Blue Violin Wins Honeymoon by Six; Nances Lad Gains Peter Pan Honors: Runs Nine Furlongs in Speedy 1:48 2/5, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-06


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Blue Blue Violin Violin Wins Wins Honeymoon Honeymoon by by Six; Six; Nances Nances Lad Lad Gains Gains Peter Peter Pan Pan Honors Honors Runs Nine Furlongs In Speedy :4S2/s Dabsoh Homebred Downs Portersville, Little Dell Before 37,284 at Belmont By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. X, N. Y., June 4.— The throng of 37,284 that made Hilton A. Dabsons Nances Lad favorite for the 16th running of the 1,500 Peter Pan Handicap had few anxious moments today as John Choquette steered the son of Slide Rule from the speedy Nances Ace to an -easy triumph. Shooting into command on the inside nearing the three-furlong pole, Nances Lad drew away steadily to reach the end of the mile and a furlong four and a half lengths before Clearwater stables Portersville, the second choice in the wagering. It was another five lengths back to C. V. Whitneys Little Dell, who led King Ranchs Retamero by two lengths. Nances Lad paid .90 and stepped the distance in a speedy 1:48%, only three-fifths slowed than the track record set by Counterpoint in the 1951 Peter- Pan, and equalling the second best time for the stake, set by Fair-aris in 1942. Adds Sixth Victory Dabson, who raced Nances Ace and bred and trains Nances Lad, picked up 2,400 as his share of the gross purse. The bay colt, who was reported to have rapped himself slightly when finishing fourth in last Saturdays Preakness, has now earned 3,350 with six victories in 13 starts, all but one, of which was this year. The colt scored for his debut at Tropical Park at Continued on Page Seven ► : Nances Lad Takes Peter Pan Handicap . Dabson Homebred Downs Portersville, Little Dell Before 37,284 at Belmont Continued from Page One the end of 1954 and his previous stakes triumphs were in the Hutchenson and Fountain of Youth Handicaps at Gulf-stream Park and the Swift Stakes here, while he was second to Traffic Court in the Withers, second to Boston Doge in the Bahamas and inflicted that colts only defeat in the local Swift. Nances Lad probably earned a chance to start in next Saturdays Belmont Stakes, in which he will have to meet Nashua, while Portersville, Little Dell and Retamero are also possibilities for that mile and a half. Nances Lad was first away from the gate in the Peter Pan, but Choquette quickly took him under restraint, while Sacandaga was hustled into command, followed by Portersville, who moved to the outside, and Little Dell. In the run down the backstretch, Nances Lad was back in fifth place behind Flying Fury and followed by Retamero, Courtship and Mandil, who was unable to keep up as they sped the quarter in :23% and half in :47M». After rounding the far turn, where Portersville took a brief lead from Sacandaga between calls and Little Dell was a close third, Choquette turned Nances Lads head loose, evidently not wanting to go from a pull to a drive. In a few strides, the Slide Rule colt flashed into command, apparently some distance off the rail, though racing on the inside. Steadily Increases Margin Once in the lead, Nances Lad drew away steadily and finished with his ears pricking and his young rider sitting perfectly still as he skipped the six furlongs in 1:10% and mile in 1:35%, then coasted the last furlong in :12%. Portersville was never seriously menaced for second money, though Little Dell made a valiant effort when Woodhouse whipped left handed to get off the* rail and challenged on the outside. Retamero was unable to gain after reaching contention in the upper stretch. Courtship, Flying Fury, Sacandaga and Mandil followed in that order. Eric Guerin made it three for three when he- steered Hal Price Headleys Pester to a length and a half triumph over C. V. Whitneys Born Mighty, who led his stable-mate, Career Boy, another three parts of a length. E. M. OBriens favored Folding Mon was a head out of. tfle money. Pester paid 3.20 and stepped the five furlongs on the Widener straightaway in :57% against a light wjnd. Arthur Godfreys luck with his horses, which has been uniformly bad, took a turn for the worse in this race, when his oddly spelled Pursuader, a 0,000 son of Eight Thirty, bolted across the track in his debut in this dash, crashed into the outside fence where the main track crosses the chute and spilled Augustine Catalano into the infield. The boy appeared to escape with bruises, while Pursuader was unsaddled where he fell, and appeared to have emerged with a scraped right leg and shock. Earlier on the program Guerin guided Ham Hocks to victory in the opening race and then piloted Ham Bone successfully in the third.

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