Primate Takes Juvenile at Belmont; Festival Ii, Gains Turf Course Score: French-Bred Colt Suited by Footing, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-22


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Primate Primate Takes Takes Juvenile Juvenile at at Belmont; Belmont; Festival Festival II. II. Gains Gains Turf Turf Course Course Score Score French-Bred Colt Suited by Footing McKinley Loses Victor Via Claim Following Washington Tally Over Brecon Beacons By J. J. MURPHY Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON PARK, Homewood, 111., May 21. — Foreign horses, naturally adapted to racing on the grass, finished first and second in the Take Wing Purse, a claiming race which was the top attraction at Washington Park today. Festival II., bred in France and racing in the silks of Dixie McKinley, of Kentucky, was the winner, with Brecon Beacons, from England, second, and Kay Doody, of old Kentucky, third. Festival II., who campaigned in Florida and Kentucky during the past half year with but little success, was well before Brecon Beacons at the end, although being driven by his rider, Robert Baird. Brecon Beacons likewise showed daylight in advance of his American rival. Festival II., who was second choice in the wagering, was claimed by E. C. Roth and Son. Winner in Close Quarters A field of eight contested the issue, with Magnus and then Brecon Beacons making the pace. For a time it appeared as if Festival n. would not find enough clearance to make a run, as he was in close quarters nearing and around the far turn. Perseverance paid off, however, when he found an opening in the stretch and came through to forge to the front an eighth out. First Security, who has disappointed on other occasions, was the favorite, but after making a mild move on the outside, faded away. The distance was one and one-sixteenth miles and the race, with its seven supporting numbers, was witnessed by a gathering of 9,644, under almost ideal weather conditions. A capable ride by apprentice Albert Wid-man landed the outsider, Emory A., in first place in the opening race. The four-year-old lacked much early foot and was of necessity, forced to come on the outside. During the stretch run, he showed signs of bearing in, but Widman exerted his 95 pounds of strength to keep the racer straight and he was in the clear in the last 50 yards. Good Hostess, the pacemaker, Continued on Page Forty-Three Festival IL Registers On Turf at Washington French-Bred Colt Shows Decided Liking for Footing at Homewood - Continued from Page One . was second, but Grey Scout, the favorite, , 3 failed to show. Ben Fogelson, whose Good Hostess was I beaten in the opener, garnered a purse in 1 the second race when Eternal Flirt showed ■ the way throughout with Henny Penny second and Kandycal third. Kandycal was the favorite and could have been best, but she was in difficulty right after the start and again on the far turn. The Daily Double of Emory A. and Eternal Flirt paid 13.40. Gerald Porch rode the second winner. First favorite of the afternoon to greet, to judges was Marie Eileen with a record of two successes in six starts this season. Although in a tangle at the start, the Johnstown filly took to the outside to make her run and easily headed the other two-year-olds to win by three lengths. She was claimed by William Hal Bishop for ,000. Goliad set the pace and was second, and Pocket All, a recent winner here, third. Like A. Breeze virtually sstole the fourth race when she cut the corner on the stretch .turn while the early leaders were bearing out. To apprentice Robert Lynch goes much credit for taking advantage of the situation. Sky Music, well played, raced to second position. Gessy B., the favorite with Harold Keene substituting for the ailingClarence Smith in the saddle, was unplaced. Offend went to the front at the outset of the fifth race and was never headed. In fact, she was never approached, although jockey Tony Skoronski was still hustling her along at the end. Timus, the favorite, breaking from the outside post position, lost much ground in being on the outside all the way, but managed to be second. Double Barrel, racing for the first time in the silks of J*. Maniatis, was third.

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