Primate Takes Juvenile at Belmont; Festival Ii, Gains Turf Course Score: Hands Jet Master His First Defeat, 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 Hands Jet Master His First Defeat Starmount Stable Homebred Duplicates Youthful Score; Only Three Start in Stake By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 21. — Though only three colts went postward in the 75th running of the Juvenile Stakes today, the five-furlong dash proved to be one of the best horse races of the season. Starmount Stables Primate, ridden by Ted Atkinson, and Marlboro Stud Farms Jet Master, with Eddie Arcaro in the saddle, hooked up from the start of the dash, with Primate outfinishing the favorite to triumph by a half-length. It was another five lengths back to Vera S. Braggs Mixture and Eric Guerin had to whip this colt away from the gate to keep in the race at all. Primate was second choice in the wagering and paid 40 after stepping the distance in :57*/5, second fastest time in the long history of the Juvenile and a second and a fifth slower than the track record set by Distraction in 1927. Happy Gal and High Breeze won the Juvenile in :57 in 1932 and 1940, respectively. Best Horses and Riders in Race Todays field is believed to be the smallest ever to start in the Juvenile, but the dash brought out the two best youngsters in the East and the three - starters were ridden by the three best jockeys active here. Primate won the Youthful Stakes at Jamaica last out and graduated in his previous start, after having been second in his three previous starts. The 1,550 the Some Chance colt earned today for E. B Benjamin, of New Orleans, his breeder and owner of Starmount Stable, brought his gleanings to 6,850. Jet Master went into the Juvenile with an unbeaten record of four victories in as many starts, but had not been seen in public since his triumph in the Hialeah Juvenile on February 28. The bulk of the 29,568 invested in the race was invested m Jet Masters chance, partly because of the presence of Arcaro in the saddle A crowd of 22,234 turned out in hazy occasionally drizzling, weather to view the stake, from which Jet Jewel, Count Flame and Prize Ring were early withdrawals, while Thymus came out later in the day when it developed that he had bucked his shins. Jet Master went to the front at the start of the Juvenile as the three horses left the gate in the middle of the track. Primate was close at hand on the outside, while Mixture was nearer the inside rail and under pressure to keep up from the start. Continued on Page Five Primate Proves Victor In Juvenile at Belmont Brings Jet Masters Unbeaten Record of Four Tallies to End Continued from Page One After a quarter mile, Jet Master led Primate by a half length, while Mixture was only a head farther back. Neither Arcaro nor Atkinson had asked their mounts for any serious running as yet. Nearing the eighth pole, Atkinson stung Primate with his bat and the dark chestnut, colt responded at once, surging up to Jet Master and taking command in a few strides. Arcaro sat down to ride his hardest on Jet Master and for another few strides it seemed that the favorite would be able to come on again, but Primate held him safe through the final yards to the finish. Once the two leaders turned on their speed, they quickly drew away from Mixture. Both Primate and Jet Master are expected to meet again in the National Stallion Stakes here at the same distance on Wednesday, June 13, and both will have their supporters again as the admirers of the Juvenile favorite will undoubtedly assume that he needed todays race. Woodvale Farms Marta, alertly ridden by Conn McCreary, won the Harmonica Handicap by almost two lengths from Hal Price Headleys Aegina, who closed with a rush to take second money by a nose from Henry S. Horkheimers Lotus Blossom, who led Apheim Stables pacemaking Early Heath another two and a half lengths. Marta paid .90 and stepped the mile in a fairly remarkable 1 :36% over a track that was slightly dead. Marta and Early Heath fought for the lead far in advance of the rest of the field from the start to the head of ,the stretch, where Marta drew clear and had no further trouble. George Cassidy sent the field for the Elpis Purse away the instant the last horse entered the gate, with the result that most of the riders were unprepared. Basil James, who rode J. T. Maloneys- Eraser, was ready, however, and quickly opened a wide lead, which was wiped out by King Ranchs Cardsandspades in the stretch. Cardsandspades scored by a length going away, while Woodvale Farms Sister Louise was another three lengths behind Eraser and a half length before George M. Humphreys Spy Ring. Bill Boland rode Cardsandspades, who paid 5.70 after scoring the first victory of her brief career on the fourth attempt. The time was a passable 1:11%. Mrs. G. H. Bostwicks Hyvania, a half-brother to the St. Leger winner, Black Tarquin, by Hypnotist n. from the brilliant Vagrancy, made his hurdle debut here last week. He trailed the field most of the day and finished 48 lengths behind the winner. From that position, he had an opportunity to observe a dozen other hurdlers and evi- ♦ dently profited by what he saw. Today, Hyvania led all the way in the Speculate Purse, though joined by John M. Schiffs Al Arabi at the final hedge, and scored by a length in 2:45 for the mile and a half. The time of his last race was 2:45%, while Hyvania s own time in that race was 10 second slower.

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