Valdina Orphan Shows Readiness for Lincoln in Good Mile Trial: Main Rival of Aletern is Clocked in 1:43-Shot Put Breezes Same Route in 1:53, Daily Racing Form, 1943-06-18


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Valdina Orphan Shows Readiness For Lincoln in Good Mile Trial Main Rival of Aletern Is Clocked in 1 :43—Shot Put Breezes Same Route in 1 :53 STICKNEY, 111., June 17. — Valdina Farms Valdina Orphan showed to advantage as he worked a mile this morning in preparation for his engagement in the ,000 Lincoln Handicap, which will headline the Lincoln Fields Jockey Clubs final program at Hawthorne on Saturday. The son of Hilltown was sent the eight furlongs in 1 :43 and was well in hand all the way to give rise to speculation that he will give a better account of himself this week-end than he did last Saturday when, in finishing second in the La Salle Handicap, he was a good six lengths behind A. C. Ernsts Aletern. Trainer Frank Catrone was not too disappointed with Valdina Orphans race last Saturday. He pointed out that the colt had not been in competition for many weeks and it may have been a little too much to ask him to travel at top speed as far as a mile and three-sixteenths without first having had a preliminary test. In addition, Valdina Orphan shouldered top weight of 121 pounds under which he conceded five pounds to the Ernst horse. This week-end Valdina Orphan again will have up 121 pounds, but Aletern must shoulder 122. In the Lincoln, Valdina Orphan will be making his third attempt of the year to beat Aletern for he also finished second to the Ernst representative in the Ben Ali Handicap during the Keeneland spring meeting. Rounders Doubtful Starter The Valdina Farm establishment has two eligibles for the Lincoln Handicap, which is to be contested at a mile and a quarter, but Catrone is not certain that he will start the other one, Rounders. This horse has not been to the post since the winter meeting in New Orleans, though he has been training in splendid fashion since his arrival in Chicago. If he starts on Saturday he will share top weight with Valdina Orphan, since he, too, was assigned 122 pounds. Meanwhile, Aletern rules a pronounced favorite to capture his third straight Lincoln Fields feature. He has won both the Francis S. Peabody and La Salle Handicaps in one-sided fashion and many are predicting he will account for the Lincoln in similar manner, his 122-pound impost notwithstanding. Another eligible for the closing day head-liner completed his heavy work for that event when Mrs. Marie Evans Shot Put breezed a mile in 1:53. This veteran router should favor the distance of the Lincoln Handicap and, on his best races, might make it interesting. Galbreath and Diensts Best Seller, the Walmac Farms Bushwhacker and Mrs. A. M. Creechs Valdina Groom also may be found among the starters in Saturdays ,000 race. Entries were being accepted today for another handicap on Saturdays program, a run of a mile and a sixteenth for a ,500 purse. Some of those named for this event are Wedding Call, Take Wing, Happy Pilot and Cherry Trifle and they, too, should do their share to hold the interest of patrons on closing day.

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