Countess Fleet Wests Top Filly-Mare Sprinter: Timed Six Furlongs in 1:091/5 in Accounting for Milady Handicap, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-07


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Countess Fleet Wests j Top Filly-Mare Sprinter j Timed Six Furlongs in 1 :09]/5 in ! Accounting For Milady Handicap! HOLLYWOOD PARK, Inglewood, Calif., i June 6. — Robert Lehmans Countess Fleet today stood out as the Wests champion sprinter among fillies and mares as a result of a smashing triumph she registered in the 7,350 Milady Handicap at six furlongs here last Saturday. The four-year-old daughter of Count Fleet and Honor Bound ran the distance of the Milady in 1:09%, only a fifth of a second off the track record, and won by a half length as Jet Lady took the place, a similar margin in advance of Alibhai Lynn. Countess Fleet, who was ridden by Johnny Longden and was carrying 121 pounds, had to run all the way to achieve her suc cess. She was on top of a sizzling pace from the outset and withstood a furious drive after getting to the front in mid-stretch to cling to a narrow advantage. Alibhai Lynn, top weight under 123 pounds, had a hand in cutting out the pace and she hung on doggedly in the drive and it was only in the closing strides that the lightly weighted Jet Lady, under 109, nailed her for the place. Behind them at the finish were Sienna II., Sally Slipper, Vicki Blue and Royal Grace. Countess Fleets victory was worth 5 -050 to her owner and those in the crowd of more than 40,000 who made her the public choice, received 3-to-2 for their investments. The next objective for Countess Fleet, who last spring won the Golden Poppy Handicap at Golden Gate Fields, is the 5,000 Vanity Handicap which will test fillies and mares over a mile and an eighth on July 2.

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