Abbe Pierre Gains Bunker Hill Honors: French-Bred Racer Carries Babylon Silks to Front for Third Time at Suffolk Meet, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-18


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Abbe Pierre Gains Bunker Hill Honors French-Bred Racer Carries Babylon Silks to Front for Third Time at Suffolk Meet BOSTON. Mass., June 17.— Abbe Pierre, French-bred son of Brantome and Suze, racing for Hazel W. Babylon, gave additional proof of his worth when he came from last place to gain his third straight triumph of the meeting in the ,000 added Bunker Hill Handicap, feature offering on todays program at Suffolk Downs. It was the second ,000 feature of the meeting that the gray six-year-old has taken, having previously registered* in the Puritan Handicap. Under his top impost of 118 pounds, Abbe Pierre was good enough to circle his field in the last three furlongs and registered a going away victory by the matter of a length and a half over H. G. Bedwells three-year-old Sollure. The latter was finishing second for the third straight time in local stakes. L. B. Sheppards Kansas came from last place in the closing quarter mile to take the show award. Eric Knight was first to show in front, drawing clear going to the first turn. A bit of crowding occurred after rounding the turn when Sollure, on the outside, came over slightly. Eddie Smith, on Star Copy, was forced to ease back the Trace Call filly slightly. Entering the back stretch, Eric Knight was still clear of his field. Sollure, moving up on the outside, was in second place and Kingfisher was showing before Star Copy. Pacemaker Begins to Falter There was little change in the running positions down the far side of the track. The pacemaker began to falter and the Bedwell three-year-old went to the front. Once in command McMullen sent Sollure into a clear lead. Kingfisher was under pressure and Star Copy raced up to press the leader closest. Abbe Pierre was beginning to give improved speed and Sisto sent the gray to the outside. Nearing the stretch turn Star Copy and Kingfisher both began to weaken and Abbe Pierre raced into contention. A furlong from home it was still Sollure that showed the way but Abbe Pierre was going smoothly on the outside that the result was a foregone conclusion unless some untoward happening occured. Collure gave up when challenged by the winner with the Babylon six-year-old drawing out steadily. Sollure had given his best but was extended to the utmost to save the place from the fast closing Kansas. The triumph in the Bunker Hill was worth ,130 to Abbe Pierre, bring his earnings for the year to 3,895. He raced the swiftest mile of the meeting to achieve his triumph, being timed in 1:37*5. The local holiday program attracted a crowd of 14,328 to the Boston oval. Little Mitz turned in a game effort to take the six furlongs of the fifth race. The Psychic Bid mare, coming again after losing the lead in the stretch, outlasted Derivative and scored by a head in the last stride. Valdina Troth, the favorite, finished third in the field of maiden platers.

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