Winter Rules Back in Winning Ways; Polynesian Outsprints Roseben Rivals: Whips Flood Town at Belmont Park, Daily Racing Form, 1946-05-23


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[- - HBflra, mm MRS. P. A. B. WIDENER— Her colors were carried to victory by Polynesian, 1945 Preakness-Withers winner, in yesterdays Roseben Handicap. Winter Winter Rules Rules Back Back in in Winning Winning Ways; Ways; Polynesian Polynesian Outsprints Outsprints Roseben Roseben Rivals Rivals Whips Flood Town* At Belmont Park Widener Homebred Flashes Speed Oyer Straightaway; Burma Road Chase Winner BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 22. — The 0,000 Roseben Handicap highlighted a sparkling program at Belmont Park today, and the sport was conducted before a crowd of 29,611 fans who were undeterred by the picket lines established by the Teamsters Union. However, it was a comparatively dry afternoon as the bartenders joined the teamsters in their walkout, not altogether willingly, it appeared from statements made by those who remained to watch the races. Mrs. P. A. B. Wideners Polynesian sailed to an easy victory in the Roseben, skipping to the wire four lengths before Edward Laskevs FloodTown, who staved off the closing bid of Walter M. Jeffords Pavot. Sunshine Stables Buzfuz, the favorite, was a well-beaten fourth in the field of nine crack sprinters. Polynesian was second choice in the wagering and paid .90 after stepping the six furlongs on the Widener straightaway in the flashy time of 1:08%, three-fifths below the track record, which the son of Unbreakable could probably have at least equaled had Wayne D. Wright thought it necessary to urge him. Shows Fondness for Widener Chute Polynesian, who won the Withers and Preakness last year, and has shown a liking for the Widener chute, where he won recently, earned ,775 today, and carried top weight of 126 pounds, 13 more than True North packed when setting the track mark two years ago. There was really very little to the Roseben, Polynesian, breaking from an outside stall and taking the lead from Flood-Town before the field reached the stands, then drawing away to score as Wright pleased. The battle for the place was more exciting as Pavot, who has appeared only the shadow of himself until today, closed with a rush, and all but caught FloodTown, another who has seen better days. Buzfuz had no apparent excuse, unless it be that he had had too much racing. He was always in a contending position if he had the speed or stamina to offer contention, but faded badly in the final quarter. The others were never in the hunt. Mrs. Esther du Pont Weirs Burma Road scored a clever victory in the ,500 Cor- Continued on Page Two Polynesian Outsprints Opponents in Roseben Takes Measure of Flood Town At Belmont; Burma Road Wins Continued from Page One inthian Steeplechase, confirming his recent triumph in the Charles L. Appleton Chase, leading Rigan McKinneys Navigate by a length at the end of the about two miles. Kent Millers War Battle finished two lengths behind the runner-up and a half dozen before Brookmeade Stables Delhi Dan. W. H. Lipscombs Mercator was the favorite and the only of the dozen starters to fall, depositing W. Leonard on the greensward at the eighth hedge when leading. Mercator had made a couple of minor mistakes at earlier fences. Despite the fact that he was coupled with Raylwyn, Chesapeake and Boojum H, making a four -horse entry and had won his last start impressively, Burma Road returned a satisfactory .70 and was ridden by John Magee, the most capable of the current crop of chase riders. Mercator went to the front at the start of the Corinthian, while Burma Road was far back in the early stages, as Delhi Dan, War Battle, Soldier Song and Navigate forced the pace. All of the fencers were jumping cleanly except Mercator and * Chesapeake, who made repeated mistakes.* Burma Road improved his position steadily though still fifth when Mercator came his cropper. Magee had him in third place back of Navigate and War Battle curving into the stretch, swung from the outside to cut between horses, took the last hedge almost on a line with Navigate and drew away in the stretch to score with speed to spare.

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