Renew Annexes Firenze in Fortunate Accounting: Favorite next Move, Taken Wide by Nell K. on Stretch Turn, Third, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-07


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earned earned 8,050 8,050 for for running running the the historic histc ~ d as s cj _ e o I, g 1. »s e e it k in n it g d a a e by y an n At it e , •s I. d i- n n 4 Renew Annexes Firenze In Fortunate Accounting Favorite Next Move, Taken Wide By Nell K. on Stretch Turn, Trnrd By EVAN SHIPMAN Staff Correspondent JAMAICA, L. I., N. Y., May 5.— King Ranchs Renew, a full sister to the fine mare, But Why Not, gained the luckiest kind of victory in the third renewal of the 0,000 Firenze Handicap this afternoon, getting up to win by a nose from Thelma Berger, while the unfortunate favorite, Next Move, carried to the middle of the track at the stretch turn and twice knocked off stride in the drive, could do no better than third, slightly to the good of Spring Hill Farms Nell K., who caused all the trouble and who probably would have been disqualified had she finished ahead of Next Move. Renew, out of harms way when Nell K. veered under jockey Nick Wall at the head of the stretch, ran a nice race to take this rich filly and mare stake from the 11 others, and she started second choice at odds of nearly 6 to 1, but little was proved by this finish beyond the fact that both Renew and the runner-up, Thelma Berger, got the breaks. It was not a truly run race. Greens Comment After the weighing in, Benny Green, who had the mount on Renew today, said, "I got a good position early, kept it, and, luckily, I saved ground entering the stretch, She ran a game race." Nick Wall, Nell K.s rider, could say no more than, "She tried to lug out all the way." The laconic Guerin said, "Next Move had trouble on the first turn, then she got carried out by Nell K. at the head of the stretch." Her victory in the Firenze earned the four-year-old daughter of Blue Larkspur — Be Like Mom 3,750, and it was by far the richest victory of her short career. Renews record now stands at 19 starts, six wins and four thirds, for total earnings of 2,255. This is her first stake victory, but she was a keen contender in last seasons Gazelle. She ran the nine furlongs of to- days test in 1:50%, time that was a full Continued on Page Three * ! i ] j j ! ■ J J j y . j , 1 | j 1 ] ] | | | •, ] i ] i 1 i i i ] ] i j j j l Renew Annexes Firenze In Fortunate Accounting * Favorite Next Move, Taken Wide By Nell K. on Stretch Turn, Third Continued from Page One second off the track record, held jointly by Stymie and First Fiddle. Hal Price Headleys Lithe was the first to show in front as the field of a dozen left the gate in front of the stands for the start of the nine-furlong Firenze. Lithe, on the in- side, Nell K., Siama, September, Miss De- gree and Renew were the leaders in the sprint to the first turn, while the favored Next Move was on the extreme outside and forced quite wide by the rush of horses around this sharp bend. On the backstretch, Nick Wall hustled Nell K. on to a short lead over Siama, this pair being a couple of lengths in front of Miss Degree, Lithe and Renew. At this stage, Next Move had one horse beaten, but at the three-quarters pole, Guerin began a long drive with the Vanderbilt filly that brought her within striking distance of Nell K.; Drifting Maid, who had moved up fast at the rail; Thelma Berger, and Renew when the field reached the five-sixteenths pole. Nell K. continued to lead between the turns, but just before reaching the quarter pole, Drifting Maid and Next Move were lapped on her, and it appeared as if the favorite was ready to take the advantage, i Turning for home, however, Nell K. sud- denly got out of her jockeys control, veering to the middle of the track and carried Next 1 Move with her, while Benny Green shot r Renew into the opening and set sail for a the wire. £ Straightened out, Next Move might still i have caught Renew and recovered the lost i distance, but she was not yet clear of the I pesky Nell K. The latter came over on her / again, and this bump, together with the C highweight of 126 pounds that she was I carrying in the Firenze, settled Next r Moves chances for victory, once and for I all. a In the meantime, Thelma Berger, who had escaped any trouble on the last turn, was closing willingly under a powerful ride from Keith Stuart. Joe Browns light-weighted filly — she got in the Firenze with the feather of 109 — was gaining on Renew A with every stride, but Thelma Berger was I out in the middle of the track, while Renew was hugging the rail, and, at the I wire, the crowd did not appreciate just I how close the finish actually was. Next Moves eventual third money was scant S consolation for her mishap. , * Mild, sunny weather brought out a crowd C of 34,074 for the week-ends sport. Favor- I ites, generally, did well, but there were S some mild surprises during the afternoon, and the form players were particularly disappointed by Next Moves failure in the F featured Firenze. Iji

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