Eleven Speedy Misses in Top Flight: Next Move to Shoulder 129 In Belmont Filly-Mare Test; Vanderbilt Colorbearer Has Marta and Boot All Entry as Well as Busanda Among Foes, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-04


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Eleven Speedy Misses in Top Flight Next Move to Shoulder 129 In Belmont Filly-Mare Test Vanderbilt Colorbearer Has Marta and Boot All Entry as Well as Busanda Among Foes BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 3. — The thirteenth running of the Top Flight Handicap, which honors C. V. Whit-neys Oaks winner of 20 years ago, heads tomorrows Belmont Park program. This mile and a sixteenth event for fillies and mares has attracted a field of 11, including only one sophomore. A. G. Vanderbilts Next Move, who is the champion of her sex and rarely beaten when not racing against males, heads the band with 129 pounds. This is three more than she carried to a front-running score in the mile and a furlong of the Pirenze Handicap at Jamaica and a pound less than, she had up when finishing a length behind her stablemate. Bed o Roses, in the Santa Margarita at Santa Anita. Next Moves two most recent races were a pair of bad ones in the Gallant Fox and Metropolitan Handicaps, in which she appeared reluctant to display her prowess in masculine company. Ray York will ride the Bull Lea mare tomorrow and she will probably be the choice. The chief rivals, on paper at least,, to Next Move tomorrow, are the Woodvale Farm pair of Marta, 115, and Boot A11.113; Ogden Phipps Busanda, 116; Harry LaMontagnes Valadium, 115; Max Glucks Blue Moon. Ill; Joe W. Browns Thelma Berger,112, and Greentree Stabzles Toto, 110. Boot All and Marta last appeared in. the Kathleen Purse at six furlongs here on May 15. Boot All won the dash, leading from soon after the start, while Marta trailed all the way. Charlton Clays Lyceum finished between them in third place and gets in with 108 tomorrow. Boot All won a couple qf allowance races at Jamaica, finished fourth in the Colonial Handicap at Garden State and, during the winter, won the Columbiana Handicap at Hialeah. Marta has a more solid stakes background, having won the Molly Pitcher and Ladies Handicaps last year and finished second in the Diana at Saratoga. No riders have been named for Woody Stephens charges, but it likely that Conn McCreary will be on one of them. Busanda Benefits by Weight Shift Busanda has been showing early speed and stopping badly. Her most recent venture was in the Suburban. Before that, she finished behind Valadium and Toto and in front of Thelma Berger on May 26 and be-hing Blue Moon and Toto and again in front of Thelma Berger on May 12. Both of these races were at tomorrows distance, but the War Admiral -mare, benefits by a substantial weight shift. Dave Gorman will ride. Valadium preceded her recent victory with another score at Belmont and also won an Aiken trial to keep her 1952 record clean. Eddie Arcaro will be in the saddle, which will probably make Valadium at least second choice. Toto has been finishing her races well, but not quite well enough, closing fast to be third in the Minerva, fourth in the Firenze and second in the Tangled and Gallorette Handicaps. Ted Atkinson will again pilot the Amphitheatre filly, who is about to get lucky. Thelma Berger finished second to Next Move in the Firenze, then turned in a pair of poorer races, finishing back of several of those she meets tomorrow. Blue Moon has not been seen since her surprise score in the Tangled, but finished back of Next Move, Thelma Berger, Toto and others in earlier races. Eldon Coffman will ride Thelma Berger, who won the Louisiana, LeCompte and Beldame Handicaps last year, while Hedley Woodhouse is to pilot Blue Moon. The others in the Top Flight are C. H. Wacker His Jubling, the only three-year-old in the field, and King Ranchs Renew. Jubling finished second to Landmark in the Prioress at Jamaica, then was unplaced in the Betsy Ross Stakes at Garden State. Renew won the Minerva at Jamaica, beating several of those she meets tomorrow, then was far back in the Firenze and has been scratched from a couple of recent engagements. Busanda won last years edition of the Top Flight, beating How, who had won the Coaching Club American Oaks a couple of weeks before. Though a comparatively recent addition to the stakes roster, it has been won by such good distaff runners as Tangled, Level Best", Markell, Boojiana, Honeymoon and But Why Not, while, such stars as Misty Isle, Miss Grillo and Gallorette were beaten in past renewals of the fixture.

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