Paper Tiger Registers Thrilling Edgemere Win: Catches Straight Face in Final Stride to Trumph at Aqueduct, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-27


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I Paper Tiger Registers j Thrilling Edgemere Win Catches Straight Face in Final Stride to Triumph at Aqueduct By BOB HORWOOD StafJ Correspondent AQUEDUCT, L. I., N. Y., June 25. A gray day crowd of 31,837 was treated to a horse race in the 36th running of the 8,300 Edgemere Handicap today, with three of the seven starters charging for the wire almost on a line. Ethel D. Jacobs Paper Tiger got up in the final stride to triumph by a head over Greentree Stables favored Straight Face, who led Woodley Lane Farms Red Hannigan by the same narrow margin. It was almost two lengths back to J. Ross Clark H.s Southarlington, who was another neck before Mrs. Edward Laskers Lychnus. High Tide Stables well-played Fabulist stopped badly to be sixth, while the field was completed by Ogden Phipps Bassanio. Conn McCreary urged Paper Tiger over the mile and a furlong in 1:50 over a track that had dried to fast after being good for the early races, but was certainly not at its best. The son of Stymie from Ally Bal, by Challenger II., paid 2.10 and netted Mrs. Jacobs 9,250. It was the third ictory of the year in 10 starts for Paper Tiger and his first stakes victory, though he has beaten stakes horses in overnight is Continued on Page Six 1$ - MRS. ETHEL D. JACOBS Paper Tiger carried her colors successfully in the . Edgemere Handicap at Aqueduct. . Paper Tiger Gains Thrilling Triumph Nips Straight Face on Wire To Take Edgemere Handicap Before 31,837 at Aqueduct Continued Uom Page One events. The time was identical with that of Stymie when that durable chestnut won the Edgemere in 1946. Straight Face, who was far from disgraced in defeat, was turning in his best race since his victory in last years Suburban and carried topweight of 123 pounds conceding nine to Paper Tiger and seven j to Red Hannigan. Fabulist was first away from the gate in the Edgemere, but Paul Bailey hustled Red Hannigan into the lead in the run to the clubhouse turn, opening up two lengths on Lychnus, who was closely followed by Fabulist on the rail, while Straight Face was a close fourth on the outside. At this point and through the run down the back-stretch, Paper Tiger was a distant last, several lengths behind Southarlington. The field began to bunch nearing the three furlong pole, where Red Hannigan led Lychnus by a length with Straight Face moving up on the outside and Fabulist appearing to tire on the rail, while Paper Tiger was starting a powerful run on the outside. Red Hannigan continued to lead into the stretch, bub Straight Face, responding to Ted Atkinsons whip, took a slight lead at the furlong pole, while Paper Tiger was literally flying, moving from fifth place to third in a quarter and charging on the leaders. For a few strides, Red Hannigan, Straight Face and Paper Tiger raced as a team, but Straight Face shoved his head in front just inside the sixteenth pole, then Paper Tiger nailed the favorite with a last desperate lunge right on the wire. Flying at the End After the race, Conn McCreary said: "You can never give up on a Stymie. He just kept plugging and finally made it. He started his run at the three-eighths pole and was flying at the end. I spent the last part of it making sure he ran straight and didnt lug in on Straight Face." Atkinson said that Straight Face had no excuses, though it appeared that Lychnus bore in on him sharply leaving the gate. The veteran added, "he spent all day beating Red Hannigan and had nothing left for the other one. He ran "an honest race and a good race." Guerins comment concerning Fabulist was brief and to the point. "He just hung," he said. Fabulist was picking up eight pounds since his victory in the Queens County Handicap, while Paper Tiger, who finished fourth in that race, added only one. Harry L Farms Tonga Prnce and Tree Stables Seebit took the Daily Double races, a pair of seven furlongs events, combining for a 0.70 pay-off. Angelo Vasil rode Tonga Prince, who took command with a brisk move at the final turn and went on to score by two lengths over Fleets Choice, who closed with a furious rush to beat Fly another three lengths. Tonga Prince paid 1.30 and was clocked in 1:25 over the "good" track. Seebit led all the way under Jimmy Cangemie, setting a swift pace, but was doing his best at the end to stave off Golden Aria by a length, while it was another two and a half lengths back to Perfect Power. Seebit paid .70 straight and was clocked in 1:25. Long Row and Standee, both ridden by Ted Atkinson, were the favorites, but both tired badly, finishing fifth and ninth, respectively. Mrs. Julie Mirons Big Mark, who spilled Eddie Arcaro over his head coming out of the gate last week, broke a bit slowly for Conn McCreary in the dash preceding the Edgemere today, but looped the entire field to score going away. The Florida-bred son of Ariel Game ripped off "the six furlongs in 1:11 over a track that had become fast and was almost a length before Adele L. Rands This Side at the finish.

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