Eight of Ten in Withers Mile Are Belmont Stakes Eligibles: Charlie McAdam Expected to Rule Favorite Over Primate, Hannibal in 5,000 Fixture, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-10


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A G ROBERTSON Will saddle Charlie McAdam in the Withers at Belmont Eight of Ten in Withers Mile Are Belmont Stakes Eligibles Charlie McAdam Expected to Rule Favorite Over Primate Hannibal in 25000 Fixture FixtureBy By BOB HORWOOD HORWOODStaff Staff Correspondent BELMONT PARK Elmont L I N Y May 9 Americas most significant mile race for threeyearolds will have its sev ¬ entyseventh running tomorrow at Belmont Park The event is the 25000 Withers which like the longer Belmont Stakes bars geldings with all starters meeting at level weights Ten have been named for the Withers overnight all but two of them eligible to the 100000 Belmont on June 7 John Clinton Clarks courageous Charlie McAdam winner of divisions of the split Flamingo and Swift Stakes in his last two outings looms the favorite with Starmount Stables Primate and Bayard Sharps Han ¬ nibal coming in for strong support from the anticipated thrgng of some 40000 40000Has Has Survived Two Serious Illnesses IllnessesCharlie Charlie McAdam has twice survived ill ¬ nesses that might have been fatal to ani ¬ mals with weaker hearts and has endeared himself to racegoers in Florida and New York with a series of fighting finishes The trim son of Heliopolis won four of his five starts at Hialeah last winter turning in one inexplicably bad race in the Bahamas Handicap then came back after a siege of distemper to score a frontrunning triumph over Suggested and Primate in the faster fasterContinued Continued on Page Three Name Field of Ten For Withers Mile MileCharlie Charlie Me Adam Expected to Rule Favorite Over Primate Hannibal in 25000 Fixture FixtureContinued Continued from Page One Onedivision division of the Swift on Monday Sam Boulmetis who rode him then and also came up from New Jersey to take the Juvenile on Fort Salonga will again be in the saddle saddlePrimate Primate finished a strong second to Tom Fool in the Futurity to close his 1951 cam ¬ paign then came back to finish second to the same colt in an overnight dash at Jamaica The Some Chance colt rapped himself at the start of the Wood Memorial after that showing nothing in the race then came back to finish a little more than two lengths behind Charlie McAdam in the Swift He can be expected to improve off that race but no more so than Charlie McAdam who had been on the sidelines for a longer period periodHannibal Hannibal set the early pace in the Ken ¬ tucky Derby last Saturday but was through in considerably less than a mile Here on Long Island this spring the Roman colt finished fourth in the Wood was far back in Experimental Free Handicap No 2 and won the shorter edition of that stake by a neck from Quiet Step conceding 15 pounds poundsTwo Two of the others in the Withers finished behind Charlie McAdam and Primate in the Swift Cain Hoy Stables Armageddon was fourth and G F Stricklands Lord Priam sixth with no apparent excuse excuseMax Max Glucks Alls Fair and Alfred G Vanderbilts Whither finished second and third respectively behind Sky Ship in the second and slower end of the Swift Alls Fair finished well in that seven furlongs while Whither made a threatening move at the stretch bend then hung in the drive driveTop Top Bet Raced Well in Flamingo FlamingoThe The Withers field is completed by Top Bet a stablemate of Armageddon Apheim Stables Quiet Step and Mrs Walter M Jeffords One Count They cant be counted out Top Bet was a beaten favorite in a Jamaica race won by Swoop appearing to sulk His best effort probably was in Blue Mans end of the Flamingo in which he was disqualified from third place for crowding four or five rivals rivalsQuiet Quiet Step won the Bahamas in which Charlie McAdam turned in his only bad race of the year beat Closed Door Air Service arid others at Jamaica finished sixth but in front of Hannibal in the Wood and a close second to that colt in Experimental No 1 He must be accorded an outside chance chanceOne One Count earned his chance to start in the Withers by romping home eight lengths in the van in a fairly fast mile and a six ¬ teenth here on Wednesday There wasnt much behind the son of Count Fleet Ace Card in that event but he has raced well in fast company at times Ted Atkinson will be on One Count while Dave Gorman will guide Primate and Willie Passmore will again be astride Hannibal No riders have been named as yet for Quiet Step or Alls Fair Eddie Arcaro who has ridden five winners of the Withers including the last three will be at Pimlico tomorrow tomorrowOlympic Olympic Making Belmont Bow BowTwo Two other Belmont Stakes eligibles are engaged in the Knickerbocker Classified Handicap which follows the Withers as the seventh race tomorrow They are Marl ¬ boro Stud Farms Jet Master and Fred W Hoopers Olympic The latter is an English colt who ranked not far behind Windy City H in the Free Handicap and is making his local debut after training cleverly The probable favorite in this six furlongs is C V Whitneys Mameluke easy winner of his last start at Churchill Downs and at this time last year regarded as considerably better than his stablemate Counterpoint when retired with bad underpinning underpinningThe The Withers was inaugurated at Jerome Park in 1874 thus antedating the Ken ¬ tucky Derby by a year Aristides first Derby winner won the second Withers but few of the other early Kentucky vic ¬ tors came East for the mile event and it was not until 1919 when Sir Barton won the Triple Crown and Withers that an ¬ other winner of the Run for the Roses captured the local stake Count Fleet is the only other colt to win the Triple Crown and the Withers while Johnstown and Zev are the only others with Derby Withers doubles to their credit However the Withers has gone to such nevertobe forgotten horses as Duke of Magneta Hanover Tammany Domino Delhi Colin Hourless and Man o War and more re ¬ cently Alsab Polynesian Vulcans Forge Hill Prince and Battlefield

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