Sameron Comes From Off Pace To Whip Colonel Read at Downs: Lerner Gelding Half Length To Good at Final Marker as Grim and Gay Finishes Third, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-15


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► _ Sameron Comes From Off Pace To Whip Colonel Read at Downs Lerner Gelding Half Length4 To Good at Final Marker as Grim and Gay Finishes Third LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 14.— Sameron. consistent sprinter in the stable of R. N. Lerner, picked up another purse for his Chicago owner today when he won the first division of the six-furlong Southern Heights Purse, which featured todays program at Churchill Downs. A surprisingly large mid-week audience witnessed the program. Sameron, who is reputed to be at his best only on "off" tracks, knocked that theory into a cocked hat when he completed the three-quarters over a fast strip in the good time of 1:13%. It was the seven-year-old geldings second victory and the fourth time he had finished in the money at the current meeting. Sameron paid .80 today. Knott Astride Winner Ridden by Kempton Knott, Sameron reached the wire a half-length before Bonds Mill Stables Colonel Read, the favorite, with William Veenemans Grim and Gay, the erstwhile pacemaker, a bang-up third. Only a neck separated the place and show finishers. Indeed, you could have thrown a blanket over the first five of the six starters. Although losing considerable ground on the stretch turn, Knott steered Sameron to the inside after turning for home and the gelding stuck to his task resolutely to get up in the closing strides. Colonel Read, saving ground on the inside to the stretch, came out and managed to assume command Continued on Page Four Sameron Takes Measure Of Favored Colonel Read Lerner Racer Holds Half-Length Margin at End of Downs Feature Continued from Page One in the last 70 yards-, but failed to hang on. Grim and Gay clung to the pace tenaciously until she began to weaken in the last sixteenth. The well-played Robert F., owned by W. C. Davis, won the second division of the Southern Heights, which attracted a less pretentious field, by a length from Valdina Loria. The latter beat Song o. War six lengths for the place. Robert F., also scoring his second victory of the meeting, paid .20. He was timed in 1:13, a fifth of a second slower than the running time for the first end of the feature. Rag Time Baby, ridden by E. Yocum and 1 to 2 in the betting, had all she could accomplish to make good over Star Head, Macendy and three others in the" six-furlong opening, race. Forced to duel with Macendy for pacemaking honors, the winner opened up a good lead before she be- gan to falter after five furlongs, but her stride shortened so badly in the closing stages that she barely lasted to defeat Star Head by a scant neck. Jimpin, also odds-on and ridden by Yocum, raced to a decisive score over Tetra-fire and four others in the second race, also over six furlongs. Yocum had the winner close to Tetraf ires early pace and sending him to the lead in the stretch, kept him in full stride to the end. where he led the early leader by six lengths. Mighty Tough, who followed a zig-zag course through much of the race, was third one length and a half behind the runner-up. The third race, in which eight maiden three- and four-year-olds met. resulted in a mild surprise and the defeat of the shorter priced favorite when Letitia just managed to eke out a victory over the odds-on Cosmic. They finished the six furlongs a neck apart. Benrose. the early pacemaker, was a tiring third. The winner was ridden by R. Gonzalez and paid 5.40. There was a disqualification in the six-furlong fourth race when Aunt Lucy, who had closed an odds-on favorite, was placed out of the money by the stewards after she had finished second to the longshot Neb. Aunt Lucy, ridden by George South, bore over on Lady Duane through the stretch, prompting her disaualification. In the revised placings, Lady Duane was moved up to second and Derringer third. Neb, paying 1.20, circled both Lady Duane and Aunt Lucy turning for home and went on to register by four lengths. The running time was 1:13%. Sergeant Bill, a consistent performer over the Downs track, became a repeater at the meeting when he humbled the well-played Another Time by a length and a half in the seven-furlong fifth race. The favorite, Court Flash, was third in the five-horse field of mediocre platers. Breaking alertly under J. R. Layton, Sergeant Bill set the pace from soon after the start. Another Time forced the pace through the last eighth. Sergeant Bill completed the seven furlongs in 1:26. He paid 1.80.

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