Belmont Tests Native Dancer; Seventeen in Miss America: Jamie K., Royal Bay Gem Again Face Vanderbilt Ace; Surprising Field of Eight Will Seek 00,000 Stake At Mile, One-Half Distance, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-13


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Painting by Allen F Brewer Jr JrNATIVE NATIVE DANCER The Alfred G Van ¬ derbilt star tries for his fifth stakes score in six starts this season in this after ¬ noons renewal of the Belmont Stakes Belmont Tests Native Dancer Seventeen in Miss America Jamie K Royal Bay Gem Again Face Vanderbilt Ace Surprising Field of Eight Will Seek 100tfOO Stake At Mile OneHalf Distance DistanceBy By BOB HORWOOD HORWOODStaff Staff Correspondent BELMONT PARK Elmont L I N Y June 12 A surprisingly large field of eight threeyearolds was named this morning to dispute tomorrows 85th run ¬ ning of the classic Belmont Stakes This 100000 mile and onehalf which is the third tier in the Triple Crown and has been aptly termed The Test of the Cham ¬ pion remains a threehorse race on paper between Alfred G Vanderbilts Na ¬ tive Dancer Spring Hill Farms Jamie K and Eugene Constantin Jrs Royal Bay Gem Of the others Bruce S Campbells Ram o War has been racing honorably and sometimes most unluckily against the leading threeTyearolds all ceason while King Ranchs Kamehameha comes from a winning race in New Jersey and has trained fairly well over the long route routeThe The trio of surprises is composed of Og den Fhipps Bassanio Allie J Fralingers Bob o Boy and Louis Primas The Preem It doesnt cost anything to pass the entry box and it is possible that one or alL of these three will come out before it becomes necessary to post the required 1000 for a license to shoot at the moon Bassanio who seems unwilling rather than unable to win as been considered a possible starter for several days chiefly because his sport ¬ ing owner likes to see his silks in as many major stakes as possible possibleAmbitiously Ambitiously Placed Today TodayBob Bob o Boy staggered home a wellbeaten third behind Powhatan and Dictar at a mile and a sixteenth only yesterday and may need a van to complete a mile and a half tomorrow The Preem has one modest race in his career but was ambitiously un ¬ placed in five stakes last year He will have blinkers off which is not expected to improve him the necessary 50 pounds and 100 lengths lengthsNative Native Dancer will undoubtedly rule a shortpriced favorite tomorrow hardly more than 2 to 5 on the strength of his unbeaten campaign of nine races last year and his fine sophomore record which is tarnished only with his narrow defeat by Dark Star in the Kentucky Derby The TheContinued Continued on Page Three The Dancer1 Faces Seven Belmont Foes FoesJamie Jamie K Royal Bay Gem to Again Try Vanderbilts Ace At Mile OneHalf Distance DistanceContinued Continued from Page One Onegray gray son of Polynesian preceded that lone defeat with victories in the Gotham Stakes and Wood Memorial at Jamaica and fol ¬ lowed it with triumphs in the Withers here at Belmont and the Preakness at Pimlico PimlicoThough Though Native Dancer is generally re ¬ garded as the threeyearold champion at least pro tern his defeat in the Derby and the comparatively close finish of the Preakness in which Jamie K forced him to the limit suggest that this edition of the Belmont will be a horse race Native Dancer is widely expected to confirm his laurels in this rich mile and a half rich both in currency and prestige as it will net the winner 84500 if all eight start mak ¬ ing it the most lucrative of the eightyfive editions of the stake and places the name of its winner in the company of the great horses of our time However Jamie K is expected to again force him to show his true quality and more than a few believe the son of Crowfoot can turn the tables tablesJamie Jamie K won only a single race last year while The Dancer was winning nine and the only time he was first home in a stake he was disqualified in favor of Vanderbilts Social Outcast Despite this unimpressive record he was rated at 116 pounds only 10 below Native Dancer by John B Campbell in his Experimental ratings Returned to action at Hialeah last winter Jamie K fell victim to a virus in ¬ fection just as he appeared ready to justify Campbells estimate While the illness was not unduly severe or prolonged its treat ¬ ment required massive doses of penicillin which invariably robs a horse of his fin ¬ ishing punch for many weeks sometimes for months monthsNeeded Needed Conditioning ConditioningDespite Despite his lack f condition Jamie K was able to make a powerful move which he could not sustain in Hialeahs Fla ¬ mingo and finished in a deadheat for fourth money in the Florida Derby After shipping north he finished very fast in an overnight sprint then was left at the post in the Wood Memorial but got away from Conn McCreary and made up a six ¬ teenth of a mile in less than a half mile to rejoin the leaders in the backstretch That premature effort left him with noth ¬ ing for the finish finishSkipping Skipping the Kentucky Derby Jamie K came out in a mile and sixteenth race at Belmont Park and was again all but left but patiently ridden by Eddie Arcaro who will be seeking his sixth Belmont winner on his back tomorrow Tie moved up stead ¬ ily then closed with a furious rush to beat the older Risque Rouge by a nose after be ¬ ing momentarily blocked in the stretch The son of Crowfoot came out at the same distance a week later and this time broke with his field and again scored impres ¬ sively sivelyHung Hung in Final Sixteenth SixteenthThese These two victories failed to impress the throng assembled at Pimlico for the Preak ¬ ness and Jamie K was a despised outsider in that second tier of the Triple Crown races He came into the picture with a startling rush above the head of the stretch making a furious run that got to Native Dancer at the sixteenth pole where he hung a bit In the final sixteenth Jamie K was only able to hold his own with the Vanderbilt colt neither gaining or losing losingAfter After the Preakness Arcaro said that he had been forced to make a move at the fivefurlong pole which he believed cost him the race As it was the veteran be ¬ lieved that had he dared go through on the rail he would either have won or fallen and added that the least bit of bad luck on Native Dancers part would have resulted in a victory for Jamie K KSince Since the Preakness Jamie K came back with a brilliant effort in a sixfurlong sprint against older horses just failing to give weight to the older Safety at a dis ¬ tance that is considered unsuitable for him Tomorrows return match with Native Dancer is a natural and could well pro ¬ vide a race as thrilling as this years Su ¬ burban battle between Tom Fool and Royal Vale ValeMany Many Honorable Races RacesRoyal Royal Bay Gem has many honorable races to his credit including victories in the Everglades Handicap Jersey Stakes Preakness Prep and Peabody Memorial this year and a second in the Flamingo third in the Preakness and fourth in the Ken ¬ tucky Derby His admirers and they in ¬ clude many veteran horsemen believe that he will be well suited by the distance and the long stretch tomorrow Jimmy Corn best his regular pilot will ride the son of Royal Gem n who also sired the Derby winner Dark Star StarRam Ram o War who raced in the lower claiming ranks early in his juvenile cam ¬ paign finished behind Royal Bay GenT in the Everglades Flamingo Derby Preakness Prep and Preakness However the son of Ramillies had very bad luck which this Writer saw in the Flamingo and Florida Derby and is reported to have had a rough Jrip in the early stages of the Derby If there is to be a startling upset tomorrow it will probably come from this quarter Dave Gorman will ride the Maryland owned colt coltNative Native Dancer blew out impressively for the Belmont this morning going a handy six furlongs in 113 with fractions of 37 49 101 The gray colt appears ready for the race of his life Jamie K who showed his sharpness last Saturday and who is a poor work horse was not asked for any speed as he breezed three furlongs in 38 38Ram Ram o War breezed three furlongs in 38 well in hand while Kamehameha went six furlongs in 117 only being asked to run at the end of the easy spin

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