Whirling Bat Best in Commonwealth: Races Past Peace Mission in Stretch Run to Triumph in Going-Away Fashion, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-14


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I j , , I Whirling Bat Best In Commonwealth Races Past Peace Mission In Stretch Run to Triumph In Going-Away Fashion By AVERY BROWN Staff Correspondent SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., ; May 12. — Tommy Mays Whirling Bat made an auspicious debut as a three -year- ■ old before the New England patrons at i i Suffolk Downs this afternoon, when he ■ 1 closed like his sire, Whirlaway, to annex ! ] the fifteenth running of the Common- ] wealth Handicap. Sporting a two and a half lengths margin at the end of the mile ; and a sixteenth route, the colt was timed ] in an acceptable l:46ys over a muddy rac- ing strip. E. E. Gaiges Peace Mission was i ] second, while Mrs. True Davis, Jr.s, De 1 Luxe was fortunate in getting the show i money five and a half lengths back of the runner-up and a head before J. W. Nizleks All At Once. Cobbles Stables Abstract and Oakhurst Farms Brick completed the field, j A constant threat of rain kept the crowd i down to 21,953. Although heavy clouds hovered over the track at intervals, rain t failed to make its appearance and the overflow from the vast grandstand was able to view the sport from the large apron, i The fans were treated to formful racing, £ with two favorites being successful and c three second choices winning. Only in the first race, when Jeeperscreeper deserted the maiden ranks with a 3 mutuel were i the longshot plungers happy. Whirling Bat t paid .80. t All At Once Breaks First s All At Once was first out of the stall c gate as starter Buddy Wingfield sent the a sextet on its way in the Commonwealth a Peace Mission, who has been getting sharp- j ening race in recent sprints, outran the j Nizlek colt to gain command before round- t ing the clubhouse turn. Once clear, Peace c Mission was placed under a restraining $ hold to maintain a couple of lengths ad- r vantage over All At Once. The rest of the t field with the exception of Abstract were g within striking distance of the pace and g made their moves simultaneously leaving the five-sixteenths pole. All At Once was the first to challenge r the leader but fell short. De Luxe then moved stoutly entering the stretch and was closely followed by Whirling Bat. However, before straightening out, De Luxe was up to one of his old traits and headed for the outer rail. Caught on the outside, Whirling Bat under the able guidance of Evan Jenkins, was steadied enough until able to get h past the drifting horse. Once straightened away. Whirling Bat y 5 made little work of getting past Peace Mis- * sion.and just widened with every stride to £ the wire. De Luxe finally straightened away but too late to do any better than eke out a decision over All At Once for the show award. Apprentice Ralph Borgemenke was the riding star of the early portion of the program, scoring with three of his mounts, namely, Ray OSullivan in the second, War Toro in the third and Auntie in the fifth. "j

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