Jovial Takes Measure of Rock Pilot: Defeats Odds-on Favorite by Two; Successful Fruehauf Colt Stages Driving Finish to Gain Faneuil Hall Victory, Daily Racing Form, 1955-05-02


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Jovial Takes Measure of Rock Pilot Defeats Odds-on Favorite by Two Successful Fruehauf Colt Stages Driving Finish to Gain Faneuil Hall Victory • By JOE HIRSCH SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., April 30. — B and H Stables Rock Pilot was bet down to and odds-on 3-to-5 by the 25,689 who turned out in glorious spring weather this afternoon. However, the fleet son of Petrose coudnt quite make it against a driving finish by Harvey Frue-haufs Jovial in the 0,000 Faneuil Hall Handicap and was beaten a decisive two lengths. The pair were pretty much off by themselves at the wire, O. H. Wienges and Sons Gunrod, the third horse, a distant five lengths farther back. Lightly regarded in the wagering, Jovial returned 9.00 in registering his second victory of the year. The three-year-old Shut Out colt from the good mare Some Pleasure was ridden by the veteran Frank Solimena, who was registering a double after having tallied with DeRidder Scarf in the first event. Jovials winning slice of .*5 500 boosted his seasons earnings to ,-050. Jovial failed to show much in his juvenile campaign, winning a pair of comparatively undistinguished races. His last outing was a good one however, a solid two-and-a-half length triumph in the slop eight days ago. Todays track was extremely holding as a result of continued rain throughout the meeting, so it seems as though this one wants some off going. Jovials time was the best for six panels this afternoon, 1:14%, with fractions of .23 and .47%. Always a Two-Horse Race As for Rock Pilot, and this was always a two-horse race, he had been heavily campaigned against older horses this year, his last starting coming in the 0,000 Lincoln Special on April 18, in which he led until the turn for home, then tired and finished up the track. As matters stood today, he challenged the front-running Jovial briefly as they straightened for home, but Jovial was racing immediately along the rail with its slightly firmer footing, while Rock Pilot was mired in the goo of the middle of the strip. Queensware, River Divides swift Brief Sigh miss, enjoyed a momentary advantage as the field broke in the Faneuil Hall, named for a historic Boston building which figured in this nations struggle for independence. Solimena was quick to bring Jovial to the front on the inside after the first furlong and showed the way down the backstretch with Rock Pilot a length back and Queensware splitting this pair two lengths behind the latter. Curving for home Vernon Bush cut Jovials lead to half a length with Queensware now dropping out of contention and . Earl VanHook rushing Gunrod up on the , extreme outside. As they turned into the homestretch, Jovial led by a length and a half. r Between calls Rock Pilot made his final , move to attend the leader for an instant. . But past the eighth pole Jovial, hugging , the rail, drew ahead steadily on firmer ground while Rock Pilot could do little in ; the softer underfooting of the middle track. ; Gunrod, who displayed good run through. the last half-mile was a decisive third, al-. though never threatening the first -horses. Mickey Thomas piloted F. M. Poncelets " lightly regarded Don Buster to a front- I running, half-length triumph in the sixth r event, a claiming race which featured-some of the better horses on the grounds. Run-[ ner-up was Woody Sedlaceks Receipt while ! another pair of lengths farther back came ■ J. H. "Jim" Carrs game mare Lasting" Treat. The winner returned 8.40 in register-; ing his fifth score of the campaign and ■ boosted his seasons earnings close to the . 2,000 mark. Don Buster, a four-year-old • Buster gelding, was claimed for ,500 at Lincoln Downs this spring, finished second ; in his last outing for ,250. Today he had . an ,500 price tag and ran like a good ; thing on the off track, completing the six - furlongs in 1:15%. ; Lasting Treat enjoyed a brief advantage at the break but Don Buster moved quickly - on the inside to take the lead midway of r the backstretch and lead the field to the . far turn. Lasting Treat dropped back just - a length behind Don Buster outside of the l pacemaker while Raintree was still further t outside a similar distance back. 1 Curving for home Don Busters lead was - cut a bit as Receipt came up to challenge; The favored Fife and Drum was moving r on the extreme outside at this point but t after straightening for the wire, was never r a factor. Receipt came to within a half a i length of Don Buster past the eighth pole, i unable to make up all the distance in the e run for home. Lasting Treat finished even- a -ly for third money. t DeRidder Scarf and Mary!s Time combined to pay 0.60 in the, Daily Doubje u

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