Holly Sweet Makes it Two Straight: Schmidt Juvenile Unbeaten to Date, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-02


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Holly Sweet Makes It Two Straight Schmidt Juvenile Unbeaten to Date Withstands Claim of Foul Lodged by Biddy Bids Rider To Turn Back Latter by Head By DON FAIR CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 1. — Derby week at this old course got off in fairly good style this afternoon when a crowd approximating 9,000 turned out in bleak, sharp weather to see a program of eight races, none of which seemed to have any bearing on the series of stakes to be offered at the 19-day meeting. The best of this group was called the Wintergreen Purse and it drew a field of seven juveniles that competed at five furlongs for the first time of the Kentucky season. Winner of this dash, was William E. Schmidts homebred. Holly Sweet, a fleet son of Sir Damion from the former speedy mare, Supreme Sweet, by High Time. Mike N. Gonzalez drove the bay hard through the stretch to earn a neck decision over Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Collins Biddy Bid, the favorite of the band, while Mrs. Emil Denemarks Ruhe was third. Rusty Lyn Stabled Buck B garnered the fourth end of the purse. Holly Sweet, to a large number of keen observers, was fortunate to keep top money, for after the race Tommy Fico, astride Biddy Bid, lodged a claim of foul. The stewards, however, refused to listen to his plea. As a matter of fact, they did not so much as allow the "inquiry" sign to flash on the board. Runner-Up in Close Quarters It appeared, though, that Biddy Bid was in extremely close quarters in the final sixteenth along the rail, but whether she encountered enough interference to make the difference between victory and defeat is a moot question. Holly Sweet carried 118 pounds and raced the distance in 1:00, flat. She was strongly backed at .40. The field remained together as a team for about 70 yards after the break, where Buck B gained a momentary advantage. However, by the time the field reached the turn, Biddy Bid had assumed command with Holly Sweet close at her heels. They remained in this position until the turn into the long stretch, where Ruhe loomed menacingly on the outside, but his challenge fell short when, while tiring, he began to toss his legs about. It was then that Gonzalez and Fico settled down to hard riding and gradually the Schmidt colt edged forward while veering over towards the rail. He was up in the final strides, prior to which Fico was seen to move up sharply in his saddle, as if seriously impeded. Robert Lee Baird was the riding star of the early races when he gained the upper hand .astride Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Cohens Nicotine Gal in the opener and I. D. Peats Play Eda in the second. He gave smart, smooth performances on both victors. They were out of contention during the early running and were up in the late stages to snare their scores.

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