Metal Mike Prevails in William Penn: A-Pacopep Second at Garden State, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-21


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p ■ Metal Mike Prevails in William Penn A-Pacopep Second At Garden State Odds-On Prize Ring Unable To Land in Money as Dixon Colt Ekes Out Head Victory By WILLIAM PHILLIPS Staff Correspondent GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N. J., May 19. — F. Eugene Dixon, Jr.s, Metal Mike, who arrived here only four days ago from New York, this afternoon successfully displayed speed and gameness to capture the 10th running of the 5,000 added William Penn Stakes in a, driving finish over R. E. Cudahys A-Pacopep. C. E. Buckleys Red Romeo was lapped on that one in third position, with Gustave Rings Prize Ring, a 2 to 5 favorite, three lengths behind and fourth in the field of eight. Metal Mike, a chestnut colt by Pilate and Strange Device, was noted to be perhaps the most handsome juvenile in the post parade. He was fulfilling the expectations of his Philadelphia owner, socially prominent F. Eugene Dixon, Jr., who has been highly optimistic of the colts capabilities despite the fact that he was defeated in two maiden events before taking his initial victory over a mediocre field only two weeks ago. The public was not as impressed as Dixon, allowing him to pay 3. The time for the five furlongs over a fast track was :59%. Nick Combest came down from Belmont to handle Metal Mike, and rode a particularly brisk race. He and owner Dixon participated in a winners circle ceremony in which Miss Susan Peters, former screen star, presented, the trophy. Metal Mike, who was purchased at the Saratoga yearling sales last year for ,600, has already proven a bargain, and today picked up 3,725 as his share of the gross purse of 9,150, increasing his total earnings to a tidy 6,325. Attendance of 24,052 A generous crowd of 24,052 witnessed this first of three stakes to be offered for the participation of two-year-olds before the meetings conclusion on May 30. The skies were overcast and the weather cool. Prize Ring was wagered on to the almost complete obliteration of the others, who have had no previous showing of merit in stakes competition. Prize Ring, a short-coupled gray son of Mahmoud, finished third to Jet Master last winter in the Hia-leah Juvenile Stakes, and only recently led the field before meeting defeat from Primate in the Youthful Stakes at Jamaica. Rings 3,000 purchase at the Keene-land Sales was simply outrun today. The field left the starting gate as a compact group, with the exception of Red Romeo, who was away a bit tardily. From an outside post position, Prize Ring may have been in slightly close quarters, but the fact remains that he was unable to sprint into command at once as was anticipated. Metal Mike went to, the front as soon as he settled in stride, with A-Pacopep, who also was a maiden until winning a race here last week, in hot pursuit. A-Pacopep was crowded a bit at the far turn, but Logan Batcheller shortly thereafter urged him through next to the rail to shove his head in front of Metal Mike. The two then gradually drew away from the field, with the decision in doubt and bitterly fought out until the very finish.

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