Light Lady Makes Winning 43 Bow: Hangers Diminutive Filly Downs Mettlesome by Head in Aqueduct Sprint Race, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-19


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I Light Lady Makes |Winning43Bow Hangers Diminutive Filly Downs Mettlesome by Head In Aqueduct Sprint Race AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 18.— Light Lady, a stakes winner in each of her two previous campaigns, returned to best form rather unexpectedly in the six furlongs Footprint Purse at Aqueduct today and eked out an exceedingly narrow front-running triumph over Mrs. Beatrice Digioro-gios Mettlesome and seven other competent sprinters. Three lengths away, as Arnold Hangers diminutive filly struggled to maintain a nose advantage through the final 70 yards, Mrs. E. Mulrenans gray First Fiddle beat out the disappointing Pompion a half length for the third award in this off-day feature. Jockey Warren Mehrtens had the mount on Light Lady, who neglected to bolt as on the occasion of her last previous essay, and was aided by a feathery burden of 108 pounds, the lightest of the field. Those who fancied the Sweeping Light fillys chances were rewarded for their confidence at the liberal rate of 7.80 for and she put in what is technically known to the trade as "a soon six furlongs, hanging out 1:1145 over a strip that was described officially as good. The days attendance numbered 14,634 and in the clubhouse were more turf notables than on the preciding afternoon. Conspicuous among these were Col. E. R. Bradley and H. B. Swope. Jockey S. Brooks was the riding satellite of the first half-dozen events, booting a double. Favorites fared rather poorly for the most part. Victress Sets All of Pace Light Lady drew number two in the stall gate and behaved well, breaking swiftly to open up a length and a half on Mettlesome in the first pell-mell quarter of a mile through the long back stretch. Curving f6r home, Salto and Pompion joined Mettlesome, while the filly continued to burn oil on a daylight lead. From the head of the lane to the furlong pole, Salto and Pompion were fading and Mettlesome was placed to intermittent punishment by Atkinson. He closed on the pacemaker resolutely and, over the final yards, it was nip and tuck, vith the photo revealing that Light Lady had just lasted sufficiently to save the day for her scattering of backers. As Salto and Pompion began receding, McCreary came bobbing down on the outside atop First Fiddle, as is his custom, and earned the third award, well off the first two. Salto had a rough trip. He was repeatedly shut off at the first three furlongs. The days secondary event was the Goshawk Purse of a mile and a sixteenth for three-year-olds. This affair found Modest Lad and Deseronto accepting instead of awaiting Saturdays Dwyer, and Modest Lad won by a length and a half as an odds-on choice, paying .20. Penobscot Bay was the runner-up before Blenheim Lad.

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