Ten Do Battle in Yankee Handicap: Best Doings, Victor in Three Suffolk Races, Is Topweight; Local Favorite Encounters Halt, One Hitter and Going Away in 5,000 Headliner, Daily Racing Form, 1949-06-04


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Ten Do Battle in Yankee Handicap Best Doings, Victor in Three Suffolk Races, Is Topweight Local Favorite Encounters 4 Halt, One Hitter and Going Away in 5,000 Headliner SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., June 3. — A select group consisting of 10 sophomores were filed through the entry box at Suffolk Downs this morning signifying their eligibility for tomorrows Yankee Handicap to be contested over the mile and a quarter route. Although the candidates for the 5,000 added fixture does not include the cream of the current three-year-crop, it is considered one of the most evenly matched fields that has ever been banded together in the 14-year-old history of the Yankee. Top weight, and one of the logical choices for the Yankee Handicap is Mort Stuarts Best Doings, who will be burdened with an impost of 118 pounds, which will include George Hettinger, leading rider of the Suffolk Downs spring meeting. The son of Best Seller — Big Doings, has attracted a large following among local patrons who witnessed his easy score in last Saturdays Constitution Handicap. In that test, considered a warm-up for the richer Yankee, Best Doings weighed in at 119 pounds and triumphed by four and a half lengths, while timed in 1:48 for the mile and one-sixteenth over a heavy deep track. Two of Best Doings foes in the Yankee were finishing second and fifth in the Constitution. Murray Hill Farms Boo Boo Shoo was second and Marlet Stables Sneak finished fifth. Boo Boo Shoo gets in tomorrows race with 110 pounds, five less than he carried last Saturday, while Sneak has been assigned 112, which is also five less than he toted in the Constitution. Prior to his triumph in the Constitution, Best Doings won an overnight allowance test at one mile and a sixteenth, a six furlongs dash on May 2 and was second to L. W. Johnsons Var in his only other start at the local track. Var is also a rival in tomorrows test. Scored in Blue Grass Stakes The foremost candidate shipped here from New York to seek Yankee honors, appears to be Woodvale Farms Halt. Certainly the homebred Haltal colt has the most illustrious career of the Yankee starters. Since winning an overnight allowance sprint at Keeneland to inaugurate his three-year-old career, Halt finished third to Ky. Colonel and Petey Cotter at six and one-half furlongs, also at Keeneland. His next start was in the Blue Grass Stakes at the Lexington track. In that race, Halt defeated Johns Joy, Wine List and Old Rockport at nine furlongs, which earned him a right to compete in the Kentucky Derby. Observers of the Derby claim the Wood-vale colt had no chance in the large field as they left the barrier, but made a gallant run on the extreme outside as the final turn of the famous classic was negotiated. This move carried Halt to fifth position in the Derby, ahead of some well-regarded three-year-olds. Halt has only been under silks once since the Derby, finishing a dull fifth in the Withers at Belmont Park. Since the Withers, Halt worked nine furlongs at Belmont Park and was shipped here early this past week. Yesterday morning he was given his final prep for the Yankee and traveled six furlongs over the Suffolk track in 1:14. Veteran horsemen at the rail during the Woodvale colts trial were impressed by the manner in which he handled his assignment and some dockers caught the work as good as 1:13%. Halt will shoulder 113 pounds tomorrow and will have the services of jockey Conn McCreary. The combination of Greentree Stables One Hitter and jockey Hedley Woodhouse will attract much attention from local turfites. Although the son of Shut Out has failed to win a stake this year, he is highly regarded in an establishment that is fortunate to have such a top rate colt as Capot. In last Saturdays Jersey Stakes held at Garden State Park, One Hitter was fourth but was meeting the best of the sophomore class. Two invaders from the Metropolitan circuit to contest the Yankee are Brookmeade Stables Going Away and Frances Stables Engel Man. Neither has been successful in stakes competition this year, but both have been cut out for this type of racing. Engel Man is a New England-owned colt inasmuch as the Frances Stable is the nom de course of Dave Shaer, a shoe manufacturer from Manchester, N. H. Last season Engel Man, who resembles his daddy, Ladysman, raced successfully on the local circuit.

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