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Evening Out Rules Odds-On Favorite To Win Gazelle Over Her Nine Rivals Wideners Champion Filly tand Receive Eight Pounds From Fascinator and Happy Mood By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y„ June 18.— Mrs. George D. Wideners Evening Out, who is generally regarded as the champion of the three-year-old fillies and was voted the queen of her age and sex last year, though she has never been asked to race at more than seven furlongs, is asked to meet 10 rivals tomorrow in the 59th running of the 5,000 Gazelle Stakes at a mile and one-sixteenth. The daughter of Shut Out — Evening Belle, by Eight Thirty, would probably rule an odds-on choice in any event, but the conditions of tomorrows test let her in with 113 pounds, eight less than two of her rivals, Maine Chance Farms Fascinator and Mrs. John D. Hertz Happy Mood. Evening Out, who will be ridden by Eddie Arcaro, won the Fashion, National Stallion, Schuylerville, Spinaway and Matron Stakes last year and suffered her only defeat when pitted against colts in the Futurity, finish- ing fifth behind Porterhouse. This year, the strapping, rather plain, filly returned to action at Belmont Park after having a suspicious knee blistered during the winter and won a swift six furlongs. She eliminated herself from the classic Acorn and Coaching Club American Oaks by kicking through a screen door of her stall, but came back Continued on Page Seven ► Evening Out Stout Choice for Gazelle Wideners Champion Filly to Receive Eight Pounds From Fascinator and Happy Mood Continued from Page One to score impressively here on Monday. In that race, Evening Out was rated off the pace for the first time and proved completely amenable to these tactics, closing with a brilliant rush along the rail to beat On Your Own Yy a length with Happy Mood another length in arrears. Fascinator gave Evening Out her hardest race last year, apart from the Futurity, forcing her to a photo in the National Stallion. This season, the handsome daughter of War Jeep won the Columbiana at Hialeah and the Kentucky Oaks in brilliant style, but has been much abused. Soon after the Columbiana, she was sent back against older fillies on a heavy track in the Black Helen at a mile and one furlong, was unfavorably placed in the weights anc quite naturally, stopped badly. After winning the Kentucky Oaks, she had a rough trip back to Long Island, arriving at Belmont Park at 3:00 a. m. after vanning from Philadelphia, and went back in the Acorn Stakes four days after her Churchill Downs victory. Naturally, she got nothing. Happy Mood earned a dead-heat with Riverina in that mile. Fascinator stopped again in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes won by Queen Hopeful. Tony DeSpirito was announced as the rider for Fascinator. The boy came to Belmont Park to ride the filly a couple of weeks ago and discovered on his arrival that a stable foreman had neglected to enter the filly. He will also pilot Friendly Ace and Divine Actress in a couple of other races for Mrs. Elizabeth N. Graham. After dead-heating in the Acorn, Happy Mood could finish no better "than seventh in the Betsy Ross Stakes won by On Your Own at Garden State, but came back to finish strongly in the Regal Lily won by Evening Out here. .However, she is asked to give eight pounds to the champion, who beat her two lengths at level weights. King Ranchs On Your Own, a full sister to Assault, the champion three-year-old of 1946 and handicap king the following year, won the Betsy Ross immediately before finishing second to Evening Out in the Regal Lily. In the latter race, she went to the front at once under apprentice Dallas Harrier and appeared to have "stolen" the race until Arcaro roused Evening Out at the eighth pole and charged through on the inside to score going away. Unlike her illustrious brother, On Your Own appears to be primarily a sprinter. She will be ridden by Bill Boland tomorrow and meets. Evening Out on level terms, while she was getting seven on Monday. Make a Piay Has Good Record While Evening Out, Happy Mood, On Your Own and Fascinator are the "big four" in this edition of the Gazelle, they are not the only stakes winners in the field. Pin Oak Farms Make a Play won last years Astarita and Marguerite and three other races and is training well since her recent creditable debut at Delaware, but may not be quite up to a mile and one-sixteenth in this company. She has been brought along carefully, however, by the capable "Slim" Pierce and may run surprisingly well. Edwin Holtons Trisong, who tired badly in the Regal Lily, won the Pioress Stakes at Jamaica, beating Open Sesame in that six furlongs. The latter was beaten inches by Cherokee Rose in the CCA Oaks. Mrs. Philip Godfreys OAlison was a surprise winner of the Demoiselle Stakes last year. The others in this Gazelle are Mrs. E. P. Taylors Question Time, Stephen Messanas Old Baasket, Llangollen Farms Tessa and F. M. Poncelets Condamion. Question Time is a stretch-running miss, who may run over enough rivals to get in the picture. Old Baasket and Tessa come from Continued on Page Fifty-Six Evening Out Rules Stout Choice for Gazelle Stakes Continued from Page Seven dangerous barns, while Condamion is a New England campaigner who has won with a ,500 claiming tag this year. The Gazelle is essentially a "breeders race," in that a remarkable proportion of the winners have gone on to produce stakes winners. To mention just a few, Ace Card produced Post Card, Whirlabout is the dam of Spinning Top, Anthemion threw Bryan G., Vagrancy is the dam of Black Tarquin, Tangled produced Tailspin, Invoke is the mother of Wildlife and Fairy Chant produced Chevation. Last years Gazelle went to Mrs. Ben F. Whitakers Grecian Queen, the champion of her generation, while other brilliant winners include Regal Lily, Bridal Flower, Sweet Dream, Nell K., Next Move and Kiss Me Kate. If all 11 start tomorrow, the Gazelle will gross 0,050, while the net share to the winner will be 1,000. A victory for Evening Out will bring her total eafnings to 52,010.