Bit o Fate Takes Bellefonte Purse: Leads Loyal Legion by Length and Half, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-21


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► . , . _ Bit o Fate Takes Bellefonte Purse OGDEN PHIPPS— His homebred War Admiral filly, Busanda, took the measure of How in the Top Flight Handicap. Leads Loyal Legion By Length and Half Ziegler Colt Comes Over On Royal Governor, Forcing Letters Rider to Take Up By PALMER HEAGERTY Staff Correspondent DELAWARE PARK, Stanton, Del., June 20. — Forging to the front with a burst of speed through the stretch, William Ziegler, Jr.s, Bit o Fate this afternoon scored a clever victory in the featured Bellefonte Purse, holding a margin of one and one-half lengths over Walter M. Jeffords Loyal Legion. Sylvester W. Labrot. Jr.s. Arcave was third, well clear of Mrs. Esther duPont Weirs Royal Governor. The stewards ordered an inquiry following the running but declined taking action. Bit o Fate, a four-year-old Wait A Bit colt, who finished second to Cochise in the recent Sussex Handicap, was timed in 1:44% for the mile and a sixteenth but only after stopping Royal Governor "dead in his tracks" near the three-sixteenths pole. Thereafter the Ziegler colt charged through under Jack Colaneri to pay .10 as a slight favorite with the crowd, which was estimated at 11,500. Loyal Legion sprinted clear of the opposition in the run to the clubhouse turn and was rated in front to the stretch, where Frank Bone went to work on him in earnest. He continued on smartly, but was unable to resist Bit o Fates charge. Beginning Move When Bothered When bothered by Bit o Fate, Royal Governor was just commencing to roll along nicely, after having been under stout restraint for the first six furlongs. In bothering the Delaware-owned gelding, Colaneri took off the rail sharply nearing the three-sixteenths pole and slammed into Royal Governor, forcing Jimmy Nichols to take up sharply. H. W. Finchers Quemadito, outdistanced in the last two runnings of the Mont-chanin Handicap, had his preferred mile and a half distance this afternoon and earned 24 points while rallying from last place to win in 2:32%, the fraction slower than the track record. Keystone Stables Cer Vantes, the favorite, set the pace to midstretch and finished second, well ahead of Phil. Ley deckers Fifty-Five. The winner was handled by Jack Robertson and paid 8.80. Mrs. E. H. Augustus Loran brought up the rear in the field but retained the lead in the point scoring, having previously garnered 36 points. Alan T. Clarke, leading trainer during the Pimlico meeting but winner less in 19 days of local sport, finally made the grade with King Mowlee, 2.60 longshot in the six-furlong fourth event. The Alaking four-year-old came from off the pace under Bobby Mitchell and outfinished Palatine Stables Yes You in 1:11 flat. Third money went to Circle M Farms Endurable.

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