Mount Marcy Prove Best in Clark: Registers Third Win in Row Under Strong Ride by Brooks, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-05


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Mount Marcy Proves Best in Clark Registers Third Win in Row Under Strong Ride by Brooks * Whitney Homebred Outruns Or Skipper by Over Two Lengths at Churchill By DON FAIR CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 4. — C. V. Whitneys Mount Marcy and jockey Steve Brooks shared honors at this , rambling Derby oval today. The Whitney stallion won the seventy-sixth running of the Clark Handicap under a strong ride by Brooks, who was astride his fourth successful mount of the afternoon. Mount Marcy, five-year-old home-bred son of Mahmoud and Maul Muller, remained undefeated in three stakes engagements this spring as he swept by the finish of the mile and one-sixteenth fixture two and one-half lengths before John Marschs hard-charging Ol Skipper. Two lengths away, Brookmeade Stables Dart By, beat E. Cohstantin, Jr.s Prop a scant nose for the show award. Mount Marcy took up the top weight of 121 pounds in the Clark and he raced the middle distance over the good strip in 1:44%, commendable time considering the footing. In annexing the historic Clark, the Whitney horse .picked up ,125, the victors portion of the 1,750 gross purse. Mount Marcy proved one of the more popular winners of the day for he was a seven to ten choice in the wagering. The handsome chestnut son of Mahmoud received quite an ovation when Brooks galloped him back to the scales. Mount Marcy was hustled to the front soon after the start of the Clark and Brooks sent the ultimate victor right along while his mount repulsed early bids from Sun Herod and Ol Skipper. Before reaching the half mile ground. Sun Herod gave up the chase but Ol Skipper set sail for Mount Marcy and raced within striking distance of the ultimate winner until well inside the stretch. Prop and Dart By made their moves approaching the final turn but neither of these could seriously threaten the leaders. Ridden Out by Brooks Once settled for the closing drive, Brooks took no chances with Mount Marcy and rode the Whitney star out in the run to the wire. Ol Skipper continued willingly in his efforts to catch the winner, but lacked the speed and stamina to make good his challenge and had to be content with second honors. Dart By and Prop staged a sharp duel for the short end of the purse with the former getting the nod after a brisk encounter. S. I. Crews Commodore Lea wound up fifth after showing some early speed, Woodvale Farms Halt was next and Sun Herod, who made a mild opening bid, ran last in one of the smallest fields to ever contest the historic Clark. Better weather prevailed today in Louisville although temperatures soared to an unpleasant level. The track was good for the major portion of the program and a crowd estimated at 12,000 turned out for the sport. Seven three-year-olds met in the Whiskery Purse and at the finish of the six furlongs Mrs. J. M. Branhams Shadows Start, ridden by Johnny Adams, was winner by two and one-quarter lengths after coming from off the early pace. Joseph A. Goodwins Donke Serenade turned in a good performance to take the place award by a length and one-half from C. T. Chenerys favored Squared Away. O. P. Woodwards Rodrigo, a scheduled Whiskery starter, unseated his rider. Ken Church, before the start and ran off, Rodrigo was ordered scratched and all wagers on him returned. Brown Hotel Stables Go Jeep was a disappointment In the race, the son of War Jeep bolted coming out of the upper turn and lost all chance. Shadows Start, an outsider, returned backers 8.20 after completing his trip in 1:12. The Misstep Purse, four and one-half furlongs, for maiden two-year-old fillies, fell to I. J. Collins Teddy Chick, who was given a hustling ride by young Bill Boland. Teddy Chick was never far back but closed gamely when sent up on the inside through the stretch -and reached the wire three-quarters of a length before Raymond Aken-bauers homebred, One Twelve, choice for the juvenile dash. Hankins and Poolos* Princess Prim turned in a sharp effort to land the. short end of the spoils in the field of 11 starters. Al Wellmans First Pal beat 11 other ordinary platers in the one-mile third race after receiving a strong ride from Steve Brooks. First Pal came from behind in the last three-eighths mile and beat C. and C. Bothmans early pacemaker, Masico Lad, three-quarters of a length. Jockey Brooks piloted his second winner of the afternoon astride P. L. Grissoms Alphara in the six furlongs fifth. Alphara sped to the end of the dash a length and s half before Tom B. Youngs Lambert, and E. A. Bischoffs Bad Play, which pair ran a dead heat for place honors.

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