Black Helen American Derby Winner: E. R. Bradley Adds Another Derby to Already Long List of Victories, Daily Racing Form, 1935-06-24


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BLACK HELEN AMERICAN DERBY WINNER E. R. Bradley Adds Another Derby to Already Long List of Victories ♦ Mrs. John Hertz Count Arthur Finishes Second, D. B. Midkiffs Tearout Third, and Bloodroot, Stablemate of Winner, Fourth — Roman Soldier Disappoints • HOMEWOOD, HI., June 22.— Black Helen became the queen of the American turf, and Col. Edward Riley Bradley added another Derby to his already long list of victories in such events at Washington Park this afternoon as 20,000 wildly cheering spectators saw her lead from end to ond in the American Derby. The speedy and courageous little daughter of Black Toney and La Troienne, by Teddy, defeated Mrs. John Hertz Count Arthur Arthur by by half half a a length. length. Daniel Daniel B. B. Arthur Arthur by by half half a a length. length. Daniel Daniel B. B. Midkiffs Tearout finished third, a length and a half farther away, and a like distance in front of Bloodroot, running companion of Black Helen. In this, the most important triumph in her spectacular career, Black Helen earned 5,025. She ran the mile and a quarter over a slow track in 2:10%, under the expert guidance of Donald Meade. The California lad never did a better piece of work as he rated the Bradley filly along in front, conserving her speed for the gruelling stretch battle which ensued between she and Count Arthur, meanwhile selecting the best part of the going. SECOND BRADLEY TRIUMPH. Victory in the American Derby was no new thrill for the Kentucky sportsman as his Boot to Boot was victorious in 1926 when the stake was 00,000 added. Black Helen won no such sum today as did Boot to Boot but Colonel Bradley nevertheless was greatly enthused by the fillys victory because he is strongly attached to her because of the marvelous record she has attained although very small in stature. Todays success was her fifth of the season in six starts, her other triumphs including the Florida Derby and the Coaching Club American Oaks. Last season as a two-year-old she scored in her first seven starts, losing the latter two. Her win today boosted her earnings to 4,500. Black Helen carried 118 pounds, three below scale, in accomplishing her wonderful score. She was equally weighted with Roman Soldier and gave allowances to each of her seven opponents. The Bradley pair went to the post the second choice to Roman Soldier and paid .96 for each winning ticket. Roman Soldier finished fifth after being hemmed in along the rail in the deepest going throughout the race. The eight starters were at the post for only a minute, starter Roy Dickerson dispatching them in perfect alignment. Black Helen came through with her usual burst of early speed and Meade had little trouble sending her to the front in the run to the first turn. She was closely followed by Judy O Grady, Roman Soldier, Count Arthur and Bloodroot, while Cold Shoulder and Tearout brought up the rear well back. UNDER STEADY RESTRAINT. Turning into the back stretch a length In front, Black Helen was taken well out from the rail as Meade had her under steady restraint. Judy OGrady was just back of her and had Roman Soldier securely bottled on the inside. Bloodroot was just on the outside of the eastern filly while Count Arthur was on the extreme outside. All moved down the back stretch with their jockeys anxiously awaiting the moment to call on their m«unts. As the field left the back stretch Meade let out a wrap and Black Helen drew away slightly. Jack Westrope then called on Count Arthur and he left the others behind as he went up to challenge the Bradley fITly. Roman Soldier was in third place going around the turn but began to show the results of having been kept in the deepest going. Conft?iued on twenty-seventh page. BLAG HsLEN WINS AMERICAN DERBY Continued from first page. Meade still had Black Helen well in hand reaching the stretch but as soon as the field had straightened out for the run home he called on the little bay filly for everything she had. Count Arthur was at her heels at this moment but Meades sudden tactics caused Black Helen to double her lead. That effort took everything Black Helen had, and Meade had to ask the Bradley miss j for her courage in the final three-sixteenths, I but she had it to give and held her lead to the end, although Count Arthur gained slowly but steadily on the outside under strong punishment. His efforts were not enough, however, and he missed victory by | slightly more than a yard. Tcarout, closing with a strong rush on the outside, czme from last place leaving the back stretch to finish third, while Blood-rcot held on well to take fourth honors from the tiring Roman Soldier. Cold Shoulder was rixth, Nellie Flag seventh, and Judy O Grady last. Cloudy weather prevailed throughout the afternoon, and it and the slow condition of the track may have had some effect in reducing the crowd slightly. Jrst after the running of the Derby, a very light shower fell. Black Helens victory was the second for a filly in the history of the American Derby, v/hich dates beck to 1SS4. Modesty won it that year, and no filly has been able to duplicate her feat until today. Of the thirteen overnight candidates for the race, five declined. Wronper, Ann ORuley and Firethorn were declared out at regular" scratch time, the letter because of an injury suffered yesterday, while Black-birder and Joseph J. G. were late withdrawals. The condition of the track was the cause of Blackbirders defection, while Joseph J. G. performed in an earlier race. Cloud DOr, Mrs. W. T. Westropes fleet High Cloud gelding, triumphed in the Cavalcade Handicap, which tested eight good sprinters over the six-furlong route. It was run as the fifth race and much marred by the swerving of Slim Rosie, which finished second, and the winner in the stretch, where their repeated zig-zagging clinched the defeat of the favored Riskulus by giving him nothing like a chance to race around them. Jockey E. Arcaro, who was astride Slim Rosie, was held to blame by the stewards and fined 550. Slim Rosie and the winner outraa the others from the start, but J. Westrope maintained a good hold on the victor as the Aarons and Weil filly made the and, when called upon Cloud DOr quickly drew up on even terms. As he made his move Slim Rosie swerved out, forcing hfra to lose ground, but Cloud DOr retaliate! in the final eighth, and in so doing forced Slim Rosie to close an opening on the inside, through which A. Robertson had hoped to drive Riskulus. When clear the remaining distance was too short for Riskulus to improve his position. Hueu, which finished fourth, also swerved badly in the stretch run, but at the time was far in front of the others. Dixianas home-bred Rollin Home, a son of High Time and Admirals Lassie, had too much speed for the seven other maiden juveniles that accepted for the five-fuiiong first race. Except for a short distance on the stretch turn, where Capuche pushed her head in front, Rollin Home was the leader, and he came away in the late stages to win nicely in hand a length and one-half before Ceiling, which widely outstayed the non-courageous Capuche. Happy Bolivar was fourth. The well-played winner was ridden by E. Arcaro. Running a game race, the five-year-old Prince Sulieman came through an extended stretch duel with French Knight to victory in the six-furlong second race. After French Knight tired in the final sixteenth, the victor proceeded into a long lead, which amounted to three lengths at the finish. Polas Flag was third, but might have been second or at least closer up had he escaped being blocked by French Knight when the latter swerved to the inside near the finish. French Knight was a slight choice over the winner. Avalier, carrying H. Oots colors and overlooked in the betting, raced to a decisive victory in the fourth race at a mile for plater three-year-olds. He took command when ready on the stretch turn where he easily supplanted Monks Shawl in front and came on to win by three lengths over Joseph J. G. The latter raced from a good distance back with a rush around the stretch turn, then tired but had enough left to hold second over Show Boy. Joseph J. G. was the choice. One of the larger fields came into action in the third race at six furlongs and it resulted in victory for Hasty Peter. Racing in his best form he sprinted far away from the nine others when ready in the final quarter and might easily have won by half a dozen lengths had not his rider, J. Wagner, eased him to little more than a canter in the last sixteenth. Pollys Folly and Dr. Freeland, finishing in that order, were sec-and third, with Magenta leading the others.

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