Bold Easily Wins Preakness; Roman Bath Victor in Crete: Drives to Finish Ahead of Sabaean, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-21


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Bold Bold Easily Easily Wins Wins Preakness; Preakness; Roman Roman Bath Bath Victor Victor in in Crete Crete Drives to Finish Ahead of Sabaean Hasty House Farm Colt Is Clear at Wire While Under Pressure From Ken Church By J. J. MURPHY Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON PARK, Homewood, HI., May 19. — The Hasty House Farms Roman Bath, hustled along by jockey Ken Church, was a driving winner of the 0,000 added Crete Handicap at Washington Park today. The four-year-old, never far from the head end, finished better than one and one-half lengths before the Valley View Farms Sabaean, with Circus Clown, owned by W. Julian Walden, finishing third, and Prop, fourth. The favored Johns Joy was never in the hunt. The winners time for the six furlongs was 1:10%, and Roman Bath, a strong second choice, paid .80. In the absence of his regular trainer, Harry Trot-sek, who was at Belmont Park, Roman Bath was saddled by Leroy Keating. Mrs. A. E. Reuben, of Toledo, Ohio, owner of the horse, was present to view the victory. Half Mile Run in :45 A field of eight lined up for the first stake race of the Chicago season, which was worth 1,400 gross and ,775 to the winner. When the start was effected, Enforcer, the homebred, showed in front but was quickly replaced by Ballydam, the • Irish importation, who won five of his starts last year and was successful in his only trip postward at Sportsmans Park. Ballydam raced the first quarter in :22% and the half mile in :45, but was unable to draw far away from Roman Bath, and at the turn for home had but a head margin. When the field entered the last furlong of the long straightaway, Roman Bath was in front and he had little to fear from Sabaean in the final drive. Sabaean, a "run out" horse breaking from the outer position, also turned in an excellent performance. The gelding was forced to lose considerable ground getting to contention and bore out in the stretch to finish in the middle of the track. His jockey, Paul Bailey, was without benefit Continued on Page Five Roman Bath Driving Victor Of Crete Handicap Renewal Continued from Page One of whip and kept slapping Sabaean with open hand in an effort to keep him straight. Circus Clown turned in a good I effort, to finish gamely, while Ballydam, used up from the fast pace, weakened near the end. Johns Joy lacked the speed to keep up, and racing between horses most of the way, failed to threaten at any stage. Enforcer dropped back early. A crowd of 17,706, which was an increase of 409 over that of last year, witnessed the Crete, and the eight supplementary races. The weather was perfect for the days doings and the track was fast. Jockey Harold Keene took his third spill of the Chicago racing season, and jockey Wendell Eads was also thrown when Visional, ridden by the latter, went down on the -far turn during the running of the fourth race. Visional, the favorite, was racing in third place next to the rail when caught in close quarters and was unable to keep her balance. Open Way, the third choice, ridden by Keene, was racing close behind and struck Visional, unseating Keene. Following the running of the event, which was won~by Clear Day, the inquiry sign was posted, but after investigation by the stewards the original placing was allowed to stand. Keene and Eads canceled their remaining mounts for the day. Jockey Paul Bailey was thrown from Coincident at the start of the fifth but was not injured and finished out the day. Favorites failed in the first three races, but well-backed second or third choices got the money. Delhannah, ridden by Clarence Smith, was the opening victress, while Miss Deductive won the second and made for a 5.60 Daily Double. Previous to his spill, jockey Eads won the third event with Fancy Festival, who nosed out Lutza. Chippewa Chief, with Gerald Porch aboard, outfinished Roman Road in the fifth.

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