Quick Wit Registers at Sportsmans; Sir Hawley Churchill Nose Winner: Wet Back Bows In Final Strides; Grissom Colorbearer Answers Dodsons Call in Zev Purse; Elbruz 3rd, Will This Do 6th, Daily Racing Form, 1959-05-14


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Quick Quick Wit Wit Registers Registers at at Sportsmans; Sportsmans; Sir Sir Hawley Hawley Churchill Churchill Nose Nose Winner Winner Wet Back Bows In Final Strides Grissom Colorbearer Answers Dodsons Call in Zev Purse; Elbruz 3rd, Will This Do 6th By BUD LYON Staff Correspondent CHURCHILL DOWNS, Louisville, Ky., May 13. — Coming from well off a fast early pace .set by T. Alie Grissoms Wet Back, Mrs. L. E. Vaniers Sir Hawley responded to vigorous handling by Doug Dodson to nip the pacemaker by a nose right on the line of finish before 7,700 fans present this rainy, windy afternoon._ Lesser honors in the Zev Purse, a conditioned test for three-year-olds at six furlongs, found Preston Maddens Elbruz up to take show money, finishing three and one-half lengths short of place honors and over a length before Leo Caillouettes Lucky Page. Taken Back After Start " Mrs. Paxton Harthills Will This Do, odds-on choice with the fans, finished sixth in the seven-horse field after displaying very brief early foot and apparently unable to handle the "muddy" going that prevailed. Sir Hawley, taken in hand and allowed to drop back once starter Jim Thomson dispatched the field, remained in fourth position some six lengths off the leader through the opening three furlongs of the test. As the field commenced the gentle curve into the long front straightaway, Dodson went to work on the colt and slowly commenced to close the gap separating "" him from Wet Back. * At the eighth pole, it was apparent that there was to be a race of it so that through the closing 70 yards the pair hooked up and raced to the wire as a team, with Sir Hawley asserting himself with one final lunge at the wire. It appeared that the winner also swerved in against Wet Back in that final stride, but the latters rider, Continued on Page Forty-Nine | , Sir Hawley Nips Wet Back By Nose in Downs Feature Overtakes Pacemaker at Wire; Elbruz Third, Will This Do Sixth Continued from Page One Clarence Meaux, made no complaint to the. authorities up5n dismounting. All in all, Wet Back held on rather grimly considering that it was he that registered all the fractional times, opening quarter mile in :22%, half in :46%, with the winner receiving the six furlongs time of 1713%. Sir Hawley was second choice in the wagering, returning .60, while picking up his third purse of the year. Torrential rains coupled with"high winds and lightning all but eliminated the opening event as all three struck the area just as the 11 maiden juveniles were being loaded into the startinag gate for that 5 furlongs dash. However, one of the field, Crabgrass Stables Purposeful, was bothered not in the least and scampered to a mostly unseen victory in what proved to be the second start of his career. Rains were so heavy during the running that the field coul dnot be observed from shortly following the start until well into the stretch at which time Purposeful was stiil on top and splashing along safely in the "muddy" going to reach the end of a length and one-half before the choice, Harry S. Nichols Foreign Land.

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