Coley Bay Asserts Grass Superiority: Races Mile and Sixteenth Over Turf Course in 1:43 4/5 To Lead Kendor Two Lengths, Daily Racing Form, 1949-06-04


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► _ — Coley Bay Asserts Grass Superiority Races Mile and Sixteenth Oyer Turf Course in 7 :434/s To Lead Kendor Two Lengths WASHINGTON PARK, Homewood, HI., June 3. — Nate L. Raffelmans Coley Bay, a big, long-striding gelding who at times in the past has held his own against stakes opposition on the turf course, was dropped in a ,000 claimer on the grass and, showing vast superiority over his foes, scored by a pair of lengths here this afternoon. Kendor, who unexpectedly was made choice over the winner, carried the silks of Mrs. J. A. Edmiston and R. Freeman to second place and the Great Lakes Stables Bold King was third. With Don Scurlock, who substituted for the originally scheduled rider, Jack Richard, in the stirrups, Coley Bay raced the mile and one-sixteenth in 1:43%, only four-fifths of a second away from the track standard held by Air Sailor. He carried 111 pounds for his excellent effort and, on the strength of todays performance, he probably will take several jumps in class in the future. No Rain Falls at Track Once again, the crowd was light, with only 7,251 watching the feature. The warm, humid weather had most of them perspiring during the afternoon. Although heavy rains poured in various sections of Chicago and vicinity during the day, not a drop fell on this course and the track was fast. The uncertain weather in other areas, however, probably accounted for the small gathering. Declarations from the race were Ferry Pilot, Patmiboy and Fifteenth and this left eight to contest the issue in the feature. Coley Bay had been tabbed as a heavy early choice by reason of his splendid previous form on the turf course, but Kendor became such a warm paddock tip that he eventually was made favorite. Poignancy, who also came in for considerable attention, was sent to the front immediately, which was expected, but he encountered unexpected pressure from Roy-along and Detroit Tiger and this ultimately spelled defeat. Coley Bay was allowed to step along on his own courage down the backstretch, but, nearing the far turn, Scurlock asked for speed. Coley Bay, in a very quick move, took over command, drew clear and, while his margin was pared in the final eighth by Kendor, Scurlock had * him well in hand at the finish.

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