"I wanted to bet, but the other way," said Bill Cudnyj of Paterson, N.J. "I don't care if he has a motor in him. At those odds I bet the other horses."
Upstairs in the dining room, less concerned about betting but just as unsettled, part of the Slutsky family sat over coffee. The Slutskys own Nevele Acres.
"My heart's pounding so bad I can't stand it," said Mrs. Julius Slutsky.
"Here, have a cigarette," said her husband. "Mama, have something."
"Have a glass of water, Mom," said her son Jeffrey who, with his wife Lynn, had lost the draw of short straws and would be dispatched to the winner's circle to pick up the silver hardware. The Slutskys consider getting out of going to the winner's circle almost as much of a victory as the winning of a race.
At last the race was on. Starting from the outside post (No. 6), Nevele Pride was unable to take the lead at the onset, and Dancer pulled him back next-to-last going into the first turn to avoid the traffic jam. " Russell took off, and Del Cameron [with Fashion Hill] took off, and I sure didn't want to be third or fourth into that first turn," Dancer said later.
Coming out of the turn, Nevele Pride swung three wide, streaked into the lead and, yes, Sanders Russell did appear to wave goodby. For the others, after that, it was business as usual: battling it out for second place. Dancer and Nevele Pride came under the wire in 2:03 3/5, a length and a half in front of Fashion Hill, and looking as though they might be heading for a Sunday trot around Central Park.
"Where were you?" Dancer asked Dei Miller later.
"Me?" said Miller, "I was the guy you just nosed out at the wire. Ah, by the way, how much do you get for fifth place?"
Dancer grinned. "After that first turn I kept waiting for you to go so I could chase you. Finally I gave up waiting and chirped him."