McGrathiana Graduates in Detroit Sprint Test: Beats Miss Caracas by Neck after Meeting Interference from Latter, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-21


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McGrathiana Graduates In Detroit Sprint Test Beats Miss Caracas by Neck After Meeting Interference From Latter DETROIT, Mich., June 20. — Tom B. Youngs McGrathiana, a well conformed son of Halcyon Gift and Gay Challa, raced to a game victory here today in the third race, one of the better offerings on a well-balanced mid-week card. Responding readily to Tommy Barrows good handling, McGrathiana overcame interference during the stretch run from Nicholas de las Casas Miss Caracas and beat the latter a neck margin. Three lengths off the lapped leaders, Mr. and Mrs. James R. Collins Detroit-owned Silver Dome gave a good effort to garner the minor end of the purse in the field of eight two-year-old starters. McGrathiana continued the success of public choices, being the third straight favorite to reach the winners circle. Installed a 7 to 10 choice by the crowd of 8,500, the Young colt was accorded a nice round of applause after he skipped the five furlongs over the fast strip in 1:00%. Miss Caracas was hustled to the front soon after the start of the juvenile dash but McGrathiana moved up fast during the initial furlong and went right with the South American-owned filly. Turning into the home lane. Miss Caracas held a length and one-half advantage, then swerved repeatedly under Hugh Clarks weak handling and could not withstand the Young colts final bid. McGrathiana was forced to change his course during the last furlong in order to get around Miss Caracas. I. J. Collins homebred Boots Best, handled by Eddie Danhauer, beat 10 other ordinary platers in the six-furlong first race. The Collins gelding was forwardly placed from the start of the sprint and, after racing by Vita, lasted to take a length graduation victory from Mrs. H. Rahaims Sickle Baby. George Roses Extravagance finished well enough to get the short end of the purse while Mrs. D. Sukundos Spinster ran fourth. Boots Best, favored at 4 to 5, was clocked in a slow l:141/5 for his graduation effort. Mavirto Stables Kibbitz, hard hustled through the stretch by young Gerald Champagne, was the popular victor in the second race ,alsp at three-quarters mile. Kibbitz came from off the pace turning into the home lane and raced by Mrs. M. J. Hoydics Little Zac, pacemaker for the major portion of the trip, a length separating the pair at the final marker. Two and one-half lengths back, M. and I. Prick-etts Cafe Singer wound up with the show award. Albert Wellmans iWnstay, a starter in the second, stumbled and lost apprentice Jimmy Breckons at the start. Fortunately, the rider and his mount escaped infbry.

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