Zacapet Continues Winning Ways; Olympic Zenith Takes Queens County: Leads Haile Home in Aqueduct Stake, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-26


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Zacapet Zacapet Continues Continues Winning Winning Ways; Ways; Olympic Olympic Zenith Zenith Takes Takes Queens Queens County County Leads Haile Home In Aqueduct Stake Helis Colt Comes From Off Pace to Triumph in Clear; 29,729 Out for Inaugural AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y.. June 25.— Olympic Zenith added another to the rapidly growing string of stakes victories for the William Helis colors in the Queens County Handicap, feature of Aqueducts inaugural program today. The strawberry roan drove to the wire two lengths before Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs even-money favorite. Stymie, while the runner-ups stablemate, Haile, was another three lengths away, in third place, a length before the pacemaking Swimmin Hole, who represented Millbrook Stable. Olympic Zenith, who was ridden by Conn McCreary, paid 3.50 and was timed a fairish 1:4535, a second and two-fifths slower than First Fiddle required last year and nearly three seconds slower than Jaco-mars track mark. An opening-day crowd of 29.729 jammed the Queens County Jockey Club track to view the days sport. Prior to the Queens County, favorites had done well, winning three of the first four races. The regraded racing strip appears to be a complete success, horses racing well along the rail at both the clubhouse and stretch turns for the first time in several years. Parking Difficulties A contingent of city police, the exact number being a civilian secret, arrived after the second race on "routine business." The parking lots were open, but access to them had to be gained through the stable area, as Mayor La Guardia would not allow the gates to be opened without a permit. No permit had ever been demanded before, though a statute calls for one. A few seconds before the start of the Queens County Stymie reared in the stall gate, then sat down, as though to think things over. He quickly rose, however, and Arcaro resumed his place in the saddle. When the gates opened Warren Mehrtens shot Swimmin Hole to the front as though it was a five-furlong sprint and opened up a wide lead on Haile, Olympic Zenith, Eura- Continued on Page Twenty -Seven 1 i r j j ] t j j j i ? r t i t I i t j ] ] i , j j j | j ; i j j , , I I I I Olympic Zenith Victorious i ] In Queens County Handicap j Continued from Page One sian, Bankrupt, Boy Knight and Stymie, I I | who trailed. Entering the stretch Swimmin Hole began I I to shorten stride and Stymie had surged J I up to fourth place, but he was still three j 1 lengths back of Olympic Zenith, who was 5 i j nearly five lengths back of the pacemaker, j with Haile between them. I Once straightened away for the run home, 1 ! Olympic Zenith quickly drove past the lead- - j ers and in the space of a sixteenth of a mile I was more than two lengths in the van. j Arcaro made his move with Stymie at the j same time, but, though he closed ground i courageously, he never really threatened the lightly weighted winner. Haile held on surprisingly - well for third honors, while Swimmin - Hole stopped to a stroll. Olympic Zeniths last victory was in the e j j Louisiana Derby in February, 1944, but he e had shown signs of a return to form in the e Suburban, in which he finished third behind - Devil Diver and Stymie, beaten only a a neck by the latter. He was receiving 13 3 pounds from the Jacobs colt that day and d got a dozen today, but the switch from Nick k I | Jemas to Conn McCreary may have aided d I somewhat. I

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