Sir Mango Easy Winner of Fleming; High Gun Shows Way in Peter Pan: Porterhouse Runs Sixth at Belmont, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-07


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Sir Sir Mango Mango Easy Easy Winner Winner of of Fleming; Fleming; High High Gun Gun Shows Shows Way Way in in Peter Peter Pan Pan Porterhouse Runs Sixth at Belmont King Ranch Colt Gains Mild Upset by Beating Fisherman Three Lengths in Slow Time By BOB HORWOOD Staff Correspondent BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 5. Shooting away from six rivals in the final sixteenth, King Ranchs High Gun charged to a mild upset in the 15th running of the Peter Pan Handicap today, reaching the end of the mile and a furlong three lengths before C. V. Whitneys Fisherman, who took command in the upper stretch. It was almost two lengths back to Greentree Stables Diving Board, who led C. T. Chenerys Prince Hill another length and a half. . Initial Success of Season The disillusionment of the Peter Pan was Llangollen Farms Porterhouse, who finished sixth in the field, beaten almost eight lengths and never becoming a serious contender. The 1953 juvenile champion, who had created a great impression in his debut against older sprinters, was made the favorite at 6 to 5 by the crowd of 35,048, but .flattened out badly after running third in the slow early stages. Maine Chance Farms pacemaking Jet Action finished last. High Gun, who was scoring his first victory of the year on the seventh attempt paid 3.60, .40 and .30 across the board. His time of 1:52 was the slowest in the history of the Peter Pan, largely because of the exceedingly moderate pace of :25, :50Vs, l:15V5 and 1:40, the first six furlongs of which were set by Dave Gorman on Jet Action. Eric Guerin rode High Gun, rating behind the slow pace, but making a brusque move at the three-furlong pole that carried him to the leaders at the top of the lane, then straightening his mount as he tried to bear in on Fisherman at the furlong pole. Jet Action led Fisherman by a half Continued on Page Five . High Gun Captures Peter Pan; Porterhouse Winds Up Sixth King Ranch Colt Gains Mild4 I Upset by Beating Fisherman Three Lengths in. Slow Time Continued from Page One I length in the long run down the back-stretch and around the far turn, while Porterhouse was about a length farther back and appeared to be under double wraps. Prince Hill was a close fourth, closely followed by. Surmount, while Diving Board and High Gun brought up the rear. Passing the three-furlong pole, Hedley Woodhouse asked Fisherman to move and the little Phalanx colt, who was second choice, quickly took command. Guerin was moving with High Gun at the same time and surged up on the outside, while Porterhouse was in obvious difficulty, and Jet Action, was rapidly running out of wind. Meanwhile, Ted Atkinson was bringing Diving Board up on the rail, coming outside of Surmount on the final bend and diving between horses. Straightening away for the run home, Fisherman was a half length in the van and appeared about to hold sway as Guerin had to steady High Gun as that colt tried to bear in. Diving Board was right with the leaders in the upper stretch, but began to hang when the real racing began. Guerin roused High Gun sharply at the upper end of the odds-board and the big brown colt responded with a bound, literally leaping away from Fisherman. In the final yards, High Gun added to his lead with every long bound, while Fisherman, . whose strides are much shorter and quicker, gave his best but rapidly lost ground. Diving Board held on fairly well to be third, while Prince Hill narrowly beat Surmount for fourth money. Porterhouse, who was under the whip rounding the final bend and in. the upper stretch, lost ground steadily, while Jet Action was eased once he was beaten. Performance Too. Poor to Be True While there was ho apparent excuse for Porterhouse, his race was obviously too bad to be true. The colt had sulked in his last trial and it may be that he sulked again today when asked to go from a pull to a drive after being under stout restraint for seven furlongs. High Gun is a son of Heliopdlis Rocket Gun, by Brazado, and was purchased for 0,200 at the Keeneland sales of 1952. He won two of his three starts and was reported to have trained exceptionally well at Columbia, S. C, during the winter. His races were disappointing, however, until last Saturday when he finished third to War of Roses in the Jersey Stakes after being badly bumped by Correlation at the start. Like all of the others, except Surmount, he is eligible to next Saturdays 00,000 Belmont Stakes at a mile and a half. It was remarked after the Peter Pan that Hasty Road would now probably be kept here to run in the Belmont. It had been announced that he was leaving for Chicago tomorrow, and no announcement of a change of plan has been made, but todays race was not one to frighten the Preak-ness winner. Hanging up his third victory of the afternoon, Ted Atkinson steered Wheatley Stables Hilarious to a clever triumph in the Stromboli Handicap that preceded the Peter Pan. Mrs. Charles Silvers Ruthred, who ran Mrs. Jan Burkes favored Squared Away into the ground in the first half mile, finished a length and a half behind in second place, two and a half lengths before Brook-meade Stables War King. Jet Master, Game Chance and the utterly discouraged Squared Away completed the field. Hilarious paid .80 as second choice and was timed in 1:12. Alfred G. Vanderbilts Crash Dive, a four-year-old who had won a single previous race in his career, took the fourth race in 1:11, time that became impressive when Hilarious needed a second and a fifth more. Crash Dive coasted home six lengths before Pine Cone and Phantom Song, who were noses apart, and paid .50. Eric ,Guerin had the speedy journey.

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