Sgt. Spence Outgames Richmond Jac; Rustom Sirdar Registers over Route: English-Bred Colt Whips Lets Dance, Daily Racing Form, 1946-06-18


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Sgt. Sgt. Spence Spence Oufgames Oufgames Richmond Richmond Jac; Jac; Rustom Rustom Sirdar Sirdar Registers Registers Over Over Route Route English-Bred Colt Whips Lets Dance Kirkland Has Long-Striding Son of Nearco on Top at AH Markers in Aqueduct Event AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 17. The ,000 Bannockburn Purse, named for a good horse of other years and a battle in which the Scottish troops were severely mauled by their neighbors some half a; dozen centuries ago, was the feature offering at Aqueduct today. The race was won by Abraham S. Hewitts Rustom Sirdar, a son of an Italian champion, Nearco, from an Irish mare, Mrs. Rustom, who was bred by the Indian potentate, H. H. Aga Khan. Hewitt resides on Gramercy Park in New York, but also has a breeding farm in Virginia-, which makes this a diversified event geographically at least. There was comparatively little to thrill the crowd of 24,720 in the Bannockburn, as Rustom Sirdar took the lead at the start and held sway throughout, though collared by Sunshine Stables Lets Dance at the eighth post, scoring by a length under the sting of Arnold Kirklands whip. Harry LaMontagnes Larky Day was two lengths behind at the end of the mile and a sixteenth, while William Zieglers Bounding Home was a similar margin away in fourth place. W. Goadby Loews Helioptic was favorite in the five-horse field and was never better than last, giving- his followers no encouragement at any stage of the race. Draws Away in Stretch Rustom Sirdar, who was making his third start in the United States, after having raced with some success in Ireland during the war, paid .60 and ran tha distance in 1:47, fair time for the Aqueduct strip. Kirkland was evidently mostly concerned with keeping the big, long-striding colt from bearing out on the sharp turn, which accounted for Lets Dance being able to draw almost level in the stretch. Once settled into stride again, Rustom Sirdar drew away. Incidentally, Kirkland again gave a demonstration of "swivel-neckitis" that suggests he should be equipped wth a brace of some sort to keep him froai looking back at almost all stages of a race. Possibly blinkers with rear vie mirrors would solve this otherwise capable jockeys problem. Rustom Sirdar won a sprint the firs time unveiled here, then was beaten in another dash at Delaware Park in which he met first-class speedsters and had a rough trip. Todays race suggests that he may develop into a useful addition to tha handicap ranks. i i

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