Vertex Awaits Saturdays Grey Lag: May Be Topweight For Jamaica Finale; Jewels Reward, Cohoes and Dotted Line in Prep Monday; Warhead Tops Another Field, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-04


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. ♦- ► — ™ — — — -— — — . JEWELS REWARD — Goes to the post in the Sandy Point Purse on Mondays Jamaica program. . , i Vertex Awaits Saturdays Grey Lag May Be Topweight* For Jamaica Finale Jewels Reward, Cohoes and Dotted Line in Prep Monday; Warhead Tops Another Field By DON FAIR Staff Correspondent JAMAICA, L. I., N. Y., May 2.— The 5,000 added Grey Lag Handicap, one of the major tests for older horses of the eastern spring season, will bring Jamaicas 40-day meeting to a climax here Saturday. A total of 25 horses have been nominated for the 1 1-8 miles event, which will be run for the 16th time, its purse increased by 5,000 over last years renewal. The Grey Lag field is expected to be headed by J. J. Brunetti and F. A. Piarullis Vertex, current leader of the handicap. division, who will be making his first start since sweeping a pair of 00,000 races on successive Saturdays in March — the Gulf-stream Park Handicap and the John B. Campbell Memorial at Bowie. Vertex unquestionably will be assigned topweight when racing secretary and handicapper Frank E. "Jimmy" Kilroe releases his weights for the week-end fixture Monday afternoon. Mondays program, incidentally, may furnish a line on the Grey Lag, as four other nominees for the stake will be in action in a pair of co-featured sprint preps. Vertex will go into the Grey Lag without a tune-up race, relying on his good workouts of- the past couple of weeks. Jewels Reward, Dotted Line Vie The Grey Lag nominees entered for Mondays Sandy Point Purse are Mrs. Elizabeth N. Grahams Maine Chance star. Jewels Reward; Dotted Line, a hard-hitting mare owned by Robert Kleberg Jr.s King Ranch, and Mrs. Charles Silvers Page Seven. Mrs. Mabel C. Scholtz Warhead will head the field in the North Shore Purse as his final prep race for the Grey Lag. Each of Mondays co-features will be run at 6 furlongs, with seven horses in the Sandy Point and five in the North Shore. In addition to the Grey Lag, another stake listed for the final week at Jamaica is the 5,000 added Comely for two-year-olds on Wednesday, the first juvenile feature of the New York season. Jewels Reward, four-year-old homebred son of Jet Jewel and Belle Jeep, will make his New York seasonal debut in the Monday co-feature against Dotted Line, Page Seven, Georgiana Fosters Prince of Paris, Mrs. Charles Shipman Payson and Ambassador John Hay Whitneys Greentree Stable stalwart, Cohoes, M. G. Phipps Start Counting, and Mrs. Hattie Carnegie Phipps Wheatley Stable representative, Misty Flight. Under the Sandy Point allowances, Jewels Reward will shoulder 117 pounds, seven pounds less than top-weighted Cohoes. Jewels Reward was an outstanding juvenile in 1957, won the Wood Memorial last year, and was a sharp contender behind Hillsdale in the San Fernando Stakes and Santa Anita Maturity this season, worked splendidly for his initial 1959 Empire State outing. He will be ridden by Eddie Arcaro. Warhead, fleet four-year-old son of Battle Morn and Headfirst, lost a close decision to Tick Tock in an overnight handicap here last week but he is expected to take some beating in the North Shore. Good winner of the 1958 renewals of the Jerome, Discovery, Manhattan, and Roamer Handicaps, the Scholtz stable star is one of the most popular horses ever to race at Jamaica. Warhead, 124 pounds, will spot his North Shore rivals from seven to 10 pounds and Arcaro is to take care of the saddle chore. Included in the band named to oppose Warhead are Nat Schulman and Irving Rosoffs Merrick Stable colt, Wing Jet, 1958 Travers Stake hero; Maurice Newtons crack sprinter, Egotistical, Myron N. Goodwins Jimmer, and Georgiana Fosters Viscount. The Comely is expected to draw a bulky field and it should provide excellent sport. From a time standpoint, the fastest juvenile seen during the first part of the Jamaica meeting was Leonard D. Frucht-mans Bally Ache, who established a track record for five furlongs a week before the Comely. Running in :58%, the bay colt clipped a fifth of a second off a 17-year-old track mark to win in excellent style. Earlier in the season, the Ohio-owned colt captured a division of the Hialeah Juvenile.

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