Bold Easily Wins Preakness; Roman Bath Victor in Crete: Brookmeade Colt Gets Home Seven Before Counterpoint, 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 JOCKEY EDDIE ARCARO— Rode his fourth Preakness winner, the most ever ridden by any jockey, when he guided Bold to a front-running score in the Diamond Jubilee running of the Pimlico fixture on Saturday. Brookmeade Colt Gets Home Seven Before Counterpoint Eddie Arcaro Gives Victor Brilliant Ride While Making Pace From Soon After Start to Earn Purse of 3,110; Alerted Finishes Third; 24,863 in Attendance at Pimlico By OSCAR OTIS PIMLICO, Baltimore, Md., May 19, — Bold raced to his name in the seventy-fifth and Diamond Jubilee Preakness here this afternoon, and clearly earned his right to the gold and glory and all the prestige that a Preakness victory confers. Given a brilliant ride by Eddie Arcaro, Bold won by a clear seven lengths from C. V. Whitneys Counterpoint. Hampton Stables Alerted finished third and Timely Reward was fourth. Bold carried the popular silks of the Brookmeade Stable to the waiting Woodlawn vase and the wreath of black-eyed susans at the winners circle. Some new Preakness records were established. Eddie Arcaro became ►the first rider in the long history of the race to ride four winners. And the race marked the first score for trainer Preston M. Burcti, one of the noted names of American racing. Bolds time bespoke the effort of a good race horse. It was 1:56%, but two-fifths of a second removed from the track and race record, established by Greentree Stables Capot. Returns 0.20 Mutuel A paid attendance of 24,863 was on hand to cheer Bold as the winner, and, well backed, the Brookmeade colt paid 0.20 straight, .40 to place, and .40 to show. Counterpoint was the longest shot on the board and paid 6.80 to place and .60 to show. Alerted paid .20 to show. Eddie Arcaro apparently knew he had a running and fit horse under him, for he sent Bold to the front soon .after the start. He did not exactly hug toenail, but he did save some ground and took the shortest way around. He shook off repeated challenges early, racing Repetoire and Know-itall into defeat, and then, taking a clear and safe lead entering the stretch, drew clear. Eddie took no chances today, although nobody was giving him serious contention through the stretch. He rode the horse out to the end. Counterpoints Good Race Counterpoint ran a smashing race to be second. As we saw the race, Counterpoint had some trouble, but none of it was serious enough to make any difference in the outcome of the race. He was eased out of close quarters when a "hole" closed on him at the half-mile, and was allowed to stride until another hole appeared at the far turn. Jockey Raymond Adair gunned him, and Counterpoint, who had always been within striking distance, rushed between horses to take over the second slot. From there on he was doing his best, and Continued on Page Five s — BOLD — Preakness triumph was his first stake success. Bold Captures Seyenty-Fifth Preakness By Seven Under Arcaro s Fine Handling Fashions Own Pace to Beat Counterpoint and Alerted; Greentree Duo Disappoint Continued from Paae One Adair was riding him for all of his skill and strength, but he simply could not threaten the winner, who, obviously was clearly the best horse. Alerted was steadied along early and also was never far away, and was on the outside in the final drive, but he could never threaten the winner and he was not good enough to overtake Counterpoint for the place. The Greentree Stable entry of Hall of Fame and Big Stretch went to the post a lukewarm public choice, and so far as anyone could see, neither horse had any mishaps. Hall of Fame had enough early speed but simply could not rally when it came to the drive. Big Stretch wound up sixth after trailing early, as was expected, but he could not rally either. Chart caller Palmer Heagerty observed that Big Stretch did not seem inclined to extend himself. The Preakness ended the hopes of the story book horse, Repetoire, as being of classic distance qualifications. Jockey Pete McLean gave him an excellent ride and he raced strongly until head of the stretch, making repeated bids to get to the winner and then gave way badly in the drive. He finished last in the eight-horse field. This was but the sixth start in his life for Bold, who did not get to the races until late in his two-year-old form for one reason or another. He earned 3,110 in todays Preakness, which elevates his earnings for the year to 6,560 and his lifetime figure to 5,835. Would Like to Ride Him in Preakness After the race, jockey Eddie Arcaro said he would be glad to ride Bold in the Belmont Stakes. "This is certainly the best of the threey ear-olds this season and the Pimlico track over which we ran was the best since Ive been coming to the Preakness," commented Arcaro. Trainer Burch commented after the race that "I believe Bold is as good a three-year-old as Ive ever trained." Coming from Burch, who has trained a veritable host of good horses during his 50 active years on the turf, the statement about Bold may be taken to mean that this is really a good race horse. Bolds Preakness time was impressive. All the early fractions were his, and they included a half in :47%, six furlongs in 1:12, and the mile in 1:37%. The Preakness was run over an excellent track that had the dust only settled following a light shower just after the first race. The Preakness crowd was a late arriving one, somewhat to the surprise of the old-timers. When the gates opened at 10 oclock this morning only a handful of patrons were waiting outside, in contrast to a few thousands on hand in past years. It was possible that the cool air and overcast sky had something to do with deterring early arrivals, but whatever the reason, the fans were taking their time in getting to the course. By one oclock, however, the people were arriving in a steady stream and long lines of cabs drew up to the main and clubhouse gates to discharge their passengers, while drivers of private automobiles found parking space at a premium. The main parking ► lot of the track was filled by noon, and the overflow went onto nearby side streets, where some residents did a brisk business in renting drive ways, garages and even space on their front-yard lawns. Many of the visitors in the old clubhouse paused as they entered to admire the historic Woodlawn vase, which was on display in simple dignity. Alongside the original vase was the handsome replica, which was destined to become the property of the owner of the Preakness winner. The Wood-lawn vase is 87 years old. ✓ Shortly after the second race, the famed red-coated band of the Maryland Jockey Club made its traditional march down the home stretch, playing martial airs. The band wheeled in front of the stand and played the "theme song" of the Preakness, "Dixie." Following this, the audience came to attention for playing of the National Anthem, after which the band proceeded to its alloted stand in the infield,r where, for the rest of the afternoon, it provided musical entertainment between races. The band was preceded on the track by a mounted patrol and a color guard. The march down the stretch received an ovation.

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