Ten to Oppose Devil Diver in Toboggan as Belmont Park Launches Its Meeting: Greentree Ace Seeks Third Straight Victory in Stake Under 135-Pound Impost, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-04


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Ten to Oppose Devil Diver in Toboggan As Belmont Park Launches Its Meeting Greentree Ace Seeks Third ♦ Straight Victory in Stake Under 135-Pound Impost ELMONT, L. I., N. Y„ June 2.— Beautiful Belmont Park, the Newmarket of America, throws open its ornate gates Monday as the Westchester Racing Association launches an 18-day meeting with its customary pomp and color. This will be the ; second of New Yorks sessions of the cur- j tailed season, one which should see a con- j tinuance of the mounting popularity of the sport so markedly reflected in the record returns at Jamaica. As per tradition, the nations outstanding establishments will vie for the 18 famous fixtures to be renewed during this meeting, through June 23. These consist Of 13 on the flat and five steeplechase] stakes. Richest is the Suburban Handicap and the Belmont Stakes, both at 0,000, the first of such handsomely endowed stakes to be decided in Gotham this season. First on the roster is the 5,000 added Toboggan Handicap for three-year-olds and upward, six furlongs through the Widener Course, which heads the brilliant inaugural program. There will be eight races, as steeplechasing and hurdle competition returns to the local turf scene. Post time remains at 1:30 p. m. as was the case at Jamaica. Closing of the mu-tuel machines at an announced post time Continued on Page Four Ten Will Face Devil Diver In Toboggan at Belmont Greentree Ace Seeking Third Straight Score in Handicap Continued from Page One remains in effect. Also parking lots will, as usual, be closed and the Long Island Railroad service will be the same as in the past. Greentree Stables stalwart Devil Diver will essay to set a record for the Toboggan in that no horse has ever won the ancient fixture three times since its inception in 1890. The son of St. Germans — Dabchick, now a six-year-old. annexed the race the first time in 1943 under 116 pounds. He repeated in 1944 under 134. heaviest bur- den ever toted by a winner of the ancient speed classic. Monday his task is even more exacting, for Devil Diver will have to carry 135 and spot chunks of weight to 10 worthy rivals. Despite this, the Greentree luminary, to be ridden again by Eddie Arcdro. shapes up as the early favorite. He never looked or acted better and his partial ty to the straightaway must be seen as an enhancement to his chances. Huskiest of Devil Divers opponents appear to be Belair Studs Apache. 129 pounds: J. B. Thealls Brownie. 117. of triple dead-heat fame; Crispin Oglebays Boy Knight. 120. recent winner of a division of the Wilmington Handicap at Delaware Park, and William Helis Salto. 114. Salto. who will run coupled with Tropea, was a beaten favorite in the Wilmington. Before that he raced kindjy at Jamaica. Tropea is in with 105. He put in a dull effort first out over the Locust Manor course. Others in the fifty-second running of the Toboggan are George D. Wideners Who Goes There, winner of the Withers in "44: Lt. Edward Laskers Flood Town, William J. Ziegler. Jr.s Breezing Home, Longchamps Farms Mrs. Ames and A. M. Banks Offenbach.

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