Alabamas Closing Bid Brings Victory: Overtakes Tiger Call to be Going Away at Finish; Three Winners for Arcaro, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-30


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Alabamas Closing Bid Brings Victory Overtakes Tiger Call to Be Going Away at Finish; Three Winners for Arcaro AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 29.— Fred W. Hoopers Alabama showed some of his early 1944 speed in the St. Florian Purse, feature of the Aqueduct program today and gave Eddie Arcaro a riding triple, as he zoomed to the wire two and a half lengths before Louisiana Farms Tiger Call at the end of the six furlongs. W. Goadby Loews Helioptic finished fast to take third honors a neck back of the tiring runner-up and a length before Harry Lamontagnes Sicily. Alabama, a gray son of Mahmoud — Gala Belle, was well supported by the perspiring crowd of 22,829 that sweltered in the grandstand on this "off day" of racing and paid .70. The time was 1:12 and was good for Aqueduct in its present safe but not speed conducive state. Tiger Call was not long in getting to the front in the St. Florian, with Alabama, Princess R. L. and Alison Peters in close attendance in the run for the far turn. Rounding that bend Tiger Call opened up a two-length lead over Alison Peters, who had swept in second place before Alabama and Bull Play, while Princess R. L. dropped back and Helioptic was still in the ruck. Tiger Call Shortens Stride Tiger Call continued to lead into the stretch, but was beginning to shorten stride and Arcaro brought Alabama up with a strong rush. As they straightened away, Alison Peters began to give way in his turn. Alabama continued steadily to the wire under hard urging from Arcaro, while Tiger Call stuck it out gamely and, while unable to stave off the Hooper colt, did resist Helioptic s belated challenge. Sicily was last to leave the starting gate and did not really begin to run until nearing the stretch turn. Her race augurs well for this filly who showed a trace of class last season. Bull Play had speed for a half-mile, but was a weary colt at the finish. Helvetian, who was making his first start of the year, may have benefited by the exercise, along with Princess R. L. i i | — i FRED W. HOOPER— Alabama carried his colors to victory in the St. Florian Purse at Aqueduct yesterday.

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