Larry Ellis Proves Best in White Mountain Test: Ridden Out Smartly by Despirito to Annex Feature at Rockingham, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-07


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Larry Ellis Proves Best In White Mountain Test Ridden Out Smartly by DeSpirito To Annex Feature at Rockingham By AVERY BROWN Staff Correspondent ROCKINGHAM PARK, Salem, N. H., June 5. Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Lingles Larry Ellis benefited by a heady ride from Tony DeSpirito and moved from off the pace to annex the White Mountain Handicap at Rockingham Park today before a crowd of 13,537. The stakes winning son of Easy Mon carried his 120-pound impost to a three and a half length advantage over W. J. Beatties Park Dandy, completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42, .just three-fifths of a second off the track standard held by Sailed Away. Third in the seven-horse field was River Divide Farms Andre, who lost the runner-up spot by a nose while finishing a length before Morrie Sidells News Again. Irving Gushens Soldier Son wound up a soundly beaten fifth. The anticipated duel between Larry Ellis and Soldier Son fizzled before the race was a half mile along when it was apparent that Vernon Smith, astride the gray Irish-bred, was going to burn out the speed of the Gushen stallion. Fran Jr. went alohg with Soldier Son for a quarter-mile, but once straightened for the run down the backstretch the gray was all by himself some seven lengths before his nearest rival. Larry Ellis was nearly 15 lengths back. After reaching the six fur-1 longs in 1:10, Soldier Son began to shorten stride and Park Dandy, Andre and Larry Ellis all moved together. The Lingle gelding caught the tiring leader as they straightened for the run through the stretch, and it was all over. Park Dandy continued on gamely under the efforts of Frank Solimena and out-finished Andre who was at his side throughout the final furlong. News Again made up about 18 lengths in the final half mile but was never a serious threat to Larry Ellis. In what started out to be a dreary day with a heavy fog enveloping the surrounding mountains, turned out to be much brighter for both the Rockingham Park Association and the fans as the sun burst through just prior to the White Mountain Cap. While Algasir and Larry Ellis were the only choices to win through the first sevens-events, everything pointed to the first million dollar day at The Rock this season.

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