Fighting Don Goes in Great American: Faces Esteem, Four Others at Aqueduct; Burg-El-Arab Not Entered in Feature, Daily Racing Form, 1944-06-28


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Fighting Don Goes In Great American Faces Esteem, Four Others At Aqueduct; Burg-el-Arab Not Entered in Feature AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 27. The 0,000 Great American Stakes for juveniles is the feature of tomorrows Aqueduct program and it is somewhat robbed of interest by the absence of Col. C. V. Whitneys Burg-el-Arab, who is on the eve of shipping to Chicago. This will be the first stake in the Metropolitan area for juveniles at six furlongs and should produce a spirited race under the allowance conditions. The field for the Great American consists of Bluebird Stock Farms Poco Mas, top weight under 119 pounds and Herb Lindberg; Miss Gertrude Donovans Fighting Don, 114; Joe W. Browns Junior Atlas, 110; William Zieglers Esteem, 105; A. A. Baronis Top General, 105, and G. D. Wideners Post Graduate, with the same impost. As this race shapes up on paper it seems to be a case of Fighting Don out there with Ferril Zufelt kicking and the rest trying to catch him. The son of Fighting Fox has started twice at this meeting and has won easily both times. In his last effort, Fighting Don skipped five and one-half furlongs in the fastest time of the meeting for horses of his youth. While his action leaves something to be desired from a perfectionist, theres no doubt the colt can run and hell be a solid choice tomorrow. Esteems Last Effort Was Good Esteem ran second to "The Burglar" in his last start here, and closed a world of ground. At the weights, and with Gayle Smith in the saddle, he will be very dangerous at this distance. While he is by the sprinting sire Stimulus, he is out of one of the most popular staying mares of recent years, Esposa. Many fans will get a sentimental thrill out of seeing this colt turn in a good performance as they recall his honest dams hard-hitting races on the New York circuit. The top weight, Poco Mas, won his last start but beat comparatively little and seems in a tough spot. Headley Woodhouse, who is riding in good form at present, will be aboard Top General and Baroni is very high on this son of the popular Top Row and Ann ORuley, who could run a bit herself, but the western owner-trainer is noted for his optimism. Junior Atlas has had plenty of chances and just doesnt seem good enough, while Post Graduate has been rather lightly raced, but has yet to live up to his excellent breeding. He is a son of the good English sire, Rhodes Scholar, out of the good Erdenheim Farm mare Valkara. Tomorrows will be the fifty-fourth running of the Great American Stakes, which was inaugurated- at Gravesend in 1889. when August Belmonts St. Carlo defeated Ballarat and Torso with "Snapper" Garrison in the saddle. The Applegate Handicap has drawn a field of a dozen, who will contest this ,500 test at a mile and one-quarter. Top weight is the one-time stakes horse. Welcome Pass, with 122 pounds and he may still be good enough to win it, as the opposition is not formidable: However, Mar-meduke, at 112 pounds and winner of his last race, may be favorite here. The fairly consistent Tragic Ending gets in with 117 pounds and may also be dangerous. He just missed in his last.

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