Helioscope Registers in Record Time: Runs Valley Forge Mile, 70 In 1:40 3-5, With 130 Up; 41,799 Fans See Helis Colt Nose Out Stubborn Joe Jones As Garden State Opens Meet, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-02


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HOWARD HAUSNER— Trainer of Helioscope, Valley Forge winner. Helioscope Registers in Record Time Runs Valley Forge Mile, 70 In 1:40 3-5, With 130 Up 41,799 Fans See Helis Colt Nose Out Stubborn Joe Jones As Garden State Opens Meet By FRED GALIANI . GARDEN STATE PARK, Camden, N. J., April 30. — A record-smashing opening-day crowd of 41,799 fans saw William Helis Jrs Helioscope turn in a most amazing performance in the 8,750 Valley Forge Handicap. Apparently beaten above the sixteenth pole, the big striding bay gave forth with a tremendous last minute surge to defeat Mrs. Ethel D. Jacobs Joe Jones by a thrusting nose. Helioscope shattered the mile and 70 yards record, rattling off the distance in 1:40% under a staggering top weight of 130 pounds. He set his own pace and was in front all the way, except for the brief moments Joe Jones, in under 119 pounds* took a slight lead. Sammy Boulmetis guided the four-year-old son of Heliopolis, who paid .40 to his backers in the big crowd. Victory was worth 9,700 net to owner William Helis, while Maurice "Jock" Barshack accepted the Valley Forge trophy from Earl J. Moyer, chairman of the Nebraska State Racing Commission. Six and a half lengths back of Joe Jones came Ogden Phipps Bassanio, who was three and a half lengths before Elkcam Stables Ifabody, who attempted to race with Helioscope from %the start. breaks Forerunners Record / Helioscope clipped one-fifth of a second off the old record, which, incidentally was set by another Helis champion Spartan Valor, who won this same race in 1952. Spartan Valor carried 130 pounds inv his successful Valley Forge triumph also. The winner, a bay son of Heliopolis — Warflower, has now won tow of his three starts this year. In his first outing he set a new track record for seven furlongs in the Southern Maryland Handicap, then was beaten by Social Outcast and Fisherman in the Campbell Memorial. In the latter race he was defeated, under 130 pounds. Through the length of the stretch this afternoon it seemed as if he were doomed to defeat under his weight again, but from somewhere he summoned an extra font of driving power and came on again in the last 10 yards to drop his nose in front. Helioscope broke alertly and rushed up with Ifabody to battle for the lead, the pair of them going into the turn some distance ahead of their nearest rivals. Joe Jones was crowded at the start and taken in hand by Conn McCreary and went around the field in the rear. Ifabody had a slight advantage on the rail as they swept around the turn, but when they straighted out from the turn, Boulmetis left out a notch on Helioscope. The Helis colt quickly opened a long lead with Ifabody futilely pursing. Joe Jones, who had been, last, started to move as they neared the half mile pole, while Bassanio likewise began his bid. Abbezac and Pointing were running third and fourth at this juncture but were not going anywhere. Rounding the final turn, Helioscope had drawn out to a three-len.gth lead and Joe Jones, moving fast, had rushed into third position. Boulmetis shook Helioscope up a little bit as they came to the head of the stretch. Joe Jones had passed the failing Ifabody and "was now taking dead-aim on Helioscope -as they straightened away for the drive. As they swept past the eighth pole, Joe Jones took a head lead on the outside and appeared to be ready to draw away. But Helioscope wasnt through yet. He kept fighting and Joe Jones couldnt get more than that head in front. Just as they neared the wire Helioscope pulled out the j stops and came on again with a brilliant surge that got him the money. It was a consecutive double for Boulmetis, who had won the preceding race on Post Prandial, In as thrilling a contest as one could want, A. H. Bowens Post Prandial eked out a three-way photo to win the 0,000 Holmesburg Purse at six furlongs which preceded the feature. Post Prandial scored by a -neck over Brookfjeld Farms I Appeal, with J. Warfield Rddgers favored Due de Fer just another nose back. The gray four-year-old gelded son of Eight Thirty paid .40 and covered the six furlongs in a torrid 1:10 Vs. Sammy Boulmetis was the winning piolt. I Appeal and Due de Fer were locked in battle soon after the start of ftiis dash and went at it head and head down the backstretch. Post Prandial was a close third and was held under slight restraint. As the two seesawed along on the front end, Boulmetis sat and waited. When they came around the turn and straightened for the run home, Post Prandial ranged up to join the battle, with Due de Fer sandwiched between the gray and I Appeal, who was on the rail." Post Prandial attempted to lug in in the heat of the drive, but Boulmetis skillfully kept him on a straight line and just got him up to win in a close finish. I Appeal got a nose decision over the valiant Due de Fer, who struggled on courageously. The season opened with a whopping ,865.40 Daily Double, paid out on the combination of Beauridge Stables Beau-ridge and Mrs. L. H. Silvers Janes Pride. A total of 144 two dollar tickets and six 0 ducats were sold on the lucky combination. * Beauridge, a first time starter, gave all the appearances of being a good one as the I Will colt streaked five furlongs in :59 over the fast track to win by six lengths. An equally long priced longshot came through in the second when Mrs. L. H. Silvers Janes Pride, a 7.20 chance took a photo over G. Bills, Jr.s Gay Jet. Janes Pride paid a quick dividend to his new owner, having been claimed for ,500 at Gulfstream Park on April 12. He covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:45%.

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