Rounders Heads Queens County Line-Up as Aqueduct Meet Opens: Stymie, Salto, Boy Knight And Bankrupt Also Named For 0,000 Route Stake, Daily Racing Form, 1945-06-25


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Rounders Heads Queens County Line-Up as Aqueduct Meet Opens * Stymie, Salto, Boy Knight And Bankrupt Also Named For 0,000 Route Stake AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 23.— The New York racing schedule shifts to Aqueduct on Monday for an 18-day meeting, and, despite rumors and counter-rumors that have persisted for the past week to the effect that Mayor F. H. LaGuardia will so hinder operations and restrictions on attendance the application of "nuisance" regulations and drastic action against the Queens County Jockey Club for allegedly doing nothing to curb the activities of alleged bookmakers at the tracks, all is in readiness for the opening. The racing strip, which has produced complaints from horsemen ever since the size of the oval was reduced to increase the parking space, has finally been regraded and resurfaced and is pronounced in perfect condition by trainer Jim Fitzsimmons, whose pensioners from Belair Stud and Wheatley Stable have long been quartered there. There will be no steeplechasing at Aqueduct this year, track superintendent Frank Keogh is re-dressing the obstacle course. Even though the track is located in Queens county and lies within the LaGuardia jurisdiction, the parking lots will be open and motorists may expect the same harassment as attended their efforts to park on the Queens county side of Belmont Devil Divers Opportunity in Brooklyn Nine stakes are on the agenda at the Sunrise Highway course, topped by the 0,000 Brooklyn Handicap at a mile and a quarter, in which Devil Diver is expected to emulate Whisk Broom II "s unique triple of the Metropolitan, Suburban and the Brooklyn, a feat accomplished back in 1913 under 130 pounds. "The Devil" is virtually certain to be asked to carry at least as heavy a tmrden. The first stakes on the Aqueduct roster is Mondays Queens County Handicap, a 0,000 test at a mile and a sixteenth. This will be followed by the ,500 Astoria, for juvenile fillies, at five and a half lurlongs on Saturday, June 30, and the seven-furlong Carter Handicap, for three-year-olds and upward, with a 0,000 prize the same day. It was in last years Carter that Brownie, Bossuet, and Wait a Bit, came to the wire in their famous triple dead heat. The Queens County has drawn a field of nine, headed by William Helis Rounders, who has 126 pounds but is hardly likely to be among those present, as he is engaged in the Sussex Handicap at Delaware Park today. However, jockey F. Remerscheid is slated to ride and the veteran winner of last weeks Dixie might conceivably fill both engagements. Rounders training program has been decidedly unorthodox this year, including stud services between races, and paid off with the son of Colorado Kids best performance in two years in the Pim-lico fixture. Helis also entered Olympic Zenith, who ran a fair race in the Suburban and who goes with 108 pounds in the person of Conn McCreary. and the sprinter, Salto, who is to carry 113 pounds, with Johnny Adams slated to ride. Others in the Queens County are Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs Stymie, 120, and Haille, 106; Crispin Oglebays Boy Knight, 111; Townsend B. Martins Bankrupt, 110; Hava-home Stables Eurasian, 109, and Millbrook Stables Swimmin Hole, 105. Eddie Arcaro is slated to ride Stymie, who will probably be the favorite; Johnny Gilbert will be aboard Boy Knight, while Bobby Permane is the pilot assigned Bankrupt. Stymie won the Grey Lag Handicap on the closing day of the Jamaica meeting this spring, then was a fast-finishing second behind Devil Diver in the Suburban and many observers felt that he might have been the winner had "The Devil" not been permitted to coast along in front without being subjected to pressure until he was out of danger. Boy Knight, one of the best looking horses in training, ran a surprisingly good third in the Metropolitan and will probably set the pace in the Queens County, possibly along with Salto. Eurasian had his brief day of glory two years ago when he won Travers, but he never turned in a comparable performance since. Bankrupt is a natural router, but inclined to sulk. Haile and Swimmin Hole appeared somewhat outclassed, though the latter ran a promising race in a recent sprint. There is an interesting supporting event on Mondays program, the ,000 Tokalon Purse for three-year-old fillies at six furlongs. Seven clever fillies have been named for this dash, with Col. C. V. Whitneys Flyweight, Darby Dan Farms Darby Dunedin and Walter M. Jeffords Ace Card equal topweights at 116 pounds. J. W. Y. Martins Connies Girl, who has been racing well at Delaware, gets In with 110 pounds, while Belair Studs Segula, Columbus ODonnells Nuala and Louisiana Farms Lucky Aunt, 108.

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