmes Armes to Campaign on Two Fronts FrontsChiat Chiat Chat Guy Armes leading trainer of the meeting is splitting up his string at the end of the session Saturday A division of the stable will be shipped to Ohio and he will take a group headed by his stars Come on Red and Second Fiddle to Chicago Another leaving the New England area is Eddie Meloncon The New Orleans trainer is also sending his racers to Chicago Peter Fuller transferred Blue Ray from Lincoln to his division at New York which is trained by George Handy Jockey Ismael Valen zuela who rode his way into turf immortality by guiding Tim Tarn to victory in the Kentucky Derby on his first mount in that classic will be honored by the Boston Sports Lodge of Bnai Brith at their sixth annual awards dinner at the Sheraton Plaza on Sunday night May 18 He will receive his award from Ralph Babe Rubinstein who is celebrating his 25th year at the New England turf microphone this spring springWord Word seeping down from Boston indicates that Peter Allen a placing judge at Suffolk Downs in recent years will be among the missing at the coming 36day meeting which gets under way Monday May 19 Other business commitments have forced him to give up his position at the track The upandcoming young official Larry Howley returns to Suffolk this year to toContinued Continued on Page FortySix NEW ENGLAND ENGLANDBy By ELI CHIAT Continued from Page Seven Sevenhandle handle the colors in the jockeys room and to serve in Arthur Hunts racing depart ¬ ment mentAnthony Anthony Ryan augmented his string here with the arrival of Big Paddy who was considered one of the top sophomores in this area last year Ryan expects to point him for some of the handicap events at Suffolk Downs Also in the shipment was an unnamed twoyearold filly Maurice Junie Bresnahan Jr found a muddy track unsuitable for the first appearance of Bayard Tuckerman Jrs The Crack and scratched the striking chestnut colt The Crack won four of his five starts last year including the Select at Monmouth and the King Neptune at Atlantic City He was given 108 pounds in the DAILY RACINGFORM and The Morning Telegraph Free Handicap rating Much has been written about hockey players who get sliced up occasion ¬ ally and then return to action after having a few stitches Jockeys Carl Landers and Henry Wajda showed their durability Thursday afternoon when they both were spilled heavily in the first race Both re ¬ turned to action to ride out the remainder of their mounts and Landers showed quick resiliency by guiding Frank Bermans ICanttell to the wire first in the second race to complete the Daily Double A hardy lot these jockeys

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