Whirling Bat to Head Constitution Line-Up: May Racer Carries 124 in Mile and Sixteenth Suffolk Offering, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-09


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Whirling Bat to Head Constitution Line-Up May Racer Carries 124 in Mile And Sixteenth Suffolk Offering By AVERY. BROWN Staff Correspondent SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., June 8.— A gala racing program is scheduled for tomorrow at Suffolk Downs as the kick-off for the series of events to take place at this seaside track, which will be climaxed by next Wednesdays edition of the 5,000 Massachusetts Handicap. The sixteenth running of the Constitution Handicap highlights the week-end card and a fitting supporting event, the Point Shirley Handicap, precedes the feature. Styled for sophomores prepping for the richer Yankee Handicap to be run here on June 18, the Constitution wiikbe at a mile and a sixteenth and has attracted nine eligibles, representing eight different interests. The most illustrious member of the line-up is Tommy Mays Whirling Bat, top weight with 124 pounds, mainly because of his triumph in the Louisiana Derby during the winter months. Prior to that conquest, the son of Whirlaway — Night Shadow had won the Rushaway Handicap, also at the New Orleans track. In his trek north, Whirling Bat was campaigned in Maryland and although he failed to annex a victory, he finished third behind Repetoire and Alerted in the Chesapeake at Laurel. In one local start, the May colt defeated older horses at tomorrows distance by taking the honors in the Commonwealth Handicap, It was that score that prompted the youthful owner-trainer to ship his star to Garden State Park for an engagement in the Jersey Handicap. Unable to negotiate the slow track against such three-year-olds- as Steadfast, Alerted and Joey Boy, Whirling Bat had to be content with fourth money at the New Jersey track. His record this year reads 12 starts, five victories, two seconds and one third for a net total of 9,175. Ralph Lowes Pictus, a high priced purchase from the dispersal sale in New York last fall, looms as the chief rival for Whirling Bat. Slated to carry 120 pounds, the son of Pictor turned in one of his best races of the year in the Experimental No. 1 at Jamaica this past spring when he was a surprise second behind. Repetoire. After failing to earn a money position in the longer Experimental, Pictus was sent here and won the Paul Revere Handicap from older sprinters. That race was contested in the mud, a big advantage for the Lowe colt. He has registered one other victory at the local oval, also on an "off track, in an overnight allowance dash. Blentigo, a stablemate of Pictus, has also remained eligible for the Constitution. Although not regarded as capable as his illustrious mate, the son of Blenheim n. has fared better at tomorrows distance and under his feathery impost of 104 pounds may prove troublesome. Murloggs Fighting Back, regarded as worthy of a try at the pot of gold in the recent running of Kentucky Derby, is a member of the Constitution field and off a recent second behind Gay Prince in a dash, must be conceded an outside chance. The homebred son of Fighting Fox gets in tomorrows race with 114 pounds. Completing the field for the Constitution are Flic Flac, In Taste, Dannas Pensive, Dusty Demon and War Token, the last named is the only member of the field who is not eligible for the Yankee. The Point Shirley field brings together such speedy merchants as Auntie, Bernie Mose, All At Once, Dukes Gal, Mr. Joe Puck, Lambent, Heres Hube and Outland. All At Once has been assigned top weight of 118 pounds and will be conceding from four pounds to Bernie Moose down the line to 14 pounds to Outland, the lightweight assigned 104. Bernie Moose, All At Once, Lambent and Outland still remain eligible for the Massachusetts Handicap and their chance of going postward in the big event will depend a lot on the manner of performance recorded at the six furlongs tomorrow.

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