Indeed he did. After the second elimination went to Simpson's other entry, Gamecock, in 2:01[1/5], Lehigh started the nine-horse third dash on the rail, with Gamecock, now driven by Joe O'Brien, in post 2. ( Simpson, who certainly had no luck this day, again drew the outside spot with Thor.) A startled roar went up from the crowd of 39,000 as Gamecock broke stride in the very first turn. Lehigh was directly behind and, seemingly, in deep trouble. Taken by surprise, Dancer instinctively yanked Lehigh to the right—and found a hole. Because of his own gameness and Dancer's meticulous training, Lehigh did not himself make a break. But he had lost many lengths to Coffee Break, the leader, and now Dancer proved just how brilliantly he had trained Lehigh and what a fine driver he is by overtaking Sholty and Coffee Break near the wire, winning by a neck in 1:59[3/5]. Mind you, Lehigh, an Adios colt who almost died after ripping his neck on a farm gate as a weanling, had already had 26 races in 1962. Despite this rugged campaign he was fittest and best on Thursday.
"This was a race with some glory to it," Dancer rightly said. Glory but little cash. Because of the 10-way money distribution brought about by the elimination heats, Lehigh earned a paltry $27,000 of the $75,000 total purse.
However, few horsemen wept for Stanley. He is the No. 1 menace to their own pocketbooks these days and growing more sinister all the time. Forget Lehigh for a moment. Consider what Stanley has for next year's Jug. Majestic Hanover was the top 2-year-old of the year before suffering a slight injury and will be formidable next season. James B. Hanover and Sly Yankee are also superb 2-year-olds. The Hambletonian? Stanley has Frosty Hanover who recently trotted powerfully in 2:05[2/5]. Dancer's aged trotter Su Mac Lad is king of the free-for-allers. As for Henry T. Adios, with whom Stanley began a Jug double last year, he has won more than $200,000 this year. Don't anybody weep for Stanley Dancer.