Charleston Drives Home In Commonwealth: Favorite Schwartz Runner Holds Half-Length Edge at Suffolk, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-09


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Charleston Drives Home In Commonwealth Favorite Schwartz Runner Holds Half-Length Edge at Suffolk SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., June 7. — Phil Schwartz consistent Charleston won a driving decision over Dave Shaers Sun Rene in the fifteenth renewal of the Commonwealth Handicap here this afternoon. A half length separated the pair at the end of the six furlongs which was completed in 1:11% over the fast racing strip. The early pacemaker, Mrs. M/Ro-gans Duke Aumar had no trouble saving the minor award, another length and a half back of the winner. Amphiblen and Spats completed the small but sielect field for the week-end feature. The race was strictly a three-horse affair from the very outset, with Duke Aumar under Harold "Red" Keene setting a rapid pace of :23 for the quarter mile and the I half in :46Vs. The Airflame gelding was under light restraint at the time three lengths ahead of Sun Rene-with Charleston another couple of lengths back. Apprentice Anthony DeSpirito was up on Sun Rene and the inexperience, of the youngster may have cost Sun Rene the victory. It was evident at the turn out of the backstretch that the lad was having trouble holding the Sun Again gelding in and when he began making his move near the quarter pole, the challenger went very wide. Charley Burr was Charlestons rider and benefitted by DeSpirito s mistake to charge up on the rail, swing slightly out to collar the tiring Duke Aumar and then held on gamely to protect his lead. Sun Rene was closing like a runaway freight at the end but the lost ground was... too much to regain in such a short distance. The victory was worth ,490 to owner Schwartz who is remembered by his legion of friends as the squire of Suffield, Con- ;-necticut. It was the third straight triumph for the son of Some Chance and his second straight stakes victory. He won the Ply-*-mouth Rock Handicap here May 17. Backed to odds-on by the majority of the. 21,423 patrons, Charleston paid .60 and was the fourth choice of the afternoon to succeed. -y

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