Hoop Jr. in Sensational Derby Trial; Polynesian Deals Pavot First Defeat: 1944 Juvenile Ace Half-Length Loser, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-07


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*~ » if **H I Hoop Hoop Jr. Jr. in in Sensational Sensational Derby Derby Trial; Trial; Polynesian Polynesian Deals Deals Pavot Pavot First First Defeat Defeat MRS. P. A. B. WIDENER II.— Owner of Polynesian, surprise winner of Withers Mile at Belmont Park. 1944 Juvenile Ace Half-Length Loser Tries in Vain to Catch Widener Colorbearer in Withers at Belmont Park ELMONT, L. I.. N. Y., June 6.— Mrs. P. A. B. Widener s Polynesian registered one of the most stunning upsets in modern racing history at Belmont Park this afternoon when he drove to the end of the 5,000 Withers Mile a half length before Walter If. Jeffords hitherto unbeaten Pavot. with Wayne D. Wright in the saddle. John B. Thealls King Dorsett finished another two lengths away in third place, a length before William Helis Adonis. This seventieth edition of the Withers was witnessed by a silent throng of 31,834 who had been regaled with exceedingly formful sport prior to the crushing defeat of Pavot, who was made a l-to-5 choice on the strength of his eight victories of last season and his position of juvenile champion of 1944. Polynesian, who was third choice to Pavot and Greentree Stables Dockstader, paid 9.80 and ran the mile in a moderate 1:3945. not good time even considering the dead condition of the track. No Excuse for Pavot There was no visible excuse for Pavot, unless he might have been slightly short of condition, a suggestion that is belied by his brilliant training moves. Eric Guerin sent King Dorsett to the front from a perfect start, with Polynesian in close attendance, before Greek Warrior, Adonis and Pavot, who were closely grouped. There was no appreciable change in the order as the field moved down the backstretch, with Alabama, Chief Barker and Dockstader trailing. George Woolf began to move with Pavot as the field approached the far turn, easily passing Greek Warrior and Adonis and appearing to have "plenty of horse under him. King Dorsett continued to lead around the wide turn to the stretch, with Polynesian closing on him stoutly and Woolf guiding Pavot to the inside, saving much ground. King Dorsett was through as they straightened away for the run to the wire, with Polynesian about a length to the fore of Pavot and racing near the middle of the track. Woolf went to the whip on the favorite at the top of the home lane, but Continued on Page Twenty-Eight Polynesian Administers First i Defeat to Pavot in Withers Continued 1rom Page One the response was only moderate. That whip rose and fell repeatedly, and with increasing desperation in the long run home, and though Pavot dug in and gave his best, it was evident that Polynesian would not be caught. Calumet Farms Ocean Wave, who had been away from the races since April, 1943, when he went wrong shortly before Count Fleets Kentucky Derby, made an auspicious return to competition today, when he roared through the stretch to win the King Cobalt Handicap, supporting feature, by slightly more than a length from the favored Unchallenged, who carried the Long-champs Farms silks. B. F. Listers Eternity was six lengths farther back in third place, only a head before John Thealls Fox Brownie. Ocean Wave, who was coupled in the wagering with Miss Keeneland, was second choice and paid .80, after stepping the six furlongs in 1:1135 over a track that I was drying quickly, but was by no means at I its best.

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