Bavaria Captures Delaware Chase: Takes Spring Maiden Event over Beau Sir; Tahiti Best in Days Feature on Flat, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-28


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Bavaria Captures Delaware 7Chase Takes Spring Maiden Event Over Beau Sir; Tahiti Best In Days Feature on Flat By PALMER HEAGERTY Staff Correspondent DELAWARE PARK, Stanton, Del., June 27. Performing creditably before a small group of early arrivals, Brookmeade Stables Bavaria this afternoon accounted for the 15th and richest Delaware Spring Maiden Steeplechase in a running which was presented 45 minutes prior to post time for the regular eight-race program. Almost two lengths behind the winner came Manton B. Metcalf, Jr.s Beau Sir, who held a 10-length advantage over Charles W. Stitzers Another Hyacinth. Completing the four -horse field was Wil- -3iam H. Frantzs Follies Bergere, another 20 lengths in arrears. Mrs. Dodge Sloanes five-year-old First Fiddle gelding, whose lone previous victory this year was in the Aqueduct version of the Spring Maiden, overcame a bobble at the final obstacle to respond to pressure from Flint Schulhofer and record time of 3:56 for the about two-mile distance This marked the slowest running since 1948 and the sixth slowest in the history of the race. Bavaria, who would have been a top heavy favorite had there been wagering, picked up ,075 of a ,750 gross purse and has now earned 5,560 this term. Another Hyacinth, a six-year-old Irish-bred, who boasts three scores this year, one at Belmont and two at hunt meetings, was the pacemaker in the Spring Maiden and handled himself creditable for a mile and a half. Despite good rating from Pat Smithwick, he weakened thereafter and bobbled at both the 13th and 14th jumps, between which he was displaced by Bavaria. Holds Hedge Position Bavarias task was not an easy one, even nfter he had attained the lead. He, was challenged by Beau Sir, Under Albert Foot and the two horses were on almost even terms around the final turn, with the Brookmeade colorbearer holding the hedge position. The other two, in the meantime, had called it a day and were taking the easy way out, dropping far behind the dueling leaders. Beau Sir outjumped his rival at the 15th and final obstacle and might even have gotten his head to the fore briefly. Bavaria, however, despite his corrected highweight of 160 pounds, which foud him making a concession of 12 pounds to Beau Sir, proved the more capable in the final drive to prevail by a length and three-quarters in a driving finish. The easiest victory seen at Delaware Park in many seasons went to Walter M. Jeffords Tahiti in the fifth event. The five-year-old Polynesian Blue Denim gelding, a prohibitive .20 favorite after three victories in four starts, including the Maryland Sprint Handicap, merely toyed with his rivals while breezing to a seven-length score with six furlongs in 1:10. Eugene Moris Bronze Warrior lasted by a head over Cedar Farms War Tune. Tony DeSpirito had Tahiti off winging and the Jeffords colorbearer had no trouble in shaking off Bronze Warrior, following which he breezed clear while appearing all over a champion. Tahiti hasnt raced since May 13, the only reason being the inability to fill local sprint events for which he has been elgibile. Another Jeffords horse figured prominently in the afternoons racing, the plater Cub Scout having been withdrawn from the second race after reportedly arriving at JLhe starting point in a lame condition. This necessitated a consolation Daily Double on King Mowlee and Cub Scout, which was worth 4.40. The winning combination of King Mowlee and Tunshen paid 34.20. In the straight, place and show wagering there was a refund of 8,830 on Cub Scout.

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