Battle Morn Works Out Handy Mile and Quarter at Belmont: Stays on Rail throughout in Covering Distance in 2:09 1/5; Steadfast in Shorter Drill, Daily Racing Form, 1951-06-14


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■ ■ — ► Baffle Morn Works Out Handy Mile and Quarter at Belmont Stays on Rail Throughout in 4 Covering Distance in2:09Vs; Steadfast in Shorter Drill BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 13.— While Jack Amiels Court Turf, George D. Wideners Battlefield, and C. V. Whitneys Counterpoint, the "big three" in Saturdays Belmont Stakes merely galloped this morning, two other colts who command attention in this year of upsets worked impressively on the main track at Belmont Park. They were Cain Hoy Stables Battle Morn and Brookmeade Stables Steadfast. " Battle Morn "went a handy mile and a quarter in 2:09 M . working alone and getting the final quarter of the trial in :25% while going very smoothly. The son of Blenheim n. from the mud-running Good Morning worked without blinkers and stayed on the rail throughout his trial. He bore out at the head of the stretch in last Saturday Peter Pan, a habit that has cost him other races in the past, but which he has never displayed when ridden by Ted Atkinson, who will ride him in the 00,000 mile and a half classic this week-end. Steadfast worked with Why Not Now and the pair stepped seven furlongs in 1:26% in a style that gained the approval of the work-watchers. Preston Burchs charge is a substitute for Bold, the Preakness winner, who selected last Tuesday as the time to belatedly buck his shins. The lightly raced son of Mahmoud — Forever Yours indicated that he is a natural router when he drew out at the end of the New Jersey Handicap on Memorial Day to beat the hard-hitting Alerted by two lengths in that mile and a quarter on a slow track. Steadfast had only 110 pounds up in that race, however, and must carry an equalizing 126 in the Belmont. A slow track, which is quite likely this spring when the weather is an unpredictable as the three-year-olds, would help both Battle Morn and Steadfast and would certainly not bother Battlefield too much. Court Turf and Counterpoint, on the other hand, indicate that they like to hear their feet rattle. How Will Be in Entries Herman Delmans Oaks-winning filly How became aTmuch more probable candidate this morning, though neither her owner or trainer Horatio Luro would definitely commit themselves. Both agreed that they were greatly tempted to start the filly, though only two of the sex have been able to win the Belmont since it was inaugurated in 1867 and Luro said that she would definitely be entered in the stake. Whether she starts or not, depends to some extent on the size and composition of the field. Luro added that he had contacted Kenny Church with a view to his riding the daughter of Princequillo. How has no other stake engagements in the immediate future, except in handicaps for those of her own sex, in which she would quite possibly face a harder task with less prospect of reward. The other probables at this writing are Count Turf, Battlefield, Counterpoint, Battle Morn, Steadfast, Royal Mustang, Sonic and Nullify. The Belmont lost a candidate yesterday morning, it was learned today, when Reuben Kowalls Pur Sang, winner of the Peabody Memorial, who had been shipped east for the stake, broke down after a trial. Trainer John Zoeller said this morning that Pur Sang had bowed a tendon. No decision as to the colts future will be made until Kowall arrives from Chicago today or tomorrow. Sam E. Wilson, Jr.s, Royal Mustang, the other western candidate for the Belmont, and who finished second behind Count Turf in the Derby and second to Pur Sang in the Peabody, appears ready to run the race of his career in the Belmont. Though normally a poor work horse, the son of Easy Mon went a mile and a quarter in 2:08% Sunday morning and has showed no ill effects since the trial.

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