Be Gracious Annexes Third Straight: Downs Laran by One Length In Delaware Allowance Test; Favored Referee Runs Third In Sharpstown; Mohammedan Triumphs as Odds-On Choice, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-16


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WILLIAM BOOTH— Trainer of Mohammedan, winner of the Renappi Purse at Delaware Park. Be Gracious Annexes Third Straight Downs Laran by One Length In Delaware Allowance Test * Favored Referee Runs Third InSharpstown;Mohammedan Triumphs as Odds-On Choice By PALMER HEAGERTY Staff Correspondent DELAWARE PARK, Stanton, Del., June 15. — Matt J. Cremens hard-hitting six-year-old mare, Be Gracious, scored her fourth victory of the year and her third in succession when she defeated four male rivals in this afternoons featured Sharps-town Purse. Edgar A. Nicodemus Laran was second over Brandywine Stables Referee, with Houghton P. Metcalfs Roman Rocket and Stanley C. Mikells Brush Burn completing the field. Be Gracious, a daughter of Discovery — Her Grace, has raced in four states this year and has earned brackets in each of ■them. She is pointing for the 00,000 added New Castle Handicap and her prep this afternoon saw her complete a mile and a sixteenth in 1:45% under 108 pounds, including Jockey Willie J. Passmore., Another good crowd of 14,551 witnessed the sport, conducted under ideal conditions and over a fast racing surface. Roman Rocket Sets Early Pace Roman Rocket took care of the early pace, showing four and five lengths in the van while being hard held by Arnold Kirk-land. Be Gracious, after- having trailed early, circled the field and gained prominence after having moved by Referee on the final turn. Laran raced Roman Rocket into defeat as the field straightened for the stretch run, but he retained the advantage only briefly, as Be Gracious collared him and seemed capable of putting him away when ready. Passmore used good judgment on the winning mare and allowed her to draw clear only in the final yards. Referee, after being outmoved on the elbow, was full of run through the stretch, but Jack Westrope, who was seeking a consecutive double, was unable to find clear sailing for the favorite and had to ease his way between horses. He finally made it, but too late to menace the winner. - I. J. Collins Mohammedan, a galloping winner in his recent return to competition, scored even more convincingly in todays fifth race, which he won by three lengths as a .70 favorite. Ridden by Jack West-rope, the Mahmoud five-year-old was merely galloping and he finished out the • six furlongs in 1:12%. Two lengths behind . the winner came Winlochan Stables Adopt i and Charles Wisecarvers Isle of Bond, who ■ were heads apart. The latter worked out a ; full mile, being timed in 1:41%.

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