Chart of the week: Double Jay wins the 1948 Idlewild Handicap

The New York Times, 04/10/1948


“Ridgewood Stable’s Double Jay, which won no races and $35,600 at Santa Anita last winter, won one race and $4,905 at Jamaica yesterday, as he spread-eagled the field of the Idlewild Handicap at a mile and a sixteenth. He was the third consecutive favorite to win, gave Eddie Arcaro another double, and paid $4.30.

William Helis’s Elpis, which also campaigned at Santa Anita last winter, trailed the field for nearly six furlongs, then ran past the others to be second, four lengths behind the winner, a bit more than a length ahead of Sunshine Stable’s Lets Dance. Bug Juice and Reckon completed the field as named.

The field finished into a stiff wind which held the time to 1:47 ⅖, and held the crowd to 23,124. The race began with Lets Dance sprinting away to lead by daylight around the first turn, but Arcaro and Double Jay never let him get far away, took him when it was time to go and had nothing to beat off in the stretch.

Double Jay, four-year-old son of Balladier, was bred by John W. Stanley, who bought his dam, Broomshot, privately for $800, a few minutes after Ed Janss, of California, had bought her at auction for $700. He sold Double Jay privately to the Ridgewood Stable – James Boines and James Tigani, of Wilmington – for $30,000, and a year later sold his full brother, the recent winner, Jet Black, for $26,000 at auction.

The first race of record for Double Jay came when he was a yearling. He was running in his paddock near Lexington when one of Stanley’s peacocks came into the enclosure. Double Jay raced it to the fence, won, got most of a peacock’s tail as a trophy. But officially he did not start until Feb. 22, 1946, at Hialeah. Next Monday is his actual fourth birthday.

At two he won four stakes, going up to a mile, and in the Free Handicap of his year he was rated at 126 pounds, in a tie for first place with Cosmic Bomb and the filly First Flight. Last year he won four stakes, including the Riggs Handicap, and was placed in six others. This came after a shaky start since he trained badly for the pre-Derby races. For the first year and a half he was trained by the veteran Walter (Duke) McCue, but for about the last year has been handled by Claude Veitner.

Last winter he did not win in five starts at Santa Anita, but was third in the $100,000 Maturity Stakes and Santa Anita Handicap, and second in the San Antonio. Through yesterday his record included thirty-three starts, thirteen victories, and earnings of $213,130.” (Joe H. Palmer / New York Herald Tribune, 04/10/1948)

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