The Heir Carries off Honors in International Steeplechase: Holds Length Margin over Adaptable; Trough Hill Falls at Ninth Fence at Belmont, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-12


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» ? / * ► : : The Heir Carries Off Honors In International Steeplechase Holds Length Margin Over Adaptable; Trough Hill Falls At Ninth Fence at Belmont Br BOB HORWOOD BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 11. — Five of the best steeplechasers in training met in the fifty-third running of the International Handicap today and provided a pretty contest throughout the about two miles, with the field closely bunched all the way. Mrs. Corlis$ Sullivans The Heir won the fixture by a length from Happy Hill Farms Adaptable, who led Brookmeade "Stables His Boots, the odds-on choice, another three-quarters of -a length. Navigate was two and a half lengths out of the money. Bob McDonald rode The Heir, who was trained by Mrs. Sullivans son, Rigan McKinney. The gray son of Gino, who finished third in the International two years.ago, paid .20 and was timed an acceptable 3:51%. The only casualty in the International was Mrs. Stephen C. Clarks Trough Hill, who fell at the ninth fence, which he took a bit impetuously. Trough Hill fell in this race when making his seasonal debut last year. Pleasant Weather Conditions A crowd of 19,515 turned out to view the sport under the most pleasant weather conditions within the memory of most patrons, who had forgotten that there used to be such a thing as spring. • Winfield Brown was determined to beat th start on Rigan McKinney s Navigate, who was coupled with the winner, and succeeded after one false start, going to the Continued on Page Forty P. L. GRISSOM — His veteran campaigner, Childeric, won yesterdays feature race at Churchill Downs. International Chase Taken by The Heir Leads Adaptable by Length; Trough Hill Becomes Cropper Continued from Page One first fence a length before His Boots and Trough Hill, who were heads apart, followed by The Heir arid Adaptable, who was closer than in most of his races. The order remained the same for most of the long journey, though His Boots took a brief lead after crossing the water jump before the stands, where The Heir made a slight bobble. In the run down the far side the second time. Navigate and His Boots raced heads apart, with the favorite gradually drawing away. Tommy Field began a brisk move on Trough Hill between the eighth and ninth fences and .took the ninth a little "soon," with the result that the Tourist U. gelding fell. Horse and rider were unhurt. Rounding the far turn. His Boots led Navigate by more than a length, but The Heir was closing fast, followed by Adaptable. Navigate began to tire nearing the head of the stretch and The Heir moved up to challenge His Boots approaching the final fence, while Adaptable was making a strong run on the extreme outside. The Heir took the last fence slightly in the lead and drew away from His Boots on the flat, but had to be hard ridden to stave off the closing rush of Adaptable. His Boots, who was carrying five pounds more than he was asked to pick up in any of his races last year, tired badly in the final quarter-mile. The Belair Stud entry of Lykos and Hyphasis was backed down to odds-on in the Slide Rule Purse that followed the feature, but at the end of the six furlongs C. T. Chenerys Bakersfleld still held a nose margin over Lykos, who closed with a rush after his stablemate had forced the winners pace to the head of the stretch. J. S. Kroeses Luring was a respectable third, a head before William Ziegler, Jr.s, Bit b Fate. Bill Boland, who had won the fourth race on Patch, completed a double on Bakersfield, who paid .90 after stepping the six furlongs in 1:11% under a steadying 121 pounds.

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