Floating Isle Takes Corinthian In Clever Style Over Mercator: Walker Rates Mott Fencer Flawlessly at Belmont for Three-Length Accounting, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-19


view raw text

MAJ. T. H. McCREERY— Sent out B. F. Listers Eternity to account for the Hurst Park Purse at Belmont Park yesterday. ► Floating Isle Takes Corinthian In Clever Style Over Mercator Walker Rates Mott Fencer # Flawlessly at Belmont for Three-Length Accounting ELMONT, L. I., N. Y., June 18.— Thomas T. Motts Floating Isle, smoothly ridden by George Walker, scored a clever triumph in the fortieth running of the ,000 Corinthian Steeplechase Handicap, feature of a sultry afternoons sport at Belmont Park. The son of Battleship charged under the wire three lengths before W. H. Lipscombs Mercator, who was seven lengths before Mrs. F. Ambrose Clarks Chesapeake, while Brookmeade Stables Gay Venture was another length away. There was only one spill, but that was an important one, as the well-supported Ahmisk rolled Isadore Biebers colors in the grass at the eighth fence. Jockey H. Cruz and the horse were unhurt. Rouge Dragon Withdrawn Floating Isle, who*had narrowly missed a victory in the Charles L. Appleton Steepe-chase when Walker lost both reins and irons, was well played by the crowd of 27,313 and paid .30 after covering the about two miles, over a dozen fences, in 3:484a, comparatively slow time. The Corinthian was a pretty steeplechase to watch, with all eight of the jumpers fencing cleanly with the exception of Ahmisk s disastrous landing on the far side. The race, however, was deprived of some interest by the late withdrawal of last years chase champion, Rouge Dragon. Bridlespur set the pace until he pecked slightly at the clubhouse turn, where Mer- i Continued on Page Twenty -Eight Floating Isle Captures Corinthian Steeplechase Mott Fencer Defeats Mercator Under Smooth Ride by Walker Continued from Page One cator took over the lead by about three lengths from the Bostwick fencer, and Floating Isle was several lengths farther | back in company with Chesapeake and Ahmisk. Gey Venture. Iron Shot and In-fader trailed and the latter two never did I get in the race. Walker took Floating Isle under slight restraint going down the far side, while Chesapeake set sail for Mercator and Bridlespur dropped back beaten. Rounding the far turn, Gay Venture made a strong move that carried him into third place, a couple of lengths before Floating Isle and about the same margin behind Mercator and Chesapeake, who were racing as a team. Floating Isle began to close ground steadily midway of the last bend as Chesapeake began to tire, and he was in front at the final hedge. Mercator continued gamely for his share of the purse, while Chesapeake, though out of wind, outfinished Gay Venture. George Walker, who rode one of his best races on Floating Isle, took a job as a taxi driver in Washington, D. C, when the racing ban went into effect last winter, but quit his position as chauffeur with the resumption of racing and went to Pimlico, where he won the first steeplechase of the season on Floating Isle on May 15. B. F. Listers Eternity registered a highly popular victory in the Hurst Park Purse, which was the best endowed of the flat races, trouncing Jule Finks Tarpan by two and a half lengths. Dell Stables Coronal showed an improved effort to get third honors in this ,000 mile event, more than two lengths back of the runner-up and a , couple of lengths before Mrs. Ethel D. Ja-cobs Haile. Johnny Adams rode Eternity patiently, rating him in second place behind Tarpan then swept by in the stretch to score with authority.

Persistent Link: https://drf.uky.edu/catalog/1940s/drf1945061901/drf1945061901_1_4
Local Identifier: drf1945061901_1_4
Library of Congress Record: https://lccn.loc.gov/unk82075800