Joe Graves Outfinishes Mon-Pharo; War Rhodes in Fourth Hurdle Score: Takes Amagansett at Aqueduct Track, Daily Racing Form, 1953-06-26


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Joe Joe Graves Graves Outfinishes Outfinishes Mon-Pharo; Mon-Pharo; War War Rhodes Rhodes in in Fourth Fourth Hurdle Hurdle Score Score Takes Amagansett At Aqueduct Track Stony Brook Proves Easy for Sunshine Nell; Daily Double Of ,649.70 Is Years High By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 25.— Allison Sterns War Rhodes, a graduate from the claiming ranks, scored his fourth straight triumph over hurdles when he charged to a handy victory in the tenth running of the Amagansett Handicap today. The Rhodes Scholar gelding took the lead when he pleased, which was at the end of a mile and a quarter, and went on to beat Lawrence R. Troianos King Commander by four and a half lengths. Mill River Stables Eternal Son was another half length away at the end of about a mile and three-quarters, while Troianos Williamburg was another 18 lengths out of the money. Sterns Salemaker, who was coupled with the winner, and Louis Primas Rythminhim completed the small field. Pintor Is Scratched Heavily favored with the crowd of 17,697 that turned out in ideal racing weather, the Stern entry paid -30 and .30. As there were only four interests, there was no show wagering. Montpeliers Pintor, who would have had a strong following, was scratched this morning. Charley Harr steered War Rhodes over the course in a sluggish 3:10% on a hard track. There was comparatively little to the Amagansett as a spectacle. King Commander set the pace under sufferance, while War Rhodes had dead aim on him from the start. Eternal Son was close to the leaders all the way, but seemed to lack the dash he had displayed in the New York Turf Writers Cup last week. Rounding the Continued on Page Fifty War Rhodes in Fourth Straight Hurdle Score Annexes AmagansettatAqueduct; Sunshine Nell Wins Stony Brook Continued from Pofe Om clubhouse turn the first time, Jason Eaby gambled on finding an opening with Rythminhim, but had to take back to avoid running up on the heels of Eternal Son, which was his last bid. That was the only "incident" in an otherwise tranquil contest. Meyer- J. Kaplans Sunshine Nell skipped to an easy victory in the Stony Brook Handicap, best of the flat races, drawing out at the head of the long stretch and coasting to the end of the seven furlongs three and a half lengths before Mrs. Richard J. Maloney, Jr.s Contribution. Wheat-ley Stables Hilarious was another five lengths in arrears, saving third money by a nose from Vera S. Braggs Trick Pilot. Starmount Stables Primate, the favorite, appeared anchored under his topweight of 123 pounds and finished fifth, a neck off the board. Hedley Woodhouse piloted Sunshine Nell, who was clocked a creditable 1:23% and went out another furlong in 1:38%. She is probably going to Delaware for the 00,000 New Castle Handicap and comes from a good race behind Marta in the Top Flight Handicap. Second choice in the wagering, Sunshine Nell paid .10. Sunshine Nell and Contribution were both bred by Calumet Farm. The Sun Again mare is a familiar speedster to Metropolitan racegoers, but Contribution has been racing on the West Coast, except for one dull race at Monmouth Park, and was widely neglected despite the presence of Ted Atkinson in the saddle. The Whirlaway five-year-old was the only one to do any real running behind the winner in the stretch, beginning a long run from last place after rounding the far turn. Easy Whirl was first away from the gate, but was quickly challenged by Hilarious and Primate, while Sunshine Nell was a close fourth in the run to the far turn. Primate soon began to fall back, while Hilarious, Sunshine Nell and Easy Whirl sped around the turns as a team. Easy Whirl stopped Dadiy at tne top oi tne nome lane and finished last, while Sunshine Nell passed the leaders with ease and coasted home. Atkinson continued to ride hard on Contribution, who was decidedly second best, while Hilarious tired badly and Trick Pilot finished fairly well on the inside rail. Rita L. Costellos The Straw and D. H. Burdens Hi Chief enriched a fortunate few with a ,649.70 Daily Double, the largest of the season and almost double the previous high of 51 returned by Meg March and War Atom at Belmont Park on May 22. The Straw paid 2.10 straight, while the return on Hi Chief was 7.10. Jim Nichols and Hank Moreno were the winning riders. The Straw is a juvenile daughter of Questionnaire, who had showed nothing in two previous starts, while Hi Chief raced with considerable success in the cheaper claiming races on the West Coast, winning two races for ,600 and an optional claimer for ,500 horses, while placing in five others. He got up in the final strides today to beat Frank Reams favored Rambling Mary a half length.

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