Lucania Sets Time Mark As Jefferson Meet Ends: Apprentice Watterson Guides Filly Over Mile Distance in 1:41 Flat, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-05


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j j ! 1 ■ j j 1 : | I 1 I j ■ | : i . Lucania Sets Time Mark As Jefferson Meet Ends Apprentice Watterson Guides Filly Over Mile Distance in 1 :41 Flat By J. J. HAIIX Staff Correspondent JEFFERSON DOWNS, Metairie, La.,1 May 4 — Under a rousing ride by apprentice Charles Watterson, a 16-year-old prospect who hails from Miami, Oklahoma, Mrs. Preston Maddens three-year-old filly Lucania shattered the one mile track standard in the Au Revoir Handicap here Saturday and carried her rider to the first victory of his riding career. The Kentucky-owned daughter of Better Self — Magdalene staved off a challenge by Al Wellmans Hard-Sea to land in front by half a length. M. B. Owens Ferman was a fast-closing third. The winner, who traversed the distance in 1:41, was winning her second purse at this meeting and the third of her career before 7,313 fans, second largest of the meeting. Following home the top three and in order were Air Tommie, Miss Dee Bee, Gratified, Ormazd, Brother G, coupled with Hard-Sea, Doris Hart and Doges Son, the latter running as a stablemate with Miss Dee Bee. As Gratified, Miss Dee Bee, Air Tommie and Ormazd battled for the lead, Watterson took his mount off the pace and had her in fifth position the opening half, but as they reached the three-quarters he went to work on his charge and responding gamely moved up a notch entering the stretch. An eighth from the finish the daughter of Better Self game around the leaders and was third, two lengths and a head away from Miss Dee Bee, the leader and Gratified, who was beginning to shorten stride. In the run through the stretch she opened daylight 50 yards from the finish, but Hard-Sea, who trailed the field for three-quarters and was ninth at the head of the stretch, came with a cyclonic rush. He was late with his move, but was a length before Ferman who was also coming a rush. Gleen Dale D. equaled the track standard of A1V5 for the half-mile distance when she won the fourth race while Town Ruler, who won the fifth, also equaled the standard of :362/5 for the 3 furlongs distance. The weather was ideal for the sport and wagering was the largest of the meeting.

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