Pet Bully Easily Best at Arlington; Hitex Outspeeds Tom Fool by Head: Favorite Has His Troubles in Sprint, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-27


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Pet Pet Bully Bully Easily Easily Best Best at at Arlington; Arlington; Hitex Hitex Outspeeds Outspeeds Tom Tom Fool Fool by by Head Head Favorite Has His Troubles in Sprint Second Success on Program For Whitakers; Torrid Heat Cuts Down Aqueduct Crowd By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 26.— The second day of torrid heat melted the crowd at Aqueduct down to 13,916 faithful, sweltering patrons who came out to see Green-tree Stables Tom Fool return to action in the Rippey Handicap. They saw the 1951 juvenile turn in a gallant effort, but one that was not quite enough as Ben F. Whit-akers Hitex headed him at the end of the six furlongs in a sparkling 1:10%, just a fifth slower than the track record. Mrs. M. F. Drinkhouses Duke Fanelli, the lightweight of the field, was another two lengths away in third place and the same margin before Ray C. Staritas Giorgetti. Bill Boland rode Hitex, who paid .50. It was a double for the Whitaker family, Mr. Whitakers Tiny Request having won the fourth race. Idle Since Wood Engagement Tom Fool, who had been idle since narrowly beaten in the Wood Memorial on April 19, while suffering an attack of virus, was topweight today with 126 pounds, conceding six to Hitex and 24 to Duke Fanelli. He had his troubles in todays dash, going into the far turn off stride and climbing. The son of Menow — Gaga dropped back abruptly, losing several lengths. He came on again in the stretch on the outside and looked like a probable winner until Hitex slipped through on the inside, saving much ground and nipped him on the wire. It was a "big race" for three-year-olds. Giorgetti was first out of the gate in the Rippey, closely followed by Hitex, True Pattern, Tom Fool and Hitex. True Pattern quickly took a slight lead over Giorgetti, while Tom Fool went to the far turn in third place, with Duke Fanelli just outside of him. The favorite had trouble handling Continued on Page Forty • Hitex Defeats Tom Fool ! By Head at Aqueduct Favorite Has His Troubles in Sprint and Turns In Big Race i Continued from Page One the turn and Atkinson eased him back I sharply. - Between the turns, Giorgetti regained the lead, closely followed by Duke Fanelli and True Pattern, while Hitex was in fourth place on the rail, followed by Tom Fool. Atkinson roused Tom Fool nearing the stretch turn and moved up strongly on the outside to challenge Duke Fanelli, who was left in the lead as Giorgetti and True Pattern dropped back. At the same time, Hitex was closed steadily on the rail, saving every inch of ground. Tom Fool took command for a stride or so inside the eighth pole, but just as he seemed about to draw clear, Hitex charged at him on the inside and showed his head in front several strides from the finish, holding his narrow margin to the wire. Esther duPont Weirs Clive of India led most of the way in the 15th running of the Forget Handicap over about two miles of the hurdle course, reaching the finish two lengths before Danial Saints favored Byng. It was a dozen lengths back to Mrs. G. H. "Pete" Bostwicks Hyvania, while Mrs. Henry Obres Coup-de-Yite completed the small field, the same margin out of the money. Pat Smithwick rode Clive of India and trapped Frank "Dooley" Adams repeatedly by keping his mount well away from the rail, causing Adams to try to drive Byng up on the inside, which the French horse will not do. Clive of India paid .40 and was timed in 3~A0%, three and three-fifths seconds slower than the track record set by Snob Tourist last fall. Byng went to the front at the start of his three rivals. Smithwick let Clive of ! i India go to the lead at the end of a mile, followed by Byng, Hyvania and Coup-de-Vite. Going down the backstretch the second time, Byng moved up on Clive of India, but refused to go any farther when he reached him in the stretch, and each time checked himself just as he reached the winner. Hyvania and Coup-de-Vite were never really in the race.

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