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DeSpirito Astride Three Suffolk Downs Winners Visional, Victress in Sagamore Purse Among Saddle Successes By FRED GALIANI Staff Correspondent SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., May 20.— Apprentice Anthony DeSpirito got himself a triple today, including a victory in the featured Sagamore Purse, turning in a heavy ride on the favored Visional from the Starr Ranch. Carrying three pounds overweight, Visional came through under a hand ride to score by a length over Bar-Sue Stables Outland, who had alternated on the lead with Visional. Two lengths back in third place came C. L. DuPuys Crystal Pass, while J. Tagiiones Grand Demand was fourth in the field of seven. Visional returned .80 as the choice in the race and ran the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45% over a track that was termed good by the time the Sagamore was run. A steady rain that started soon after noon kept the attendance down to 8,823 and the steady downpour, changed the track. DeSpirito started off in the first with a victory on the long shot Miriams Boy, won the third with First Curtain and then the feature with Visional. He fits the horse well, having teamed up with the Alsab mare to score here last week. That was the first time DeSpirito had the leg up on Visional and it also marked the first win of the year for the mare. * Visional took the lead in the run past the stands the first time but when Outland was sent up to challenge rounding the turn into the backstretch, DeSpirito let the other horse go on the pace and snugged his mount into second position. Outland continued to lead all, the way down the back side, with Visional and Brick in the following slots, while Grand Demand was fourth. Rounding the turn, Outland was still in the lead while Brick had moved into second place and was threatening from the outside and DeSpirito had Visional down on the rail. Straightening away for the drive, Spinale on Outland visualized the danger and went to work with the whip, but DeSpirito only kept driving with his hands. Bricks challenge fell short and he dropped back leaving the race to the two erstwhile leaders. But now there could be only one and DeSpirito continued to push his mount and the favorite drew out to score.