Bradley Punctual Belmont Favorite: Flaunt Runner-Up to Iselin Gelding, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-07


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Bradley Punctual Belmont Favorite Flaunt Runner-up To Iselin Gelding Caustic Takes Hewlett Purse While Steeplechase Goes to Montadetand Coyeted Entry BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 6. — To the satisfaction of a crowd of • 23,753, Mrs. C. Oliver Iselins favored Bradley drew out in the final phase of the featured Bay~Ridge Purse here today to score by a little more than two lengths over Alexander A. Maus Flaunt. Eddie Arcaro was astride the winner, sending him into command while Willie Lester was occupied trying to get his whip out of his mouth in an effort to switch his stick on Flaunt at the sixteenth pole. Allen H. Smiths By Jeepers finished a head farther back and almost three lengths before Lester Manor Stables Affrighted, who was on the inside rail all th£ way. Bradley, who was finding his way to the winners circle for the first time this year after finishing third in his last four starts, paid .10 and was tele-timed in 1:24% for the seven furlongs. By Jeepers was first out of the gate, while Affrighted stumbled a little leaving his inside stall and required a few strides to settle down. After a furlong Leon Buttler sent Affrighted up to take a slight lead over Stormy Petrel, who was another head before By Jeepers, while Bradley was daylight farther back and biding his time. Flaunt and South Point brought up the rear. After rounding the far turn, Stormy Petrel, who seemed a bit rank, gave way abruptly and dropped back to last place in a few strides, while Affrighted continued to hold a slight lead over By Jeepers. At the same time Flaunt began to move up on the extreme outside, while Bradley was steered between horses. In the stretch Affrighted tired in the deep going on the rail, while Bradley took the lead above the eighth pole. Flaunt, who had lost a little [ground at the final turn, loomed menacingly, but lost ground again when it appeared that he might be able to pass the favorite. The Challenge Me stallion was still able to outfinish By Jeepers, who hung in the final furlong. Another for Mr. Fitz "Mr. Fitz" ran an entry at Sanford Stud Farms Mohawk Valley in the Hewlett I Purse, fifth event, and the strategy paid off. Ogden Phipps* Hula Hula was used to soften up the pacemaking Golden Prince and make it difficult for Mohawk Valley to get the lead turning for home, while Ted Atkinson waited with the same owners Caustic to make his move in the home lane. Caustic had no trouble putting Mohawk Valley away, reversing the decision in their last encounter, and went on to score by four lengths. The Green Cheese Steeplechase was a tasty dish for the admirers of that phase of the sport, with the first five horses finishing in the space of about two lengths. John M. Schiffs Montadet, given a chilly ride by the maiden apprentice J. Willard Thompson, scored by a length and one-half over Lazy F Ranchs Coveted, a running-mate who was making his seasonal bow. Sanford Stud Farms Fulton was only a head farther back after getting the lead at the far turn, while Brookmeade Stables Bavaria was a neck out of the money and only a head before Mrs. Vernon G Cardys Cammell Laird. The latter was a distant last most of the way and was hesitant at all of his fences except the last, then closed with a furious rush. Montadet, a lightweight with" 130 pounds, including Thompsons triple bug, paid .10 after getting about two miles in a creditable 3:42%. Coveted, who was topweight with 157 pounds, turned in an excellent effort for a first outing under Scotty Schul-hofer. James F. McHughs River Jordan, the early pacemaker, fell at the next to last fence after being rank most of the way. Jockey Earl Phelps, who deserves some sort of medal for continually risking life and limb on River Jordan and Jam, was taken to Physicians Hospital, Jackson Heights, with lacerations of the face and a possible concussion.

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