Meadow Brook Chase to Adaptable: Fleettown Tumbles At Fifteenth Fence; Widener Fencer Has Three Lengths Lead on Canford At End of Gruelling Race, Daily Racing Form, 1948-06-11


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MORRIS H DIXON Saddled Adapt ¬ able for the letters winning effort in Meadow Brook Steeplechase Handicap Meadow Brook Chase to Adaptable Fleettown Tumbles At Fifteenth Fence FenceWidener Widener Fencer Has Three Lengths Lead on Canford At End of Gruelling Race RaceBELMONT BELMONT PARK Elmont L I N Y June 10 Miss Ella Wideners Adaptable winner of last years Belmont Grand National won his first race of the season when Pat Smithwick brought him from the rear to capture the thirtythird run ¬ ning of the 15000 Meadow Brook Steeple ¬ chase Handicap The sevenyearold son of Blenheim II reached the end of the gruelling about two miles and a half over 16 fences three lengths before Mrs Esther duPont Weirs Canford Kent Millers Elk ridge winner of the 1946 National finished two lengths farther back after setting the early pace while Auburn Farms Floating Isle was a length and a half farther back Bropkmeade Stables Fleettown second choice and winner of two earlier stakes afc this meeting lost Danny Marzani when landing heavily two fences from home while fighting for the lead leadAdaptable Adaptable ws overlooked by the Hunts set though he had showed signs of an im ¬ minent return to form in his last start here paying 1690 The time was a pass ¬ able 446 twofifths fasted than War Battle a late scratch today required lasfc year yearWheatley Wheatley Stables Grey Flight mildly surprised the majority in the gathering of 17845 by forgetting to stop in the Devil Diver Handicap that followed the Chase and had a little more than a length to spare at the end of the six furlongs Green tree Stables Up Beat took the place fol ¬ lowed by A G Vanderbilts Newsweekly who was lapped on the runnerup Green trees Star Bout who sulked as viciously for Eric Guerin as he had for Ted Atkin ¬ son finished fourth while Jack Skirvins Alfoxie was all but left at the post and never really took part in the race raceWoodhouse Woodhouse Scores on Grey Flight FlightHedley Hedley Woodhouse rode Grey Flight who took a step at the gate and lived on it The gray filly who was trainer James Fitzsim mons only stakes winner in 1947 won her first race of the year at the sixth attempt and paid 800 The time was an excellent 111 over the fast track trackElkridge Elkridge was sent to the front at the start of the Meadow Brook by John Bosley while Fleettown followed in close pursuit under a snug hold Canford was a few lengths back while Adaptable raced along nonchalantly in fourth place jumping smoothly though hard held between the fences Floating Isle and Chance Bullet completed the field in that order orderElkridge Elkridge and Fleettown continued to race close together for the greater part of the journey with all six horses jumping well with the exception of Floating Isle who made a minor bobble or two Nearing the far turn Canford made a bad landing at the fourteenth fence but quickly recovered and moved up to challenge taking a brief lead as Fleettown and Marzani parted com ¬ pany at the fifteenth hazard At the same time Smithwick allowed Adaptable to run and the Widener Star ate up the ground rapidly reaching the final obstacle on a line with Canford and Elkridge and drew out in the run for the finish finishAdaptable Adaptable added 12150 to young Miss Wideners bank account

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