Rockmoore Outclasses Laurel Rivals: Registers by Seven As Heavy Favorite; Strong Backing of Winner In Feature Brings About Minus Show Pool of ,219, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-01


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Rockmoore Outclasses Laurel Rivals Registers by Seven As Heavy Favorite Strong Backing of Winner In Feature Brings About Minus Show Pool of ,219 By PALMER HEAGERTT Staff Correspondent LAUREL, Md., April 30.— Rockmoore, from the farm of the same name owned by Sidney P. Moore, became the shortest-priced winner of the Maryland season when he returned only .40 after accounting for Laurels featured DuPont Purse by seven lengths. The Middleground four-year-old, ridden by Joe Culmone, stepped 6 furlongs in 1:12, flat, which was sufficient to send him seven lengths clear of the opposition. In second position was Dennis M. Mackeys Scout Ship, who was less than a length before John A. Hoys Amplitude. A crowd of 11,193 took in the sport. Following his impressive triumph here two weeks back in 1:09%, and the lack of seirous opposition today, there was little wonder that Rockmoore was backed with confidence. So heavy was the action to show, with 5,979 of 1,612 being on the favorite, that a minus of ,219.54 was created in the pool. Rockmoore was in front soon after the start of the DuPont, drew clear to a two-length advantage after a quarter and steadily increased his lead. With a four-length margin at the furlong pole, Culmone roused him lightly, then coasted to the easy score. Grand-dad Oaks Graduates Three-year-old maidens met at 6 furlongs in the seventh race and the graduate was Mrs. J. P. Jones Grand-dad Oaks, who had finished second five of six previous outings. The son of Courtney, under Tony Russo, won in impressive fashion, enjoying a five-length advantage while being timed in 1:12%. The . 16.20 chance was followed by Francis Smalls Draconis, who lasted by a nose over George Mauros Oldham County. Scoring his second victory in three starts, all of which were during this meeting, George A. Garretts Gaylad, a two-year-old son of Trojan Monarch, accounted for the four and one -half furlongs fifth event in :54%. Under Karl Korte, Gaylad finished two and one-half lengths clear of William Hal Bishops favored Fighting Russ to pay .80. Third money went to William Lambles Sea Tread. The other juvenile race on the card, run as the third event, went to Mrs. Bayard Sharps Bithynia, a daughter of the speedy Hannibal who had finished first in a trial event in South Carolina and was later unplaced at Jamaica. Handled by Colin Shaw, Bithynia paid 8.40 after getting four and a half furlongs in :54%. Edward Potter, Jr.s Queens Gem was second, a length behind the winner and a like distance before John A. Manfusos Absinthe. Elmer W. Reibers Smiler and Alexander J. Zolmans Mt. Brilliant, a pair of fives on the program, won the Daily Double races for a return of 6.60. Smiler, under George Hettinger, paid 3.60 straight, while Mt. Brilliant paid 0.40 and was ridden by Walter Mann.

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