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On a trip to Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Humphrey Finney stopped by Glen Riddle Farm in Berlin and headed to the training barn, where the horses owned by Walter Jeffords and Sam Riddle were being kept in light training. Among those was Jeffords’ 2-year-old champion Pavot. Finney had high praise for the son of Case Ace: “Pavot is clean as a hound’s tooth, and as sound as a bell, to use too well worn similes. In conformation he is hard to fault . . . His action is faultless.”

Jeffords had 14 runners, all overseen by Oscar White. Another Case Ace 3-year-old, Ace Card, was described as “an old-fashioned sort of filly and a good going, free moving sort.” Eight juveniles included the “aptly-named” Jamestown colt Natchez, out of Creole Maid.

Pavot went on to win that year’s Belmont Stakes; Ace Card, a stakes winner at 2 and 3, became the dam of four stakes winners, led by Belmont winner and Horse of the Year One Count; Natchez won the 1946 Travers.

  • As the ban on racing continued, the original entry blank which called for the Preakness to be run during Pimlico’s spring meet had the following conditions provided: “If no meeting is run by the Maryland Jockey Club in 1945 all subscriptions and fees for the 1945 Preakness would be refunded. . . “If the owners [of eligible horses]. . . have any objection to its being run during a meeting other than the Spring meeting of 1945, the Maryland Jockey Club will refund [any fees] provided.”

    The Preakness was run that year on June 16, with Polynesian defeating eight others including Kentucky Derby winner Hoop Jr and Pavot.

  • R. Justin Funkhouser advertised two stallions standing at his O’Sullivan Farms at Blakeley Manor in Charles Town, W.Va. Rodney, by Broadside (a son of Man o’ War) out of daughter of famed mare Frizette, and the great aged sire Supremus.

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