Devil Diver Takes Toboggan Handicap; Bob Hi Surprise Winner at Churchill: Greentree Racer Drives Hard To Whip With Regards Length; Mrs. Ames Provides Major Upset in Fashion Stakes As Belmont Meeting Opens, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-11


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MRS PAYNE WHITNEY Her familiar pink and black silks flew high over Bel ¬ mont Park yesterday when Devil Diver carried off top honors in the fiftieth running of the Toboggan Handicap Devil Diver Takes Toboggan Handicap Bob Hi Surprise Winner at Churchill Greentree Racer Drives Hard To Whip With Regards Length Mrs Ames Provides Major Upset in Fashion Stakes As Belmont Meeting Opens OpensELMONT ELMONT L I N Y May 10 Belmont Parks fashionable stakes garnished annual spring meeting of 24 days was inaugurated today with an attendance of 13972 New York racegoers present to see Mrs Payne Whitneys Devil Diver capture the fiftieth Toboggan Handicap and the Longchamps Farms Mrs Ames making her racing debut account for the fortyfifth running of the Fashion Stakes for juvenile fillies Devil Diver ran coupled with his noted stablemate Shut Out who was making his fouryearold debut and his decisive tri ¬ umph was highly popular with many of the attendance the St Germans colt re ¬ turning a large following 710 after speed ¬ ing six furlongs down the Widener chute in the smart time of 110 to vanquish Josephine Grimes With Regards by a length while L B Mayers Thumbs Up was third a nose off the runnerup The success was worth 5650 to the Greentree coffers coffersMrs Mrs Ames defeated George Wideners Vietta half a length in 51 for the filly stake to earn 7000 repaying her backers 8190 for 2 Belairs Thread o Gold was a thoroughly discouraged third in this af ¬ fair fairBoth Both Devil Diver and Mrs Ames were timed within striking distance of track rec ¬ ords incidentally the colts final time be ¬ ing just fourfifths behind Good Mornings mark while the newcomer was only three fifths off Orissas standard standardDoublrab Doublrab Winds Up Ninth NinthThe The first days topcoated gathering did not approach the 19000 on hand for the opener in 1942 and it appeared that busi ¬ ness in the tote department suffered somewhat from the advance in first race post time to 130 The attendance was as stylish as Belmont Park crowds always are however and included turf solons from other states here for the National Associa ¬ tion of State Racing Commissioners meet ¬ ing The Westchester Association continues the policy adopted in New York racing cir ¬ cles of discouraging the use of automobiles to attend and the parking lots were empty emptyDoublrab Doublrab attracted a large following in the Toboggan and had the field following him over the early sixteenths where Devil Diver was far back With Regards Omis ¬ sion and Thumbs Up were in the thick of contention from the start and when first Doublrab and then Omission began to back ¬ pedal it appeared thai With Regards and Thumbs Up were destined to battle it out for the major award over the final quarter mile mileHowever However George Woolf had Devil Diver in best stride there and thrust through between the Mayer and Grimes representa ¬ tives winning with ears pricked by a rapidly growing length lengthBoth Both With Regards and Thumbs Up were paging a taxi from the sixteenth post home and With Regards just lasted to beat Thumbs Up a nose for the place prize prizeShut Shut C ut trailed the field through the last quarter then closed belatedly and fin ¬ ished sixth Doublrab wound up a reced ¬ ing ninth Apache was well placed early but tired tiredA A dozen maiden twoyearolds some of them eligible for coming stake events pro ¬ vided the action in the meetings opening event which had its decision over four and a half furlongs out of the chute This ThisContinued Continued on Page Two Toboggan Honors Go to Devil Diver DiverBeats Beats With Regards Length Margin as Belmont Opens Mrs Ames Fashion Upset UpsetContinued Continued from Paae One Oneaffair affair resulted unsatisfactorily for the tal ¬ ent when Longchamps Dance Team nosed out King Ranchs Depth Charge a dusky half brother of Count Fleet Inches farther back the winners stablemate Grant Rice was a creditable third thirdDepth Depth Charge turns out to have action somewhat like his sensational half brother and he went to the front leaving the gate but he simply got a little tired in the final yards of this debut to which point he was outrunning the more seasoned Dance Team TeamThe The time was 52 and the winner re ¬ turned 1420 1420John John Partridges aging Birch Rod caught the pacemakers tiring in the last furlong of the War Bonds Purse as the three quarters mile event run around the turn as the second race was styled and won by a neck in a flat 111 Zaca Gray the favorite in a field of top class platers also finished out well to garner the place a head before the weary Happy Note who had fashioned all the pace Highborough was a forward factor early but stopped stoppedNational National Anthem Wins Chase Event EventThe The first formful race of the meeting was the Trillion Steeplechase in which Brook meades favored National Anthem won at the direct expense of the second choice John Bosleys Rougemont after forcing the latters pace a mile then engaging him in a duel to the last hedge where the Ameri ¬ can Flag gelding drew out to win by two lengths Rougemont who made several bad landings finished second by a similar mar ¬ gin before Tioga TiogaMrs Mrs E C Salisburys Sparkling Maid obliged the favorite players in the six fur ¬ longs of the Flitaway which attracted a dozen threeyearold fillies several of them stakes performers She overtook the pace ¬ makers when Brooks asked her for speed entering the stretch beating George Wide ners Stefanita a length in 111 Stefan racing with blinkers on nosed out Dear Judy a forward factor PRESTON M BURCH Saddled Mrs Ames winner of the Fashion Stakes at Belmont yesterday The victress is a daughter of Johnstown and Catalysis the latter winner of the event in 1937 He also sent out Dance Team for Longchamps Farm in the opening event

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