Star Rover Impressive Victor at Monmouth: Leads at All Markers to down Mr. Al L. in Lamplighter Cap, Daily Racing Form, 1955-06-27


view raw text

Star Rover Impressive Victor at Monmouth Leads at All Markers to Down Mr. Al L. in Lamplighter Cap By FRED GALIANI MONMOUTH PARK, Oceanport, N. J., June 25. Leading from start to finish, Mrs. Irving Gushens Star Rover set his rivals a merry pace in the Lamplighter Handicap here today, winning his second stakes of the young meeting. With Walter Blum hand riding him at the finish, the gray son of Flushing n. led Hash Wein-steins Mr. Al L. by three quarters of a length, while Breckinridge Longs Westward Ho was only a head back in third place. Star Rover, who had won the Select Handicap here last week, paid 5 and covered the mile and a sixteenth over the slow . track in 1:43. A crowd of 25,737 put their confidence in Clearwater Stables Porters-ville, who finished fifth in the field of 12. It was a gray, overcast afternoon, with rain falling intermittently, but Star Rover was a gray ghost indeed as he turned in a splendid performance to add to his already impressive record. The Lamplighter was worth 8,350 to Mrs. Gushen, wife of the national president of the HBPA, while trainer Eddie Anspach, Continued on Page Seven Star Rover Impressive Victor at Monmouth Leads at All Markers to Down Mr. Al L. in Lamplighter Cap, Continued from Page One deputizing for the pair, accepted the trophy from Mrs. Reeve Schley. The winner, a homebred son of Flushing II. Miss Moonbeam, by Pharamond II., was racking his third straight, and second stakes, triumph. So far this year he has won five out of nine starts, including a victory over Hannon Comet and Jeans Joe at Keeneland. Star Rover operated under a 116 pound burden for the Lamplighter, the topweight being Bunnys Babe, with 118, who wound up ninth. Immediately after the race, Anspach said the colt would be sent by plane on Friday to Chicago, where he will compete in the Warren Wright Stakes next Saturday at Arlington Park. Star Rover has turned in only one bad race this year, when he finished out of the money in the .recent "Suffolk 21," in which he apparently did not like the hard track. The slow footing this afternoon was all to his liking. He sped out of the gate like a shot and went right to the front without the slightest hesitation. When they hit the backstretch, he was already three lengths in front, with Bunnys Babe and Ambergris being closest to him. Portersville was a prominent fourth, with Our Prince right " along with him. Westward Ho was next in line, while Mr. Al L. was farther back on the rail. Down the backstretch, Star Rover widened his lead to five lengths and coming around the turn to the head of the stretch was still three in front. Ambergris had dropped out of it by this time, while Westward Ho moved into second place, before Bunnys Babe, who was also falling out of it rapidly. Mr. Al L. kept to his rail position and saved a woild of ground on the turn. Down the stretch Star Rovers margin was cut as Mr. Al L. moved up with a bold challenge, but Blum urged the gray flyer on, and he responded gallantly. Westward Ho threw down the gauge from the outside and for a moment it looked as if the pair had Star- Rover flanked on both sides. Though his margin at the finish was diminished, Star Rover was in complete command of the situation, as Mr. Al L. was barely able to take second from Westward Ho. Jabneh, who was far back in the early running, came along to be fourth before Portersville, who raced wide most of the journey.

Persistent Link:
Local Identifier: drf1955062701_1_6
Library of Congress Record: