Nell K. Annexes Colonial Handicap: Topweighted Spring Hill Miss Leads Tall Weeds by Length, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-01


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.any JL IH Nell K. Annexes Colonial Handicap Topweighted Spring Hill Miss Leads Tall Weeds by Length JACK HODGINS — Sent out Fleeting Star to account for the Churchill Downs Handicap on Saturday. Wrests Command in Drive After Being Forced Wide To Gain Garden State Win By WILLIAM PHILLIPS GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N. J., April 29.— Spring Hill Farms Nell K. made her journey here from New York a profitable one and proved again to be a truly good filly by picking up 123 pounds and overcoming the handicap of being forced to circle wide in taking command and winning the Colonial Handicap by a length. Woodvale Farms Tall Weeds, who also encountered her bit of difficulty in finding clear passage through the field in the final run, was up for the placing, with a three-quarters length advantage over Mill River Stables Alablue. Warbern Stables Fighting Fan finished anqther neck behind after her usual display of early speed. Eleven fillies and mare contested the issue in this first of the stake events to be presented during this spring meet. Nell K. was installed as the second choice to Fighting Fan and paid .40. She sprinted the six furlongs in 1:12% over a track termed fast, but obviously made slower than usual from the moisture remaining from recent showers. I Will, winner of the fifth race, also was timed in 1:12%, while the three-•year-old Delphy made it under 122 pounds in 1:12% in the fourth event. The corresponding first Saturday of last years meeting topped today in attendance but not in mutuel handle, although the crowd came close to the mark when 22,703 passed through the turnstiles to brave the topcoat chilly weather and gloomy cloudy skies. Jimmy Stout Has Riding Double Jockey Jimmy Stout, long-time Jersey favorite, was assigned to handle Nell K., which he did in his usual capable fashion. It was his second triumph of the day. Nell K„ who is a four-year-old daughter of the little-known sire. Crowfoot, and Sea Elf, was brought here for todays engagement from New York, where she finished second to Sweet Dream in the Correction Handicap and third to Red Camelia in the Firenze. Her last stakes triumph was at Hialeah when she easily won the Palm Beach Handicap. By virtue of her triumph today, she added 2,175 to her earnings. The Colonial was hotly contested from start to finish, with George A. Garretts lightly-weighted Mistambo suffering the only great misfortune when she was knocked out of contention-by Fighting Fan just when she was developing a real threat passing the final furlong. Fighting Fan, who won her. last out at Jamaica by six lengths, was closely pressed in her role as the pacemaker. She saved ground while repulsing the various challenges from Dan-dilly, Imacomin and Alablue. Nell K. was attempting to reach closer contention than her placing midway the field, but was always forced to lose ground while well out in the track and held in line by horses both on the outside and inside. Rounding the curve into the stretch, the field fanned out to cover the track to within a few yards of the outer rail, with Dan-dilly, Imacomin, Nell K. and Lady Dorimar fartherest out. Fighting Fan was still showing the way, and finally opening a clear lead, but then lugged in badly and she was eventually allowed to drop back when jockey James Nichols was unable to restrain her from interfering with Mistambo. Nell K. overcame her ,loss of ground in game fashion, and charged with courage under strong handling from Stout, moving past five closely-aligned rivals that were leading her into the stretch, Nell K. showed in front passing the seventy-yard pole and gradually drew out. ,

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