Elkridge, Oedipus Vie in Corinthian: Latter Gives Rival Six Pounds Today, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-07


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Elkridge, Oedipus Vie in Corinthian _ . . STANLEY HAZZARD— Saddled the juvenile Corinne T. for her winning effort yesterday at the Detroit course. Latter Gives Rival Six Pounds Today Lone Fisherman Also Fancied In Belmont Chase; Busanda Heads Nine in Flat Feature BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 6.— The ,500 Corinthian Steeplechase Handicap and the ,000 Tangled Handicap for fillies and mares head tomorrows program at Belmont Park. Only five have been named for the Corinthian at about two miles, but they include Mrs. Ogden Phipps Oedipus and Kent Millers Elkridge. -Oedipus was voted the champion of the jumping division last year and is topweight tomorrow with 156 pounds, but was soundly beaten by Pontius Pilate in the International Chase for his only start this year. Elkridge, who has 150 to carry, is in his thirteenth year and his eleventh season of racing. The perennially youthful son of Mate suffered a fractured nose in the International, but the injury scarcely interrupted his training and he breezed a half in :52 on the main track here this morning. Elkridge didnt break his nose by falling on it, has only fallen once in 114 starts, though parting company with his rider a few other times. A section of log, dislodged by another horse hit him on the proboscis at the eleventh fence, just as he was making what might have been a winning move. The veteran swerved when struck, then continued to finish a respectable third, nine lengths behind Oedipus, who will undoubtedly be the choice tomorrow. Smiley and Smithwick Riders Jim Smiley will again ride Oedipus, while Pat Smithwick, who has ridden Elkridge to several of his triumphs in the course of a career that has made him the worlds richest stepplechaser, will again guide "Pop". The others in the Corinthian are F. Ambrose Clarks Lone Fisherman, 148; Lowry Watkins Tourist List, 142, and M. A. Cushmans Kipper, 135. Lone Fisherman won the Jervis Spencer Steeplechase in Maryland by a dozen lengths for His only start this year. He is a stablemate of Pontius Pilate, which should give trainer Francois Bellhouse a good line on his chances against Oedipus and the fact that he is in the race, rather than the son of Pilate, suggests that these chances are excellent. While no rider has been named, Elwood Carter will probably have the mount. Tourist List is a verysure fencer without much speed and has not been seen here since he beat Oedipus in the Temple Gwathmey Chase at about two miles and a quarter last fall. Though speedy, Kipper seems a mite outclassed. The Tangled, which gets its name from Greentree Stables Gazelle Stakes winner of a decade ago, but which bears an apt title, follows the Corinthian as the sixth event. Ogden Phipps* Busanda, surprise winner of the Suburban last week and of an overnight race before that, heads this mile event with 122 pounds, just 20 more than she carried in the classic mile and a quarter. Busandas best races have all been at extended distances and she can be expected to have trouble conceding weight to such as Hal Price Headleys Lithe, 119; C. V. Whitneys Jazz Baby, 115; William Ewings Dark Favorite and Ada L. Rices Danada Gift, 114 each, and Woodvale Farms Marta, 113. Danada Gift and Jazz Baby won their last starts here. The former had Marta behind her, while Jazz Baby trounced Dark Favorite and Henry S. Horkheimers Lotus Blossom, of tomorrows field. Lithe, who occasionally shows considerable class, has been unplaced in the Metropolitan, Correction and Firenze Handicaps this year, but comes from a stable in rare form. The others in the Tangled are Maine Chance Farms Windsor Pearl, 103, and Sam Finkelsteins Eye One Two, 102. They will be the outsiders of the field, though Windsor Pearl turned in a promising effort for her seasonal debut last week. This fashionably bred daughter of Beau Pere, who was a costly yearling, has never raced to expectations, but would need only a little improvement to cause an .upset in this wide-open event.

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