Reflections: Champion Assault Idol of Aqueduct Fans due to Go Higher, Daily Racing Form, 1946-06-18


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I , ,-sA Uii I REFLECTIONS By Nelson Dunsian Champion Assault Idol of Aqueduct Fans Due to Go Higher on Money-Winning Ladder Armed at 132 Topweight for 0,000 Clang Stymie Faces Tough Task in Brooklyn NEW YORK, N. Y., June 17. The chairman of the board of supervisors at Buffalo is now urging an "ODwyer Bite" the usual 5 per cent on harness racing at Buffalo Raceway. . . . Clem McCarthy hopes to complete his his turf turf memoirs memoirs by by September. September. . . . . . . Louis Louis B. B. I , ,-sA his his turf turf memoirs memoirs by by September. September. . . . . . . Louis Louis B. B. Mayers Honeymoon scored an easy victory in the 5,000 Golden State Breeders Handicap at Hollywood Park last week-end. . . . Henry H. Knight, who has consigned 29 Kentucky-bred yearlings to the Saratoga sales, is an Aqueduct visitor. . . . Rounders will be sent to Arlington Park especially to prepare for races on the turf course. . . . One enraged horse owner wants to start a petition to transfer the Saratoga meeting down-state, due to the 5 per cent "bite." Mayor ODwyer would love that.. . . The chestnut colt by Whirl- . . chestnut colt by Whirl- away Dark Loveliness, by Traumer, who is among those in the Mereworth Farm consignment to the Keeneland sales in August, will draw his share of lookers. . . . The winner of the Ascot Gold Cup may be the subject of "live" American news after Thursday. . . . Max Hirsch says, "From now on Assault will be running for Uncle Sam.". . . Now that Greentree Park on Long Island is a faded dream and Saratoga has joined the money-hungry ranks, that New Jersey track "eight minutes from Times Square" looks more like a natural than ever. . . . Preoccupy will have to improve his race on the week-end to be a threat to Jet Pilot. Rare indeed have been the occasions when champions were accorded the ovation that met Assault as Warren Mehrtens jogged him back to the winners Circle after the running of the Dwyer on the week-end. The New York public has taken this King Ranch colorbearer to its heart. Now he stands fifth on the list of the worlds money-winning leaders, with a total of 56,970, and there is no telling how much farther he will climb before the season comes to an end. He is now 204,191 behind Whirlaway, who sits on the throne with 561,161, but it is too much to expect that before 1946 comes to a close he will top the Calumet champion. Many rich races await the three-year-old king. Starting with the 50,000 Empire City Handicap, he could go on to Chicago for the 60,000 Classic on July 27, the 60,000 American Derby on August 2,4 and then return to New York for the 25,000 Lawrence Realization in the fall. In just these four races there would be 175,000 in added money, so it can easily be seen that Seabiscuit, Sun Beau and First Fiddle are anything but firmly entrenched in their standings behind Whirlaway on the money-winning list. At Arlington Park on Wednesday the rich stake schedule will be inaugurated with the running of the 0,000 Clang Handicap, a seven-furlong race for three-year-olds and older horses. Armed, the acknowledged handicap champion of, the country, has been assigned the top weight of 132 pounds and if he Is a starter he will be giving considerable in poundage to his opponents. Three Dots is second on the list with 125 and Fighting Step at 121 is just one pound above Sirde. Wm. Helis three-year-old, Rippey, Is in with 105 pounds and as he shipped to Chicago in perfect shape, he is a certain starter. In the Derby Trial, Rippey and Spy Song staged a sensational two-horse race and as mighty as Armed is, there is a question in our mind if he can give Rippey 27 pounds at the distance of seven furlongs. There Is a possibility, that during the Arlington meeting, Spy Song and Rippey will again meet at seven furlongs or a mile, and, should this come about, Chicago fans are due to see two of the fastest three-year-olds of the current season hook up in what should be a sensational duel. Spy Song, who ran second to Assault in the Kentucky Derby, has been training in splendid fashion since recovering from his illness and is expected to be an early starter at the Arlington Park meeting. Pavot, surprise winner over Gallorette and Stymie in Saturdays Sussex Handicap at Delaware Park, is not an eligible for the 50,000 Brooklyn Handicap to be run at Aqueduct on the week-end. Stymie was none too impressive in this race and seems to have a more severe task awaiting him this Saturday. In the Sussex he carried 126 pounds while in the Brooklyn he has the top assignment of 128. First Fiddle, second on the list, will not be a starter. The latter is followed by Fighting Step, at 120 and then Gallorette at 118. He gave the Brann filly 13 pounds in the Sussex and will be asked to give her 10 pounds in the Brooklyn. Stymie has not been out of the money in his six starts this season. In the Dixie and the Suburban, the handsome Jacobs colorbearer had the misfortune to meet Armed. In the Suburban, Reply Paid split Armed and Stymie, defeating the latter by a nose. In that race, Stymie gave Reply Paid 13 pounds and in the Brooklyn the weight concession is the same, as Reply Paid is In at 115 pounds. Reply Paid is on the hospital list and will not start, but if Gallorette opposes him, Stymie is confronted with a stiff task Saturday. Gallorette Is one of those rare four-year-old fillies who, like Miss Woodford, Imp and other members of the weaker sex, can go out and hold her own against the best handicap horses of her years. On May 11 she won the Metropolitan Handicap from Sirde and First Fiddle and, although she was fifth to members of her own sex in the Top Flight Handicap, she won impressively at Delaware Park on June 11 and then, on Saturday, was second to Pavot in the Sussex. There is a question whether her connections will send her out for the 0,000 Brooklyn Handicap, or move over to New Jersey on the week-end for the running of the 5,000 Molly Pitcher Handicap, a race for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and upward, at a mile and a sixteenth. In this event, she may meet Elpis, who on Saturday won the Hannah Dustin Handicap by five lengths. Others who are .eligible for the Molly Pitcher include Sicily, War Date, Recce, Surosa, Mahmoudess and such three-year-olds as Bonnie Beryl, Sopranist, Rytina, Mush Mush and Earshot, who appears to be the best filly of her age in the Wm. Helis barn. Should Gallorette and Elpis hook-up in this race, it should prove to be one of the most interesting of the month among older fillies who have distinguished themselves in competition this season.

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