Devilkin Draws Out Fast In Garden State Sprint: Sweeps Past Ding Ding in Drive And Registers by Six Lengths, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-16


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THOMAS H. HEARD, JR.— Trainer of Devilkin, Camden winner. I Devilkin Draws Out Fast In Garden State Sprint Sweeps Past Ding Ding in Drive And Registers by Six Lengths By FRED GALIANI Staff Correspondent GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N. J., May 15. — One crack with the whip and G. F. Stricklands Devilkin came away from his closest rival with a tremendous burst of speed to win the featured Downington Purse here this afternoon. E. H. Messmers Ding Ding, who had the lead at the head of the stretch until the jet propelled Devilkin took off, was second, six lengths behind the winner. J. W. Bowleys Fighting Lark finished third in the six-furlong event. Devilkin, ridden by Fernando Fernandez, paid .20 as the favorite in the field of nine for the Downington and covered the six furlongs in 1:12% over the fast track. A crowd of 16,300 turned out on a clear, but slightly humid, afternoon and most of. them had fair luck with three choices winning up to the feature. The biggest surprise of the afternoon was T. O. Eastmans Ruxton who won the third race at 9.50. The Downington was for fillies non-winners of two races and Devilkin had not won since last April at Laurel. The daughter of Devil Diver had been out only twice this year and had not been closer than sixth. Moorea came away from the gate first in the Downington, was* sent out to steal the race and had soon opened up a lead of five lengths, while Ding Ding was second and Devilkin third in the sprint. The rest of the field was bunched and, as in most of the sprints here, the forwardly placed horses had it all to themselves. Moorea led in the run down the backstretch, but started coming back fo her field rounding the turn and midway of the bend, Ding Ding had caught the leader and taken a slight lead. Devilkin had moved a fraction later and as they straightened away for the run home, Ding Ding had the better of it and was under punishment. Just above the eighth pole, Fernandez reached back and gave Devilkin a lash and the Jilly just bounded ahead and from there on was never in trouble and won under a hold. Ding Ding came on for second as Fighting Lark finished on the outside to defeat Whirlaron for the third money. Moorea got late at the head of the stretch and wound up next to last after her brief moment of glory on the lead.

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