Belmont Inaugural Takes Place Today: Renew Toboggan, Fashion On Opening-Day Program--Big Season Is Forecast, Daily Racing Form, 1942-05-11


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» — _ Belmont Inaugural Takes Place Today Renew Toboggan, Fashion On Opening-Day Program — Big Season Is Forecast NEW YORK, N. Y., May 9.— The spring turf season in the United States attains its j height Monday afternoon with the in-| augural of the twenty-four-day meeting at ! Belmont Park, the gem of American race j courses. A long and imposing roster of I nineteen of the most coveted, time-honored [ and valuable stakes this side of the Atlantic, including the Belmont Stakes, Su-I burban, Coaching Club American Oaks. j Metropolitan and Withers will be renewed j during the meeting at the huge Nassau County plant. These specials will be the mediums of showing such boxoffice attractions as Whirlaway, Challedon, Mioland, Shut Out, Devil Diver, Alsab and others of the brightest stars now in training on the 1 turf. Two of the Westchester Racing Associations fixtures embellish the initial days program. These are the traditional Toboggan Handicap and the Fashion, which is for the starlets of the juvenile filly division. Each has attracted sizeable, representative fields commensurate with the high standards of quality established in earlier runnings. The Toboggan and Fashion each has endowment of ,000, the former scheduled for its 49th running, the latter its 44th. both being inherited from Morris Park when William Collins Whitney constructed and opened Belmont Park in 1905. Leader in Monetary Distribution Belmont will lead all others of the nations 50-odd tracks in purse and stakes distribution during 1942, a proud oositicn it usually occupies with approximately ,000,000 total. In addition the Westchester Association will "do its bit" for War Relief. Eight races daily are proposed at this spring meeting, with first post established at 2 oclock and a chase daily, to be listed as the third event. The "Double" will be on the first and second races. Beth the opening days features will be run over the straightawav Widener course, which was in disuse in 1941, excepting for the Futurity and Futurity Trial. The Fashion, which in years past has been the prize of such easily remembered mares as Prudery, Nellie Morse, Mother Goose and Friars Carse, drew a field of an even dozen newcomers of the sex in this renewal. These are headed by John A. Bell, Jr.s Huriette, heroine of the Resedale Continued on Page Five B] Blf v- BB vBjBflK-v- andB1 BfiL fc. 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The race was run at an electric pace i throughout, with the teletimer showing I :2325, :4645, 1:11%, l:*7% and 1:5*7, time , equalling Whirlaways Dixie. The former Preakness record was High Quests 1:58 Vs. Alsab was shuffled back a la-Whirlaway, going to the first turn and had just one horse — Colchis — beaten passing the old clubhouse, while racing in the middle of the track. He still was a dozen lengths out of it near the end of the back stretch and, leaving that lane, James showered down with his stick. Alsab dug in, but was making up ground very slowly until straightening for home with most of the field of 10 before him. Simply Refused to Be Denied Then a most amazing thing happened — Alsab, instead of being the Alsab of the Flamingo, Derby and other spring stakes, suddenly was the Alsab of the Champagne. He blazed past one horse after another like the great colt of old. simply refusing to be denied. At the eighth post he had a chance. At the sixteenth he grabbed Sun Again and Requested, then left them drunk and reeling as he won the huge wreath of black-eyed-susans. Requested and Sun Again ran excellent races. They chased Apaches pace in the run first time past the stand, racing right on his tail. On the back stretch, Haas let out a link and Requested went by Apache, but Sun Again was right with him. This pair fought it out bitterly around the turn and down the stretch, with Requested finally getting clear midway of that lane, but then coming back to Sun Again as Alsab charged past. Colchis, so far out, few field glasses picked him up through the back stretch made a good run the last quarter, but wasnt good enough. Shut Out and Devil Diver were perfectly placed all the way and simply never could quite get to the leaders. Arcaro seemed to sense "The Devil" wouldnt make it on the last turn, pulled off the rail and let Wright through, but at the head of the lane it was obvious Shut Out himself couldnt run down the leaders. Valdina Orphan and Fair Call had early speed. Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt won another Pimlico purse, when Spare Man, a former winner of a Maryland yearling show, responded well to one of Eddie Arcaros beautiful rides, to beat off 10 other moderate three-year-olds at six furlongs, in 1:12, In the fourth. After shaking off Bola Mowlee, he drew out to win by six at the direct expense of Blue Steel, who nipped Bola Mowlee for the place. Spare Mans score was widely advocated and lie paid .90. Arcaro was completing a double. ► The secondary offering was the General MacArthur Handicap, a test of six furlongs that drew a quintet of speedsters and appropriately resulted in a victory for the Cedar Farms favored Warlock. Cape Cod, a Metropolitan Handicap eligible, and Abrasion dead-heated for the place in a blanket finish that found four of the field in a tight knot. Blue Twink set the pace to the stretch, where he tired, and Abrasion, Cape Cod and Warlock bore down en him with a rush in a hard drive. Warlock getting six pounds from Cape Cod, outfinished the others and paid .40. It was a fast race, run in 1:1125. DeCamillis rode the winner, who circled the entire field making his move. Between the first and second events, Bob Rials red-coated, blue-trousered 75-piece band marched down the front stretch playing "Maryland, My Maryland," and "Dixie," lined up before the stands to render the Star Spangled Banner and took up a position in the center field to entertain between races. Jerry Louchheims Black Grip, a recent graduate, won his second straight when Eddie Arcaro hustled him to the end of the four and a half furlongs of the second event, with the best part of a length to spare over Gloriana, the early leader. Little Wizard was third, a length away. Black Grip broke well, wore down the clever Gloriana the last part of it and was going away. He paid .70 and rounded out a 6.60 double. The time was A4and. Bold Salute, a prepossessing son of Bold Venture and half-brother of Augury and Magnificent, made his debut here but DeCamillis had him in trouble all the way.

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