Caldwell Extends Win Streak to Five in Row: Consistent Sledge Campaigner Registers in Whirlwind Finish, Daily Racing Form, 1953-05-13


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Caldwell Extends Win Streak to Five in Row Consistent Sledge Campaigner Registers in Whirlwind Finish By FRED GALIANI Staff Correspondent SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass-May 12. — Moving up another notch in company, Olen Sledges Caldwell ran his victory string to five straight this afternoon, beating some high class performers in the featured RCA Victor Purse. Under jockey Vernon Smiths artful guidance, Caldwell came from last place with a whirlwind rush that brought him home a neck before T. P. Morgans Plus Fours, who led all the way to the wire. A length and a half back in third place came W. J. Beatties favored Good Shot, who won his last race and is a candidate for the Massachusetts Handicap. Despite a record of consistency that is hard to match anywhere, regardless of class, Caldwell went off at 1.20 for and covered the six furlongs over the fast track in 1:11 ]5. The winning six-year-old gelded son of Hayride — Undoubted, bred by Mrs. R. Caldwell, was winning his seventh race in eight starts this year and in his lone defeat, bowed by a nose. Plus Fours was originally scheduled to have been ridden by Dick McLaughlin, who won three of the first four races on the program but was taken sick after the sixth race and was replaced by Joe Spin ale. The majority of the crowd put their monetary trust in Good Shot, but when the gates were sprung, Plus Fours, with Joe Spinale up, bounded to the fore and opened a length lead. The rest of the field were all away winging and going down the back-stretch Smith allowed Caldwell to drop back to last, some four or five lengths off the leader. High Head, Good Shot, Atomic Fire and Royal Marvel were yoked along the back-stretch as they neared the far turn, right behind Plus Fours, while Caldwell was still last. Plus Fours came into the stretch with a good lead while the others swung around the turn in unison and Smith sent Caldwell down for the money. The latter was rushing on and Smith steered him to the outside. Plus Fours was still in front as they passed the eighth pole but Caldwell was coining with surging strides and won more convincingly than the margin would indi- I cate. He is slated to compete in Saturdays Governors Handicap. Caldwell concluded his 1952 campaign with a victory at Albuquerque, and opened up this season at Oaklawn, where he won four out of five. At Suffolk he has a perfect score of four for four.

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