Scipio Takes Paul Revere in Upset: Noses Out American Glory In Suffolks Opening Stake; Thrilling Finish Witnessed By 26,000 Patrons; Column, Agrarian-U Next to Leaders, Daily Racing Form, 1949-05-02


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- . . . - . .» . » . . , w ■ w ■% iti monaay, may z, 1 747 1 Scipio Takes Paul Revere in Upset1 Noses Out American Glory In Suffolks Opening Stake Thrilling Finish Witnessed By 26#000 Patrons; Column, Agrarian-U Next to Leaders SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., April 30. — Scipio, sporting the silks of Bar Sue Stable, scored an upset in the thirteenth running of the Paul Revere Handicap at Suffolk Downs this afternoon before an opening day crowd of 26,266. The brown son of Xalapa Clown who was obtained through the halter route from Torrence C. Melrose for 0,000 during the Hialeah Park meeting this past winter, gained the verdict by a nose over D. A. Rosenbaums American Glory. Three parts of a Jength back Marlet Stables Column earned the show award by a neck over the favored Agrarian-U. Scipio, while earning the first stakes victory of his career, was ably ridden by apprentice Richard DeStasio, while negotiating the six furlongs of the feature in 1:12% over a fast but deep racing strip. Overlooked in the wagering, Scipio returned a tidy 8.20 to the few followers who backed him. The value of his triumph was ,375 to the Bar Sue Stable, nom de course of Sid Lip-man, of Lynn, Mass., Lipman is a shoe manufacturer and this is his second year as an owner of thoroughbreds. Ideal weather conditions prevailed at the East Boston course and although attendance was not as high as last year, when 34,774 trekked out to the track, the crowd was regarded as equivalent because of the fact that last years opening day was on Patriots Day, a popular New England holiday. American Glory in Command The dozen that faced starter Bob Frend in the Paul Revere left the barrier in good alignment, with Gee Whiz, Agrarian-U and Scipio first to show as they came down the chute. American Glory, under jockey Arthur Stone, soon passed the leading trio and opened a half-length lead as the first quarter mile was traveled. Nimble Tiger, an entry with Gee Whiz, was under pressure to force the pace, and kept American Glory under pressure to the far turn before giving up. Agrarian-U was well placed at this point, and Jack Robertson, astride the public choice, called on his mount, who responded to take a neck advantage while moving on the outside. American Glory refused to call it quits and hung right alongside Agrarian-U, but drifted out slightly from his inside position, allowing DeStasio to get through with the ultimate winner. Straightened away for the final drive, Scipio edged to the front and then continued on gamely to withstand American Glorys bid which just fell short. The short distance lost when the Rosenbaum colt drifted out, probably cost him the lions share of the purse. Column, who usually runs better at the middle distance, was on his toes today and only due to the fact that he had to circle the field may have won it all. The former Greentree gelding was literally flying at the finish. Agrarian-U gave his best as far as he went but showed signs of bogging down under his top impost of 122 pounds. The major disappointment in the Paul Revere was the showing of Manna H., second choice who had an excuse early when shuffled back as the field bunched. When clear, the Halcyon Gift gelding apparently had too much taken out of him. Lawless Miss, the favorite of the Rhode Island patrons, failed to display her usual early speed and never entered serious contention after the first quarter mile.

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