Culmones Hustling Tactics Get V.S.O.P. Home in Front: Tudor Minstrel Son Responds With Courage to Beat Royal Float and Doshay at Garden, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-05


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► . ; _ — ___ — -j . ■:::•::-:■;-:;: -rf :™ % :BR jf y- MRS. MILTON ERLANGER— Owner of V. S. 0. P., winner of yesterdays Garden State feature. Culmone s Hustling Tactics Get V.S.O.P. Home in Front Tudor Minstrel Son Responds With Courage to Beat Royal Float and Doshay at Garden By WILLIAM C. PHILLIPS GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N. J., May 4. — Riding with energetic action, for which he has become noted, Joe Culmone this afternoon pushed, shoved and punished Mrs. Milton Erlangers V. S. O. P. almost the entire distance of this afternoons mile and a sixteenth feature. The five-year-old imported son of Tudor Minstrel — Princess Beautiful responded with courage and shook off challenges in the last furlong to draw clear at the finish by length and one-half. Elkcam Stables Royal Float finished resolutely on the outside and she was second by three lengths over Mrs. Samuel Lewins Doshay, who gave way suddenly after jockey Walter Blum lost his whip passing the three-sixteenths marker. V. S. O. P. is by the same English stallion who begot Tomy Lee, winner of last Saturdays Kentucky Derby, and is one of his first sons to have reached these shores. He has shown stakes class on occasion, but today was competing for a claiming price of 0,000. It was his initial victory in five starts this season and he paid .20 in a field of seven. Excellent Racing Weather The weather was delightful and a crowd of 19,487 turned out for the second program of the current meeting. The course was a trifle deep, as noted on opening day. but it was nominally fast und the 1 :47% registered by V. S. O. P. was considered creditable. V. S. O. P. came into todays fray off a campaign of sprints in Maryland this spring and Culmone steadily urged him to vie for the pace. It required the winner a little more than a quarter mile to discourage Lawrence W. Jennings Sea Voyage for the lead and he was almost immediately challenged by Doshay, who made a sudden rush from the outside after settling into the backstretch. Doshay carried challenge to V. S. O. P. into the homestretch, where both Culmone began resorting to punishment. Blum, substituting for Howard Grant who reported ill after the first race, lost his whip and Doshay immediately gave up. Doshay was tiring rapidly at the finish, however, and it is unlikely that he could have bested V. S. O. P. in any case. Apprentice Richard J. Hurley, who may be the apprentice star of the New Jersey season, displayed cool precision in driving David G. Neumans Devilfish to a surprise triumph in the 6 furlong dash preceding the feature. Devilfish rallied on the extreme outside of a phalanx of rivals through the final furlong and wrested a neck advantage under steady hand pressure for a rewarding 4.80 mutuel. Leo F. Clarks Show Bridge gamely attempted to rally with the winner and he was second by a half-length over Bay Point Stables favored Gray Rip. Sam Boulmetis rated the latter into the stretch and the favorite willingly opened a clear lead when roused, but tired. The six-year-old winning son of Greek Song was caught in 1:13V5 as the best sprint time of the day. A near-choice and an outsider combined in the first two races for a 34.20 Daily Double. Robert E. Corle. riding as the last time today as an apprentice, capably drove Mrs. Frank L. Moores Sempre to wrest a three-quarter length advantage at the end of the 1 1-16 miles opener. The race was completed in 1:48 and Sempre returned .80. David G. Neumans Time Clock won the second under that veteran rider of long shot winners, Gayle L. Smith, and he paid 3.80.

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