Field of Thirteen Seen for Paumonok; Declare Signator from Jamaica Stake: First Fiddle is Regarded as Doubtful; Devil Diver and Cassis Turn in Speed Tests, Daily Racing Form, 1944-04-06


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DEVIL DIVER — The Greentree speedster accomplished a fast three-quarters work in 1:12 in preparation for his engagement in Saturdays Paumonok Handicap. Field of Thirteen Seen for Paumonok; Declare Signator From Jamaica Stake 1 I First Fiddle Is Regarded as t ► • Doubtful; Devil Diver and Cassis Turn In Speed Tests NEW YORK, N. Y„ April 5.— The prospective field for the Paumonok Handicap, ,500 six-furlong feature of Jamaicas inaugural program on Saturday, has grown somewhat despite the defection of Wool-ford Farms Signator and the probable absence of Mrs. Edward Mulrenans First Fiddle. Signator is coughing and has been declared while First Fiddle appears to like a bit more distance and may find a spot to his and his connections liking in the King Saxon Purse, ,000 event at a mile and a sixteenth on the same program. Racing secretary and handicapper John Banks Campbell said this morning that he expects to have at least 13 starters in the traditional opening day headliner and might have two or three more. The "possibles" consist of Franks Boy, who has not yet arrived on the New York scene: Old Grad, whose status is uncertain, and Falk, who may race in company with Mettlesome, but whom Campbell considers more of a miler than the type of sprinter to take such a race as the Paumonok. Those who seem most likely to compete in Saturdays dash in order of their weights are Apache 130, Devil Diver 130, Cassis 120, Eurasian 119, Mettlesome 112, Boysy 112, Brownie 112, Go-Gino 110, Alex Barth 110, Adulator 110, Bill Sickle 108, Valdina Albert 104 and Dartaway 102. Devil Diver, who is thought by his connections not to care particularly for the Jamaica track, was vanned over from Belmont Tuesday and put in a nimble work. Stepping off a quarter in :223/s, he reached the half in :464/5, five-eighths in :59, six furlongs in 1:12 and was pulled up through another eighth to finish the seven furlongs in 1:255a. The track was slightly off for ■ - ■ 1 the trial and the son of St. Germans indicated he was razor sharp. Howe stables Cassis was also vanned from Belmont for a prep over the Jamaica strip and, while his work was not as fast as that of the Greentree star, he impressed work watchers as he stepped six furlongs in 1:14, being timed the half in :48%. As Apache has been working swiftly for some time in preparation for his attempt to give Jim Fitzsimmons still another Paumonok to his almost monopolistic series of winners, it is evident that the three top weights, at least, will be as near perfect condition on Saturday as human trainers can make them.

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