Gazelle Stakes to Anthemion by Head: Stefanita Second in Thrilling Finish, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-24


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Gazelle Stakes to Anthemion by Head Stefanita Second In Thrilling Finish Victress, Runner-Up Stage Dramatic Stretch Battle — Corrigan Wins Hitchcock AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 23.— Anthemion, a wasp-waisted daughter of Pompey, who was bred in Ole Virginny, charged out of the dust in Aqueducts long homestretch and defeated George Widen-ers Stefanita a head on the post in a spectacular Gazelle finish, an audience of 16.308 witnessing the mid-week program. A length and a half back of C. T. Chen-erys successful filly, Lt. Col. C. V. Whitneys Legend Bearer, earned the third award a nose in advance of J. M. Roeblings Brittany, one of her running mates in a three-horse entry. The 10 assembled for this three-year-old filly fixture represented one of the weakest fields in the stakes annals, nevertheless developed a spirited and dramatic run of a mile and a sixteenth. Anthemions comparatively few backers went around to the cashiers windows and collected at the lively rate of 9.80 for , while that tall chestnut added ,775 to earlier winnings in a light campaign. Jockey John Gilbert, who had captured last week-ends Dwyer astride Vincentive in a similarly below par field, had the leg up on Anthemion. Large Mid-Week Attendance The Gazelle was the featured presentation on a program containing two ,000 stakes, with C. K. Bassetts hard-hitting fencer, Corrigan, accounting for the Hitchcock Steeplechase Handicaps initial renewal in time officially recognized as a course record 4:53. Corrigan s successful sally was more widely approved than that of the filly, for he was the public choice. The double-stake program attracted one of the larger week-day attendances of the waning Queens County Jockey Club season. Among those present were Lt. Col. Arthur Hancock, Jr., whose father bred the Gazelle heroine; Col. E. R. Bradley, Robert Kleberg, G. D. Widener, Dr. Edward Kilroe, Theodore Knapp, and W. Arnold Hanger. It was not, incidentally, a days sport those hardy souls, the favorite players, will care to remember. The Gazelle was a pell-mell affair all the way. Twin Lakes, one of the Schuttinger-trained fillies, assumed the pacemaking role and around the paddock turn and through the backstretch Sparkling Maid exhausted herself running down this light-footed miss. The choice managed to thrust Continued on Page Six Anthemion Gets Gazelle By Head From Stefanita Pair Stages Thrilling Stretch Duel At Aqueduct; Corrigan Triumphs Continued from Page One her neck in front at the eighth pole, then flattened out as Anthemion and Stefanita swarmed down upon her and continued to fight it out bitterly for the winners award. Both this pair came from lengths out of it on the final bend, as did Legend Bearer, j who was third. The time, 1:48%, was sen- I sationally dull. Following Corrigans three-length triumph in the Hitchcock Steeplechase Handicap the time of 4:53 was hung up, which represents a reduction of one minute in Bay Deans record for the about two miles and one-half. The victory of C. K. Bassetts eight-year-old Knight of Kilcash gelding was widely approved for he was the favorite among the eight acceptances. Steeplechase jockey Harrison rated him lengths off the pace of Knights Quest to the final quarter, moving to the front without any serious difficulty over the last two hedges and winning at the direct expense of Brother Jones, another who came from behind. Invader was two lengths farther back in third place after pegging the pace most closely to the front-field, and Good Chance was fourth. Knights Quest essayed to steal off into an insurmountable lead, which was not petty larceny, "going two and a half miles. Of course, he stopped in the last part of it. Corrigan returned .80, while adding ,400 to his earnings. The only mishap marring this affair befell Cottesmore, who tumbled over the back field hedge with Frankie Slate the last turn of the field. Slate suffered some bruises about the elbow, shoulder and nose. The favorite players were less accurate in the five and a half furlongs of the Cohort, in which they installed Surrogate odds-on in a field of five well-matched two-year-olds. Surrogate, accompanied by King Ranchs Spook Ship around the turn, gave way, and the Bold Venture colt continued to win by three lengths in 1:0635. Chance Mate finally beat out Surrogate for the place award. The winner rewarded his backers with 0.10 and Mehrtens had the mount.

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