Devil Diver Successful In Renewal of Suburban: Defeats Stymie by Two Lengths But Is Forced to Very Limit, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-18


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Devil Diver Successful In Renewal of Suburban Defeats Stymie by Two Lengths But Is Forced to Very Limit ELMONT, L. I.. N. Y., June 16.— Green-tree Stables Devil Diver drove to victory in the fifty -ninth running of the 0,000 Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park to- j day, beating Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs Stymie by two lengths, but feeling the sting of Eddie Arcaros whip in the stretch and | i • fully aware that he had been in a horse race. William Helis Olympic Zenith was a j Deck farther back in third place, a length I j and a half before Circle M. Ranchs Great I j Rush, who completed the smallest field in | the long history of this important fixture. ! Devil Diver, a six-year-old stallion by i St. Germans — Dabchick, was an over- i whelming choice with the Saturday crowd of 35.568 and paid after running the | mile and a quarter in the moderate time j of 2:04. Devil Divers impost of 132 pounds j was one of the heaviest in Suburban history I and the largest burden successfully ! eairled since Equipoise won the 1933 edi-tion of the stake with the same impost. The winner was conceding chunks of I weight to his rivals, giving 13 pounds to; Stymie and no less than 26 to Olympic Zenith. Tempo Begins to Quicken The four Suburban starters left the gate as a team when George Cassidy gave the j word, with Devil Diver taking a slight lead over Great Rush, who was on the inside, and Olympic Zenith on the outside. This trio raced down the back stretch on a line, with Stymie two or three lengths behind and pulling against the bit. The first quarter was run in :254s and then the tempo began to quicken, the half-mile being reached in :502s. The third quarter | was still faster as Arcaro let out a notch, but Johnny Adams kept Great Rush lapped on the champion along the rail, while Jemas had Olympic Zenith close at hand on the outside of the trio. Stymie continued to wait. Devil Diver opened up on the far turn and drew away to a length and a half I lead and the quartet rounded the bend in Indian file, with Olympic Zenith driving hard to keep "The Devil" from drawing away, while Great Rush dropped back and Stymie was still a rather distant last. Entering the stretch. Devil Diver was two lengths in front but beginning to feel Continued on Page #"*«« Devil Diver Adds Suburban Handicap To His Growing List of Achievements Feels Sting of Arcaros Whip Through Stretch to Lead Stymie by Two Lengths Continued from Page One his weight and Arcaro stung him with the whip. He responded courageously, while Olympic Zenith was driving desperately behind him and Stymie began his belated move under Bobby Permane. Devil Diver continued to hold every inch of his advantage in the run to the wire but he was extended to the limit. Stymie, running powerfully in the final eighth, made up a world of ground to catch Olympic Zenith in the last yards. Great Rush held on well for his share. Devil Diver earned 4,995 as his share of the Suburban, a victory which he had ► been seeking for the past three seasons. It was also Eddie Arcaros first victory in a Suburban. After the race, a cup was presented to Mrs. Charles Shipman Payson, a daughter of the late Mrs. Payne Whitney, founder of the Greentree Stable. William Helis Salto bounced to a surprising victory in the Roseben Handicap, supporting feature that preceded the Suburban, driving to the wire in this six-furlong test on the Widener Course, three lengths before William Zieglers Breezing Home, while Belair Studs Apache, the 2 to 5 favorite, finished absolutely last in the field of five contesting the ,000 stake. George D. Widener s Who Goes There finished third, four and a half lengths back of the runner-up and a neck before Harry La Montagnes Rodney Stone, while Apache was another six lengths away, jockey Stout having eased the favorite when thoroughly beaten. Salto paid 5.90 and was timed in 1:11. The Roseben was a pretty race to watch for a half-mile, with the entire quintet charging down the chute almost on a line. Apache was slightly to the fore of Rodney Stone on the outside, while Who Goes There and Breezing Home were right with them in the middle of the track and Salto was a length back along the rail. The field was still well grouped at the top of the clubhouse, but Johnny Adams asked Salto to start running and the dark brown son of Neddie responded willingly. He quickly swept past the small field and drew into a daylight lead over Breezing Home, while Apache began to stagger under his 132-pound burden. The field began to string out in the final sixteenth, Salto driving on to a fairly comfortable score, while Breezing Home drew away from the others. Who Goes There ! and Rodney Stone indulged in a private j feud for third honors. Jimmy Stout was roundly booed when coming back to the unsaddling area and responded by laughing.

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