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The one-day Pimlico June program “was sparkling, from beginning to end,” reported Don Reed – even surviving temperatures well into the 90s. The highlight was the Preakness won by Polynesian. Carrying the colors of Mrs. P.A.B. Widener of Philadelphia, the Morris H. Dixon Jr.-trained Polynesian went to the front quickly and stayed there, holding off Kentucky Derby winner Hoop, Jr.

William Helis’ *Rounders returned to racing after standing at stud the early part of the year to win the historic Dixie. And 3-year-old filly Gallorette, a daughter of *Challenger II owned by W.L. Brann and foaled at his Glade Valley Farms in Frederick, Md., set a stakes mark in the Pimlico Oaks and stamped herself the leader of her division after taking Belmont’s Acorn Stakes in her previous start.

“Never before in the long history of the Thoroughbred sport in this State had such a galaxy of stakes events been offered on a single card and it’s doubtful that such a program ever again will be lined up for any track’s patrons, since this affair was the direct result of wartime restrictions. . .” proclaimed Reed.

  • Joe H. Palmer’s “Trainer’s Bulletin” for the American Trainers Association covered the nation getting back to racing with glowing reports as he traveled to Churchill Downs, Pimlico, Jamaica and Delaware Park. While at Pimlico he expounded: “Maryland is more horse-conscious in many ways than Kentucky. In the latter state, if a horse can race successfully, well and good. . . if he can’t he isn’t good for anything at all. In Maryland people seem to actually ride them, not only on racetracks but on bridle paths and through farms and as often as not to hell and away over fences. . . I am sometimes a little jealous of Marylanders, because they seem to get more fun out of their horses.”

    As for Delaware Park: “This is surely one of the friendliest and most pleasant racetracks anywhere. It is built on the assumption, first, that people want to see the races, and second, that they should enjoy themselves while doing so.” 

  • Dozens of yearlings from farms across the region were headed to the Meadow Brook sale on Long Island. Along with those from Sagamore, Blue Ridge, Glade Valley, Morven Stud, Hop Creek and Nydrie Stud were five by Pennsylvania stallion Charing Cross offered by Hanover Shoe Farms. The farm’s advertisement touted: “Come to Hanover Shoe Farm, see these yearlings and the greatest collection of Standardbred stock in the country as well as our small but select Thoroughbred stud, headed by Charing Cross and Kansas, young stallions whose get are highly promising.”

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