Quiet Step Splashes to Easy Tally: Has Three Lengths On Cold Command; Takes Assault Handicap at Belmont Park While Rainy Weather Makes Track Soupy, Daily Racing Form, 1952-05-21


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BERNARD H. HEIMAN — Quiet Step carried his Apheim Stable colors to victory in the Assault Handicap at the Belmont Park course. j Quiet Step Splashes to Easy Tally Has Three Lengths On Cold Command Takes Assault Handicap at Belmont Park While Rainy Weather Makes Track Soupy BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., May 20. — Apheim Stables Quiet Step splashed to an easy victory in the featured Assault Handicap at Belmont Park today, coasting to the end of the mile three lengths before C. V. Whitneys Cold Command. J. M. Roeblings Old Ironsides was another length away and three and a half lengths before T. P. Morgans favored Grover B. Ted Atkinson rode Quiet Step, who paid a liberal 3.40 and was teletimed a creditable 1:37% over a soupy track. A smallish crowd of 16,220 turned out in chill, rainy weather to view the moderate program. Quiet Steps chief claim to fame before today was a victory in a division of the Bahamas Handicap at Hialeah. More recently he had finished up the track in the Swift Stakes and Withers here, apparently unable to carry the stakes package of 126 pounds. Ancestor went to the front at the start of the Assault, closely followed by Bleno-mar, while Atkinson had Quiet Step in third place in the run down the far side and going smoothly. Old Ironsides was racing in company with Grover B., both being rated in contrast to their recent races. Ancestor began to run out of wind above the stretch turn and Quiet Step quickly shot into a daylight lead, while Cold Command began to move up strongly from the rear ranks. Grover B. and Old Ironsides began to move at the same time, with the latter finding himself behind a screen of horses with no place to go as they straightened away for the run to the wire. Gradually Adds to Lead Quiet Step gradually added to his lead while merely coasting through the stretch, while Cold Command finished willingly. The Whitney colt added, inadvertently, to Old Ironsides difficulties by moving past him just as he had taken out in search of racing room, while Grover B. faltered badly in the final furlong. None of the others had any apparent excuse, while Brook-meade Stables Sky Ship was a late rcratch. Quiet Step, Cold Command and Old Ironsides are all eligibles to the Belmont Stakes at a mile and a half. The winner seems barred from consideration for the mile and a half classic by the weight, while Cold Command, who showed little under 126 in the Derby, had finished-well under 121 in the Blue Grass Stakes. W. B. MacDonald, Jr.s Count Trim turned in the fastest four and a half furlongs of the meeting when he was blown down the Widener straight course in :50% with Eddie Arcaro in the irons. Three and a" half lengths back of the son of Count Fleet-Decor, by Ariel came W. Goad Loews favored Centime, who nosed out Hal Price Headleys King Pin. C. T. Chenerys Sugar-foot was another half length out of the money. Count Trim paid .40. In his last start, the winner had finished a length behind the unbeaten Tahitian King in time a fifth slower,, but without the benefit of a tail wind. Pete Issaris Paramount Pete ran away with Gerald Porch, whose hands were too wet to grip the reins, before the start of the fourth race, running the reverse way of the track from the six-furlong pole to the stands. Evidently assuming, he would be scratched, Porch brought Paramount Pete through the gap leading to the paddock. While photographer Bert Morgan ran through the rain to the horse, then back to phone the stewards from the winners circle, patrol Judge Myron Davis led Paramount Pete back on the track. Somewhat reluctantly, Porch headed back for the starting gate. In the race, Paramount Pete was in contention for three furlongs, then tired badly. Sara Chaits Noble Sun led throughout the dash to score by two and a half lengths over Edward M. OBriens Flying Jib.

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