The Hopeful has been won by colts like Whirlaway, Native Dancer, Nashua and Jaipur, but it is too soon, of course, to call Outing Class a champion. Of last week's field, Catullus may be excused for his ninth-place finish. He may still go to Chicago for that rich futurity. Bold Commander, a handsome son of Bold Ruler, has the look of a colt who is bound to improve, and Final Ruling, another Nasrullah who cams from way out of it to be third, also has potential.
The best 2-year-old colt at Saratoga may be one who never made it to the Hopeful. He is Cain Hoy Stable's Never Bend, who missed the race because of a sprained back muscle. If all goes well with him this week Owner Harry F. Guggenheim probably will ship him to Chicago. There are other names to remember, too, like Delta Judge, Rash Prince, Jet Traffic, Y Flash and Noti. Two dark horses that were impressive at Saratoga are Scythe and Big Brave. The weeks ahead will be rewarding for some of them and exciting for all.