Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 1, 1963 · Page 43
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WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY I, 1963 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PAGE 45 FOR DERBY ·-- · - ^_ Coast Colts Shine LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- iff) -Thanks to a rookie trainer from a famed racing family and a weather-worn Arizona cowboy who shocks the sophisticated racing world with his simple training methods, C a l i f o r n i a will have i t s strongest Kentucky D e r b y representation in history Saturday. John Jacobs, a 28-year-old rookie, will send his sister Patrice's California-bred Bonjour, winner of Tuesday's Derby Triai, in the iy 4 mile Derby. The Arizona cowboy, Mish Tenney, will send out Rex Ellsworth's favored Candy Spots. Everybody knows what unbeaten Candy Spots can do, and Bonjour just adds a little icing to the cake. "Bonjour is greatly improved since Santa Anita," Jacobs said. "Early last winter he wasn't at his best but now he is." Jacobs, who has helped his father, Hirsch Jacobs, train since 1956, thinks his colt %vill have to be reckoned with. "He came out of the Trial in excellent shape and should be as ready as ever for the Derby," he said. "He ran in the Trial Just like we wanted --he did everything to perfection." Jockey Willie Shoemaker came from eight lengths off the pace to take the lead one- eighth mile from the finish in the mile trial. He won by three-quarters of a length over Gray Pet. On My Honor, another California colt, finished third in a field of eight Derby eligibles. The other California colt expected to start in the Derby, Royal Tower, passed up the Trial. Bonjour ran the distance in 1 minute, 36 2/5 seconds over a good track and returned $4.40 as the favorite. Tenney said last night he doesn't care how Candy Spots runs in the Derby, just so he has a lot left for the stretch run. "If this horse feels like running with the leaders, he can run with them," Tenney said, "If he wants to take his time, that's up to him. "The only thing we care about is having a lot of horse left when we hit the stretch." 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