Dozen to Face next Move in Firenze: Bull Lea Miss Has 126-Pound Impost, Daily Racing Form, 1951-05-05


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Dozen to Face Next Move in Firenze Bull Lea Miss Has 126-Pound Impost Lithe, Nell K., Antagonism, Siama and Drifting Maid Also UnderColors in Jamaica Race By EVAN SHIPMAN Staff Correspondent JAMAICA, Jamaica, N. Y., May 4.— While the nations three-year-olds are making the most of the annual festival at Churchill Downs, we stay-at-homes can console ourselves with the 0,000 added Firenze Handicap at prosaic Jamaica. This third renewal of the rich nine-furlong stake for fillies and mares has attracted last seasons "mare of the year," Next Move, and a dozen of other ladies of quality, some of whom have already firmly established their place in our racing hierarchy. A. G. Vanderbilts Next Move has earned top weight of 126 pounds in the Firenze. Secretary John Campbell accorded the four-year-old daughter of Bull Lea— Now What by Chance Ply, this honor as a matter of course, since last season she ran up a string of victories that included the Prioress, Coaching Club American Oaks, Delaware Oaks, Gazelle, Beldame and Ladies Handicaps, Cinderella Stakes and the Vanity Handicap. Tomorrow, she will be conceding chunks of weight to all of the dozen who will oppose her in the Firenze, but, if her long period in active training has not dulled her edge, Next Move is quite capable of scoring her first victory of the 1951 season. Shipped to California after an extensive campaign in the East last year, Next Move was pitted against colts and stallions in such races as the Hollywood Gold Cup, Sunset Handicap, and the San Antonio and Santa Anita Handicaps. This may well have been an overly ambitious program for one of her age and sex. In all events, she raced well, very well in all of these important stakes without winning one of them. In the Firenze, she is back again in her own division, and it is idle, considering her record, for us to emphasize that this is a true amazon. Unfortunate in Correction Given nearly an eight-week rest after her bold bid for the Santa Anita Handicap, in which she was beaten a mere neck by Moonrush while conceding him weight, Next Move made her first Long Island appearance of the year 10 days ago in the Correction Handicap. She was unfortunate in this sprint, and was badly bothered in the crowding that took place soon after the start. After that, she made up a lot of ground on the outside of her field, but it was too late, and Next Move had to be satisfied with a dead heat for fourth money with Volcania. Eric Guerin, who will, of course, ride her in the Firenze, was not altogether satisfied with the way she ran after she recovered from her difficulties on the backstretch, and that statement by her jockey introduces the slight reservation that exists concerning Next Move tomorrow. Lithe, Hal Price Headleys winner of last years Arlington Matron and Beverly and Vineland Handicaps, is weighted directly under Next Move in the Firenze with 117 pounds. This daughter of Pharamond n. — Alcibiades, by Supremus, ran well in the recent Phoenix Handicap at the Keeneland meeting, and then showed a dull effort in "the Correction, — it is true — she also met with a certain amount of trouble. While Cain Hoys Battle Morn will be the probable favorite for the Derby, the same stables Siama, winner last year of the Jasmine, Acorn and Princess Doreen stakes, the Monmouth Oaks and the Comely Handicap, will also have a devoted following in the Firenze here at Jamaica. This four-year-old Tiger filly was another vic-time of racing luck in the recent Correction, and you can throw that race out as far as she is concerned. Nell K., who had the Palm Beach, Colonial and Top Flight Handicaps to her credit last year, gets into the Firenze with 112. The remainder of the field is composed of Drifting Maid, 108; Miss Degree, 106; Thelma Berger, 109; Red Camelia, 103; Antagonism, 112; Busanda, 109; September, 110; Renew, 112, and Sugar Coated, 102. A victory on the part of any of these will come as a startling upset.

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