Count Turf, Bold Meet at Belmont; Shawnee Squaw Leads Throughout: Leading Sophomore Colts in Polynesian, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-05


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Count Count Turf, Turf, Bold Bold Meet Meet at at Belmont; Belmont; Shawnee Shawnee Squaw Squaw Leads Leads Throughout Throughout LeadingSophomore Colts in Polynesian Arcaro Will Ride Preakness Winner as McCreary Guides Kentucky Derby Victor Again By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y„ June* 4. — It could only happen at Belmont. The two leading three-year-old colts will be jnaking their first starts since winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in a ,000 overnight event here tomorrow. Jack Amiels Count Turf and Brookmeade Stables Bold, who captured the first two tiers of the "Triple Crown" with impressive victories in their last starts, are slated to meet Greentree Stables Big Stretch and Putnam Stables Combat Boots in the Polynesian Purse at a mile and a sixteenth. Eddie Arcaro will be on Bold, which will probably make that colt the favorite, while Conn McCreary will be back on Count Turf. The two stars will* carry 126 pounds each, conceding a dozen to Big Stretch and Combat Boots, who will be ridden by Ted Atkinson and Bennie Green, respectively. Count Turf was a "field" horse when he won the Derby in a stunning upset, but he had the complete confidence of his owner and jockey McCreary and accomplished his task in brilliant style. Count Turf emerged from the dust cloud that obscured the field at the head of the stretch at Churchill Downs and drew away to triumph by four lengths in creditable, if not sensational time. Narrowly Beaten in Preakness Prep Bold had won an overnight race in Maryland by a dozen lengths for his -seasonal debut, then was narrowly beaten by Alerted in a non-betting race the Monday before the Preakness, with Joe Culmone in the saddle. Arcaro made his first acquaintance with the By Jimminy colt the morningof the Preakness and after he galloped home seven lengths before Counterpoint in near-record time, said, a mite breathlessly, that he thought the colt was the best of his generation. On his return from Kentucky, Count Turf fell victim to the cough that has incapacitated something like half of the juveniles on Long Island and has attacked many of the older horses. The son of Count Fleet recovered quickly and showed on Friday that he has lost none of his speed when stepping a swift six furlongs in 1:11% at Jamaica. He was then vanned over to Belmont Park and will remain here until after the running of the Belmont. He blew out three furlongs in :36% this morning. Bold has been idle since his smashing score in the Preakness, but only because he had no engagements. He was not made Continued on Page Six Count Turf and Bold Compete In Polynesian at Belmont Continued from Page One eligible to the Withers, won by Battlefield, or for next Saturdays Peter Pan Handicap at a mile and a furlong. Though the Polynesian is a prep event, both Count Turf and Bold could use a severe race to fit, them for the gruelling mile and a half Of the 00,000 Belmont, and this is the only opportunity open to the Brookmeade colt. Couat Turf and Battlefield are expected to appear in the Peter Pan on the week-end. Big Stretch and his stablemate, Hall of Fame, were favored over Bold and others in the Preakness, but showed little. Big Stretch has appeared to sulk in all of his races since he first appeared in the Prospect Purse, won by Uncle Miltie at Jamaica in April, and even sulked while posing for photographers at Churchill Downs. The Eight Thirty colt "lied" to trainer John Gaver and jockey Atkinson at times, however, by showing the speed in occasional trials that enabled him to win the Breeders and Pimlico futurities last year and finish about one inch behind Battlefield in, the Belmont Futurity. fHe,w|ll race* without blinkers tomorrow. Combat Boots has trained well all spring and won an overnight race at Jamaica, but was soundly beaten by Battle Morn and All Is Well here last week. The colt seems to be somewhat outclassed here. The Polynesian is named for Mrs. P. A. B. Wideners speedy son of Unbreakable, who won the Preakness and Withers in 1945, and will be sixth offering. The balance of the eight-race program is made up exclusively of maiden and claiming events.

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