Begorra Along in Time to Nose Out Matagorda: Arcaro Puts Up Strong Finish on Rand Performer in Cudgel, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-19


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Begorra Along in Time To Nose Out Matagorda Arcaro Puts Up Strong Finish On Rand Performer in Cudgel AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 18.---Responding to one of Eddie Arcaros strongest finishes, Prank C. Rand, Jr.s Begorra got up in the final stride of the featured Cudgel Handicap today to nose out Joe W. Browns Matagorda. Ogen Phipps favored Bassanio was another two lengths away at the end of the mile and a furlong, while Stephen Messane/s King Jolie was another length and a half out of the money after setting a good pace to the head of the stretch. Second choice with the crowd of 19,817 that turned out in sunny weather, Begorra paid .20. Arcaro hustled him home in 1:52% over a track that is still waterlogged below the surface. Bill Boland sent King Jolie into a daylight lead at the start of the Cudgel and was three lengths in the van by the time he turned into the backstretch. Flaunt, Bassanio and Begorra raced fairly close together behind the leader, with Begorra on the outside in the long run down the far side, while Matagorda was not far away. Conn McCreary, meanwhile, exaggerated his own familiar tactics on Tur-gueneff, who was a remote last. King Jolie shortened stride abruptly turning for home, and was challenged by Begorra, while Matagorda surged up on the rail ana Bassanio began to falter. Matagorda took the lead inside the furlong pole and appeared to have the race won right to the wire, but Begorra came again under Arcaros urging to score by inches in the final stride. Bassanio took third money by default when King Jolie and Flaunt ran out of wind. Turgueneff was roused turning for home, but was unable to gain in the final furlong. Michikee, who was purchased by Peter Fuller from Mr. and Mrs. John De Blois Wack for 7,000 at the recent Belmont Park sales, returned ,600 of that price at the first asking when she won the Sweet Dream Purse by a length over Elmendorf s Anegada. Hedley Woodhouse rode the War Admiral filly and had to rouse her sharply at the sixteenth pole as she started to loaf when enjoying a safe lead. Michikee returned 1.40 and required 1:13% for the six furlongs. " r " • r 1 1

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