Eljay Drives Home Before Oh Leo; Arise in Convincing Belmont Score: Odds-On Choice Gives Way in Stretch Run at Hawthorne; Bailey Handles Hollenbach Colt Well to Have Him in Clear as Wire Is Reached, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-04


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Odds-On Choice Gives Way In Stretch Run at Hawthorne Bailey Handles Hollenbach 4 Colt Well to Have Himin Clear as WireJs Reached By J. J. MURPHY HAWTHORNE, Cicero, 111., June 3.— The odds-on choice, Oh Leo, making his first start of the Chicago racing season, went down to defeat in the featured Ky. Colonel Purse here this afternoon when he was beaten by Eljay from the stable of L. J. Hollenbach, Sr., of Louisville Ky. Oh Leo displayed all his old-time speed in the preliminary stages when he drew away from the field, but he failed to possess enough stamina to withstand Eljay, although the latter was spotting him three pounds in weight. Paul Bailey, Oh Leos regular jockey of last season, was up on Eljay, while Otto Grohs rode O Leo. Eljay paid 1.40 and ran the six and a half furlongs in 1:18 on a racing strip that was a trifle removed from fast due to the rains of Monday night. Oh Leo was making his seventh start of the year and was pitted against five others, all of whom, with the exception of Eternal Moon, had been to the post at this meeting. The race started off as predicted, with Oh Leo shooting to the fore from his inside post position and drawing into a two-length lead over McGrathiana in the run down the backstretch. With McGrathiana weakening nearing the stretch turn, the Jimmy Dunn racer increased his advantage to three lengths, but nearingthe stretch turn jockey Bailey sent Eljay forward. Edges to Front Near Sixteenth Pole As the field turned for home Oh Leo saved ground, but with Eljay moving up on the outside, Grohs went to the whip. Oh Leo responded to pressure, but Eljay gained slowly but gradually until at the eighth pole in the stretch he was at his rivals withers. Eljay, under pressure, edged to the front nearing the last sixteenth and drew out steadily thereafter to win by a length and a quarter. Oh Leo was second by three and one-half lengths over Old Fiddle, who, in turn, defeated Espinos Image by a nose. McGrathiana was fifth and Eternal Moon sixth and last. Eljay is a son of Balladier, who was second in his first two starts of the year in Kentucky before coming to. Hawthorne to defeat McGrathiana on a heavy track a few days ago. He earned less than ,000 last season, while Oh Leos purse money was over 20,000. He is trained by R. A. Mattingly. Todays attendance was 11,608 and the weather, which was humid at the outset, turned rather cool early in the afternoon. Another short-priced favorite was beaten when Pines of Rome was trimmed by Hi Decker in the fifth race. Pines of Rome went very wide on the turn, which may have accounted for his downfall. He finished second. The Daily Double paid 10.40 when Big Question, who was fairly well supported, took the first race, and Bernrough, an outsider, won the second. Bernrough, a winner at Keeneland, but unplaced in his only start here, paid 9.80 and turned in a rather remarkable effort. After racing in last place in the 10-horse field to the stretch turn, he suddenly turned on the steam and rushed past his opponents with Conti7iued on Page Thirty-Five Eljay Defeats Oh Leo ln7 Ky. Colonel Purse Comes From Off Odds-On Choices Pace to Win Sprint at Hawthorne Continued from Page One ease to win by over two lengths, Bern-rough is owned by Mrs. E. Muckler and was ridden by Job Jessop. Big Question took the opener in a battling finish from Lictor and So Fair, who came to the finish line in that order. Shining Deed was the choice, but failed to display very good form. Big Question, ridden by Tony Skoronski, was always well up in the six and a half -furlong race. He carried the colors of Locust Lawn Farm. Possess, a two-year-old gelding who was bred by Mrs. N. M. Mikel Farm, raced his way out of the ranks of the maidens when he won the third race. The distance was five furlongs and although Possess was quickest to begin he was soon headed by Judge J. B. He caught the latter again on the stretch turn and was a handy winner. Judge J. B. lasted to be second and Bienville finished third. Judy Rounders, the favorite, ran as if she had little interest in the doings and was badly outpaced. Possess was ridden by apprentice Will Cox. Specific racing for a new owner and raised ,000 in claiming price, won his second straight purse when he took the honors in the fourth. Jockey Adams was aboard and had a rough ride. He was shut off on the far turn and again after entering the stretch, but managed to get up to win by a nose from Tuxedo, with Fine Fettle taking third money, Rusty Brown, the fi-vorite was unplaced.

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