Sun David Wins Again at Lincoln; Trying Drives to Game Astoria Tally: Turns Back Several Challenges in Stake, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-17


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Sun Sun David David Wins Wins Again Again at at Lincoln; Lincoln; Trying Trying Drives Drives to to Game Game Astoria Astoria Tally Tally J. H. SKIRVIN Saddled Trying for her second score in as many starts in yesterdays Astoria Stakes renewal. Turns Back Several Challenges in Stake Perry Filly Has Head Edge Over Fast-Finishing Fashion Page in Aqueduct Fixture By BOB HOBWOOD Staff Correspondent AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y June 16. Taking the track at the start and withstanding a series of challenges, W. Haggin Perry?s Trying captured the forty-eighth Astoria Stakes by a head over Mrs. Wallace Gil4 roys Fashion Page, who closed with a furi-V ous rush from last place. Barclay Stables Reddy Ro was almost two lengths farther back at the end of five and a half furlongs in 1:06 over a dead track, while Starland Stables Noors Dream was another length and a half out of the money. Claiborne Farms Courtesy, who was favored despite the scratching of her sta-blemate, Delta, ran as though the wrong one had been withdrawn, showing no speed at any stage of the journey. The Wheatley-Belair entry of Natasha and Long Stretch, who were strong second choices, also turned in weak races, finishing fifth and eighth, while Maine Chance Farms Fantine Bush-er, winner of the Polly Drummond Stakes at Delaware last out, was a weary sixth in the field of eight. 7,000 Yearlings Purchase Trying, who won her only other start at Belmont Park last week, was neglected by the crowd of 16,714 and paid 0.10. The daughter of Endeavour n. Seaton Pippin, by Johnstown, who was saddled by Jack Sku-vinf was a 7,000 purchase, top price of the Endeavour n. yearlings sold at Saratoga. The ,875 Trying earned today brought her total to 2,475 in two starts. Jim Nichols sent Trying to the lead at the start of the Astoria, but was immediately challenged by Fantine Busher and the pair raced around the first turn a head apart, closely followed by Noors Dream and Long Stretch. Courtesy and Fashion Page brought up the rear at this stage, many lengths behind the leaders. Trying shook off Fantine Busher between the turns and for a few strides was headed by Reddy Ro, while Long Stretch was only a head away. Curving for home, Trying regained command and quickly opened a wide lead, but Hedley Woodhouse finally got Fashion Page into high gear and that Sport Page filly began to close rapidly on the outside. She was still almost six lengths away at the eighth pole, however, Continued on Page Twenty-Seven Trying Drives to Game Score in Astoria Stakes Turns Back Several Challenges To Gain Victory at Aqueduct Continued from Page One and Trying was going fairly easily in the van. Nichols roused Trying again in the shadow of the wire as Fashion Page closed with a furious burst of speed and staved off the final challenge by a long head. Reddy Ro held on fairly well to be third, while Noors Dream was best of the others. Natasha ran over beaten horses at the end. Powerfully ridden by Hedley Woodhouse, C. V. Whitneys Ming Yellow got up in the final stride of the Juniper Valley Purse to head T. F. Whites Big Print, who was just as powerfully urged by Eddie Arcaro. Only a half length farther back in the torrid finish came Hampton Stables La Perouse, who led Charfran Stables Brown Booter by a length. Harry LaMontagnes favored Vala-dium flattened in the stretch after racing with the winner most of the way and finished sixth. Ming Yellow, who comes from two bad races on the grass at Belmont Park, paid 8.40 and required 1:47 over a track that seemed at least a second slower to the mile than it was yesterday, probably due to the heavy atmosphere as the strip was not cut up, according to track superintendent Len-nie Litwak. Big Print tried to make a runaway of the Juniper Valley, while Brown Booter, who tried to get out on the turns, forced the pace. Ming Yellow was well back and rac- ing between horses to the stretch. Wood-house whipped left-handed through th stretch and the gray filly responded willingly. Though Big Print held on gamely, the filly was going away at the end. ,. j

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