Irish-Bred Ace Returning to Monmouth Park Track: Palatial Appetite Started His Upward Climb There Last Year, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-26


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j 1 JAMES DONN Gulfstream Park president, announced that the 1953 Florida Derby would carry a purse of 00,000 added. Irish-Bred Ace Returning To Monmouth Park Track Palatial Appetite Started His Upward Climb There Last Year OCEANPORf, N. J., May 24. That grossly overworked expression of the turf , "rags to riches," as applied to horses, actually finds some substance in meaning in the Irish flyer, Palatial Appetite, homeward ; bound for Monmouth Park and the approaching June 14 running of the 1952 summer racing season. Jt was at Monmouth that this voracious destroyer of food and distance lirst started .his upward climb, appearing in a ,500 claiming race midway of the meeting just a year agp Un-honored and unsung, he went whipping past his rivals at the half-mile pole to win in solitary splendor, pulled up. It was a revelation. Pitched back under a ,000 tag, he again came from last place, caught his field on the far elbow and was cantering 10 lengths to the good at the I wire. Since then he has continued to gain jn prestige and stature, and is now ready for the coming season of sport where he will meet the best that can be summoned against him in many of Monmouth Parks feature races and handicaps. Another Shining Example Although Palatial Appetites improvement is ah amazing saga of the. turf, he does not stand alone in his distinction as a "rags to riches" horse. Another shining example is the famous Stymie, claimed for a paltry ,500 by Hirsch Jacobs, .and subsequently winner of more than 00,000 under his new owners salmon silks. It was at Monmouth Park that Stymie finished second to Lucky Draw in the 1946 revival of the 5,000 Monmouth Handicap, and where he subsequently aggravated an old injury and pulled up sore, leading to his retirement to breeding pastures. There are many others, however, to share the spotlight. Top Row, a,50O claim at Narragansett Park, later won the 00,000 Santa Anita Handicap, and then set a new worlds record for the mile and a sixteenth distance. Then there is Kasco Knight, so little regarded that he was stabled at a gasoline station and worked out in a cornfield, yet went onto whip many high-class fields. And even Market Wise, whose "get" will be in action during Monmouth Parks June 14-August 9 season, ran for as little as ,750 before he dropped his rags and tatters for the riches of stake company.

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