Blentigo Accounts for Constitution Handicap: Defeats Whirling Bat to Earn Yankee Handicap Starting Berth, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-11


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Blentigo Accounts For Constitution Handicap Defeats Whirling Bat to Earn Yankee Handicap Starting Berth By AVERY BROWN Staff Correspondent SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., June 9. — Ralph Lowes Blentigo, coupled with Pictus, earned himself a starting berth in the coming Yankee Handicap, by accounting for the Constitution Handicap here this afternoon. The Calumet cast-off, regarded the lesser of the Lowe pair, surprised by his keen speed in negotiating the mile and a sixteenth in 1:44 over the lightning fast racing strip. A length and a quarter back of the winner, the favored Whirling Bat from Tommy Mays barn was -second, three quarters of a length ahead of G. Forgiones Dusty Demon. Whirling Bat may have been closer had his rider, Evan Jenkins, been lucky in his anticipation as to a correct course entering the stretch. Dusty Demon had the rail at the time and Whirling Bat was sent slightly to the outside of the Forgione colt. Just when it appeared he was going to get through, Dusty Demon came out and left a big gap along the rail. Jenkins was forced to take up and to go the inside. Typical New England weather prevailed for the gala program which attracted 20,-532 patrons. The early races were run off under a bright sunny sky but the east wind made its appearance just before the icaimc aiiu uuuua uicw ui xapiiuy waning it slightly on the cool side. In Taste showed the early speed in the Constitution with Blentigo under jockey Francis Clayton being sent right out to press the leader. Pictus was in hand and going well in third position as Whirling Bat dropped far off the pace. By the time In Haste was straightened away for the run down the backstretch, Blentigo had collared her and once in front, the son of Blenheim n quickly increased the margin. Leaving the backstretch, the leader was enjoying a two-length advantage over In Taste with Pictus still in the third slot and wim .L/usty ueraon coming up aiong ine rail. Whirling Bat was still " about six lengths back. In Taste had enough after six furlongs and Dusty Demon passed Pictus to move into the runner-up slot. Blentigo was under the whip and moved another length away as Dusty Demon, under his feathery impost of 100 pounds, made a challenge. Whirling Bat had plenty of room along the rail and when Jenkins called on the son of Whirlaway he picked up the stragglers with apparent ease and set out after the leader. At that point what appeared to be the right move turned out to be wrong and although the May colt closed stoutly through the final sixteenth, he was unable to make up the deficit.

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