Wright Memorial to Jumbo in Drive; Star-Enfin Victress in Astoria Stakes: Annexes Aqueduct Fixture for Fillies, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-28


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Wright Wright Memorial Memorial to to Jumbo Jumbo in in Drive; Drive; Star-Enfin Star-Enfin Victress Victress in in Astoria Astoria Stakes Stakes Annexes Aqueduct Fixture for Fillies Goddess Second to Daughter of Star Pilot as Cigar Maid Falters Badly Near Finish By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 27.— Brae Burn Farms Star-Enfin charged to a popular victory in the forty-fifth running oi the Astoria Stakes here today, reaching the end of the five and a half furlongs two and a half lengths before Vera S. Braggs Goddess. Edward M. OBriens Isograde finished fast after being carried out by Goddess at the stretch turn to take third honors, a length and a half behind that filly and a head before Jack W. Schiffers Cigar Maid, who wilted abruptly at the finish. R. A. Firestones Once in Love completed the field, Recess having been scratched this morning and Risque Ma coming out during the afternoon. Eddie Arcaro rode Star-Enfin and was accorded the usual senseless chorus of jeers when he rode back to the winners circle on the daughter of Star Pilot— Enfin, by Hil-dur. Star-Enfin was a heavy favorite with the throng of 16,383 that turned out in sultry, occasionally sunny, weather and paid .10. Star-Enfin stepped the distance in 1:05% over a sloppy track, somewhat better-than-average time for the stake since it was increased to its present distance in 1940. First Flights stakes record of 1:04% was set at Belmont Park on the straight course with Mackinaws 1:05; being the fastest Astoria at this track anc distance. Initial Stake Success Star-Eflin was registering her first stakes victory, she having won three overnight events and finishing second to Papoose in the Polly Drummond Stakes at Delaware Park for her only other appearance under silks. The ,725 she earned today brought her total gleanings to 8,525. One of the first crop of the 1945 Futurity winner, Star-Enfin was acquired privately from Maine Chance Farm for James O. McCue, master of Brae Burn Farm, by trainer George Strate, and seems to be giving that owner an enjoyable first year in racing. After the Astoria, Eddie Arcaro said the race "wasnt much of a contest." The veteran eased the filly in the final strides, after hustling her to the 70-yard pole. Bennie Green, who rode Cigar Maid, second choice on the strength of victories in the Fashion and National Stallion, said the filly didnt like the going. Green kept Cigar Maid down on the rail, even when three lengths in front, though the jockeys had Continued on Page Forty-Four Star-Enfin Proves Best In Astoria at Aqueduct Arcaro Drives Victress Home in Clear Before Goddess, Isograde Continued from Page one agreed that the going was much deeper there. Cigar Maid broke in front at the start of the Astoria, followed by Goddess, Star-Enfin, Isograde and Once in Love. Cigar Maid opened a daylight lead in a few strides and was soon three lengths in front of Star-Enfin, who was followed by Isograde, Goddess and Once in Love. Rounding the far turn. Cigar Maid and Star-Enfin drew away from the rest of the field and the favorite began to close on the pacemaker curving for home. Star-Enfin, who was on the outside, drew level with Cigar Maid at the quarter pole and clearly dominated that filly, who fought on gamely. Passing the eighth pole. Star-Enfin was a half length in front and began to move out slightly toward the middle of the track, with Cigar Maid following her. Cigar Maid literally fell apart inside the sixteenth pole and Star-Enfin went on to score comfortably, though Arcaro continued riding until three strides from the finish. Goddess finished well, after going very wide at the head of the stretch, bothering both Isograde and Once in Love. The latter had no chance and may be somewhat better than her last two races indicate. Eric Guerin completed a double when he held Mrs. Jan Burkes Assignment together nicely through a long stretch drive to win the Forest Park Purse by a half length from Brookmeade Stables More Sun, who challenged at the eighth pole, then hung at the end. C. T. Chenerys Mangohick, who had "spurs on and blinkers off," was four and a half lengths away in third place after being bogged down in the deep going on the rail for half the six-furlong trip. Gustave Rings Quick Fire was another three parts of a length out of the money. Isidore Biebers Palestinian was to have returned to competition in this sprint, but was scratched because of the early morning rains. Assignment paid .30- and negotiated the six panels in a creditable 1:11ft.

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