Johnny Jr. Big Surprise In Sportsmans Event, Daily Racing Form, 1943-05-17


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Johnny Jr Big Surprise In Sportsmans Event EventCICERO CICERO 111 May 15 Valdina Grooms record of three straight all of which came in Saturday features was halted on the final day of Sportsmans Parks very suc ¬ cessful spring meeting when Johnny Jr completing a double for the Chicagoowned stable of Mrs Monte Well was a driving winner of the Hammond Handicap This dash at seven furlongs found the mudrun ¬ ning son of Jock a length before Happy Hour Farms Happy Pilot and Cherry Trifle was third a head before Valdina Groom the favorite and top weight under 126 pounds poundsOne One of the largest crowds of the meeting was present for the finale and the sport was presented over an off track trackExhibiting Exhibiting his usual fine speed over such going King Epithet was the first in com ¬ mand after the start of the sevenfurlong dash and he did the pacemaking for nearly a halfmile of the sprint with Valdina i Groom and the winner alternating at the runnerup position Before entering the final threeeighths Danny Bauer astride his second winner had the Weil color bearer in command and although he drifted out at the stretch bend Johnny Jr was able to withstand Happy Pilots bold bid Cherry Trifle had moved into contention when the field went into the final quartermile and he was able to outfinish the favorite favoriteLatent Latent and Marion Collins for whom there was fine support showed little to justify the confidence of their backers and the other members of the field of eight never were factors factorsMoselem Moselem found a track to his liking and thereby furnished the fourth surprise in driving to victory in the Rockford Purse run as the fifth He swept past the pace making and favored Beamy with such ease that the latter was unable to hold the place award from Spring Drift who held second from soon after the start of the one and onesixteenth miles contest Moselem car ¬ ried Gillespie to his second victory Mau rice K being the start of the double

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