Nashua Tops Nine In Grey Lag Cap: Carries 128, Gives Eight To Joe Jones, Fisherman In 6,200 Jamaica Race, Daily Racing Form, 1956-05-05


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Nashua Tops Nine In Grey Lag Cap CapCarries Carries 128 Gives Eight To Joe Jones Fisherman in 56200 Jamaica Race RaceBy By BOB HORWOOD HORWOODJAMAICA JAMAICA L I N Y May 4 A pretty fair country race horse who has amassed the tidy sum of 1040515 was purchased by a syndicate last winter for 1251200 and goes by the name of Nashua is slated to meet eight rivals here Saturday in what promises to be one of the most interesting thoroughbred horses races of the year The occasion is the Grey Lag Handicap at a mile and one furlong a race which will gross 56200 if all nine start and net the winner 38100 Should this winner be Nashua who will carry the orange and blue silks of Leslie Combs H it will bring his gleanings from a career that began at Bel mont Park precisely two years ago to the day to within 7145 of Citations alltime money winning record of 1085760 1085760Though Though Nashua is sure to rule a short priced favorite with Saturdays children he faces no easy task in conceding from eight to 19 pounds to some very tough horses Ted Atkinson will ride the big son of Nasrullah at 128 pounds one more than he carried when winning the Widener at Hialeah and one less than the burden he failed disastrously to carry in the Gulf stream Park Handicap his last start At ¬ kinson replaces Eddie Arcaro who is slated to ride Head Man in the Kentucky Derby tomorrow but is no stranger to Nashua having turned in a brilliant ride on the colt to beat Summer Tan in the final strides of last years Wood Memorial and having breezed him many times In fact Nashua has never lost a race for which Atkinson prepped him He was aboard the colt in his last mile trial at Jamaica JamaicaThe The opposition in order of weights to ¬ morrow is composed of Mrs Ethel D Jacobs Joe Jones and C V Whitneys Fisherman 120 pounds each Alfred G Vanderbilts Find 118 Cockfield Stables Le Beau Prince 111 Valley Farms Im ¬ passe 110 Mrs E E Robbins Midafter nopn who will be coupled with Le Beau Prince and Clearwater Stables Cavort Cavorti i Continued on Page Threa Portrait by C Fred Sitzler NASHUA Eight Will Oppose Nashua at Jamaica Today in 56200 Grey Lag Handicap Carries 128 Gives Eight Pounds to Joe Jones and Fisherman at Nine Furlongs FurlongsContinued Continued from Page Ont 109 apiece and S M Bartons Devasta ¬ tion 102 102Joe Joe Jones won two stakes at Bowie fin ¬ ished second to the illfated Sailor in the Campbell Memorial was a close second to Find in the Excelsior then beat that geld ¬ ing in the Lincoln Special in his last of five starts The son of Stymie will be ridden by Conn McCreary who is thoroughly fa ¬ miliar with his peculiarities including a tendency to bear in through the stretch that cost him victory in the Excelsior and held his margin to a nose in the Lincoln Special SpecialNo No rider has been named as yet for the steadily improving Find Vanderbilt has given Eric Guerin permission to ride Career Boy at Churchill Downs tomorrow tomorrowFind Find has showed a distinct liking for Jamaica winning four stakes at this track and was a surprisingly close fourth behind Nashua after setting all the pace in the Widener The Discovery gelding who had been sprinting before that race after hav ¬ ing missed the entire 1955 campaign was beaten about a lialf length by Mr Millions in that mile and a quarter but picks up considerable weight weightFisherman Fisherman has turned in three disap ¬ pointing races this year first in a sprint at Bowie then in the Campbell and finally in the Excelsior but is training well and may reveal some of the form that enabled him to win 12 of his 38 starts including the Washington D C International and 381050 Hedley Woodhouse who fits him well will be in the saddle saddleThe The presence of Le Beau Prince in the Grey Lag adds considerable interest to to ¬ morrows stake The gray Frenchbred son of the obscure Fontenay by Tornado a son of Tourbillon has won all four of his starts in this country with ridiculous ease cap ¬ turing two sprints then going a mile and a sixteenth finally dropping back to six furlongs again However he has not yet encountered anything with any pretensions to class and his own class is an unknown quantity quantityThe The invader who will be ridden by Bill Boland leading rider at the meeting has showed speed a degree of stamina and con ¬ siderable adaptability being willing to run inside outside or between horses on the lead or from behind the pace and there is no more reason to assume that he doesnt have the class to go with his obvious ability than there is to assume that he does have it Obviously if he does have even a rea ¬ sonable amount of that indefinable quality he is tossed in at the weights weightsMidafternoon Midafternoon who will possibly replace Le Beau Prince rather than run as an entry with him since Boland has been named for both horses won his last start here easily but against modest opposition and was badly beaten by Joe Jones in Maryland MarylandImpasse Impasse came from last place to win a sprint in identical time with that turned in by Le Beau Prince the same afternoon that horse scored his last victory and both horses worked out a mile in an identical 140 Jimmy Combest is slated to ride the son of Contradiction who though he al ¬ ways finishes well may find nine furlongs a little long Impasses best races have been at seven furlongs a distance at which he won Hialeahs Palm Beach Handicap a couple of years ago and was narrowly beaten by the brilliant White Skies in the Roseben at Belmont Park ParkCavort Cavort and Devastation are the likely outsiders of the field On his best races of last fall Cavort would have some sort of chance assuming that Nashua again sulks as he did at Gulfstream and that Le Beau Prince is counterfeit Devastation appears outclassed even on his best form formTomorrows Tomorrows secondary feature would be a headline attraction most week ends This is the 10000 Great Neck Handicap an overnight event headed by Gerald S Co lellas SwitchOn with 124 pounds Switch On is making his first New York appear ¬ ance and has been freshened after two races behind Joe Jones at Bowie in which he indicated that he had lost some of the brilliant form that enabled him to win the Palm Beach and McLennan Handicaps over Social Outcast at Hialeah Bob Ussery will ride the son of Condiment who is pointingfor the Toboggan on opening day at Belmont Park May14 May14Switch Switch On will try to concede weight to such capable speedsters as War Command 121 Admiral Vee 119 Paper Tiger 114 and Giant Cracker 110 pounds Giant Cracker was a lucky winner over Switch On in the New Years Handicap at Tropit cal Park on January 2

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