Roman Candle Charges to Nose Win: Nips Miss Degree at Belmont Park, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-13


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" T, - Roman Candle Charges to Nose Win Nips Miss Degree At Belmont Park First Accounting for Mare Under Vanderbilt/s Colors; Tall Weeds Quits in Drive BELMONT PARK. Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 12. — A. G. Vanderbilts Roman Candle scored her first victory of the year, and her first under the cerise and white banner, when she outfinished Edward M. OBriens Miss Degree to take the Pandora Classified Handicap by a scant nose today. Mrs. Al- fred Roberts Sub came from far back to be another half length away at the end of the mile and only a neck before Cain Hoy Stables Too Sunny. Woodvale Farms . Tall Weeds and Mill River Stables Alablue, the first and second choices, finished fifth and eighth, respectively. Eric Guerin rode Roman Candle, a six-year-old mare by Roman — Yucca n., by Pharos, who won the Black Helen Handicap at Hialeah two years ago and was purchased by Vander--bilt last year, primarily as a broodmare prospect. She paid .70 today and required a sluggish 1:39and for the mile over a fast track. A crowd of 20,040 turned out in mild, but hazy, weather to view the off-day program. Only one favorite scored through the feature and riding honors were scattered. Tall Weeds Takes Lead Conn McCreary broke alertly with Tall Weeds and the Woodvale filly took a slight lead over Spats, Lady Alice, Miss Degree, Alablue and Too Sunny, who were spread across the track, while Roman Candle and Sub trailed in the early, stages. Nearing the far turn, Tall Weeds led Too Sunny by a length, while Miss Degree was another length away and Alablue was right with ■her, but beginning to appear" to be in distress. Rounding the corner, Tall Weeds opened up a wide lead over Too Sunny, while Arcaro whipped Alablue into second place, a head before Miss JOegree. Roman Candle was still in sixth place but beginning to; make her bid, while Sub didnt have a horse beaten. Tall Weeds continued to lead into the stretch, curving for home three lengths in the van, but MissTtegree was closing very fast, while Too Sunny was beginning to shorten stride and Lady Alice made a brief bid that carried her into fourth place for a few strides. Roman Candle.began to charge up on the outside, with Sub right behind her. Tall Weeds ran completely out of wind at the quarter pole, leaving Miss Degree alone in the lead and apparently home free, though under pressure as Nick Wall kept riding hard. Roman Candle surged up at the sixteenth pole to be lapped on the three-year-old and gradually cut her lead with every stride, shoving her nose in front right on the wire. Sub finished very strongly, taking third money from the weary Too Sunny in the last jump, while Tall Weeds was fifth. Alablue flattened out badly after her one bid just above the three-eighths pole and appeared to sprawl in her action.

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