Bolo Tie Captures Burnham Handicap; Coaching Club Oaks to Elpis in Upset: Helis Filly Whips Monsoon Soundly; Adams Drives Daughter of Blue Larkspur Home With Authority at Belmont Park, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-21


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Br 1 « HE? Afc. v ,:H WILLIAM BOOTH— Sent out his third stake winner for William Helis in four racing days when he saddled Elpis for her surprise victory in yesterdays Coaching Club American Oaks. Bolo Bolo Tie Tie Captures Captures Burnham Burnham Handicap; Handicap; Coaching Coaching Club Club Oaks Oaks to to Elpis Elpis in in Upset Upset Helis Filly Whips Monsoon Soundly Adams Drives Daughter of Blue Larkspur Home With Authority at Belmont Park ELMONT, L. I., N. Y., June 20.— William Helis Elpis scored the biggest upset of the young New York season, when she drove to a smashing victory in the twenty-ninth running of the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park today, leading Col. C. V. Whitneys Monsoon by two and a half lengths at the end of this classic mile and three-eighths. Belair Studs Segula was another six lengths back in third place and eight lengths before Recce, stablemate of Monsoon. Christiana Stables Brides Biscuit completed the field and trailed througout. Elpis, a daughter of Blue Larkspur— Faucille dOr paid a handsome 5.10 and was timed in 2:1825, nearly three seconds faster than required by Twilight Tear last year, over a track which was still muddy, though drying rapidly. The victory gave Johnny Adams a consecutive double, as he had previously scored in the Mizzen Purse aboard Maine Chance Farms War Date. Applause for Elpis and Adams A crowd of 25,121 turned out to watch the afternoons sport, lured by the best weather of the meeting and the fact that the parking lots were opened to the public for the first time in nearly three years. They made the Whitney pair of Monsoon and Recce 1 to 4 favorites in the Oaks, but received the downfall of the favorites with equanimity, there being a goodly round of applause for Elpis and Adams after the Oaks. Eddie Arcaro sent Recce to the front at the start of the Oaks, far up the Widener straightaway, with Segula, Elpis, Brides Biscuit and Monsoon following in Indian file until they crossed over into main track at the top of the backstretch. At that point Brides Biscuit dropped back and out of contention. Recce continued to lead going down the backstretch and the entire field was racing on the extreme outside of the track, almost Continued on Page Twenty-Seven Coaching Club American Oaks To Elpis in Major Surprise Continued from Page One up against the tall hedges that form the boundary of the grounds. Going to the far turn, Arnold Kirkland cut the corner with Monsoon and drew up on the inside of Recce and almost level with the leader, while the others also cut in sharply. Elpis swept past Segula and into third place with ease. Recce dropped back on the final bend and Monsoon inherited the lead, entering the home lane more than a length before Elpis, whom Adams was driving hard on the outside. It was obvious as soon as they ! straightened away that the Helis filly dominated the situation and she drove past Monsoon with authority. Adams continued to ride hard to the wire, taking no chances, but the winner was vastly the best at the distance. This was only the fourth start of Elpis I career. She did not race in 1944 and made her debut in a maiden race here over a sloppy track, beating a modest field at six furlongs. The daughter of Blue Larkspur was beaten in her next two starts, but her last effort, in which she was second to Michaelo in a fast mile, after setting the pace, was distinctly promising. William Helis was on hand to receive the Coaching Club Cup in the unsaddling ring from Reginald Reives, president of the Coaching Club. He also received 5,215 as Elpis share of the stakes.

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