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A classic sort of catastrophe
Pete Axthelm
July 31, 1967
The first of trotting's Triple Crown events proved nothing when 13 sulkies were trapped in a traffic jam and a 15-to-1 colt romped home
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July 31, 1967

A Classic Sort Of Catastrophe

The first of trotting's Triple Crown events proved nothing when 13 sulkies were trapped in a traffic jam and a 15-to-1 colt romped home

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While Pownall and Pomp waited in the winner's circle, the other drivers returned to the paddock in a black mood, angry at the track and at each other. "I hope they're satisfied with their 13-horse race," growled Dancer. "This was just a glimpse of what could have happened out there," said Haughton, who was consoled somewhat by the fact that Flamboyant came back uninjured. Wilcutts rushed in to call the stewards and accuse O'Brien of letting Halifax Hanover gallop through the stretch to get sixth money of $4,500. O'Brien, in turn, had some words for Dancer. "I was sitting in a good spot a few feet off the rail," he said. "Then Stanley drove his horse up just inside my wheel and forced me to race parked out for the whole second half. He had no business in there, but I had to either let him come all the way up inside me or else cut him down. Come to think of it, I probably would have been better off cutting him down."

The arguments were just subsiding when Pownall came back, still panting heavily from his efforts and the excitement of the largest pot he had ever won. "The horse was fitter than I was," he joked. But Pomp probably was not fit enough to win a tough and honestly run race last week. "He's been sick twice this spring, and he's come along slowly," said Pownall.

Pomp is owned by the Arden Homestead Stable of E. Roland Harriman and Elbridge Gerry and, like all that stable's good horses, he has been pampered and handled patiently, with next month's Hambletonian in mind. In an eight-horse Futurity, Dazzling Speed probably would have won. "He was really flying at the end," said Dancer, "even after all he went through." But Dazzling Speed is at his peak; Pomp has not yet reached his. Pomp won the hectic Futurity because he was the luckiest. He could win the Hambletonian because, by then, he may be the best.

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