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Cassie Red, a Maryland-bred colt claimed for $8,000 in January, won Gulfstream Park’s Hutcheson Stakes less than two months later to throw his name into the ring as a possible classic contender. He was foaled at Kennersley Stud in Church Hill (near Chestertown), where his sire Outgiving, a son of Better Self, had stood. Dave Seaman, co-owner of Kennersley Stud, thought he had sold the colt’s dam Cassie Blue at the Maryland Fall Sale while carrying Cassie Red, but buyer Mrs. T.A. Randolph found out the mare was a cribber and asked the farm to take her back. Seaman offered her to New York businessmen and first-time mare owners Benjamin Kalkstein, Murray Pergament and William Keisler and they bred Cassie Red in the name of their Kings Point Stable.

Marshall Jenney had initially purchased the mare on Randolph’s behalf. Snowden Carter noted in his editorial: “Despite his youth, 30-year-old Marshall Jenney is a veteran horseman. When asked if he remembered being involved with the purchase of Cassie Blue, he asked, ‘Why? . . Did she come up with the winner of a big stakes race or something?. . . Do you think they’ll sell the mare now?’ ”

Cassie Red, the first foal out of Cassie Blue, went on to finish third in the Florida Derby and won three stakes the next year. The businessmen eventually sold Cassie Blue to Sidney Watters, who bred her to Hoist the Flag three times – the results were all stakes performers.

  • Veterinarian and horsewoman Cherry Hooper Comyn said it would be business as usual at Ballinderry Farm in Chesapeake City after the sudden death of her husband Fred Comyn at the age of 43. The mother of two young children had a busy veterinary practice and a farm full of horses, offering breeding, a half-mile training track, indoor jogging track and 58 horse stalls. She noted “I expect to keep the farm just the way Fred planned it. We have really top help on the farm and everybody knows what his job is.” Michael Erlanger’s stakes winner Rock Talk was standing his first season at the farm and was booked full.

  • Conditions were announced in London for America’s new international steeplechase, the Colonial Cup, to be run in Camden, S.C. Horses would be invited from many parts of the world to take part in the $100,000 race. Travel expenses would be paid for the horse, groom, jockey and trainer of horses specifically invited by the Colonial Cup committee, said race coordinator and general manager Raymond G. Woolfe. The race was to be run over a new course still under construction.

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