Maryland: Stokes Doubleheader Closes Laurel Honora Mickey Boy and Bernburgoo Share Honors, Daily Racing Form, 1958-05-06


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——I IHl ;v_S£t, _____! HKaL-fli Maryland By Fred Galiani • Stokes Doubleheader Closes Laurel Meet Mickey Boy and Bernburgoo Share Honors Banner Year Seen for New Jersey Racing BALTIMORE, Md., May 5. — Laurel closed out a banner season Saturday and capped off final, proceed- ; irigs willi a double stakes program, headed by the in-I ——I augural augural running running of of the the Mary- Mary- ; ; augural augural running running of of the the Mary- Mary- ; ; land Derby, and supported by the Laurel Spring Turf Handicap. Actually jockey Clarence Meaux, second leading rider in the nation, stole the spotlight, capping off three straight saddle triumphs ■with a sweep of both stakes races. A. J. Bullocks Mickey Boy, trained by his owner, took the first running of the Derby, which was for thoroughbreds foaled in the the state, state, and and thwarted thwarted Knoll- HKaL-fli the the state, state, and and thwarted thwarted Knoll- Knoll-wood Farms.filly Movitave from being the first winner of the event, for which she was a solid favorite. Joe i Culmone, who piloted Movitave, claimed foul against the winner, "but the stewards failed to see anything in the pictures to corroborate his claim and Mickey Boy ■was allowed to stand as the winner. Mickey Boy was given a come-from-behind ride by Meaux, who has adopted the Conn McCreary style of riding; and it might be added with remarkable success - as his record attests. While Movitave and Tuscanaway were battling it out on the lead right from the start, Meaux allowed Mickey Boy to settle into best stride before making his move on the turn. Then coming between horses, and under a hard drive, Mickey Boy outgamed Movitave to gain a half-length verdict at the end of the 1 1-16 miles, but the margin appeared to be smaller than that as there were four horses* strung out across the track. Movitave Still Looked Good Although Movitave was defeated, she still stood out brilliantly, turning in a splendid race. After dueling w-ith Tuscanaway from the start, she finally put that rival away on the turn, then coming into the stretch drifted wide, a maneuver that cost her lead. In fact, she was no better than fourth when she finally straightened away in the stretch: Mrs. Walter A. Edgars Milady Dares; who was deemed Movitaves staunchest foe, ■had slipped througlron the rail and taken command, while Mickey Boy and Sew It Up also saved ground to head the erstwhile pacemaker. But the filly, -who was the highweight of the race with 117 pounds, came again under Culmdnes furious lashing and was back in the battle through the last eighth. She gave her all, -but it just wasnt good enough. Though defeated she was far from being disgraced. Milady Dares, who held an open lead in the stretch, stopped abruptly to finish unplaced. Mkkey Boy moves up in off going and, though the track had a few scat- . tered patches of water on it from the mornings rain, it was termed "good." Laurel is a deep track at best and the moisture in it may have been just what Mickey Boy wanted. More than anything, the Derby pointed out Colonel Mikes coming stature as a. stallion as both Mickey Boy and Movitave are by the young stud who stands at Fred Coiwills farm. It was a sweep of honors for the Willy Schwab-Eugene Jacobs young sire. Mickey Boy, incidentally, is the last horse bred by the late George Brown, for many years a steward at the , Maryland tracks. While, the Derby, -was confined to : Maryland breds, it is not unlikely that both Mickey "Boy and the filly, Movitave, will make their presence felt-in future open races. Right after Meaux received the usual congratulations in the winners circle following the Derby, he went back to don the blue silks of William Hal Bishop for the"Turf Handicap. Once again displaying- perfect waiting tactics, this time on Bernburgoo, Meaux tried . his move on the turn, and came sailing down on the . outside to turn, back Walter Susinis Grey Baby in Hhe 1 1-16 miles grass test. Grey Baby, like Milady Dares in the Derby, took the shortest way home and rhugging the hedge, came into the stretch with a decisive lead. But when the real fight came, Bernburgoo ■was he superior and drew out to a length and a half score. Bernburgoo Back on the Grass Bernburgoo was the second -choice in the Spring Handicap, a -goodly number of the fans recalling- his •Continental; Turf Handicap victory a year ago last, spring and similar other good efforts over grass. This ■was the first time the Bemborough horse had run ■ever the green ribbon since the Chicago meetings and he demonstrated a definite affinity for the going. The disappointment in the Turf Handicap was Mrs. : Herbert Herffs topweighted Tudor Era, who carried 118 pounds and the majority or the fans money, going off at 13 to 10. Tudor Era assumed command at once and maintained his vanguard position to the head of the stretch, where he folded completely, failing to ■get even a portion of the purse as he finished fifth." The English-bred had. been out of action- since February at Hialeah, but had turned, in a good effort earlier last week when- he finished second to True Verdict in. a sprint, over the dirt course. He came out of that race somewhat run down, but it was not" severe enough* to preclude him starting in the Turf Handicap. Off his warm-tip race, he. was made the. choice, but he failett to substantiate that confidence when the crucial moment came. Bernburgoo, -with the [ MARYLAND By FRED .GALIANI Continued from Page Six rest of the Bishop string, moved on to Chicago where its myriad of grass races will find him in the winners circle before long. Ironically enough, Bernburgoo was bred by Duke .McCue. who also has passed on. Laurels spring session concluded with a slight increase in both handle and attendance but while the figure is not staggering it must be remembered that the raise follows of a 14 per cent increase the year before. Taking that into consideration, the meeting must be termed a phenomenal success. It -may be proper to point out here the strength of New Jersey in the racing picture as so strongly demonstrated with the opening of Garden State. Jamaica, which had been entertaining crowds upwards of 40,000 every Saturday, dropped to below the 30,000 mark, while Laurel also lost some of its patronage from previous Saturdays to the New Jersey inaugural. Although New Jersey only has 150 days of racing, the state ranks third in betting throughout the nation. Without doubt, it is the strongest horse-minded state in the nation. From here on in, and through Monmouth Park, you can expect to see the New Jersey tracks both, outdraw and outhandle New York on more than half the days of the week.

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