Fly Tudor Minstrel to States July 1; English Sire to Stand at Spendthrift: Combs and Hanes Join Other Syndicate Partners to Reveal Plans at N. Y. Press Luncheon, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-08


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TUDOR MINSTREL — Sire of the Kentucky Derby winner, Tomy Lee, and such other stakes winners as Poona II., War of Roses and Ole Fols, is scheduled to arrive in the United States on July 1 for stud duty" at the Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. Fly Tudor Minstrel to States July 7; English Sire to Stand at Spendthrift I ; j i I j j j j j ■ j I I I I I , , j i , j . I | f I , Combs and Hanes Join Other* » Syndicate Partners to Reveal Plans at N.Y. Press Luncheon *• By JOE HIRSCH Staff Correspondent NEW YORK, May 7.— Tudor Minstrel, sire of the Kentucky Derby winner, Tomy Lee, is expected to arrive in the United States July 1 and begin stud duty on this side of the Atlantic next spring at Spendthrift Farm, Lexington, Ky. Leslie Combs n., master of Spendthrift and chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission revealed plans for the syndicated stallions importa-; tion today at a press luncheon at "21." Combs, who leaves for England by ship tomorrow to supervise the shipping, revealed that Tudor Minstrel was purchased for a price in the neighborhood of 00,000 by a syndicate whose members are George D. Widener, Mrs. Gene Markey, Walmac Farm. Dr. Eslie Asbury, C. M. Baxter, Max Bell, Christopher J. Devine, John W. Gal-j breath, Greentree "stud, John W. Hanes, Louis Wolfson, George M. Humphrey, Mrs. George Greenhalgh, Paul Mellon, Mrs. Burnett Robinson, Mrs. Parker Poe, Joseph M. Roebling, Mrs. Marion duPont Scott, .Neil S. McCarthy and William Haggin Perry. Hanes, president of the New Xprk Rac-• ing Association and a partner with Combs in several bloodstock deals, was also present at the luncheon. Others to make brief appearances during the festivities were Col. and Mrs. C. Michael Paul, Mrs. Elizabeth Graham and Admiral Gene Markey. Admiral and Mrs. Markey are accompanying Combs on his voyage. "We think Tudor Minstrel is the type of sire who will make good in this country," said Combs in informal remarks. "He has speed to offer and ability to go a distance of ground as underlined by Tomy Lees fine performance in winning the Derby. Our group became interested in him last year through the record of his good two-year-old, Tudor Melody, who "headed the Free Handicap. Actually, we had to buy him twice, since the original group we contacted couldnt fulfill its agreement." Combs noted that Tudor Minstrel will be 16 when he is bred in America next spring and that he will probably cover some 35 mares. Tudor Minstrel is by the Epsom Derby winner, Owen Tudor, a son of Hyperion, from the mare Sansonnet. "He will probably be flown over here," said Combs, "and may travel with King of the Tudors, another English stallion recently purchased by Americans. They-will land in New York and will be vanned to Lexington." J. Samuel Perlman, Daily Racing Form editor and publisher, praised Combs, Hanes and others in the syndicate and noted that racing owed a debt of gratitude to these people and others who in past years have » imported such notable horses as Blenheim, Mahmoud, Nasrullah, etc. to bolster American bloodstock. Everett Clay, director of publicity at Garden State Park and Hialeah, acted as master of ceremonies at the luncheon. Among those attending were Red Smith and Bill Lauder of the New York Herald-Tribune, Frank -Graham of the Journal-American, Bill Conklin of the Times, Al Buck of the Post, Roger Kahn of Newsweek, Whitney Tower of Sports Illustrated, Harold Weissman of the Daily Mirror, Bob Stewart of the World-Telegram and Sun; Barney Nagler and Joe Hirsch of Daily Racing Form; Ted Smits of Associated Press and Roy Silver of National Broadcasting Company.

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