"Well, I know what happened to me," said Arcaro. "That slow early first half [47 1/5] should have given us two front runners the best of it—but it just didn't work that way."
Rejoicing Trainer Winfrey was almost too stunned to say anything after seeing Dedicate (a nine-time loser on the Belmont track) finally win the big one. "I told Willie to lay back the first part of it—and he sure did just that, didn't he!"
Mrs. Burke, trembling with excitement, was asked if she felt happy. "Sort of, but I lost $5 at the races today," replied the pretty lady who had just won $71,000.
The Futurity, run off before the Woodward as a supporting race after 67 years as a hallowed headliner in its own right, resulted in a bit of a surprise, too. The big favorite was Fred Hooper's Alhambra (Arcaro up), but this brown colt—just like his illustrious stablemate Greek Game—found the six-and-a-half-furlong sprint just a bit too far. After leading most of the time he gave way to George D. Widener's Jester, ridden by P.J. Bailey, who came rushing along with an encouraging zip to win by a length over the Wheatley Stable's Misty Flight—with Alhambra holding on to third by a neck over Llangollen Farm's Crasher. There was a bit of roughing—most of it caused by Nadir—at the start which may have hurt the chances of a number of others in this relatively undistinguished field of nine.
Although the results of the Futurity must displace Alhambra as the pro tem leader of the 2-year-olds, the top spot may not rightfully belong to Jester until we see what happens when and if he gets around to tackling the likes of Jewel's Reward and L'il Fella.
But the real heroes of the afternoon were a horse named Dedicate, an untiringly conscientious trainer named Carey Winfrey and a confident young jock named Willie Hartack, who, by nightfall Saturday, had slightly revised the 1957 Arcaro-Shoemaker-Hartack score book. It now reads: Hartack 7 victories in 11 meetings, Shoemaker 1, Arcaro none, and three no-decisions. This is indeed a dedicated young man himself.