Commonwealth Handicap Captured by Harbourton: Brown Colt Outruns Favored Thwarted in Stretch Drive, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-08


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Commonwealth Handicap Captured by Harbourton Brown Colt Outruns Favored Thwarted in Stretch Drive By AVERY BROWN SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., May 6.— S. J. Browns Harbourton won the first stakes of his career today by finishing three-parts of a length before T; P. Morgans Thwarted in the fourteenth running of the Commonwealth Handicap at Suffolk Downs. Two lengths farther back R. B. Carrolls Mucho Mas took the minor award with plenty to spare over the highly regarded Cacomo from the bam of Endovind and Kontos. The victory of Harbourton. although a mild surprise, was not exactly in the nature of an upset and the Eight Thirty colt paid a tidy .80. Trainer Stanley Lipiec had his charge as fit as could be and trusted the fortune of the colt in the hands of apprentice Joe Spinale, who did a remarkable job of rating the ultimate winner: Time for the mile and a sixteenth was 1:44% over a fast strip and is by far the best turned in during the first two weeks of the current meeting. An ideal New England afternoon that resembled mid-summer, brought out a shirt-sleeved crowd totaling 20,240. Although the morning hours were shrouded with heavy clouds, the sun broke through before the start of the racing program and a mild breeze kept the temperature from gaining the height of 80 degrees as promised by the weatherman. The start of the Commonwealth was effected directly in front of the grandstand arid the field left the barrier in perfect stride before they settled down, but Spinale had Harbourton in full gear before reaching the first turn. Cacomo, Thwarted and September were next in line all closely bunched as they entered the backstretch. Once clear of his field, Spinale took a stout hold of the leader and kept him tight along the inside rail. The half mile was traveled in :47% and the six furlongs in 1:11%. The rapid pace appeared right up the alley for the favored Thwarted," who was going.along smoothly about two lengths back. Cacomo was between the leader and Thwarted. Passing the five-sixteenths pole, Cacomo moved up to try the leader and succeeded in getting his neck in front. Charley Beasy on Thawrted made his move at- this point and in one surge moved into command. Harbourton, meanwhile was not through and still had the advantage of the rail. Straightening away for the drive, Beasy put Thwarted under a steady drive but the Discovery gelding was unable to shake off his younger opponent. Stride by stride, Harbourton picked up the leader finally collaring him inside the final seventy-yard pole.

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