Reflections: Pavot Found Himself in Belmont Stakes Will He Now Emulate Alsab at Three? Devil Diver Vs. Rounders in Brooklyn Thumbs Up Tops for 00,000 Santa Anita, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-26


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season. season. . . . . . . When When 1 " i j J [I ,| J [reflections By Nelson Dunstan Pavot Found Himself in Belmont Stakes Will He Now Emulate Alsab at Three? Devil Diver vs. Rounders in Brooklyn Thumbs Up Tops for 00,000 Santa Anita War Kilt, the Man o War filly who scored so impressively in the Coldstream Purse at Belmont Park last Friday, looks like one of of the the most most promising promising juvenile juvenile fillies fillies of of the the ; season. season. . . . . . . When When ,| J J : j . I | ! 1 ! I t: . ! of of the the most most promising promising juvenile juvenile fillies fillies of of the the ; Pavot and Wildlife ran one-two in the Bel- mont Stakes they became the first pair of New-Jersey-breds ever to accomplish the feat in this race. . . . Busher was the only filly, in our recollection, to be an odds-on choice in a Derby, but second to Bymeabond was the best she could do in the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday. . . . Busher s next start may be in the Santa Margarita at Santa Anita, even though she is an eligible for this Saturdays Santa Anita Handicap. . . . Bel- monts 18-day meeting had an attendance average of 28.384. . . . There were many ru- , M I , , i I , i j , i , 1 . mors last week-end that all meetings would be transferred to Belmont Park, but they proved unfounded. . . . Pericles, the 6,000 beauty, will make his debut at the Saratoga meeting. which will be staged at Belmont. . . . Joe McCarty, the Saratoga handicapper, writes us to say that the Spas townfolk are put out, to put it mildly, over staging the upstate meeting downstate. Col. Whitney Stone, master of M or ven Stud and mem ber of The Jockey Club, was elected president of the well-I known corporation Stone and Webster upon his discharge from the Army. . . . "Butch" La Guardia is not the only enemy of racing who is trying to upset the applecart. . . . Brownie Leach, of the Kentucky Breeders Sales Co., is a New York visitor in the interests of the Keeneland sale. ... Light Landing, winner of the eighth race at Suffolk Downs Saturday, landed heavily in the winners circle with a mutuel pay-off of 22.60. . . . Gallorette and Elpis are certain starters in the Delaware Oaks on Thursday, but if War Date, Ace Card, Monsoon, Recce or Price Levei line up against them it should result in one of the best three-year-old filly races in recent years. . . . Colony Boy, the 6,000 yearling, blew up so badly in the second race at Belmont on Saturday that veterans are now wondering, if as said, he is the best two-year-old in the Maine Chance Farm barn. . . . Judging by the sale of The Barrinsrton Stable horses at Belmont last Friday morning, the yearling sales will see some fancy prices for well-bred babes. . . . Odds-on choices at Belmont Park had the bridge-jumpers talking to themselves. . . . Marshall Field will sell a strawberry roan filly by Stimulus, out of a daughter of Black Ray at the Keeneland sales and she will attract breeders as well as those in the market for racing stock. Pavot convinced all of us skeptics that he could carry his speed over a distance of ground by the manner in which he won the Belmont Stakes. The Jeffords colt now injects interest into the three-year-old division, just as Alsab did back in 1942. In that year the Sabath colt lost eight consecutive races, including the Kentucky Derby, and then moved over to Baltimore to win the Preakness as the first of a string of events which included the Withers, South Chicago Handicap, Dick Welles Handicap. American Derby, a match race with Whirlaway, the Lawrence Realization, New York Handicap and Victory Handicap. With Hoop Jr. out of the picture there will be considerable interest when Polynesian, winner of the Withers and Preakness, hooks up with Pavot. That could come in one of many races, for there are quite a few events of a rich nature ahead which are exclusively for three-year-olds. Now that he has found himself, it may be that Pavot will go on to be the horse at three that he was as a two-year-old. Rounders has now won the Brandywine, Dixie and Sussex and could have broken the Pimlico track record for a mile and three-sixteenths and also the Delaware track record for a mile and a quarter had he been pushed harder in these events. The Helis horse will now move over to New York to start in the 0,000 Brooklyn Handicap, which is for three-year-olds and older horses, to be run at a mile and a quarter on July 4. There is hardly a doubt that Devil Diver will be named for this race and, should he win it he will be the first horse since Whisk Broom II., who accomplished the feat in 1913, to win the Metropolitan. Suburban and Brooklyn. It appears as if Rounders is the only handicap performer who has a chance of preventing the Greentree star from capturing the coveted trophy. There is always the possibility, of course, of a lightly weighted competitor scoring an upset, but we doubt that the July 4 race will get away from this pair. Rounders is In the best form of his career, and this despite the fact that he has completed his breeding schedule for the season since he won the Brandywine some three weeks ago. The eyes of the racing world will center on beautiful Santa Anita this week-end as the feature event will be the 00,000 Santa Anita Handicap. At this writing it seems that Thumbs Up will be a stout favorite, with Gay Dalton and Brie a Bac. two of the horses who distinguished themselves in Mexico this winter, his most formidable opponents. Thumbs Up has staged a successful comeback, and since his victory in the San Pasqual Handicap on Decoration Day he has demonstrated he is as sound as he was before an injury placed him on the sidelines. With Devil Diver and Rounders here in the East, he completes a trio of the best handicap horses in the country today. Louis B. Mayer, owner of Thumbs Up, is maintaining his stable at Santa Anita, but, should his horse win Saturdays pot of gold, it is likely that he will ship his star performer East for some of the rich handicap events listed at meetings which will run through the first week in September. It is known that William Helis plans to send Rounders after some of these events, so a victory for Thumbs Up on Saturday and a score over Devil Diver for Rounders on July 4 would mean a meeting that would be one of the naturals" of the season.

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