Illinois Racing Begins: 12,000 in Attendance for Return of Sport at Fairmount Park.; Pegging Away Wins the Fourth Race From Sky Wind--Star Bess, Red Magic Make Up "Daily Double.", Daily Racing Form, 1939-05-08


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ILLINOIS RACING BEGINS .12,000 in Attendance for Return of Sport at Fairmount Park-Pegging Away Wins the Fourth Race From Sky Wind — Star Bess, Red Magic Make Up "Daily Double." COLLINSVILLE, 111., May 6.— A crowd of 12,000 was in attendance at Fairmount Park this afternoon when racing returned to the" St. Louis, Missouri, and Illinois sector for the twenty-seven days of the spring meeting. Although the opening days showing was not up to that of last year, still the attendance was indicative of the enthusiasm with which racing was received here after an absence of six months. The weather was ideal for the inaugural program and a fast track prevailed for the card of eight races. The fourth race, which was for the higher-priced selling platers, was one of the better events on the card. Pegging Away captured the event with a little to spare, reaching the end of the six furlongs dash a length before Sky Wind. The latter, in turn, was some three lengths in advance of My Colin, with Getalong finishing fourth. Nigrette, installed favorite for the event, showed speed for three furlongs, but quit badly in the final stages to finish last. FIRST FAVORITE SCORES. Star Bess, the first favorite to score for the form players, came to the end of the six furlongs third race two. lengths in advance of Parva Stella. Tramway was third in the field of twelve. Red Magic, with Charley Hanauer in the saddle, accounted for the second event and first half of the "Daily Double." Red Magic, coupled with Star Bess in the "Daily Double" combination, rewarded their many backers with 3.80 for the usual ticket. Jockey Leyland Lake scored a double when he brought Bar Play to the wire a neck before Lady Thirteen to win the fifth race. Sanctity finished third. Lakes first winner was Star Bess, which took down honors in the third race. The winner, overlooked in the wagering, paid 1.60 for . Roy Dickerson dispatched the field in the first race in a hurry and had them away to a perfect sart to send the Illinois racing season on its way. The honor of winning the opening race on the program went to L. W. Kidds Laurel Wreath, which came to the finish of the dash in a driving burst of speed. It was necessary to use the Thomas Speed Camera to determine the winner. A nose - separated Laurel Wreath and Alma Mae at the wire. Bess Coventry was third, a length and a half further back.

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