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Uncle Edgar Continues to Triumph Registers in Don Bingo Purse At Belmont for Third in Row Ma rise Farm Five-Yea r-Old A Only Three-Fifths Second Off Mark; Steel Blue Places , BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 1.— George Washington Carroll, who developed Market Wise and Reply Paid, seems to be on the point of improving Marise Farms Uncle Edgar to a point where he rates comparison with those distance stars. The Florida-bred son of Peace Chance came from behind the pace in the featured Don Bingo Purse today and scored with completev authority, reaching the end of the mile and a sixteenth a length and a quarter before Harry LaMontagnes Steel Blue. T. P. Morgans Vigorous was another two lengths away and it was nine more lengths back to Sanford Stud Farms Schroon. Uncle Edgar, who was racking up his third straight at this meeting, stepped the distance .in 1:42%, only three-fifths of a second slower than the track record shared by Dot, Hard Jester and Bull Reigh. The most recent of these record performances was that of Bull Reigh in 1943. Uncle Edgar paid a prohibitive .20 and completed a double for Eric - Guerin* who won the fourth race on War Fable. Minus Show Pool A crowd numbering 19,678 turned out for the off-day program in hot, sultry wea,-ther. Uncle Edgar was the first winning favorite of the day, and the bridge jumpers in the throng created a minus show pool of, ,149.30 in the* feature. "Eddie Arcaro sent Steel Blue to the front at the start of the Don Bingo, which is named for Bing Crosbys Suburban winner of eight years ago, but Ovie Scurlock sent Vigorous up along the rail and soon headed the Blue "Larkspur geldmg. Schroon was several lengths back in third place in the"run down the far side, followed closely by Sky Miracle and Uncle Edgar, while Hombre trailed. Vigorous and Steel Blue, continued to race head and head around the long curve-to the stretch, while Uncle Edgar moved into third place without apparent effort, Steel Blue responded to Arcaros whip at the top of the stretch and quickly shook off Vigorous. Steel Blue stayed in command until past the eighth T ole, but Uncle Edgar was closing steadily and it was obvious that he could run past the leader almost at will. The favorite took command at the upper end of the odds board and drew out steadily, appearing to have speed in reserve. Third Win in Four Starts Though his career has been confined to allowance races" and overnight handicaps, Uncle Edgar now appears a welcome addition to the rather threadbare stakes handicap division. Todays victory was his third in four starts this year. The five-year-old son of Peace Chance finished third in his 1951 debut at Jamaica, behind Mighty Quest and Sagittarius. Brookmeade Stables Band Leader; jumping" faultlessly and ridden by Frank "Doo-ley" Adams, scored a repeat victory in the steeplechase. The Challenger II. gelding led most of the way and liad to stand a hard drive through the stretch, for which Adams had saved the necessary power, to score by three parts of a length ovet Stephen C. Clark, Jr.s My Good Man. J. M. Mulfords favored Proceed finished a "neck farther back and three lengths before Rokeby Stables Crooning Wind. Band Leader paid a liberal 2.90 and was timed a sluggish 3:47. Jimmy Zimmerman fell from Seven Pillars while with the leaders at the first fence in the backstretch and appeared to be kicked by a couple of horses who followed. The boy was taken away in the track ambulance. It was found that Zimmerman had suffered cuts on his left, foot and knee, but he was taken to Physicians Hospital, Jackson Heights for x-rays. Greentree Stables Office Party was made the favorite in the fourth race and led for all but the vital last step of the four and one-half furlongs on the straight course, when Maine Chance Farms War Fable, a 3,000 first-time starter, wore him down to triumph by a nose. Eric Guerin rode War Fable, while Ted Atkinson was on Office Party and both boys rode out the finish as though it was the Futurity. Mrs. George D. Wideners Top Command, another first-time starter, was two and a half lengths farther back and a length before Torrence C. Melroses Lost Story. War Fable, a bay son of War Jeep from Golden Legend, by Jacopo, stepped the distance in a creditable :51% and paid 4. LOUIS TU F AN O — Owner of Uncle Edgar.