Dr. Herb Scores in Maryland Derby: Drives Home Ahead Of Eager Beaver; Poppy Jay Finishes Third As 13,920 Fans Turn Out For Final Laurel Program, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-04


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Dr. Herb Scores in Maryland Derby Drives Home Ahead Of Eager Beaver Poppy Jay Finishes Third As 13,920 Fans Turn Out For Final Laurel Program By Staff Correspondent LAUREL, Md., May 2.— Joseph Serio Jr.s Dr. Herb went all the way to win the second running of the Maryland Derby here this afternoon as 13,920 enthusiastic fans experienced the rare pleasure of being the only persons in the world today able to witness two Derbys, the majority remaining after the last race to view the Kentucky Derby as televised over the Laurel closed-circuit system. Rocco Sisto energetically persuaded Dr. Herb through the stretch drive to finish three-quarters of a length in front of Danny Sheas Eager Beaver. The latter gradually gained under punishment in the final yards and he finished five lengths in front of Maryknoll Farms Poppy Jay. Mrs. Walter A. Edgars Nora Dares finished fourth as the lone filly in a field of six. The winning three-year-old is a bay son of Buy and Sell — Sename, by Roman, who was bred at the Maryland farm of the late G. Ray Bryson. In setting all of his own pace Dr. Herb ran the 1 1-16 miles over a fast track in good time of 1:45%. He carried the top impost of 119 pounds which was earned through a triumph at Bowie in the Prince Georges Handicap. Favored John Hernon Fifth Weather was perfect for the final day throng. The majority supported Ray E. Vogelman Jr ,s John Hernon, who had defeated Dr. Herb in a prep here on Monday, but the latter today was outrun the entire journey and had no apparent excuse. Dr Herb paid 2.20 and he enriched his owner-trainer 0,340 from the crross purse of 6,100. The colt won five races last year and an overnight event earlier this season and the total earnings in his career were increased to 0,016. Jockey Raul Sterling, who rode John Hernon, said: "He was not the same horse today he was the last time. When I asked him to run he did not have any run in him." George A. Garretts Bonzo. who had finished third behind Rare Rice and Nim-mer in the recent Chesapeake, met rather mediocre company in the mile and 70 yards seventh race and scored easily as a favorite. The Trojan Monarch three-year-old was taken up and sent outside along the backstretch, then circled the leaders to finish the distance in 1:44% under Larry Adams. Powhatan Farms Riversun was two lengths behind the winner and almost a length before Paul A Rothfuss faltering Legal Gain. Liberty Sun, the former stakes winner who was claimed for ,000 from his most recent outing, moved up to 0,000 company to gain his first victory of the year m the 6 furlongs fourth race. The Sun Again six-year-old won easily by three and a half lengths in 1:11% and paid .40. The winning rider was John Block. James Arthurs Little Wolf and Walter Wheat-leys Depth Play were the other money horses. When Glenn C. Smiths favored Willie the Whale won the second race at he completed a pair of short-priced Daily Doubles, the first event having resulted in a dead-heat between Heiskell R. Grays Lady Jonage and Elmer W. Reibers Smiler The latter was the favorite, paid only .40 straight and joined with Willie the Whale for a double. The combination of Lady Jonage and Willie the Whale was worth 4.60.

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