Sickles Image Captures Cleopatra; Busanda Defeats How in Top Flight: Runner-Up Kept in Close Quarters, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-21


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Sickles Sickles Image Image Captures Captures Cleopatra; Cleopatra; Busanda Busanda Defeats Defeats How How in in Top Top Flight Flight Runner-Up Kept In Close Quarters Suburban Victress Scores By Four at Belmont Park For Second Upset of Meet By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 20. — Ogden Phipps Busanda, surprise winner of the Suburban, scored another upset in the Top Flight Handicap today, reaching the end of the mile and a sixteenth four lengths before Herman Del-mans How, the favorite, who was in close quarters all through the stretch. William Zieglers Leading Home was a head farther back and almost a length before Woodvale Farms Marta. Eric Guerin piloted Busanda, hand riding her to the finish. The black daughter of War Admiral — Businesslike paid 2.90 and stepped the distance in 1:42%. Busandas time was only a fifth slower than the track record and the fastest in the Top Flight by two-fifths. The previous stakes record was Level Bests 1:42% under 123 pounds in 1942. Busanda carried 120 today. The 2,650 Busanda earned today brought her total gleanings to 6,910 gained by six victories in 39 starts. Her previous stakes victories, both upsets, were in the Alamaba last year and the Suburban on May 30. Mile Run in 1 :36 This edition of the Top Flight was rather remarkable from a time standpoint. Marta, who set the pace to the stretch, turned in the second quarter in :223/5, after an initial quarter in 33 ft, then stepped the six furlongs in 1:10%. Busanda was in the lead when the teletimer flashed 1:36 for the mile. A moderate crowd of 18,325 turned out for the Top Flight in delightful weather. When George Cassidy pressed his button at the start of the stake, Aris Mona and Continued on Page Five Busanda Beats How In Upset at Belmont Phipps Winner of Suburban Scores by Four as Favorite Is Kept in Close Quarters Continued from Page One Leading Home shot to the front on the outside, but Marta took over the lead in a few strides, closely followed by Aris Mona, Jazz Baby, Leading Home and Early Heath. A half dozen lengths back of this group, How headed a second division, a length before My Celeste, Busanda, September, Thelma Berger and Lotus Blossom, who were rather closely bunched. Marta continued to lead around the wide curve, but Jazz Baby began to close on her as Aris Mona tired, while Leading Home stayed close to the pace and Busanda moved up strongly on the outside. At the same time, Arcaro sent How down on the inside, saving ground, but coming into the stretch with a curtain of horses in front of him. For a fleeting instant, it seemed that the favorite was going to have an opening, but Marta closed that as she dropped back, leaving Jazz Baby in front for a stride or two. Busanda swept into command passing the eighth pole and quickly widened on her field as Guerin scuffled energetically. While Busanda was drawing away, How was still in-a pocket on the inside, behind Marta, Jazz Baby and Leading Home and had no place to go. It was not until she was inside the sixteenth pole that an opening developed between Jazz Baby and Leading Home and Arcaro shot the favorite through to take second money inthe final stride. The veteran Jim Fitzsimmons saddled Busanda and his name appeared on the program today for the first time this week. The recent death of Mrs. Fitzsimmons had kept him on the sidelines. Brer Fox Triumphs by Three Vera S. Braggs Brer Fox galloped to a popular score in the Water Color Purse that preceded the Top Flight, drawing away at the end of the five furlongs to triumph by three lengths over Greentree Stables Anchor Man, who headed Philip Godfreys Elias G. Darby Dan Farms Samson D. was another length away. Eric Guerin rode Brer Fox, a bay son of Equifax, who was scoring his second triumph in six starts and paid .80 after stepping the distance on the straight course in :57V5. Samson D., who was making his debut, showed a world of early speed despite an oversize left hind leg that was damaged while he was a yearling. Mrs. Corless Sullivans Allier, ably aided and abetted by Frank "Dooley" Adams, won the hurdle race by almost a length from Sanford Stud Farms favored Fonda, who finished with a belated rush. W. B. Cocks Extra was another length away at the end of about a mile and a half, after taking the final hedge on a line with the winner. Oak Spring Stables St. Denis was prominent until he bolted and tried to run off the course turning int othe backstretch. Allier paid 0.30 and was timed in 2:44%, just a second off Marcheasts track record.

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