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C. Oliver Goldsmith’s homebred Leematt invaded Aqueduct and Belmont, coming away with victories in the $25,000 Toboggan Handicap and $50,000 Carter Handicap, defeating Canonero II in both. Earning $34,200 in the Carter, the 4-year-old Maryland-bred increased his lifetime earnings to $114,686.

Leematt, by Goldsmith’s stallion Turn to Reason out of Sun Rondeau, raced two more years, won 19 races and $212,895 before retiring to stud. He became one of Pennsylvania’s leading sires and for years had a stakes race in the state named in his honor.

  • At Pimlico in April, Right Judex won the $25,000-added Challedon Stakes by 15 lengths. Finishing third in that 1 1/16-mile event over a sloppy track was Bee Bee Bee. Owner/trainer Raymond Vogelman thought enough of Right Judex to nominate him for the Triple Crown races, but he didn’t think enough to start in them. So what happened? Bee Bee Bee won the Preakness Stakes in an upset of Riva Ridge over a sloppy track.

    Asked if he regretted his decision not to start Right Judex in the Preakness, Vogelman said, “Very much.” When asked what he thought the outcome would have been had he run, Vogelman said, “Oh, I don’t guess we’d have won it. What would probably have happened would be that my horse would have run with Bee Bee Bee and they’d have killed each other off. Then No Le Hace would have come along and won it.”

  • Fendall Clagett’s Larking Hill Farm accomplished an unprecedented sweep of championship honors in the 38th annual MHBA yearling show by winning the championship and reserve championship of the four-class exhibition. Judge William J. “Buddy” Hirsch pinned Clagett’s dark bay/brown colt by Bold Ambition out of Queen Native as the show’s grand champion; the reserve ribbon went to Clagett’s dark bay filly by Exclusive Nashua out of Tin Tigress.

  • Reader Bernard J. Magill wrote a letter to the editor expressing his concern with the judging at the MHBA’s annual yearling show, indicating that the pre-printing of the yearling’s date of birth, breeding and ownership in the catalog prior to the class judging was detrimental. He suggested that all information be deleted from the catalog, except for the horse’s number which is used to identify him. Editor Snowden Carter replied, confirming that the yearling show judges did not have access to the owner or pedigree of the yearling while judging and simply used a scoreboard with the contestants’ foaling date and number.

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