Dawn Play Triumphant in American Derby: King Ranch Filly Earns 5,400 in Capturing Famous Race, Daily Racing Form, 1937-06-21


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DAWN PLAY TRIUMPHANT IN AMERICAN DERBY King Ranch Filly Earns 5,400 in Capturing Famous Race Clinches Championship of Her Sex in Easily Defeating Burning Star, Dellor and Case Ace -Third Filly to Gain Honors in Stake HOMEWOOD, 111., June 19. Dawn Play, from the King Ranch Stable of Robert J. Kleberg, Jr., established herself as a leading contender for three-year-old honors as well as clinching the filly championship in winning the twenty-eighth running of the American Derby, at Washington Park this afternoon. The large but handsome brown daughter of Clock Tower and Gun Play, by Man o War, under a snug and confident ride from Lester Balaski, ran the mile and one-quarter over a good but dull track in 2:05, to defeat Shandon Farms Burning Star by three-fourths of a length. Two lengths away James W. Parrishs Dellor was ,third, with Case Ace, coupled with Mars Shield as the favored Milky Way Farm entry, lll JJlcHJC, clllULUCl ltJIigUJ. clllU. a half away. A good-sized yet disappointing crowd was present for the Derby which, with ten starters, was worth 5,400 to Dawn Plays owner, a Texan. However, the Clock Tower filly was regarded as an easterner, being the only horse to come from the Atlantic seaboard for the race. She was given extensive support; although ruling the third choice back of the Milky Way entry and Eagle Pass. Dawn Play became the third filly to capture the American Derby, Modesty having taken the inaugural running in 1884, while Black Helen was victorious in 1935. The race was not run last year. The victory was the third straight for Dawn Play, which came here fresh from her successes in the Coaching Club American Oaks and Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park, and boosted her earnings for the year to 6,275. CARRIES 116 POUNDS. Caz-rying 116 pounds, Dawn Play, on the scale, was the equal top weight- with Case Ace and Mars Shield, the only other stake winners of the year in the field. All the others had up 118 pounds. A delay of five minutes was encountered at the post and starter Roy Dickerson was compelled to place Case Ace on the outside. Balaski had Dawn Play away smoothly and she was first to break into motion, but Case Ace was quickest to settle into his stride and he assumed a clear lead in the run to the first turn. As the ten starters went into the turn, they became well spread out with the result that no crowding ensued. Alfred Robertson had Case Ace under steady restraint in the run down the back stretch, where Grey Gold followed in second place, with Dawn Play third, but several lengths back. Yellow Tulip was fourth with Dellor fifth. As the field approached the far turn, Balaski permitted Dawn Play to move up gradually but he still maintained a comfortable hold. BALASKIS STRONG RIDE. As the field made the turn, Balaski gave his mount her head and she went to Grey Gold -"ithout much effort, but the Clock Tower filly had to be ridden smartly after being straightened out for the run home to overtake Case Ace, which had been well rated by Robertson. Balaski was called upon tr rouse Dawn Play sharply approaching the fu long post, br.t the Texas-owned miss responded in courageous fashion to wrest the leaa from Case Ace with more than a sixteenth to go. Upon losing command Case Ace tired. In the meantime, Irving Anderson, had brought up Burning Star slowly but steadily cn the inside, having plenty of room as the leaders were taken well off the rail, and through the stretch the representative of P, Continued on thirty-eighth page. DAWN PLAY TRIUMPHANT IN AMERICAN DERBY Continued from first nage. A. and R. J. Nash bore down gradually on the loaders and then in the final sixteenth on I Dawn Play. Balaski must have sensed the I new danger because he kept after the filly i with a strong hand ride even after she had j disposed of Case Ace. Dellor was under restraint until leaving the backstretch, but he wasunable to display la good finishing rush, yet-he continued in dogged fashion to move into third place on tVio. niitsjrlo in tVi final fiirlrmp" na "JrAV :Gold and Case Ace tired. Case Ace just lasted to take - fourth honors over Eagle j Pass, which was last of the field for six furlongs and came very fast in the last eighth. Grey Gold finished sixth, with Over the. Top seventh, Mars Shield eighth, Sunset Trail II. ninth and Yellow Tulip last. , CASE ACES FAST PACE. The steady pace made by Case Ace was ! indicated by the fractions, which were :244 for the opening quarter, A7 for the half, 1:14, for three-quarters and 1:40 for the mile. Burning Star earned ,000 for being second, Dellor ,500 for running third, while Case Ace collected fourth money of 50. Upwards of 20,000 persons viewed the Derby running. The size of the crowd was short of the attendances of previous runnings of the race and it was attributed to the fact that War Admiral, Pompopn and Reap-ng Reward, generally considered the leaders of the three-year-old division, were absentees. While the clubhouse "was well filled, the grandstand section could have accommodated a few thousand more persons. The weather was partly cloudy but it was not threatening enough to influence the size of the crowd to any great extent. The course dried steadily during the day and after being slow for the first four races was pronounced fast for the fifth event, the secondary feature, which was titled the Mr. Khayyam Purse. This event over the mile distance, the time for which was 1;37, produced a close and spirited finish, as had several of the preceding races. QUINCY POPULAR VICTOR. Getting up in the very last stride after staging a strong stretch rush, Quincy proved the victor in the popular Shandon Farm silks. The photograph was necessary to prove him a very slight winner over the Bedford Stock Farms Robert L., while Schoolmom, owned by Mrs. Roy Carruthers, and the favorite, was two and a half lengths away in third place. Sir Midas was fourth among the half dozen fair three-year-olds composing the field. The Woolford Farms Drombb, winner of hz only start during the current meeting, achieved an easy and popular victory in the third race, another which had decision over threp-qucrters of a mile. Jockey Leon Haas sent the seven-year-old to the front immediately after the break and fancying the going, the gelding made every post a winning one. His advantage at the end was two lengths but the battle for the lesser portions of the purse was more lively. Second money went to Parva Stella by a head as Boots Greenock in turn beat Maderis a nose for third place. Th Hernandez stable won its second purse of the day when Biography, ridden by Leonard Turner, got a narrow decision in the Cavalcade Purse, the fourth race and a contest over a mile and seventy yards. There was a dead heat for the place between Prince Splendor, which shared favoritism with the winner, and Short Skirt, while Hose was next.

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