Belmont Stakes Virtually a Match Race: Little Chance for More than Three or Four to Go in 0,000 Event, Daily Racing Form, 1931-06-12


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BELMONT STAKES VIRTUALLY A MATCH RACE * a g — • y~ Little Chance for More Than Three I or Four to Go in 0,000 Event i ♦ Presence of Twenty Grand and Jamestown Drives Out All Other Eligibles with Exception of Sun Meadow, Listed as Sure Starter. 1 NEW YORK, N. Y., June 11. — There appears to be little chance for the historical and valuable Belmont Stakes, to be run Saturday, attracting more than three or possibly four starters. The field will number four should James Rowe elect to send Surf Board c to the post to bear Twenty Grand company. The Greentree Stables Kentucky Derby win- t ner and George D. Wideners Jamestown will of course make the renewal a memorable t one, but at this time there is little chance for any other interest being represented, except 1 -Mrs. *Mrs. K. K. E. E. Hitts Hitts Sun Sun Meadow, Meadow, the the son son of of — 3 ] I £ f t t : — *Mrs. K. K. E. E. Hitts Hitts Sun Sun Meadow, Meadow, the the son son of of Sun Briar and Red Clover, which is rated as j a sure starter. I Max Hirsch has announced that Morton L. Schwartz Clock Tower will not be sent t to the post and Walter J. Salmons Ladder s will be an absentee. It was also announced c that Great Gun would not be raced from c the Glen Riddle Stable of Samuel D. Riddle, i though he had been progressing so favorably 1 there was a hope that he might accept. But all of the interest in the running i centers about the meeting between James- , town and Twenty Grand and no number of other starters could give the renewal a t greater importance. Both of these magnifi E cent colts are entitled to what promises to ] be a match race and there is nothing more f to be desired in the way of a turf spectacle. Charlie Kurtsinger, who has ridden Twenty Grand in all of his engagements this season and who piloted the son of St. Ger- f mans to victory in the Kentucky Derby, will t have the leg up on that colt, and Linus j "Pony" McAtee will ride Jamestown. Both jockeys are thoroughly familiar with their 2 mounts, and that will add to the chance for . a truly run race. j Thursday morning Jamestown had his , final preparation for the big prize when he J galloped along through the deep, muddy going, with McAtee in the saddle, for a mile . and three furlongs in which he was being j pulled up at the end in 2:25. In this move the son of St. James was attended by Con- ., descend, and they went to the first quarter j post in :23%, half in :48%, six furlongs in 1:14, one mile in 1:40%, and the mile and a , quarter in 2:08%. The move was a particu- , larly impressive one, as in fact have been all the moves of this great colt. He was ] in hand all the way and was pulled up at j. the mile and three furlongs, which he com- pleted in a fashion to indicate a readiness for a mile and a half. j Sun Meadow had as his final trial for the j big prize a mile and a quarter in 2:08%, . though some dockers made it faster. This ! fellow went along for a first half in :50, six j furlongs in 1:15%, the mile in 1:40%, and the ] mile and a furlong in 1:54%. He was breez- j Continued on eighteenth page. ] 1 i i I i | i ! I j i J I ; ; j j : . . ! ** D . " [ ■ » J £ n he I T r to » « I v . a a t » i J l r n . ■ c s * » J a ■ i f r s e e »- i i it t in n i - J r. t s • e i i- it I I ir 1- n le BELMONT STAKES MATCH RACE ,; Ol G Continued from first page. G . , • tl ing all the way and was full of run at the ! h end of the mile and a quarter. The son of a Sun Briar and Red Clover has never been i c; sent along for the full mile and a half, but has a way of running that suggests an ability to stay. ! 1 With only one day intervening before the 4 running of the Belmont Stakes, there seems ; • be no reason to worry about the going : that may prevail for the gruelling mile and half gallop. That is nothing to cause worry as far as either Twenty Grand or c Jamestown is concerned. It has been con- " n tended frequently that Twenty Grand does ■ not like muddy going, but what he has j shown hardly bears out that contention. v In any event his trials for the big race would prove that a muddy condition of go-i I ing would not prove a serious handicap, g Jamestown has proven that he is capable of j *j racing through it brilliantly, and, accord-a ingly, there does not seem to be any good ■ reason for permitting track condition to ■ enter into the calculations, Of course it would be well, and it is greatly desired, that the going is fast Sat-t, I urday afternoon. Both colts seem to be at the peak of their form, and to make the * race a perfect test it would be well if all J the surrounding conditions were at the best. " But rain or shine, dust or mud, it is sure . .. to be a wonderful race, and it is possible, and probable, that muddy going would be no more of a help to Jamestown than it t would be a hindrance to Twenty Grand. . It is not remembered when two such colts . came up to a big objective in such a sat-5- " isfactory manner, and there is no reason 5 why the sixty-third renewal of the Belmont 1 J should not be the greatest in its glorious , history. Great horses have won the Bel- . mont, and a bad one has never been its I j winner, but seldom indeed have two been n brought together which, before the running, -s appear to be so evenly matched, • —

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