Chart of the Week: 22 horse maiden race at Belmont, July 1943

At the wartime Saratoga at Belmont meeting on July 31, 1943, the first race of the day was a 5 ½ furlong maiden for colts and geldings, comprised of a robust field of twenty-two.

Won by Dustman (Blenheim II) by a head over Ariel Game (Ariel), the field also included the Sickle colt Sickletoy, a half-brother to Bolingbroke (Equipose), Thataway (Polynesian), and Whiffenpoof (Bull Dog), among others. While moderately successful on the track, Sickletoy is mostly of note for ultimately siring two foals – one being the champion mare Sickle’s Image – prior to his premature death in 1950 (more on Sickletoy here).

Also of note, future Hall of Famer Stymie is listed among the scratches for the race.

CHART - 22 horse maiden SAR (NYT 1943.08.01)

The New York Times, 08/01/1943

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