Weighting In: Conditions Detract from Gazelle as Contest Evening Out Seen as Ovewhelming Favorite, Daily Racing Form, 1954-06-19


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— -1 W E I G H I N G IN BY EVAN SHIPMAN AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 18. — Every once in a while, allowance conditons, that are intended to bring the more promising members of a generation together once the scale weight classics are out of the way, actually serve exactly the opposite purpose, merely accentuating an original ginal disparity disparity in in class. class. Such, Such, unfor- — -1 ginal disparity disparity in in class. class. Such, Such, unfor- unfortunately, will be the case tomorrow with the running of the rich Gazelle Stakes, first week-end feature of the spring Aqueduct meeting. Here we find Mrs. George D. Wideners brilliant filly, Evening Out, generally recognized as the clear champion in her division, at grips with the Kentucky Oaks winner, Faccinator; Happy Mood, who dead-heated for first place in the mile Acorn at Bel-,j mont Park, and eight others of varying ability, but, as a contest, this Gazelle renewal is spoiled because Evening Out — in need of no such generosity — will benefit from an eight-pound weight concession on the part of both Fascinator and Happy Mood. AAA Were the Gazelle a handicap instead of being a stake, with penalties and allowances, Jack Campbell would probably compel the brown Amazon to carry at least 10 pounds more than would be alloted any of the rivals she will encounter here, so you can judge for yourself what, under present conditions, tomorrows finish promises to look like. If, like us, you are amply satisfied by the spectacle of a fine thoroughbred in action, then you will have no quarrel with this Gazelle, but nobody is going to get rich, either wagering on Evening Out or against her. AAA Evening Outs three -year-old campaign has been retarded by a minor stable accident, but when she kicked - through a screen at the barn the resulting cuts and Conditions Detract From Gazelle as Contest Evening Out Seen as Ovewhelming Favorite Widener Filly Hailed as Perfect Race Tool - The Mast, in Fine Fettle, Scores in Chase bruises were, nevertheless, serious enough to keep her on the sidelines while the Acorn, Coaching Club American Oaks and several other features to which she had been nominated were contested. Idleness during this period had its effect on her bank account as well as depriving her of honors that would read well in her record when she eventually retires to the farm, but as far as her prestige is concerned, little or nothing was lost. This plain, • Roman-nosed daughter of Shut Out — Evening Belle, by Eight Thirty, is a rare individual. Up to the present, she has never been defeated by one of her own sex, while if some of her victories against fillies have been earned by narrow margins, that is unique, because she is a rather cold, deliberate miss, giving what it takes to win and no more. AAA For her return to action early this week in the seven-furlong Regal Lily Purse, Evening Out, it was noticed, displayed none of the intense early speed that had marked her every public appearance last year. Instead, she tarried well out of it while Assaults little sister, On Your Own, built up what looked like a commanding lead. A little before the furlong pole in the long Aqueduct stretch, jockey Eddie Arcaro gave the homebred Widener filly the signal. From there in, the long, space-devouring strides with which she diminished the gap separating her from the chestnut leader could have but one conclusion, and Evening Out was actually comfortable at the wire. We deduce from that race that trainer Bert Mulholland had given Arcaro instruction to bide "his time, and we are glad to see that, she is so ammenable to rating, bearing out our original impression that Evening Out was what horsemen describe as a perfect race tool, ready either to "tuck" or go to the front, just as her rider elects. AAA Speaking of champions, yesterdays featured Hitchcock Steeplechase Handicap was robbed of much of its interest when Colonel Nelles Extra Points turned out . to be a late scratch, his withdrawal ascribed to the hard going in the centerfield. The weatherman had promised rain for Wednesday night, but the wind had veered and it came up unseasonably cold instead, but with clear skies. To the eye, the Aqueduct turf appeared in excellent condition, and we know that the association had kept the sprinklers busy. Extra Points, however, was being asked to carry a really formidable burden in the stake, and his connections had every right to pick and choose. In the absence of this seasons chasing sensation, Mrs. J. R. H. Thourons The Mast was co-favored with Mrs. Vernon Cardys Sun Shower, and their contest turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable affair. On this occasion, The Mast was both fit and willing. Under a clever, confident ride from Bob McDonald, The Mast led for every step of the two-mile jorney, fencing boldly and showing his usual speed on the flat between obstacles. True, the big black did make one fairly serious error at the water jump, always his bete noir, but he lost little or no ground, nor did the mistake appear to sap. his strength. AAA Pressing The Mast .for most of the distance in the Hitchcock was Montpeliers recent acquisition, Mighty Mo. This young chestnut, an admirable prospect for the important fall fixtures, was in receipt of .13 pounds from the Continued on Page Forty-Eight WEIGHING IN By EVAN SHIPMAN | Continued from Page Sixty winner, As yet, Mighty Mo does not clear his fences in the fine, free style revealed yesterday by The Mast, and he made a bad mistake at the next-to-last obstacle, an error that probably cost him the place, for he was not going to beat The Mast yesterday, whatever happened. After Mighty Mos deflection — he wound up fourth, beating only the aged Tourist List — Sun Shower finishing strongly under Pat Smithwicks urging, as did also Banner Waves, who showed a nice, even effort. Sun Shower, with the top weight of 157. in the saddle, had waited well off the pace, Smithwick timing his bid with his usual finesse, but a concession of seven pounds to Mrs. Thourons fine gelding on one of that ones good days is no small matter, and Sun Shower suffers no loss of face by his worthy attempt.

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