Ferd Sets Garden State Track Mark: Takes Valley Forge over Whiffenpoof, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-07


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Ferd Sets Garden State Track Mark Takes Valley Forge Over Whiffenpoof Schuttinger Homebred Runs Mile and 70 Yards in 1:41 Vs To Score by Length Margin By WILLIAM PHILLIPS Staff Correspondent GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N. J., ! May 5. — Mrs. Andrew Schuttinger "s Ferd - picked up 124 pounds, which he carried about for an additional five minutes when the start was delayed, ran the one mile and 70 yards of the Valley Forge Handicap here today to capture the tenth running of this event in a driving finish and shaded the track record by one-fifth of a second to establish a new mark of 1:41%. Basil James rode the rangy four-year-old strongly and well and drove him to the finish with a length advantage over Carolyn K Stables Whiffenpoof. M. Kahlbaums Risk A Whirl was a head behind in third place, and a neck in front of Mrs. E. H. Ellison, Jr.s, Sun Bahram. The Valley Forge was just one of several thrilling events on todays program, that was witnessed under pleasant weather ■ conditions by a large crowd of 27,240. The ! victorious son of Lochinvar — Ouch, by ; Sting, was the fourth successful favorite ■ and he paid .60. The racing strip was 1 extremely fast, as indicated in the earlier ■ events, and Ferd was breaking a track record that has stood unequaled since Blus-1 tering ran the distance under a feathery 104 pounds in 1944. Ferd is definitely one of the stalwarts in this years handicap division, and his reputation was further heightened by todays victory, which was a particularly gallant performance. In winning the Pau-monok, finishing a close second in the Excelsior and Grey Lag Handicaps, and capturing todays event, Ferd has now amassed for his four starts this year a sizable 2,975. His share of todays gross purse Of 7,900 was 2,325. Squared Away Withdrawn Jan Burkes Squared Away, who was , 20 to 1 on the board, but expected to make the contest interesting with his usual display a i of early speed, jumped up unexpectedly after being loaded into the starting gate, dropped to his knees, which will probably be very sore, and wriggled out from underneath the doors to break free from Logan Batcheller and the assistant starter. Squared Away was immediately declared - from the event, but he ran off for a full i mile before being taken in hand, during which time the starters were unloaded from the gate, but remained mounted. It seemed that this might be a crippling 1 handicap to Ferd, who was spotting eight - pounds to the closest of his 10 rivals. He t overcame whatever harm that it may have . done him, as he did last year when he won the Jersey Stakes at this course after being practically left at the post. ; A wicked early pace was cut out by Whif-; fenpoof , who probably showed the best race 1 of his career today under the skilled han-, dling of jockey Chris Rogers. Whiffenpoof l ran Passemson and Istan into the ground 1 early. He readily gave way to Ferd, who - never was far back and came to the outside , at the half-mile to make his move to the t front. Post Card, the second choice, who was representing Mrs. Walter M. Jeffords, 2 also was making a strong move on the in-s side, but Ferd was up on the outside of - Whiffenpoof in time to force him to the - inside, and consequently closed Post Cards 3 passage. After Warren Mehrtens eased him - back, he then lost his incentive and finished ., fifth. Ferd could not shake free of Whiffenpoof. - with Risk A Whirl coming up on the out-s side, and Sun Bahram making a late charge next to the inner rail. James allowed Ferd , to drift out slightly in the late stages under i his punishment, which offered just a little 7 bit of trouble for Whiffenpoof and Risk A Whirl on the outside of him, but none ap- - peared to do more than hold their own at the end.

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