Casemate Annexes Met after Mile Run of 1:352/5: Tollies over Piet and Lights Up Before 33,352 Fons at Belmont, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-21


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Casemate Annexes Met After Mile Run of 1:35% Tallies Oyer Piet and Lights Up Before 33,252 Fans at Belmont By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 19. — James Cox Bradys homebred Casemate, took the track a few strides after the start of the Metropolitan Handicap here today and held it all the way, reaching the end of the mile a half-length before Peter A. Markeys Piet. George D. Wideners Lights Up, the favorite, was another half-length away and it was another length back to Mrs. Andy Schuttingers Ferd. Dave Gorman rode Casemate, who was neglected in the wagering, paying 4.40. The time for the mile was 1:35%, one of the fastest miles ever run at Belmont Park. Count Fleets track record is 1:34%; JacTc High won the "Met" in 1:35 in 1930, and Third Degree did it in 1:35% ten years later. The only other comparable mile that comes to mind is Rock Spans 1:35 on Thursday. A steady mixture of heavy mist and drizzle deadened the racing strip slightly today. A throng of 33,252 turned out in disagreeable weather to view the 58th edition of the Metropolitan and they did considerable shopping around before making Lights Up a tepid choice over Piet in the fixture. Their choices didnt fare any better in most of the other events on the well-balanced, but puzzling, program. / Casemate is a four-year-old son of Case Ace— Ky."Flash, by Sun Teddy, who has Continued on* Page Thirty -Nine Casemate Annexes Met After Mile Run of 1:35% Tallies Over Piet and Lights Up Before 33,252 Fans at Belmont Continued from Page One possessed an abundance of speed since first coming to the races, but who broke a bone in a foot last summer and was on the sidelines for a lengthy period. He was narrowly beaten by Ferd in the Paumonok on opening day at Jamaica, was carried wide in his next start and was a stout-finishing third at the end of Mondays Toboggan. This was his first attempt at a mile and it netted owner Brady 6,000. Oil Capitol was first out of the gate from his number 1 stall in the Metropolitan, closely followed by Steel Blue, Lithe and Casemate. Gorman sent Casemate to the lead a few strides after thand start and quickly opened a length lead over Oil Capitol, Lithe, Three Rings and Ferd, who were heads apart. Cochise lacked his usual dash and was in seventh place at the end of a quarter, closely followed by Lights Up, while Piet had only One Hitter behind him. Casemate was soon able to move over to the rail as he continued to lead around the far turn, with Ferd a length behind and the same margin before Three Rings, Oil Capitol and Lithe, who were together. Steel Blue was already through, while Cochise was dropping back and Lights Up and Piet were still far back. Ferd made a move at Casemate between the turns, while Oil Capitol moved into third place as Three Rings fell back and Piet made a strong move along the rail that carried him into sixth place. Dele-, gate made a strong run on the outside at the same time, which faded after a furlong. Lights Up was still back in eighth place and just beginning to run. As Ferd began to falter at the head of the stretch, Casemate expanded his lead to a length and a half, while Piet shot through an opening on the rail, then came out toward Oil Capitol. Lights Up surged into contention on the outside at the same time. Piet charged up as though he was going to pass Casemate just above the sixteenth pole, but the Case Ace colt responded to Gormans urging and Piet hung in the final sixteenth. Lights Up finished willingly and might have been second in a few more strides, while Ferd was a weary fourth. Oil Capitol finished fifth, followed by Delegate. Casemate carried 115 pounds, receiving eight from Piet and Ferd and seven from Lights Up. Piet also finished second in last years Metropolitan, won by Greek Ship, who would have been topweight had he started today.

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