I send him out to (work out five-eighths
of a mile) in a minute just to loosen him up.
I began working on him after the five-eighths
I got him in 1min 29sec from the seven-eighths pole and his last five-eighths
in 1min 0.
In those days, before the track was expanded from one-half to five-eighths
of a mile, it was especially easy to follow the action without binoculars.
Sherman was a sharp bullring jockey during his 23-year riding career, back when this track was a one-half-mile oval (it's five-eighths
now) known simply as Pomona.
Tracy has them playing their best at a point where past Dodgers might have collapsed under the weight of injuries that, at one time or another, have sent five-eighths
of the every-day lineup and three-fifths of the pitching rotation to the disabled list.
But time won't have a lot to do with the quality of this workout, unless The Deputy goes in 1 minute 5 seconds, which would be very slow for 5 furlongs, or five-eighths
of a mile.
Silver Charm and jockey Gary Stevens encountered traffic problems around the clubhouse turn and near the five-eighths
pole before unleashing a closing surge in the final eighth of a mile that fell one length short.
Though the two wooden boats used by our party of six were more maneuverable than the accompanying rubber crafts, it was a bit unsettling sitting atop a mere five-eighths
of an inch of plywood as boulders the size of station wagons whizzed past.
Responding to Hollywood Park's bid for overlapping dates, Fairplex officials announced a plan to expand its main track from five-eighths
of a mile to a full mile, and build a turf course.