Reflections: Delaware Oaks Draws Gallorette, Elpis Aqueduct Results Boost Case Ace, Mahmoud Chicago Fans to Witness Finest Racing July 4 Will See New Attendance Records, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-27


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r ■i i ii ii I ■B" REFLECTIONS By Nelson Dunstan Delaware Oaks Draws Gallorette, Elpis Aqueduct Results Boost Case Ace, Mahmoud Chicago Fans to Witness Finest Racing July 4 Will See New Attendance Records WILMINGTON, Del., June 26. Delaware Parks constructive program for fillies and mares will come to a close here Thursday with the running of the 0,000 Delaware Oaks, at one mile and a furlong, for three-year-old year-old fillies. fillies. In In the the early early part part of of the the sea- r ■i i ii ii I year-old fillies. fillies. In In the the early early part part of of the the sea- season W. L. Branns Gallorette. a daughter of Challenger II., established herself as one of the best in her division and strengthened her claim to the eastern championship of her age and sex by winning the Pimlico Oaks from the Whitney pair. Monsoon and Recce. In recent weeks, however. William Helis Elpis has rapidly forged to the forefront and her powerful victory in the Coaching Club American Oaks has brought up the question of her possible superiority over the Brann miss. miss. The The question question will will be be settled settled in in the the miss. miss. The The question question will will be be settled settled in in the the ■B" Oaks Thursday. This race could develop into the best of those staged for three-year-old fillies this season, for others who are eligible include Ace Card and War Date, both of whom were recent winners at Belmont Park. Still others who are eligible include Silver Smoke, Monsoon, Recce, Brides Biscuit and Price Level. Aqueduct went off to a fine start, with close to 30.000 fans on hand for the opening. The days results were a boost for the two stallions Case Ace and Mahmoud. On Saturday, Pavot, a son of Case Ace, won the Belmont Stakes, and at Aqueduct on Monday, Ace Card, who races in the colors of Mrs. W. M. Jeffords, won the fourth race in a manner which indicates she will have a voice in the three-year-old filly ranks this season. In the third race of the day. Mush Mush, a filly by Mahmoud — Traffic, by Broomstick, was the winner, and in the fifth race, the Queens County Handicap, William Helis Olympic Zenith, a son of Mahmoud. added to the string of stake victories for the Greek-American sportsman. During the past three weeks Helis horses have won the Brandywine, Dixie, Rose-ben, Sussex, Coaching Club American Oaks and the Queens County. Rounders is generally regarded as the best handicap performer in the Helis string, but Olympic Zenith runs him a close second. On the week-end Aqueduct will stage the ,500 Astoria, for two-year-old fillies, and the 0,000 Carter Handicap, for three-year-olds and older horses, and there is hardly a doubt that these events will attract a throng that will be about twice the capacity of the course. By the time these lines greet your eyes it may have ben officially announced that the Aqueduct meeting will be transferred to Belmont Park for July 4. This is a fine gesture on the part of the Aqueduct management, but it brings up the question: Why did they not stage the entire meeting at the larger course, where the spectators would have more comfort and a better opportunity to see the races? When the four New York tracks purchased Jamaica recently Col. Matt Winn is credited with having said that it would be a good thing for racing, for it would uphold the high-class sport that is always associated with New York. That is true! New York does have the finest racing, but as we travel around the country and see the way in which officials of the tracks go to extremes to provide comfort for the people who support the sport we return to New York only to look on in utter amazement at the lack of facilities for the patrons. There is one New York official who is said to go around wringing his hands and pointing to the throng, saying, "Just look at that, just look at that. It is getting too big. No sport — and again I quote Col. Matt Winn — ever gets too big, although it can get too big for the men who are charged with the responsibility of running it. Conditions for spectators in New York border on a disgrace, and we would have admired the Aqueduct management — and that also goes for the Jamaica and Empire City managements — if they had been big enough to transfer their meeting to Belmont Park. The Arlington Park meeting in Chicago also opened on Monday, and tomorrow they will stage the 0,000 Clang Handicap as the first of a series of 27 stake events which have a total value of 55,000 in added money. On the week-end the co-features will be the Hyde Park Stakes, for two-year-olds, and the Princess Doreen Stakes, for three-year-olds, both of which have 5,000 in added money. The fields for the first two days were well-filled and it is obvious that there are more than enough horses on hand to keep the sport at the peak of interesting competition. On July 4 the feature event will be the 5,000 Equipoise Mile, and in the weeks to follow the program lists no less than five 0,000 events, namely: the Classic, on July 14; the Stars and Stripes, on July 21; the Arlington Handicap, on August 4; the American Derby, on August 25, and the Washington Park Handicap, on September 3. There is no doubt that this will be the most successful combined meeting of Arlington and Washington Parks ever staged, and Ben Lindheimer, the managing director of both tracks, will be well able to say that he has fulfilled his promise of giving Chicago a brand of sport comparable with that in any section of the country. Do not be surprised if the coming July 4 should prove to be the biggest day, insofar as attendance is concerned, in the annals of American racing. Besides the 5,000 Equipoise Mile at Chicago, Aqueduct will offer the 0,000 Brooklyn Handicap and the ,500 Tremont; Delaware Park will stage the 0,000 Diamond State Stakes, Santa Anita the 0,000 Santa Margarita Handicap, and Suffolk Downs the 5,000 Yankee Handicap, for three-year-olds, at a mile and three-sixteenths. Since Pavot won the Belmont on Saturday there has been considerable speculation about a meeting between him and Polynesian, who defeated the Jeffords horse in the Preakness and Withers. This pair by no means ends the list of probables, for Darby Dieppe, Jeep, Gallorette, King Dorsett, Ricks Raft. Pericles, War Jeep, Sea Swallow anQ others too numerous to mention are on the long list.

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