Dodson Rides Aris Mona to Kentucky Oaks Mark: Hauer Filly Defeats Wondring Before 25,000 Pre-Derby Fans, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-06


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Dodson Rides Aris Mona To Kentucky Oaks Mark Hauer Filly Defeats Wondring Before 25,000 Pre-Derby Fans By DON FAIR CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 5. — Aris Mona gamely withstood one of the longest and most thrilling drives in the 76-year history of the Kentucky Oaks to beat the favored Wondring by three parts of a length in new track record time for the mile and a sixteenth of the 5,000 filly derby. Diamond Lane was third, six lengths to the rear of the struggling leaders, and three lengths farther back Famous Shake was fourth in a field of nine. Bill Boland had the mount on J. C. Hauers big black filly and gave her a skillful ride to land the 1,050 winners award in 1:43%. This time she was all her own as she skipped to the front at the drop of the flag and kept punching when Wondring moved to her flank at the end of the backstretch. The former mark of a flat 1:44 was held by the older mares Lady Madcap and Esseff. Those who made Aris Mona the second choice were rewarded at the rate of .20 in the "tote." The sun shone brightly on the home of the Old Kentucky Derby this afternoon and a crowd of an estimated 25,000, including many visitors from both coasts, saw the Oaks. They made Wondring the choice off her success in the recent Ashland at Keeneland and she ran a big race, considering the time and -the fact she was conceding the winner five pounds. It was a two-horse race virtually from the start, with Aris Mona blazing the trail and Dodson pegging her closest up the far side. At the end of that lane he made his move, thrusting at Aris Mona on the outside. Wondring got to her saddle but refused to give up and they came down the middle of the quarter-mile home stretch matching stride for stride. Wondring drifted out a bit under extreme pressure about the eighth pole but there didnt appear to be any actual interference. Boland straightened her and she maintained her advantage to the end. Diamond Lane took aim on them on the outside at the hot corner but couldnt enter contention and had to be content with third money.

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