Seventeen in Toboggan Handicap: Belmont Park Meet of 31 Days Opens, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-06


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Seventeen in Toboggan Handicap Belmont Park Meet Of 31 Days Opens Capot Shoulders 130 Pounds While Facing Olympia, My Request, Delegate, Nell K. By BOB HORWOOD BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y.. May 5. — Beautiful Belmont opens its 31-day spring and summer meeting tomorrow, though if the visibility is no better than today not much of either the beauty or the races will be seen by the majority of the 40,000 or more expected to turn out at the Hempstead Turnpike track. Seventeen of the best sprinters in training have been entered for the 0,000 added Toboggap Handicap, first of 21 fixtures, including a half dozen jumping stakes, to be offered during the meeting, which runs through June 10. The Toboggan, which is at six furlongs on the diagonal Widener straightaway, is having its 57th running tomorrow and since it came to Belmont Park in 1905, after 13 presentations at Morris Park. Greentree Stables Capot, winner last year of the Preakness, Belmont Stakes, Sysonby Mile, Pimlico Special, Chesapeake Stakes and Jerome Handicap, and disqualified after setting a Delaware track, mark in the Leonard Richards Stakes because of a foul committed by Wine List, heads, the field with 130 pounds. This will be the 1950 debut of the "Horse of the Year," but the son of Menow has literally been crying for a chance to race for several weeks and has worked brilliantly on the Widener course in recent days. Capot will have a running mate in Guillotine, whose best race last year was a triumph in the Futurity on this course. For the first time in his career, Capot will have a strange rider on his back, Chris Rogers, while his regular pilot, Ted Atkinson, will be on Guillotine, who carries 114 pounds and requires a familiar hand. Disadvantage of Rail Position Capot will break from one of the middle stalls in the gate, while Guillotine has drawn number 14. Fred W. Hoopers Olympia, who is second high weight with 128 pounds and looms as Capots chief rival, had the bad luck to draw the number one stall, which is a decided disadvantage on the straight course, as attested by the records for the past three years. Con Errico will ride Olympia, who may have the early speed to get away from the rail in the first furlong. An extremely fast horse, Olympia won his first start at Jamaica at six furlongs then .tired twice at a mile and a sixteenth. It usually requires sufficient stamina to get at least seven furlongs to win a six-furlong race on the Widener chute, which is not beyond Olympias limit. The others among the higher weights in the Toboggan are Ben F. Whitakers My Request, 124; King Ranchs Better Self and Woolford Farms Delegate, 122 each; Peter A. Markeys Piet, 118; Spring Hill Farms Nell K., -116; Maine Chance Farms Myrtle Charm, 115, and her stablemate, Royal Blood, 114. My Request was a stake winner on the Widener course as a juvenile, hut met with a series of misfortunes last year and was able to win only the Excelsior and Edgemere Handicaps after leaving New Orleans. This season, after winning an overnight race at Jamaica, he tired badly in the Gallant Fox Handicap won by Better Self. The lightweights are C. T. Chenerys. Mangohick, 114; Mrs. Tilyou Christophers Renown II., 113; Sanford Stud Farms Yankee Hill, 111; Grand view Stables Up Beat, 108; Mrs. Polly Alexanders LeVjir, 106; Louis R. Gallands Jacks Town, 104, and William Helis Salmagundi, 103.

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