First Watch Gains Nose Tally over Indian Legend: Latter Likely to See Action on Saturday in Oaks at Delaware, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-23


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First Watch Gains Nose Tally Over Indian Legend Latter Likely to See Action on Saturday in Oaks at Delaware By PALMER HEAGERTY Staff Correspondent DELAWARE PARK, Stanton, Del., June 22.— William Ziegler, Jr.s, First Watch, a lightly campaigned son of Ace Admiral, scored his initial success in five starts this season when he downed Greentree Stables favored Indian Legend in the featured Sergeant Muggins Purse here this afternoon. Three lengths behind the near-deadlocked team came Mrs. Dorothy N. Lees Belmont Breeze. Intense heat throughout the day held the attendance down to 9,863 and wagering on the eight-race program was correspondingly low. With Willie Lester turning in a well-judged saddle job, First Watch completed the mile and a sixteenth in a commendable 1:45% and returned .40 as tlie second choice. The Sergeant Muggins, which is a tribute to Milton "Muggins" Feldman, popular publicity director at Atlantic City, Bowie and Sunshine Park, and one of the associates in the Delaware Park press department, resulted in one of the closest finishes of the meeting, with First Watch gaining the nod in the concluding stride. Indian Legend, who had raced but once previously this season after having won two races including the Frizette Stakes as a two-year-old, was sent here with Saturdays Delaware Oaks in view. Even though defeated today, her race was sharp enough to suggest that she will be in the starting field for Saturdays mile and a furlong test for sophomore fillies. Ted Atkinson, who came down from New York especially for the occasion, turned in a splendid job atop the Ardan miss but she may have tired a bit in the final yards. When Mrs. J. R. H. Thourons Fast and Far won the five and a half furlong third race it enabled his trainer and jockey, Jim Ryan and Jack Westrope, to moye into a tie for honors in their respective divisions. The score was the eighth for Ryan and the 16th for Westrope. Fast and Far paid 0 after being timed in a good 1:05%. Montpeliers favored Saratoga was second over Ralph Lowes Spy Lark. Jpckey Oliver Cutshaw scored with a pair of two-year-olds during the afternoon, taking the second race with Thomas E. Gilmans Mill Tract and the fourth race with Milton Pennewells Forest Gal. The latter paid .60, while Mill Tract was a , choice.

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