Capot and Ponder Meet Again In Peter Pan at Belmont Park: Preakness Winner Carries 128, Giving Calumet Colt Five Pounds at 1 1/8 Miles, Daily Racing Form, 1949-06-04


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JOSEPH RABINOVICH— His Havahome Stables four-year-old filly, Sweet Dream, invades Detroit for todays Maple Leaf. T ► - Capot and Ponder Meet Again In Peter Pan at Belmont Park Preakness Winner Carries 128, Giving Calumet Colt Five Pounds at lVs Miles BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 3. — The Kentucky Derby, Preakness ajid Santa Anita Derby winners are slated to match strides tomorrow in what shapes j up as the best edition thus far of the 5,-000 Peter Pan Handicap. This will be the tenth running of the mile and a furlong test and Greentree Stables Capot heads the field of nine with a steadying 128 pounds. Calumet Farms Ponder is next in line at 123, followed by Clifford Mooers Old Rockport with 119. Ponder swept up on the outside to beat Capot in the Derby, after the Greentree colt had forced Olympias pace all the way, forcing that colt to call it a day at the head of the stretch. In the Preakness, Capot again forced the pace, set by Noble Impulse this time, put that colt away, then withstood the closing bid of Palestinian to score, by a length and set a track record for a mile and three-sixteenths Ponder finished fast to be fifth, well beaten by the two leaders, but only a couple of noses out of the money. Old Rockport, who won the Santa Anita Derby durivg the winter failed in both the Derby and Preakness. Regular Jockeys to Ride Familiar riders will be on the stars of the Peter Pan, Ted Atkinson again piloting Capot, with Steve Brooks on Ponder and Gordon Glisson astride Old Rockport. The half dozen others in the Peter Pan are Fred W. Hoopers Ocean Drive, 114; Continued on Page Two ► ■ __ Capot and Ponder Meet Again In Peter Pan at Belmont Park Preakness Winner Carries * 128, Giving Calumet Colt Five Pounds at 7 Va Miles Continued from Page One Eugene Jacobs Colonel Mike, 112; George D. Wideners Reveille, 110; King Ranchs Curandero, 108; Walter M. Jeffords Pibroch, 105, and Brandywine Stables Cochise, 104. In assigning these weights, racing sec-retary-handicapper John B. Campbell has endeavored to bring the nine together, though the veteran will tell you that the topweight is not only supposed to be the best horse in any handicap, but also is more or less favored by the weight arrangements in most instances. Some, at least, of the lightweights in the Peter Pan have showed enough quality in the past to make them eligible to score an upset tomorrow. Ocean Drive finished second to Olympia, his stablemate, in the Withers two Saturdays ago, beaten a half dozen lengths and with nothing of much consequence behind him. Before that, he could finish no better than third behind Arise and Danherst at six furlongs with Reveille a distant fourth. However, Ocean Drive has occasionally come up with a race that would give him a solid chance at tomorrows weights, assuming that he goes postward with a clear head. The colt suffers from a sinus affliction. Curandero was a well-beaten sixth in the Preakness but has 20 pounds in his favor in relation to Capot. In his previous race, he was beaten only a length by Blue Lancer at seven furlongs here after a rather rough trip. The King Ranch blew out a half mile in :46% this morning, showing tfiat he retains all his speed. Cochise beat a mediocre lot with ease here on Memorial Day, while Pibroch appears outclassed. Capot Looms Solid Choice Capot looms a solid favorite tomorrow, despite the weight concessions he must make. The son of Menow was sent a half in :49 this morning and appeared ready for his best race. Ponder showed that he is "sharp" by going a handy half in :47. In both the Derby and Preakness, Ponder didnt get to running until he had traveled a mile and, while todays prep indicates that he will be closer to the pace, it seems probable that the furlongs will run out before he can get to the leaders in tomorrows fixture. Capot is a free-running colt who carries his weight well and Ocean Drive looms the only Peter Pan candidate with the speed to go with him in the early stages, though Curandero and Colonel Mike should not be very far off the early pace. Old Rockport, like Ponder, runs his best races coming from behind. In the Santa Anita Derby, he caught Olympia and beat him at the Peter Pan distance, but observers of the race felt "he shouldnt ought to have done it." Olympia was "gunned" for an extra effort, while leading by several lengths above the head of the stretch, and was left without resources for the finish. Last year, W. L. Branns .Escadru won the Peter Pan with 123 pounds, the highest weight carried successfully in the stake thus far. The colt division of the National Stallion Stakes is also on tomorrows agenda. This fixture for juveniles at five furlongs down the Widener straightaway is overshadowed by the unusually attractive field for the Peter Pan, and further deprived of interest by the coughing sickness and customary prevalence of bucked shins which have reduced the field to five. Brookmeade Stables More Sun, C. V. Whitneys Mr. Trouble, Ben F. Whitakers Blue W. and A. G. Vanderbilts Shock carry 122 here, conceding five pounds to R. A. Firestones The Diver. More Sun, who will probably be the choice, won his debut here, then finished a close third behind Ferd and Navy Chief in the Juvenile Stakes after a slow start.

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