Rare Mineral Scores Pimlico Upset: Whips Abbottstown in Allowance Test, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-01


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Rare Mineral Scores Pimlico Upset WhipsAbbottstown In Allowance Test Stone Gelding Holds Length And Half Margin as 15,714 yiew Opening Day Program By PALMER HEAGERTY PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., April 29.— E. A. Stones Rare Mineral, who had failed in four previous starts this season, came to life with a smashing effort to win the featured Baltimore Spring Purse as the Maryland jockey club commenced its 21-day spring meeting. Second money in the allowance event went to R. Roy McClarins Abbotts town, who was beaten a length and a half and held a similar advantage over Richard E. Carters Oriole. The latter was a slight, favorite and finished two lengths before C. E. Tuttles Double Brandy. Although he remained in the starting line-up only because his handlers were unable to receive- permission to scratch, Rare Mineral turned in his most impressive effort and completed the six furlongs in a commendable 1:11%. Jockey Rocco Sisto , completed a saddle double astride the 4.00 longshot. Despite a rather mediocre eight-race program and cloudy weather conditions, a good crowd of 15,714 fans turned out for the sport, which augurs well for a successful meeting. In the early running, Vital Sun, repre-sentive of John E. Hughes, set the pace, holding a one-length advantage through the opening quarter mile. He was closedly followed by Oriole and Abbottstown, with Rare Mineral in fourth position along the inside. Double Brandy was in fifth position, a bit more than a half dozen lengths off the leader. Sisto Eases Bock Abbottstown loomed from the outside to wrest command rounding the bend, as Oriole also moved his head to the front of Vital Sun. Sisto realizing that Rare Mineral had a bit of run in him, wisely elected to ease back and take to the outside. Following this maneuver, Rare Mineral charged from the outside and had his head to the fore at the furlong pole. The two leaders ran as a team for almost a sixteenth of a mile, but in the concluding strides Sisto "belted" Rare Mineral and his mount responded nicely to draw clear of Abbottstown. The latter, a ,500 claimer this year, once again gave proof that he is a greatly improved campaigner, as Oriole again disappointed following several good morning trials. Double Brandy was the disappointment of the race, failing to display the stretch rally which was anticipated by his backers. While primarily a route-runner, Double Brandy showed late speed in his only other race this year, which was also a sprint, and was regarded as a stout threat in the Baltimore Spring. He was about four lengths off the leader all through the last half mile but failed to respond to Jack Robertsons urging and was beaten five lengths. Brookemeade Stables Ouija, a three-year-old Heliopolis filly, scored a front-running victory in the mile and a sixteenth Identify Purse, which followed the feature. Under Jack Robertson she was timed in 1:45% and beat two Preakness eligibles in Mrs. W. H. Labrots Balkan and W. T. Leatherburys Eastern Flyway, who finished second and fourth, respectively. Third horse in the event was Breckinridge Longs Radical.

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