New Jersey: Miss Erlen Stymies Venomous String at Six Della-Pietra Fulfills Fillys Diet Deficiency No Immediate Plans for Spy, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-25


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rt 1 IIMMLsKaJBB New Jersey By Fred Galiani Miss Erlen Stymies Venomous String at Six Della-Pietra Fulfills Fillys Diet Deficiency No Immediate Plans for Spy Songs Daughter MONMOUTH PARK. Oceanport, N. J., June 24.— A six-streak victory string was shattered Saturday for B. A. Darios Venomous when a hitherto unsung, com-I rt 1 pact pact filly, filly, A. A. J. J. Della-Pietras Della-Pietras Miss Miss rt 1 pact pact filly, filly, A. A. J. J. Della-Pietras Della-Pietras Miss Miss Erlen, beat her at her own game by outfooting her from, the gate and withstanding a last-minute drive to win by a head. The~vic-torious miss is another fugitive from the claiming ranks who"has improved enough to get into the stakes - winning class. Della-Pi- Avhose first name is Augustine, Ietra, claimed the daughter of Spy Song — Mint Julep, by Donatello H., H., in in December December at at Tropical Tropical Park Park I IIMMLsKaJBB H., H., in in December December at at Tropical Tropical Park Park I for ,500, while last summer she was campaigning under a ,500 tag around these parts. Della-Pietra, a native of Naples and a retired contractor of Miami, Fla., exercised a little chauvinism in taking Miss Erlen, explaining that he acquired her mainly because of her dams breeding, the mare coming from Tasios world renowned stud in Italy, but purchased" as a yearling and later racing in England. Della-Pietra attributes Miss Erlens marked improvement to fulfilling a vitamin deficiency in her diet, and says that he gave her cobalt minerals. Whether that was the answer or not, Miss Erlen has certainly improved under Della-Pietra and his 18-year-old son Johns handling. No immediate plans have been formulated for the daughter of Spy Song, but her owner-trainer will reserve her for sprints against her own sex and will race her either" in Atlantic City or New York.. Della-Pietra entered racing in 1947 with4he. purchase of Clabbering Jim, with whom he later won the Florida-Cuba Invitational at Hialeah in 1950. In"l947, he bought a farm, near Tropical Park where at first he boarded horses and engaged in some breeding. The latter practice he has ceased until the time when he can acquire some good mares and studs. Della-Pietra is also one of the founders of the, Florida Thoroughbred Breeders Association. First Campaign in the Garden State _ The Miami horseman is making his first campaign in New Jersey and there is no doubt that it is going, to be a successful one, considering that lie has already managed tdrop one stake. Last year, he raced in New England and the summer previous in Chicago, the only other seasons he has bothered to make a summer circuit. The Della-Pietra stable is a small one, consisting of the Regret winner, Easy Mae arid -a, two-year-old named Tema. Thats all that Augustine and his son John can handle comfortably. Miss Erlen outfooted Venomous soon after the start, when Boulmetis saw that Blum had taken a: hold of the favorite. The Dario filly, notoriously fast, was obviously being taken under wraps, Blum husbanding her speed for a propitious burst. Unfortunately for the filly and her backers, who. made her a staunch choice, Venomous, when finally* taken off the rail and moved to the outside for the stretch drive, was unable to concede 10 pounds to Miss Erlen and catch the flying leader. The choice went down. gamely, while Miss Erlen deserves all the credit in the world for snapping the choices string with tier display of speed. The Regret Stakes record of 1:09 was set by Blue Sparkler last year, while Miss Erlen needed three ticks more to get her job done. Both- the winner and vanquished favorite must be credited with valiant performances, and there is no doubt that Miss Erlen will be heard from again before the season is over. Monmouth Shorts: Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense, had the tables turned on* him somewhat Saturday as he had to fathom out the mysteries of eight races which he* observed from the parterre terrace. The noted film director, carefully scanning the pages of Daily Racing Form, alternating from the theatrical page to the racing sections, is not a stranger to these grounds, although he admits that he is only a casual turfgoer. The terrace looked like Shubert - Alley on Saturday, what with Ralph Bellamy and his wife, and that staunch horse follower, Frank Parker, also in the throng. "Sonny" Werblin, Music Corporation of America executive, who is a member of Monmouth Parks board of directors, also was present. Reveal Rasper II. Suffers Injury Trainer J. Bowes Bond reveals that Mrs. Milton Erlangers Rasper II. will be out of action for quite some time as a result of suffering a quarter crack in his last race" . . . Joseph M. Roeblings Point Pleasant, " "who, we assume, is named for the nearby seashore resort, and a recent winner at Belmont Park, will be shipped in here for the Colleen Stakes this week end . . . Jockey Bill Cook will desert these parts this week to ride D and H Stables Pardala in the Delaware Handicap ... It looks like the Monmouth, season is officially launched now that Edgar "Gibby" Gibson has deserted the sylvan sanctuary of Delaware Park for the moderne motif of Monmouth, where he will stay ior the rest of the season. John E. McAuliffe ran almost as fast as his filly, Musterbite, and in the process nearly lost his snazzy straw hat, as he dashed to the winners circle in time to have his picture taken after the second race on Saturday. McAuliffe, owner of the Triangle Pipe and Conduit Enterprises of Newark, N. J., and elsewhere in the country, purchased Musterbite and two other youngsters for a total of approximately 0,000 last summer at the Keeneland sales. Saturdays victory was the first score by any of the trio, but McAuliffe believes all three to be promising material and he plans to fly to Lexington in his sleek 12-passenger private plane again this summer in search of more material for his stable. McAuliffes horses are handled by Glen Felkner, who as adept with a golf club as with hnrsaa. l J J i i I J l *. ». 3 1 Ifj

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