Regret Handicap to Danger Ahead: Finishes Fast on Outside to down Dark Favorite by Head in Proverbial Blanket Finish, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-28


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— , Regret Handicap To Danger Ahead Finishes Fast on Outside to Down Dark Favorite by Head In Proverbial Blanket Finish By WILLIAM C. PHILLIPS Staff Correspondent MONMOUTH PARK, Oceanport, N. J., June 27. — H. W. Finchers gallant five-year-old mare, Danger Ahead, came surging forward on the outside with irresistible courage in the last stages of the Regret Handicap here today and was up at the end of the six furlongs to take the decision by a head in a blanket-finish that had the first five horses within the span of two lengths. William Ewings Dark Favorite moved forward in company with Danger Ahead in the final furlong and gained second placing by a head over Pentagon Stables Chloe, the favorite, who had gained a brief lead a few yards away from the finish. Danger Ahead has been somewhat of a giant killer on the New Jersey circuit. She was claimed for a nominal price at Garden State Park two years ago, raced well that season, and last year won the Molly Pitcher and Beldame Handicaps for earnings in excess of 8,000. She reaped in ,075 for todays triumph, making her total this year 2,425. Lindberg in Saddle Herb Lindberg rode the victress, who was coupled in the mutuel field with On and Kings Daisy, neither one of whom showed much, and she paid 2.60. Her time under 105 pounds over the sloppy track was 1:12. Colin MacLeods Versify, the highweight of the field with 116 pounds after the late withdrawal of Brookfield Farms co-weighted Imacomin, vied with E. M. OBriens Bank Account in setting the early pace. Chloe was forwardly placed and Continued on Page Forty-Four j ; j j j , j j t t a t e t t i 1 J 1 1 Danger Ahead Finishes Fast To Annex Regret Handicap Continued from Page One gradually being brought to the outside for clear racing, while Danger Ahead, under a nice rating-hold, was going along well out in the strip and in close company with Dark Favorite. The leaders did not fade until the final furlong. Chloe then rushed up to take a short lead, but the others were closing in fast on the outside and shuffled about the order of placement in the last 20 yards to settle into their official positions at the finish. Jay Cee Farms Bold Jo held on tenaciously when punished by Joe Culmone in the last stages of the fifth race and gained the decision at the end of the six furlongs by a neck over E. A. Nicodemus Laran Mrs. S. G. Stecklers Blazing was better than three lengths back while third and bested Samuel Greenf elds High Trend by a similar margin. The six-to-five favorite, William G. Helis, Jr.s Valpam, bolted on the far turn and was out of contention. The winner was second to Valpam in the I bettors consideration and he returned 1 .40. Culmone, riding his second winner I of the day, urged the five-year-old son of I Bold Irishman over the wet course in I 1:11 Ys. i Valpam was rank from the very start of I the race. He was still "rambunctious" after * the event, and gave jockey Sam Boulmetis . and the groom some difficulty removing the tack. Valpams superior speed was evident 1 even though Boulmetis was pulling hard on the reins in an attempt to keep him from t taking off to the outside fence. He was not i in front of Bold Jo until the far turn, where i he bolted and was forced to be taken up. After reaching the stretch, Valpam was al- lowed to run a bit, and he finished about t 10 lengths behind the last horse. |

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