Fourteen Two-Year-Old Fillies Meet in 5,000 Rancocas: Smart Devil, Menolene and Courtesy-Delta Duo Vie for Garden State Favoritism, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-26


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, , , Fourteen Twand-Year-Old Fillies Meet in 5,000 Rancocas Smart Devil, Menolene and i Courtesy-Delta Duo Vie for Garden State Favoritism By W. C. PHILLIPS Staff Correspondent GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N. J., May 25 โ€” The Rancocas Stakes will be renewed here Wednesday with 14 precocious fillies scheduled to participate over the usual speed exacting distance of five furlongs. The 5,000 added Rancocas is a championship test of the Garden State meeting for the younger members of the distaff side, and it brings together the best of the local talent against several classy invaders from New York and-Maryland. The leading candidates for the favorite roll are Louis Lee Haggin n.s Smart Devil, Dickey Stables Menolene and the Claiborne Farm entry of Courtesy, and Delta. There is another stable coupling in the band, comprised โ€žof Mrs. Wallace Gilroys Queen Nasra and Charles E. Mather, n.s Gay Reaper. Second to Royal Note Smart Devil, a product of the Blue Grass country of her owner, was undefeated until finishing second in the Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland to Royal Note, a colt who recently won the Cherry Hill Stakes here and is regarded a top contender for the honors in his division. The Haggin filly, a Greentree-bred daughter of Devil Diver and Wise Old Owl, equaled the four-furlong Keeneland record j in her debut, and bettered the mark by Continued on Page Forty-Three Fourteen Entered In Rancocas Stakes Smart Devi!, Menolene and Courtesy-Delta Duo Vie for Garden State Favoritism Continued from Page One two-fifths of a second in her next endeavor, She then finished fast behind Royal Note, and again finished second, to Sorceress, in an overnighter here last week. A rival carried her wide and "parked her" on the stretch turn, or she might have been able to overhaul Sorceress. Post positions may have a deciding influence Wednesday, and Smart Devil appears to be on the short end of the stick. She drew the extreme outside stall. A. G. Vanderbilts Red Letter Day has the inside position; Courtesy is well slotted in the two stall, and Menolene is nicely situated as number four. While Smart Devil has not yet earned a stake triumph, Menolene has two such achievements. The daughter of Bull Brier and Noodle Soup, who is trained by ex-Jjockey Porter Roberts, won the Singing Tower and a division of the Dinner Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She vas defeated just once in the five starts comprising her Florida campaign. Menolene gave an impressive effort here in the Cherry Hill Stakes. She was the lone filly in the field, and she finished third ovcc stakes winners, being led only by Royal* Note and Nashua. Kenny Church, who came here to ride her in the Cherry Hill, will make a return trip here Wednesday. Trainer Moody Jolley sent in a threatening pair in the Claiborne fillies. Courtesy was an easy winner over the Widener Course, running the five panels in. :57% her last time out. Delta won two races, and in her last appearance was rapidly wearing down High Voltage while finishing second to that rival in the filly division of the National Stallion Stakes. Inflame Local Development A local development worth watching is Brookfield Farms Inflame, a homebred by Brookfield and Imahoney. She made her debut under a claiming price, but ran a swift five furlongs to win being eased up, giving trainer Ed Kelly the impetus to match her in stakes company. Inflame is a big, well-rounded filly and has the speed of both her sire and dam. Elkcam Stables Blue Eternal and Barclay Stables Reddy Ro, two who came here via a short campaign in Maryland, have gained personal followings. Blue Eternal, a daughter of Blue Swords, was the victress of a division of the Goldstream Park Dinner Stakes, and she has- also raced well against the. colts. Reddy Ro was an easy winner in the Old Line State, then was overconfidently ridden and probably was best when narrowly defeated by Sorceress, who, later beat Smart Devil, in a local effort.? Fred W. Hoopers Fierce aid A. G.. Vanderbilts Red Letter Day have both been tried in stakes competition. The former *won a section of the Juvenile Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She Showed her usual speed - here, but faltered and was well beaten behind Sorceress and Smart Devil. Red Letter Day finished third in. the Rose-dale and fourth in the National Stallion, in which she was well beaten by Delta. The Maine Chance Farms Fantine Busher is worth a notice as one of the most fashionably bred, being by Mr. Busher โ€” Fantine, but she has shown little in competition. Mfs. Wallace Gilroys Queen Nasra handily beat a field of maidens in New York last week and deserves some consideration, while Gay Reaper, Bit oDream and Double So appear the outsiders of the field. -

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