Friar Bill Fashions Own Pace for Ascot Park Win: Withstands Favored Sea Winds Challenge to Register in Clear, Daily Racing Form, 1953-05-13


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I , I . . p ; . ; , [ J Friar Bill Fashions Own Pace for Ascot Park Win Withstands Favored Sea Winds Challenge to Register in Clear By RONALD KRANCER Staff Correspondent ASCOT PARK, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, May 12. — C. DiMaios Friar Bill withstood a late challenge by the favorite Sea Wind to gain a length and a quarter decision in the sixth race here this afternoon. A dead heat resulted for the show position between My First Bid and Penny Singer. Friar Bill, a strong second choice, paid .40 and ran the seven furlongs in l:28Vs over a fast track. Gardner Darlington rode the winner for his second tally of the afternoon. Friar Bill broke third but soon moved through on the inside to gain a two-length advantage as the horses raced into the clubhouse turn the first time around the track. During the run down the backstretch the ultimate winner was still in front, but by only a length, as My First Bid moved up with a menacing but brief move. The fa- vorite at the time was running fourth and not being rushed by jockey Eddie Plesa. Racing around the final bend and into the straightaway Friar Bill drew clear by three lengths while near the inner rail, and jockey Plesa started to make his move while in the middle of the track. Witha sixteenth of a mile left Sea Wind was closing some of a three-length gap, but ii was quite apparent that Friar Bill had too much left and that the fifth favorite of the afternoon would fail. In two previous starts here at Ascot Park Friar Bill was second and seventh in that order. He now has won two races this season, his other victory being tallied at Al Boyles Charles Town.

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