Hill Prince Annexes Withers; Kings Hope in Game Victory: Shows High Speed to Defeat Middleground at Belmont, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-15


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Hill Hill Prince Prince Annexes Annexes Withers; Withers; Kings Kings Hope Hope in in Game Game Victory Victory Shows High Speed to Defeat Middleground at Belmont Arcaro Makes Premature Move With Chenery Colt Near Far Turn Which Proves Deciding Factor in-Length and One-Half Score; Time of 1:35% Equals Best Mark in Races History . By BOB HORWOOD BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L I., N. Y., May 13.— C. T. Chenerys Hill Prince turned the tables on King Ranchs Middleground in the Withers Stakes today and equaled the race record of 1:35%, held jointly by Man o War, Snob II. and Johnstown, as he reached the wire a length and a half in the van. Mrs. Andy Schuttingers Ferd was four lengths away in third place, three lengths before Brandywine Stables Greek Song. Hill Prince was favored over his Derby conqueror, paying .20, while Eddie Arcaro out-thought and outrode young Bill Boland, who piloted Middleground. Hill Prince won the Withers nearing the far turn, when Arcaro risked a premature move to shoot Hill Prince between Mid- dleground and Greek Song and gain a perfect position before Boland realized what was happening. Middleground, who took the final turn on the outside of Hill Prince, was under punishment from the top of the stretch and appeared dangerous for a few strides just above the eighth pole, where Arcaro went to the whip on Hill Prince, hitting him three or four times, then sitting down to a strong hand ride to the wire. Hill Prince is a son of Princequillo — Hildene. by Bubbling Over, who was bred by Chenery as the result of a casual suggestion on the part of Dave Englander, trainer of Princequillo during most of his career, who pointed out that the Irish-bred stallion had both speed and stamina and was standing at a farm near Chenerys place at Doswell, Va. The 0,700 he earned today brought his total gleanings to 25,-625, and a record of nine victories and two seconds in 12 starts. The only time Hill Prince has been unplaced was in Experimental Handicap No. 2, when he was in close quarters all the way. Result Almost Exact Reversal of Derby The result of the Withers was almost the exact reverse of the Derby, in which Middleground beat Hill Prince by a length and a quarter. In the Wood Memorial, Hill Prince led Middleground by two lengths, giving him a two to one edge in their meetings thus far. Next encounter, the Preakness a week from today. A crowd of 40,088, some 10,000 less than the attraction warranted, turned out to see the Withers in delightful spring weather. The early birds among the bettors on the Withers, provided an unusual board for a few minutes, with Hill Prince 3 to 5, Ferd at 8 to 5 and the Derby winner. Middle -ground, 6 to 1. These prices changed stead-Continued on Page Seven Hill Prince Carries Off Withers Stakes Honors Turns Tables on Middleground In Fast-Run Belmont Fixture Continued from Page One ily. The next flash showed Hill Prince 3 to 4, Ferd 9 to 5 and Middleground at 5 to 1, while on the third flash, following the morning line, Middleground dropped to 7 to 2, with Hill Prince receding to 9 to 5. The same trend continued to post time. Favorite players got off to a good start, winning the first three races, then seeing their choices finish second in the fourth and fifth events. After the race, Boland confirmed the impression of observers, by saying, "I wasnt prepared for Hill Princes early move." He was referring to the instant when the colt shot between him and Greek Song and took a half-length lead at the far turn. Arcaro said,. "I was instructed to let him run as soon as he wanted to and he came away when he got ready. It was a good fast race." Though Middleground broke in front in the Withers, he quickly dropped back and Dr. C. Howard Scheids extreme outsider, Maryland Day, took a brief lead over Ferd, Suleiman,- Greek Song and the Derby winner. At the end of a quarter in :23, Ferd led Maryland Day by a head, with Suleiman, Middleground and Hill Prince several lengths away. A little farther on, Maryland Day dropped out of contention and Arcaro sent Hill Prince between Middle-ground and Greek Song, who was- on the rail, to move into second place. Boland promptly began scrubbing on Middleground, but was never able to head the Princequillo colt. Ferd continued to lead around the turn, but nearing the head of the stretch Hill Prince moved up outside, of the pacemaker, followed by Middleground, who was still farther out. Atkinson began whipping furiously above the quarter pole as Ferd went on to get the six furlongs in 1:10%, but the Lochinvar colt couldnt respond, and Hill Prince came into the stretch a half length before Middleground, who left Ferd a couple of lengths behind. Boland went to the whip as they straightened away for the long run to the wire, and Middleground gave all he had, holding Hill Prince for a few strides, but when Arcaro asked the big bay colt to run, he drew away steadily. Ferd ran a good race, but was dead at the end, while Greek Song finished fastest of all. *

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