Curtain Raiser Drives to Mild Upset and Repeat Score at Jamaica Course: Defeats Admiral Drake by Length While Short-Priced Starecase Winds Up Third, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-02


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Curtain Raiser Drives to Mild Upset And Repeat Score at Jamaica Course Defeats Admiral Drake by Length While Short-Priced Starecase Winds Up Third By BOB HORWOOD JAMAICA.L. I., N. Y., May 1.— Frank Frankels Curtain Raiser, a vastly improved sprinter, caused a mild upset when he drove up along the rail under Sam Boul-metis to win the featured South Shore Purse at Jamaica today. The Eight Thirty gelding scored by a length over Joseph M. Roeblings Admiral Drake, who finished very fast to take the place by three lengths from James Cox Bradys Starecase, the short-priced favorite, who bore out as he wearied in the stretch. Gustave Rings Sailors Choice was four lengths out of the money. Curtain Raiser, who was scoring his second straight, paid .70 and stepped the six furlongs in 1:13% over a track that was a soupy mixture of water and thoroughly churned mud. While the Long Island tracks are often as fast when sloppy as when officially fast, there was so much water on the strip today that the horses had difficulty driving through it. A crowd of 19,199 of the indefatigable turned out in miserable weather. Only one favorite had scored through the feature, though there were no sensational upsets. Curtain Raiser is one of half a dozen horses Frankel acquired privately from G. D. Widener and all six have won since changing hands, though not the sort of ► races the Belmont Park president prefers to win. Eddie Arcado sent Starecase to the front at the start of the South Shore and promptly opened a wide lead over his six rivals, while Boulmetis moved Curtain Raiser into second place, followed by Abbie Co., First Glance, Sailors Choice, Admiral Drake and Peterun. Rounding the far turn, Starecase led Curtain Raiser by a length and a half and both three-year-olds appeared to be running easily, while Admiral Drake moved briskly into third place, a couple of lengths farther back, followed by Abbie Co and Sailors Choice. Abbie Co stopped after rounding the bend. Starecase came into the stretch a length in the van, but began to bear out and Ar-caro went to the whip as Curtain Raiser moved up strongly on the inside after saving ground. The favorite held on for a few strides, but it was soon evident that Curtain Raiser had him. At the sixteenth pole, Admiral Drake surged up on the outside with a powerful rush, that failed to seriously menace the winner, but put the favorite away without much trouble. Ted Atkinson urged Morris Seidenbergs Miss Lyonors to a driving victory in the fourth event, a five-furlong dash for maiden juvenile fillies, reaching the wire almost a length before Henry Lewis rn.s Brooktown, who bore out in the stretch. Maine Chance Farms Colony Miss was a fast-finishing third, a length and a half behind the runner-up and a length before Continued on Page Forty-Seven Curtain Raiser Wins Again At Jamaica in Mild Upset Continued from Page One A. G. Vanderbilts favored On the Fly. Miss Lyonors, who had raced well in the Rose-dale Stakes, her last outing, is a chestnut daughter of Balladier— Lady Lyonors, by Sir Andrew. She paid .30 as second choice and was timed in 1:02%. Joseph M. Roeblings East Indies became the first winning favorite of the day, when Eddie Arcaro took him to the front soon after the start and kept him going throughout the mile and a sixteenth to triumph by two lengths over Ogden Phipps Busanda, who ran into a blind switch near the far turn and had to drop back, losing several lengths. Hal Price Headleys Thirty Love was another length away and almost a length before Circle M Farms Even Later, who tired badly at the end. East Indies paid .40 and was timed in 1:49%, which would have been right good for a mile and one furlong.

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