Sport: Rubber Match

After losing three out of four races this year to Preakness Winner Hill Prince, Middleground, winner of the Kentucky Derby, was beginning to look like something of a fluke. As 39,000 spectators craned toward the starting gate at New York's Belmont Park last week, Hill Prince was the odds-on (17-20) choice to wrap up the rubber match of 1950's top three-year-old races.

But the bettors had overlooked a couple of points on the performance charts. At the classic distance of 1½ miles, the Belmont Stakes is a "breeder's race" where stamina and breeding* tell....

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