Chevation Surprises in Kent Stakes: Foxcatcher Racer Downs Full Flight, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-07


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J , . Chevation Surprises in Kent Stakes Foxcatcher Racer Downs Full Flight War of Roses Runs Third In Delaware Park Feature Before Crowd of 26,120 By FRED GALIANI DELAWARE PARK, Stanton, Del., June 5. Lightly regarded Chevation, owned by William duPonts Foxcatcher Farms and grouped in the mutuel field, won the first stakes of his career when he rolled to victory in the 17th and richest running of the Kent Stakes. Moving on the turn with the favored War of Roses, Chevation came down the stretch like a jet to lead Wheatley Stables Full Flight by two lengths. The choice, fresh from a score in the Jersey Stakes, was third in the field of 14, five lengths behind Full Flight. Chevation, a homebred son of Alibhai out of the good mare Fairy Chant, returned 3.80 as a member of the mutuel field with four other horses. Running alone he would have turned in a much higher price. Willie Passmore, who has been doing well at this meeting, rode Chevation and the pair of them scorched the track with a mile and a sixteenth in 1:44, the fastest time of the meeting. Chevation earned 4,900 net of the gross purse of 4,050 for his owner and breeder, who is a member of the executive committee of Delaware Park. In his absence, trainer Dick Handlen accepted the Kent trophy from Amory L. Haskell, president of Monmouth Park. Winner Raced Sparingly Chevation had been sparingly raced prior to the Kent. As a juvenile he went postward four times, winning a maiden affair. This year he made three starts and scored in his last, a mile allowance event at Belmont Park. The crowd of 26,120 which turned put on an overcast afternoon, had little luck in selecting successful favorites and War of Roses was the sixth straight to fail. Under the conditions of the Kent, Chevation, because of his two minor victories, got in the stakes with 108 pounds and was the lightweight of the field. Chevation was allowed to trail the field early, while War of Roses was in the middle of the pack. First I Geegee set the pace, until he was displaced by Full Flight. War of Roses made his move nearing the far turn and surged up on the outside, but by this time Chevation had moved his way up also, and when Westrope sent the favorite for his bid Passmore went with him. Midway of the turn they came up as a team, and turning for home, Chevation had headed War of Roses and only Full Flight and the tiring I Geegee remained to be disposed of. In a few strides, Chevation went to the front and was drawing away from his rivals at the finish. Full Flight was clearly superior over War of Roses, whils John Barry Ryans Buttevant came from far back to be fourth. Wagering .was brisk throughout the afternoon and the record handle of ,016,927 appeared in danger. Palatine Stables Wreck Master, who set two track records at Laurel this spring, wasnt pressed for any speed in the El Chico Purse which matched a field of five youngsters pointing for coming stakes. Under Willie Hartack, the son of Bolero rolled to the finish two and three-quarters of a length before Auburn Farms favored Power Flask. Mrs. Tilyou Christophers Silver Rab was two and a half lengths back in third place. Wreck Master was a close third choice, paid .60 and scampered the five furlongs in :59. The last time Wreck Master and Powder Flask met was in the Bowie Kindergarten and the Auburn racer finished second, leading his rival by two lengths, later being awrded first purse money when Will See was disqualified. Both of them are eligible to the Christiana Stakes on June 19 and the Dover on June 30. Powder Flask showed in front briefly at the start, but Wreck Master soon swished past him and increased his margin the rest of the way, despite Lynchs continuous whipping on the choice through the stretch.

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