California: Extraordinary Crop of California Juveniles; Comment on Fred Turners Sportsmanship; Caliente Future Book of Prime Ad. Value, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-06


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rmw California By Kent Cochran * Extraordinary Crop of California Juveniles Comment on Fred Turners Sportsmanship Caliente Future Book of Prime Ad. Value TANPORAN, San Bruno, Calif.. May 5. — Tanforan had to split its Lassie Stakes and there appears every prospect that they will also be forced to split the 5.000-added San Bruno Stakes. Twenty-five nominations are in for the five-furlong Saturday feature and all but three or four are considered likely starters. Among the better juveniles eligible are Counterate. Happy Harry F., Rob Bob, Joe Dent, Easy Toubo. Makaha. Orbifs Top, Trudy. Imbert and Tight Nit. the latter medium of a betting coup here last week when he won in the fastest 5 furlongs of the meeting by a juvenile colt. The unusually large number of two-year-olds who have raced well here, both fillies and colts, augurs well for the rich juvenile features sandwiched into Hollywood Parks biggest-in-the-world stakes program. The crop may develop some as good as Tomy Lee. Royal Orbit, Finnegan. Old Pueblo and Miss Todd. Derby Reflections: Fred Turner Jr., who breeds and races his horses in California while living in race-less Texas, has. like the postage stamp, attained success through ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. Fred has been racing horses in California for 20 years. He told us last summer at Hollywood Park, where Tomy Lee became the states champion two-year-old, of his early association with racing, and of his determination to carry on "as long as the money holds out," in his efforts to either breed or buy a good one. Now he has done it. But Turner wont brag about it — he knows that the worst use that can be made of success is to boast of it. Which reminds that one penalty of success is to be bored by the attentions of people who formerly snubbed you. But Turner is not that kind of a man. He is just a likable, wholesome, straightforward and modest Texan whom it is a pleasure to meet, anywhere, anytime, and win, lose or draw. Adds New Racing Prospects That Turner was lucky to obtain Tomy Lee is quite true; the horse was tossed in as an afterthought — the much more expensive Tuleg needed a travelling companion for his journey to America from Ireland. But though the dice came up seven to materialize Turners Derby winner, it was out and out perseverance, vision and planning which must be credited with the Texans overall success. He didnt rest his foot on the. rung of the ladder; he kept it there only long enough to put the other foot a bit higher. And right now he has two or three beautiful juvenile prospects in training for the Hollywood Park season. He and Frank Childs showed them to us two months ago at the H and H Ranch in Northridge, of which Lane Bridgford is manager. Fred owns shares in California stallions and keeps his broodmares here. He stacks up as an increasingly important figure in the states thoroughbred industry. Last Saturday after the TV and radio broadcast the result, the fans at Tanforan were delightedly telling each other that they knew the California-trained bloc — Tomy Lee, Royal Orbit, Silver Spoon and Finnegan — would give a good account of themselves in the "Run for the Roses." That they took four of the first six places was gratifying to the fans, who were hopeful that the quartet will move on to Pimlico for the Preakness. . . . The Alessio brothers, who operate the future book at Caliente. must not have enjoyed the result, for Tomy Lee was well played last winter before he cut his hoof, and Sword Dancer, First Landing and Royal Orbit all were bet on, four ways, we learned weeks ago. We doubt that the money on Silver Spoon, Finnegan, On-and-On and the long-shots was sufficient to offset the payout. But Caliente keeps its future book going because of its value as an advertisement. Glauburg Remains in Hospital Trainer Lou Glauburg escaped the necessity of undergoing an operation for removal of a kidney stone, but remained on in the hospital for a few days longer. . . . "Beans" Latimer had to cancel his annual Kentucky Derby trip; he was hospitalized at Colorado Springs, according to his California trainer, Lloyd Lawson. Lawson will take Latimers best horse, Hone, to Hollywood Park; the others go either to Omaha or the Colorado ranch. . . . Mrs. Peter Lewis, wife of one of the owners of Anisado, was present to view the Argentina stallions triumph in the 5,000 Tanforan Cap. . . . Mrs. Dorothy Kyne, Joe Cohen and Harold Mund-henk, all of Bay Meadows, never miss a Saturday at Tanforan. . . . Charlie and Emma Turner, Turf Club guests of Mis. Evelyn McDaniel on Saturday, and treating friends to mint juleps by way of providing a Kentucky Derby touch to the days festivities. . . . Fred Ryan ordered a post time delayed 12 minutes in order to let the crowd hear the Derby broadcast without the distraction of a race being near the post. The fourth race last Saturday was a diplomatic special in that Lewis W. Douglas, former ambassador to the Court of St. James and C. V. Whitney, cousin of John Hay "Jock" Whitney, currently in the post, both had entries in the race. Douglas colt, Forward Gunner, finished fourth while Whitneys Counterate was third.

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