Card Trick Scores by Head in 54 Bow: Greentree Sophomore Gives Atkinson Third Winner of Day; Quick Lunch Second, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-09


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Card Trick Scores By Head in 54 Bow Greentree Sophomore Gives Atkinson Third Winner of Day; Quick Lunch Second BELMONT PARK, Elmont, L. I., N. Y., June 8. Ted Atkinson, who started the day with a lead of 20 winners over his nearest Belmont Park rival, added three more to his score through the feature race, which he won on Greentree Stables Card Trick. The gelded son of Case Ace captured the Troubadour Handicap for his seasonal debut by a head over Wheatley Stables Quick Lunch, giving "Atky" his 41st trip to the winners circle at this session. - Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs favored. Peter Lane was: only a half length away at the end of the Troubadour, with Limelight, who is now owned by Walter H. Hoffman, Jr., but carried the Claiborne Farm silks, only a head out of the money. Limelight is expected to flaunt Hoffmans Rancho Casitas colors in Saturdays Belmont Stakes and turned in a creditable effort, finishing strongly after losing much ground at the final bend. That son of Nasrullah went out a mile after the dash, but was not timed as jockey Pete Anderson evidently forgot his instructions, easing up after the wire, then rousing Limelight at the short pole. 19,747 Witness Program Card Trick, who won the Flash Stakes and two other races last year, was somewhat neglected by the crowd of 19,747, paying 3.50 after getting the six furlongs in 1:12, fair time on the deep, dead track. He had been on the sidelines since finishing second to Allen H. Smiths By Jeepers in the Ardsley Stakes on November 11. By Jeepers was in the Troubadour, but stumbled and almost lost Eric Guerin at the start. Card Trick went to the front at the start of the Troubadour, but was closely followed by Quick Lunch, who was racing on the rail. Atkinson appeared to have the Greentree gelding "on the bit," while Quick Lunch was driving as they sped around the far turn and past the three furlong pole. At this stage, Brisuet was a fairly close third, followed by Peter Lane, Giant Cracker and Bobby Brocato, while Limelight was far back with only By Jeepers behind him. Card Trick continued to lead into the stretch, with Quick Lunch dogging him determinedly on the rail and Peter Lane storming up on the outside. At the same time, Limelight began a strong run on the extreme outside and rapidly moved into contention, though going wide to make his move. Through the final yards, Card Trick held on courageously under a hand ride, with Quick Lunch still driving at him to the end and Peter Lane making a futile bid. Limelight finished fastest of all, while Bobby Brocato ran an even race to be fifth. Bobby Brocato and Quick Lunch are also eligible to the Belmont, but not expected to start in the classic. Brae Burn Farms Summa Cum, the Ali-bhai Miss Dogwood colt for whom James O. McCue paid 8,000 at the 1952 Saratoga sales, graduated in his belated debut today, but hardly with the impression that he would win himself out in the near future. With Ted Atkinson urging him hard at the finish, Summa Cum started his account with ,600 his reward for finishing a half length before Yolo Stables Cronus, a "fielder" at 50 to 1. M. F. Schaibles Astronaut was another length away at the end of six furlongs in 1:13 after setting the pace to the head of the stretch. A tepid choice, Summa Cum paid .60.

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