Carry the News Scores at Aqueduct: Impressive Effort by Whitney Race, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-23


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Carry the News Scores at Aqueduct Impressive Effort By Whitney Racer Unleases Powerful Drive in Stretch to Turn Back Mabs Choice and Valadium By J. SWEENEY GRANT Staff Correspondent AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 22.— Unleashing a powerful stretch attack, C. V. Whitneys Carry the News here today accounted for top honors in the Melissa Purse and in so doing qualified handsomely for the 5,000 added Distaff Handicap to be decided Monday., Forwardly placed during the early running the four-year-old daughter of Mahmoud — Legend Bearer responded readily when shaken by apprentice Ray Broussard entering the stretch of the seven-furlong event and after taking command charged under the wire two and one-half lengths before Robert S. Howards Mabs Choice. The latter appeared to drift in slightly during the drive and though unable to seriously endanger the winner after being straightened outgamed Harry LaMontag-nes Valadium by an addional two lengths. A head separated the latter from the Hampton Stables La Perouse. Bee Gee Farms Petal and Mrs. Charles Silvers Bless America comprised the remainder of the compact field and finished in that order. A crowd of 16,716 turned out in moderately warm weather to witness the afternoon of sport. Favorites fared fairly well during the earlier saces on the card, but began to fall by the wayside as the program progressed. Mabs Choice was installed the lukewarm choice for the feature. Returns 3.40 Mutuel Under the allowance conditions of the Melissa Carry the News was assigned 119 pounds, but answered the bugle under a five-pound lighter impost including the usual allowance for apprentice Broussard, who rode his~mount to perfection. The winner completed her seven-furlong task in a sparkling 1:24% over the fast strip after which she returned her scattered backers 3.40 straight. Making her first start since an unsuccessful attempt to add the Columbiana to her seasonal laurels during the winter at Hialeah, Bless America showed an unusual amount of early speed as she took charge immediately after the start. The shifty filly sprinted into a commanding four-length lead soon after" the start and continued on gamely while stepping the quarter in :22% and the half in :46 flat. At the latter point Carry the News remained in closest pursuit as Valadium and Mabs Choice were within striking distance. Curving into the home lane Bless America began to shorten stride and as the furlong marker came into view the eventual winner had replaced the tiring leader. Once in command Carry the News responded to brisk urging from her rider and set out to increase her advantage with every stride. Mabs Choice, who had drifted out slightly on the turn, showed a tendency to lub in while attempting to overtake the winner and it became apparent that she would be unable to accomplish her objec-tive.Valadium came between horses and ducked to the rail for the stretch run as Petal, on the complete outside, and La Perouse. inched into closer contention. Midway the final furlong Carry the News attained a clear advantage and apprentice Broussard was content to steady her and to await and expected challenge from other members of the group which failed to materialize. Carry the News crossed the finish an impressive victor, convincingly besting both Mabs Choice and and Valadium, who did not possess the necessary qualifications when the real test came. Bfess America tired badly during the late stages, but should benefit from the effort.

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