Valenciano, Despirito Up, Takes Suffolk Top Offering, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-26


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Valenciano, DeSpirito Up, Takes Suffolk Top Offering SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., May 25. — Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Lingles Val-enciano captured the best offering of todays nine-race program at Suffolk Downs, ♦but not before the odds-on gelding had given his legion of followers many anxious moments during the running of the six-furlong test. The winners margin over Riverwood Farms Seaflash was a length and a half, with Reynold Brothers Haskell finishing another half length back. Jockey Tony DeSpirito returned to action today after a four-day asbence due to a heavy cold and was up on Valenciano. It was only through the never-give-up efforts of DeSpirito that Valenciano was able to regain command near the end, after losing the lead three furlongs from the finish. Valenciano was under light urging to gain command down the backstretch. The four-year-old gelding was not opening daylight on Seaflash from his inside position and apprentice Ronald Fisher urged the River-wood Farms representative to .take the lead nearing the quarter pole. The lead was increased to more than a length as DeSpirito moved the Lingle sprinter out to the middle of the track. From the final furlong marker to the stand the ultimate winner made up a half-length deficit and went on under stout urging to register his first score of the season. Time for the six furlongs was 1:11%, the fastest of the day over the oval termed fast.

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