Opinionated Gains First Win of Career at Downs: Calumet Colt Splashes to Fore in Featured Longfellow Purse, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-13


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Opinionated Gains First Win of Career at Downs Calumet Colt Splashes to Fore in Featured Longfellow Purse CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 12. — Calumet Farms Opinionated, a mud-running son of Blenheim n. and Heedless Gal, splashed to a creditable graduation victory here today in the featured Longfellow Purse. Ridden out through the stretch by jockey Steve Brooks, the Warren Wright homebred held a four-length advantage at the finish of the seven-furlong test. A similar distance back, Circle M Farms favored Well Met ran second, another four lengths before Mrs. M. Hefrens Countess Ruth, third in the band of nine sophomore starters. Opinionated was making his twelfth start and he raced the Longfellow distance through the difficult footing in 1:32. Second choice to Well Met in the wagering, the Calumet colt returned backers 2 to 1. After the good start was affected, Opinionated was no better than seventh but Brooks permitted the* ultimate victor to gradually improve position in the run to the upper turn. Opinionated responded to strong handling leaving Urn backstretch and, after he raced J. E. Williams* Don Bob into defeat, drew clear. Well Met came from well back to get the place award while Countess Ruth finished fast enough on the extreme outside to garner the minor end of the purse. In a close finish, W. Kuy-kendalls White Chance nipped Don Bob, early pacemaker, for fourth money. Heavy rains last night and showers until near post time today left the Downs racing strip deep in mud, and horses with ability to handle the "off" footing dominated the program, which was witnessed by a crowd of approximately 7,500 regular patrons. After the second race, the sun broke through and the skies cleared, presaging better track conditions for Saturdays half -holiday sport. . Hearts Kin, a chestnut daughter of Grand Slam and Lovie, thus a full sister to the fine stallion. Seven Hearts, carried the Brown Hotel Stable silks to a driving triumph in the six furlongs fifth race under a rousing ride by Kenneth Church. Albert Wellmans favored First Pal, who had the saddle services of Steve Brooks, made a game but futile effort to reach the winner, but he was three-quarters of a length short. A. N. Gelbs Tiny Git ran third and P. L. Grissoms Lapel was fourth In the field of a dozen sophomore starters. Hearts Kin carried her 111 pounds over the. soft going In 1:18, and paid. 7.60 in the straight "tote" pool.

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