Ruth Lily Heads Cleopatra Field; How and Busanda Vie in Top Flight: Arcaro Will Again Ride Delman Filly; Phipps Suburban Victress Has Severe Task in Beating Younger Belmont Opponent, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-20


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Ruth Ruth Lily Lily Heads Heads Cleopatra Cleopatra Field; Field; How How and and Busanda Busanda Vie Vie in in Top Top Fljght Fljght Arcaro Will Again ° Ride Delman Filly Phipps Suburban Victress Has Severe Task in Beating Younger Belmont Opponent By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 19. — -Herman Delmans How heads a field of 14 fillies and mares in tomorrows twelfth running of the 5,000 Top Flight Handicap, final stake of the Belmont Park meeting. The winner of the Kentucky and Coaching Club American Oaks is topweight on the scale with 113 pounds, one below standard, and concedes from six to 23 pounds to her rivals by that theoretical yardstick. Ogden Phipps Busanda, winner of the Suburban, is the actual topweightwith 120 pounds, which is six below scale. The original topweight for the mile and one-sixteenth fixture was Alfred G. Vanderbilts Next Move, who was assigned scale weight of 126 pounds, but is awaiting the longer and richer New Castle Handicap at Delaware Park. Withdrawn From Belmont How was entered for Saturdays Belmont Stakes, in which she would have had strorigf support, despite only two fillies having won the stake since 1867. The daughter of Princequillo was withdrawn because she appeared to go off her feed, refusing to eat her dinner Friday night, but she quickly recovered from whatever was troubling her and breezed a half in :50 on the main track here this morning. Eddie Arcaro will ride How tomorrow and the filly will probably be a strong favorite, having created a powerful im-, pression in literally running, away from Kiss Me Kate in the CCA Oaks. That filly had won a division of the Acorn Stakes by a dozen lengths, while How had finished unplaced in the slower division of that mile, having lost a shoe in the rjinning. Continued on Page Thirty-Nine How and Busanda Meet In Top Flight Handicap CCA Oaks and Suburban Winners Promise Keen Battle at Belmont Continued trom Page One Kiss Me Kate came back to win the Dela-.; ware Oaks in a gallop last Saturday, emphasizing Hows class in the process. Busanda followed her surprising victory under lightweight in the Suburban by finr ishing third to Woodvale Farms Marta and C. V. Whitneys Jazz Baby in the Tangled Purse at one mile here. Marta and Jazz Baby get in the Top Flight with 114 each. Busanda benefits by a slight weight shift, but was soundly trounced by that pair and may not find the additional sixteenth sufficient ground. Her only stakes victories have been in the Alabama and Suburban, each at a mile and a quarter. No rider has been named as yet, Keith Stuart, who rode her in her last three starts, having to ride Thelma Berger for Joe W. Brown, his contract employer. That filly, who occasionally finishes her races well, has 112 to carry. The others in the Top Flight are Apheim Stables Early Heath and W. J. Lenihans September, 109 each; J, C. Hauers Aris Mona, 108; William Zieglers Leading Home, 107; Constance Morabitos My Celeste, 106; Greentree Stables Ruddy and Belair Studs Vulcania, 105 each; Henry S. Horkheimers Lotus Blossom and Mrs. Til-you Christophers Spats, 104 each. There are three sets of couplings in the Top Flight. Early Heath and Lotus Blossom will be saddled by Kay Jensen; .Harris Brown will send out September and Spats, while Busanda will have Vulcania as a running mate. Racing secretary John B. Campbell evidently has a reasonably high regard for the three-year-old fillies. Not only is How topweight on the scale, but Ruddy and Vulcania, also sophomores, are next behind Busanda on the scale. Neither has showed herself thus far this year to be in the same class with How. Three of the 11 previous winners of the Top Flight were three-year-olds, starting with Mrs. D. K. Kerrs True Call, who beat Capots dam, Piquet, in the 1940 inaugural of the stake. Greentree Stables Tangled won the second running of the stake, while C. V. Whitneys Boojiana scored as a sophomore in 1944. No three-year-old has finished in the money in the last five runnings of the Top Flight, won by Sicily, Rytina, Honeymoon, But Why Not and, last year, Nell K. The Top Flight, of course, is named ior CK V. Whitneys great filly of 20 years ago. Though. she can quite possibly be beaten, it is safe "to say that How is the only one of tomorrows field whose name can even ben whispered in the same sentence with that of Top Flight.

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