Sport: Baser Belmont

Long Island's Belmont Park, long known as the Newmarket of America, last week tried to become the Longchamps of America too. As an accessory to the $5,000 Fashion Stakes (opening-day feature for two-year-old fillies), President Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt set up a runway on a balcony café overlooking the paddock, got ten Manhattan smartshops to send clotheshorses to parade between races.

For jaded clubhouse patrons ($4 admission) and the exclusive Turf & Field Club members (who sit apart in a sort of royal enclosure), the mannequins were a fine aperitif. But they meant nothing to...

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